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Federal Transit Administration Access & Mobility Grants

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Funding News May 22, 2019
The U.S. DOT’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced project selections totaling approximately $9.6 million to 37 projects led by transit agencies, governmental authorities, and nonprofit organizations to support innovative transportation solutions to expand access to health care.  ...
Gov. JB Pritzker Illinois

Gov. Pritzker speaks at the Illinois Capitol in May 2019. Image: Gov. JB Pritzker via Twitter.

Highway Construction News May 22, 2019
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker recently introduced a sweeping plan to address a variety of infrastructure needs throughout the state, including raising the motor fuel tax and investing over $28 billion in combined local, state, and federal funding for transportation projects.   Dubbed Rebuild Illinois,...
high-speed rail project California
Funding News May 17, 2019
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced this week that the agency is officially terminating its agreement with the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) and is canceling the nearly $1 billion in funding for the state's high-speed rail project.   Back in February of this year, the...
bus transit projects

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Funding News May 15, 2019
The U.S. DOT’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced the opportunity to apply for approximately $423.3 million in FY 2019 competitive grant funding for transit bus projects.   The Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program is authorized to improve the condition of bus infrastructure...
state funding for public transportation
Funding News May 13, 2019
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Council on Public Transportation recently published its 37th annual Survey of State Funding of Public Transportation, which offers a snap shot of state-by-state investments in public transit.   The survey chronicles how...
Congress House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee budget
Highway Construction News May 10, 2019
This week, leaders from the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure in the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy requesting two committee-related priorities be included in any upcoming budget agreement.   The letter was...
Public transportation and mobility improvements
Funding News May 10, 2019
The U.S. DOT’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently announced the opportunity to apply for $15 million in research funds through the new Integrated Mobility Innovation (IMI) Demonstration program, which will support innovations in public transportation service models, payment systems, and...
I-4 Ultimate Improvement road construction project
Highway Construction News May 09, 2019
The I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project in Orlando, Florida, is reportedly falling behind on its scheduled 2021 completion date by nearly nine months.   According to local reports, I-4 Mobility Partners, the project builder, recently told the Florida DOT (FDOT) in a progress report that the $2.3...
Nathan Smith Final Say
Editorial/Commentary Article May 08, 2019
As we enter spring in 2019, an infrastructure package continues to be a topic of hearings, press conferences and discussion on Capitol Hill. The challenge is that every day that passes is a day closer to Election Day 2020, when we will have congressional and presidential elections—and possibly,...
State of the Bridges

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Bridges Article May 03, 2019
              Source: Roads & Bridges survey   Some illustrations in this section: made by Freepik from www.flaticon.com  
I-15 Technology Corridor in Utah
Highway Construction News May 02, 2019
The Utah DOT (UDOT) recently said the I-15 Technology Corridor project in Silicon Slopes is on schedule for completion in late 2020.    UDOT crews began working on the project in April 2018. Now in its second year of construction, the tech corridor is the last remaining section of I-15 between Salt...
White House, Congressional infrastructure plan
Funding News May 01, 2019
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) this week met with President Trump regarding infrastructure legislation, which ended with all parties reaching an agreement on a $2 trillion package.   "We agreed that infrastructure is crucial to the future of...
Pennsylvania Auditor General DePasquale

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale (left) stands with PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards at a press conference to discuss the PennDOT audit. Image: Aud. Gen. DePasquale via Periscope.

Road Construction News April 26, 2019
Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale this week announced his new audit of the Pennsylvania DOT (PennDOT) shows the agency could be further along in repairing rough highways and fixing 2,829 structurally deficient bridges with the billions of dollars it has been forced to pay to State...
road user fees; transportation funding
Highway Construction News April 24, 2019
The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a tech-based policy group, believes the federal government should be taking advantage of GPS technology to establish a national road-user charge (RUC) system that would replace fuel taxes as a revenue stream for infrastructure.  ...
Illinois Tollway Mile Long Bridge

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Highway Construction News April 23, 2019
The Illinois Tollway Board of Directors recently approved six new construction and professional engineering service contracts totaling nearly $228.7 million at its April meeting, including a $184.6 million contract to reconstruct the northbound Mile Long Bridge on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294)—the...
U.S. DOT grant funding opportunities
Road Construction News April 22, 2019
The U.S. DOT has formally announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to apply for $900 million in discretionary grant funding through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program.   “These BUILD Transportation grants will provide...
road flooding maintenance
Funding News April 18, 2019
The U.S. DOT recently announced the immediate availability of $9 million in “quick release” Emergency Relief (ER) funds from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to help repair roads damaged by flooding in Iowa.    “These emergency relief funds will help Iowa expedite the repair process and...
bus rapid transit project funding
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
Funding 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
Highway Construction 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...
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