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Law News December 31, 2015
The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) exemption from the “Buy America” policy for steel and iron products hit a roadblock with a federal judge, who told the agency to rewrite it.   FHWA in 2012 created an exemption from Congress’ “Buy America” requirements, allowing products containing less...
Funding News December 28, 2015
For the second year in a row, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is asking lawmakers to consider chipping away at the increasing amount of earmarked dollars in the state, focusing on those billed for transportation projects.   The state’s General Fund is expected to grow by about $180 million this year, but $...
Funding News December 04, 2015
The U.S. Senate approved a five-year, $305 billion highway bill late yesterday, sending it to President Obama with just one day to spare before the scheduled expiration of the nation's road and transit funding.   The FAST Act will be paid for via gas tax revenue and a package of $70 billion in...
Funding News December 03, 2015
The House approved the five-year, $305 billion the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, or FAST Act, today, advancing the first long-term national transportation spending package in a decade.   The 359 – 65 vote comes one day before federal infrastructure funding runs out, and sets up a...
Funding News December 01, 2015
Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate have announced that they have finally come to terms on a 5-year highway spending bill, known as the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.   The bill would extend federal transportation spending to approximately $205 billion on...
Bridges News December 01, 2015
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) could have avoided excessive, multi-year delays and saved as much as $2.6 million on the rehabilitation of the A. Piatt Andrew Bridge in Gloucester, according to an audit released today by the Office of the State Auditor.   “Our audit found...
Bridges News November 19, 2015
I-84 is a heavily used stretch of highway between Exit 45 and the I-91 interchange, as well as a key piece of Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy's $100 billion, 30-year proposal for overhauling the state’s transportation network.   In a recent pitch to shore up support for replacing the I-84...
Funding News October 29, 2015
On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate passed a short-term surface transportation authorization extension by voice vote. This extends the authorization from Oct. 29 through Nov. 20, 2015. No additional revenue was required for this extension, and it passed by voice vote in both chambers of Congress. The...
Funding News October 28, 2015
On Tuesday, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3819, the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2015, by voice vote. This legislation will extend the surface transportation authorization from Oct. 29 through Nov. 20, 2015. Due to funds already appropriated and being collected through the gas...
Funding News October 22, 2015
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has proposed a $1.47 billion operating budget for 2016 that maintains level fare prices for the third straight year and pays for two new rush-hour express bus routes, despite projecting a paper-thin growth in ridership.   The success of this budget, however,...
Law News October 22, 2015
The new $325 billion highway bill introduced to the House, would require states to approve legislation prior to participating in a federal pilot program.   Tolling supporters want Congress to make it easier for states to add tolls as federal transportation funding has been depleted.   Present law...
Law News October 21, 2015
The following is a truncated adaptation of the announcement as made by the U.S. Department of Transportation.   U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta have announced the creation of a task force to develop recommendations for a...
Law News October 19, 2015
According to a source in the Associated Press, federal regulators are expected to announce today that the government will require registration of most drones to help track operators who flout safety rules, according to an industry official.   The industry official said the Federal Aviation...
Law News October 02, 2015
The Federal Aviation Administration failed to meet its deadline, set for this week, for creating national unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) regulations.   In 2012, Congress tasked the FAA with finding a way to integrate UAVs in commercial airspace. Yet, at present, commercial UAV operators work in a...
Law News October 02, 2015
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has issued a proposed rule that would require public transportation agencies to monitor and manage capital assets in effort to achieve and maintain an overall state of good repair.   The proposed rule would require public transportation agencies to develop a...
Law News October 01, 2015
Legislators in the U.S. House are moving to extend the federal deadline for automated train safety control systems that most railroads say they will simply not be able to meet.    A bipartisan measure has been introduced in the lower chamber that would push back the deadline, presently Dec. 31,...
Law News September 25, 2015
Now that the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit Center has opened in Silver Spring, Md., a suburb of Washington, D.C., a legal battle among project participants is set to begin.   A negligence suit has been filed by project owners Washington Metro and Montgomery County against its designer Parsons...
Bridges News September 23, 2015
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced the immediate availability of $2 million in federal emergency relief funds from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to help repair roads and bridges damaged by wildfires that...
Law News September 18, 2015
The Georgia Motor Trucking Association, F&W Transportation and Prolan Logisitics filed a class-action lawsuit, on behalf of all motor carriers in Georgia, against the state’s new gas tax. The plaintiffs state that the sales tax on gas is unconstitutional for cities or counties to use their tax...
Law News September 17, 2015
In a statement made by the House of Lords this week, it was announced that the British government is partnering with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to establish drone tracking systems to ensure all hobbyist and commercial drones flying below 500 ft operate safely within...
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