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bus rapid transit project funding
News April 11, 2019
The U.S. DOT’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently announced a total of $1.36 billion in federal funding allocations to 16 new and existing transit projects in the Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program.   FTA is allocating approximately $424.8 million in appropriated FY 2018 CIG funding...
New York City traffic congestion Manhattan
News April 03, 2019
New York City is set to become the first major metropolitan area in the nation to implement a fee for motorists entering the city's most traffic-congested roadways.   According to a report from NPR, state lawmakers approved the plan earlier this week, and the new tolls are expected to take effect...
road, bridge infrastructure funding proposal
News March 28, 2019
Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, who is making a run as a Democratic presidential candidate for the 2020 race, today released a trillion-dollar proposal to help rebuild the nation's roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects.   According to the details of the plan from her campaign, Klobuchar...
Mississippi DOT emergency bridge closures

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News March 27, 2019
Under the authority of Gov. Phil Bryant’s April 2018 emergency bridge closure proclamation, the Mississippi DOT (MDOT) today was directed to begin immediately closing at least 34 local bridges.   “If these bridges remain open, it will not only present a safety hazard to the traveling public but...
APTA public transportation investments
News March 21, 2019
With Congress looking to move an infrastructure bill forward this spring, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) this week released new research identifying at least $232 billion in critical public transportation investments.   The findings were unveiled as part of a report that was...
White House FY 2020 budget
News March 20, 2019
The Trump administration recently released further information regarding the president's FY 2020 budget, which includes impacts on the annual Highway Trust Fund balances and outlay projections, a new report from ARTBA says.   The new details could pose a problem for the Highway Trust Fund, which is...
Hudson River Tunnel project Amtrak

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News March 18, 2019
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) rated the Hudson River rail tunnel project between New York and New Jersey with a medium-low grade in its most recently released ratings for infrastructure projects around the country.   According to the Associated Press, this is the same rating the agency...
Gov. Kay Ivey; Rebuild Alabama Act; infrastructure legislation; gas tax

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News March 14, 2019
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey this week signed into law the Rebuild Alabama Act, a key piece of infrastructure legislation that includes a fuel tax increase for the state.   According to a report from Transport Topics, Ivey signed the bill at a public ceremony March 12, shortly after it was approved by the...
transportation funding; road and bridge construction
News March 08, 2019
Legislators in 37 states have introduced 185 bills aimed at boosting transportation investment in the first two months of 2019, a new analysis from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s Transportation Investment Advocacy Center (ARTBA-TIAC) finds.   This number is higher...
I-5 bridge over Columbia River

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News March 07, 2019
The Washington State Senate Transportation Committee recently passed a $15 billion transportation package that includes $450 million to replace the I-5 bridge over the Columbia River.   The project has been a priority for lawmakers in Clark County, who have been working to collaborate with the...
transit; public transportation; New York; tolling
News March 05, 2019
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced a proposal to transform the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and create funding streams for the agency.   For starters, the plan calls for the MTA to develop a reorganization plan to make the agency more efficient...
transportation funding Congress; fuel tax; VMT fees
News March 01, 2019
At this year's American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) 2019 Washington Briefing, congressional transportation leaders discussed a variety of transportation funding options while emphasizing the strong support that exists in Congress to pass infrastructure...
rail transit funding Amtrak Southwest Chief

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News February 28, 2019
Amtrak announced this week that it will provide matching funds to enable a federal grant to be awarded for safety and reliability upgrades on the Southwest Chief route in Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico.   Earlier in the month, Congress passed an appropriations bill which included critical funding...
SH 99 Grand Parkway in Houston tolling project

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News February 26, 2019
The U.S. DOT recently announced that the Build America Bureau will provide up to $605 million in a Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan to the Grand Parkway Project’s H & I Segments in Houston.   The Grand Parkway is a tollway construction project in the Greater...
California high-speed rail
News February 20, 2019
The U.S. DOT announced yesterday that the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) intends to cancel $929 million in federal grant funds yet to be paid for the California High-Speed Rail project envisioned to connect the L.A. Basin to the San Francisco Bay Area.   In addition, the department announced...
tribal lands transit

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News February 18, 2019
The U.S. DOT’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced $5 million in grants to American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments under FTA’s Tribal Transit Program.   The Fiscal Year 2018 grants will support 36 projects in 14 states. "These grants will help American Indian and Alaskan...
Congress transportation policy
News February 18, 2019
Four key transportation leaders in Congress will hold an upcoming discussion regarding recent developments for infrastructure legislation at a policy conference hosted by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO).   House Transportation Chairman Peter DeFazio (...
U.S. DOT FHWA funding
News February 13, 2019
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) yesterday announced $10.2 million in Surface Transportation System Funding Alternatives (STSFA) grants to seven states to test new ways to finance highway and bridge projects.   The program’s goal is to allow states to test user-based alternatives to...
U.S. DOT
News February 06, 2019
The U.S. DOT's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) yesterday announced more than $705.7 million in Emergency Relief (ER) funding to help 34 states, as well as a few U.S. territories, make repairs to roads and bridges damaged by storms, floods, and other unexpected events.   “The Department is...
White House executive order infrastructure
News February 01, 2019
The Trump administration will implement a new executive order to extend “Buy American” requirements to infrastructure projects that receive federal funding.   According to a Roll Call news report, President Trump signed the order Thursday, a move meant to boost the use of American-made products and...
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