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  • State Agencies Pilfer Highway and Bridge Funds

    11/13/2009 11:09:19 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 1,080+ views
    Hudson Valley Press Online ^ | November 11, 2009 | Thomas DiNapoli
    New York State’s Dedicated Highway and Bridge Trust Fund hasn’t been all that dedicated. Since 1991, only 34.9 percent of the money in the fund went directly toward the repair and improvement of the state’s deteriorating roads and bridges. And over the next four years, that will shrink to about one fifth. It’s supposed to be a “locked box,” but apparently the lock wasn’t very strong. If only one-third of the money in the Highway and Bridge Trust Fund has actually been used to pay for highways and bridges, the question, is, where did the money go? The answer is...
  • Pr. William declines to join [race-baiting] anti-HOT lanes lawsuit

    10/08/2009 8:20:29 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 930+ views
    The Washington Business Journal ^ | October 7, 2009 | Sarah Krouse
    Prince William County decided not to join Arlington County in its lawsuit against high-occupancy toll lanes on Interstates 95 and 395, citing what it characterizes as race-baiting and class warfare in the suit. The county considered joining the suit because it shared concerns about the HOT lanes’ proceeding without a proper environmental study and their effect on traffic, but Board Chairman Corey Stewart, R-At large, said the board unanimously agreed Arlington’s suit raised too many concerns. “The board had a closer look at the suit and there are allegations in there about Pierce Homer, the secretary of transportation, and about...
  • Trans-state highway in Arunachal by 2013: PM (Chinese border incursions into India)

    10/04/2009 5:48:14 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies · 520+ views
    The Morung Express ^ | October 3, 2009 | Agencies, PTI
    Itanagar, October 3 (Agencies): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said a Rs.125 billion trans-state highway in Arunachal Pradesh would be completed by 2013, a step that would boost infrastructure in the strategic northeastern state bordering China. “The Trans-Arunachal Highway, rail and air connectivity, and construction of two small hydro projects would meet the requirement of many remote areas, especially villages located on border areas, suffering from isolation,” Manmohan Singh said, addressing an election rally at Pasighat in East Siang district. “The highway would be completed by 2013 and would go a long way in boosting infrastructure in the region....
  • Deaths, Injuries Increase With Higher Speed Limits

    07/16/2009 7:26:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 105 replies · 1,942+ views
    MSN Health and Fitness ^ | July 16, 2009 | Steven Reinberg, HealthDay Reporter
    THURSDAY, July 16 (HealthDay News) -- Deaths and injuries on America's interstates have increased since the repeal of the federal 55-mile-per-hour speed limit in 1995, a new study finds, and some believe it's time to slow down again. Researchers tracking fatalities attributed 12,545 deaths and 36,582 injuries in fatal crashes to higher speed limits implemented during the 1995-2005 study period. "Our study clearly shows that policy can directly result in more deaths as well as reducing deaths on our country's roads," said lead researcher Lee S. Friedman of the division of environmental and occupational health sciences in the School of...
  • New meaning for 'Road Tax'

    07/13/2009 5:00:40 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies · 1,827+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | July 13, 2009 | Henry Lamb
    Sara was late for work. The alarm clock didn't alarm, the kids were unusually slow getting ready for school, and nothing went right. She finally got to her car -- a brand new 2020 Chevy Adventure. She touched the finger-print secured start button. Nothing. It wouldn't start. She touched it again. Nothing. Furious, she banged the steering wheel with her fist. Then she noticed the paper hanging from the receipt printer on the dash. "Your designated visa account rejected your Road Use Tax in the amount of $87.32 for the month of June, 2020. You must insert a valid account...
  • Not so HOT lanes - Local commuters are about to be taken for a ride

    07/13/2009 6:27:35 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 108 replies · 2,404+ views
    Washington Times ^ | July 13, 2009
    Virginia is trying to pull a fast one on motorists who live along the Interstate 95/395 corridor, and we all will be moving slower and paying more as a result...The latest plan effectively hands ownership of Interstate 95/395 to a foreign corporation for the next 80 years. Transurban Group, Melbourne, Australia, will lease the existing high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes for the 64-mile stretch between Spotsylvania, Va., and the Pentagon. Transurban will be responsible for building new access ramps and performing maintenance for the lanes. Drivers interested in a congestion-free ride can pay an expected $1 - or more - per...
  • Dierschke: Time to terminate Trans-Texas Corridor

    04/23/2009 6:49:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies · 568+ views
    Southwest Farm Press ^ | April 23, 2009 | Southwest Farm Press
    The state’s largest farm organization is in favor of legislation that would terminate the Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC) in both name and concept. Texas Farm Bureau President Kenneth Dierschke expressed support for HB 11 by State Rep. David McQuade Leibowitz (D-San Antonio), which repeals the authority for the establishment and operation of the massive transportation project. “We hope you will agree with us that it is finally time to kill the Trans-Texas Corridor,” Dierschke testified before the House Transportation Committee on April 21. Although the farm organization recognizes the need to build and maintain Texas’ infrastructure, Dierschke said Texas Farm Bureau...
  • Public pushes against plan to close I-81 rest areas

    03/13/2009 9:10:31 AM PDT · by Pete-R-Bilt · 28 replies · 1,273+ views
    Roanoke Times ^ | Wednesday, March 11, 2009 | Jeff Sturgeon
    Public pushes against plan to close I-81 rest areas Several concerns about the cost-cutting measure were laid out for state lawmakers at a hearing. By Jeff Sturgeon | The Roanoke Times Related Your take How might VDOT's proposed rest-area closure affect you? Join the discussion on our message board. Previous coverage Meeting set on I-81 rest area closings1,500 jobs, rest areas on VDOT's chopping list Residents and state lawmakers urged state highway leaders Tuesday to reconsider a proposal to close more than half of the interstate rest areas in Virginia, saying they are too valuable to barricade."Silly, foolish, lack of...
  • Immigrants ravage U.S. infrastructure

    01/16/2009 2:08:23 AM PST · by Man50D · 14 replies · 1,074+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | January 15, 2009 | Chelsea Schilling
    The United States will need $1.6 trillion to repair damage to its infrastructure from a massive influx of immigrants, a new report reveals. In his report titled, "The Twin Crises: Immigration and Infrastructure," prominent researcher Edwin S. Rubenstein examines 15 categories of infrastructure: airports, border security, bridges, dams and levees, electricity (the power grids), hazardous waste removal , hospitals, mass transit, parks and recreation facilities, ports and navigable waterways, public schools, railroads, roads and highways, solid waste and trash, and water and sewer systems. Rubenstein, a financial analyst and former contributing editor of Forbes and economics editor of National Review,...
  • Texas lawmakers to weigh private road deals against tax increases

    01/12/2009 4:28:45 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies · 617+ views
    WFAA ^ | January 12, 2009 | Michael A. Lindenberger (Dallas Morning News)
    Two years ago, lawmakers went to war with Gov. Rick Perry over his push to privatize Texas toll roads, but their efforts to stop the idea largely failed. As they return Tuesday to launch the 2009 legislative session, lawmakers will be faced with a choice of either raising taxes – which both Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst have called a bad idea – or giving private companies a greater role in paying for, and operating, a fast-expanding network of toll roads. The two-year moratorium on private road deals that passed in 2007 slowed but didn't kill Perry's plan to...
  • Texas lawmakers to focus on transportation politics

    01/02/2009 7:00:12 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies · 639+ views
    TheTrucker.com ^ | December 31, 2008 | Kelley Shannon (Associated Press)
    AUSTIN, Texas — If anyone wondered whether Texas toll road rage had subsided or lawmakers' irritation at the Texas Department of Transportation had eased, those questions got answered a few days before Christmas: Not so much. Denouncing the massive transportation agency as dysfunctional and out of control, a group of lawmakers reviewing the department said it will be intensely debated in the legislative session that begins Jan. 13. "This is a big agency that is a mess," said Rep. Carl Isett, a Lubbock Republican and one of the leaders of the Sunset Advisory Commission that periodically examines state agencies. He...
  • (Washington) Panel wants fuel taxes hiked to fund highways (50% - during a DEPRESSION?)

    01/01/2009 2:23:02 PM PST · by Libloather · 66 replies · 2,644+ views
    Knox News ^ | 1/01/09 | JOAN LOWY
    Panel wants fuel taxes hiked to fund highwaysBy JOAN LOWY, Associated Press Updated 04:20 p.m., January 1, 2009 WASHINGTON (AP) — A 50 percent increase in gasoline and diesel fuel taxes is being urged by a federal commission to finance highway construction and repair until the government devises another way for motorists to pay for using public roads. **SNIP** With motorists driving less and buying less fuel, the current 18.4 cents a gallon gas tax and 24.4 cents a gallon diesel tax fail to raise enough to keep pace with the cost of road, bridge and transit programs. **SNIP** A...
  • The New Year May Bring Some Changes in the Capitol

    12/29/2008 4:04:57 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 457+ views
    The Tribune ^ | December 29, 2008 | Dave McNeely
    The Texas Legislature is coming back Jan. 13, and change may be in the air. The Sunset Advisory Commission, by a narrow margin, recently voted to abolish the five-member commission that oversees the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDoOT), and replace it with a single commissioner. This is but the latest in the continuing evolution of Texas state government. When legislators think an agency isn’t working right, the urges generally are to change the agency’s personnel; to change the agency’s structure; to combine it with some other agency; to investigate it; or to abolish it. Such it is with TxDOT. In...
  • Texas bills pursue transportation money, tackle corridor plan

    12/21/2008 6:50:19 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 647+ views
    Land Line Magazine ^ | December 19, 2008 | Keith Goble
    Confronted with a struggling transportation fund, lawmakers in Texas soon are expected to wage battle on various methods to help generate $14 billion for roads and bridges throughout the state. Another bill is intended to sideline the planned Trans-Texas Corridor. A report released this week from the Texas Department of Transportation says that the state will need to come up with $313 billion by 2030 for road and bridge maintenance and for congestion solutions. The report’s unveiling happened a couple of weeks before the Texas Legislature is set to convene its 2009 session. Lawmakers say they already were committed to...
  • New York To Reduce State Truck Emissions ($20,000 Per Truck; Governor Wants 188 New Taxes & Fees)

    12/18/2008 3:38:00 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 23 replies · 1,212+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 11/25/08
    NY officials want older trucks fitted with emission-reducing equipment; cost put at $195M ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York is taking steps to reduce diesel emissions in its construction fleet. The Department of Environmental Conservation is floating proposed regulations requiring trucks made before 2007 to be fitted with emissions-reducing equipment and to use ultra-low-sulfur fuel by 2011. The new regulations would apply only to state-owned trucks or trucks used for state contract work. The DEC estimates it will cost $195 million to retrofit about 30,000 state trucks. The New York State
  • Lawrence Solomon: Good tolls, bad tolls

    12/01/2008 12:15:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies · 505+ views
    Financial Post ^ | November 28, 2008 | Lawrence Solomon
    The Greater Toronto Area needs a gazillion dollars to fund Metrolinx, a mega mega transportation system of light rail, commuter trains, subways, highways, roads, and bicycle paths designed to reach every ward in an 8,000 square kilometre operating region approaching six million people. It will cost more than governments can afford, say its government backers. The answer, the backers say, is a toll road system that extends across the GTA and finances the transit megaproject. I have a better idea. Install the GTA-wide toll road system and scrap Metrolinx. Once roads are tolled, the population growth that is now projected...
  • China Bets Highways Will Drive Its Growth

    11/20/2008 10:24:34 AM PST · by Oakeshott · 7 replies · 407+ views
    As more of the world falls into financial turmoil, China is hoping that an infrastructure spending spree can help sustain its long record of expansion and rising prosperity. Much of the $586 billion stimulus package China unveiled this week will go toward building highways, railroads and airports. Already, according to official estimates, infrastructure spending had been increasing by an average of 20% annually for the past 30 years -- a tried and true engine that has helped power the Chinese economy's explosive growth.
  • Lawmaker files bill to repeal Texas Corridor

    11/15/2008 5:23:53 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies · 616+ views
    The Temple Daily Telegram ^ | November 14, 2008 | Fred Afflerbach
    A San Antonio lawmaker filed a bill that would repeal the establishment and operation of the Trans-Texas Corridor. It’s not the first time he’s done so. In the 2007 legislative session, Rep. David Leibowitz filed an identical bill, but it languished in the House Transportation Committee without a hearing. Leibowitz spokesman Rob Borja said the legislation may have a better fate the second time around. At least four of the nine committee members will change this session, including the chairman. “Probably most important is there will be a new chairman, because the old chairman Mike Krusee wouldn’t let any bills...
  • Editorial: Collaboration on road issues

    10/21/2008 9:06:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies · 370+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | October 21, 2008 | The Dallas Morning News
    Savor the occasional cause for optimism that top leaders can value teamwork over turf in the contentious area of transportation financing. Take the years of squabbling over how Texas can scrape up billions of dollars to catch up with road-building needs. Suddenly, there's positive movement, first from Gov. Rick Perry last week. He told this newspaper's transportation writer, Michael Lindenberger, that he would not use his veto to obstruct a move by lawmakers to index the lagging motor-fuels tax to inflation. "If it is the will of the people, and of the Legislature, I suspect I would go along with...
  • TxDOT buys time with borrowed funds for Dallas-area projects

    10/06/2008 9:10:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies · 716+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | October 5, 2008 | Michael A Lindenberger
    State transportation officials are poised to issue billions of dollars in debt to help speed road construction, a move that will keep Dallas-area projects on schedule for now but will do little to shore up the state's long-term road-funding crisis. The Texas Department of Transportation will likely begin issuing $1.5 billion in bonds within 60 days, pending the recovery of the nation's upended credit markets, and is taking steps to borrow another $6.4 billion over the next few years. Historic turmoil in the credit markets is already costing the department hundreds of thousands of dollars in extra interest payments each...