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  • Light rail could stall with Mercer Island's plan to sue Sound Transit, WSDOT

    02/21/2017 7:54:58 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    KOMO News ^ | Tuesday, February 14th 2017 | Gabe Cohen
    MERCER ISLAND, Wash. - The city of Mercer Island plans to sue Sound Transit and the State Department of Transportation over I-90 access, which could freeze the East Light construction project set to begin in June. The City Council unanimously approved the legal action Monday during a packed council meeting. They plan to sue both agencies and seek a moratorium on the construction as they search for short-term solutions to their traffic concerns. In response to the authorized legal action, Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff released a statement calling the decision “highly regrettable.” “While Sound Transit remains ready to reach...
  • WA Governor Directs $1M to Study High-Speed Rail

    02/21/2017 3:18:18 PM PST · by Publius · 46 replies
    Next City ^ | 14 February 2017 | Rachel Dovey
    The idea of a high-speed train connecting Vancouver, Seattle and Portland was floated by a private organization last year. Now, Washington Governor Jay Inslee has set aside $1 million in his new state budget to study whether such an idea has legs (or, more accurately, rails). According to Mark Hallenbeck, director of the Washington State Transportation Center, the region has the right geography for a high-speed line, CBC News reports. "They’re the right distance where it's small enough that the train would compete very well with an airplane," he told the news site. "If you get too much longer, then...
  • Brownback Asks Trump To Save Some Kansas Highway Projects

    02/19/2017 11:10:43 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    KCUR 89.3 ^ | January 26, 2017 | Jim McLean & Sam Zeff
    Kansas Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is hoping the federal government can rescue several critical infrastructure projects that the state can no longer afford.The Brownback administration recently sent what amounts to a wish list to President Donald Trump for inclusion in his planned infrastructure initiative. It includes the following $240 million in highway and bridge projects delayed or abandoned because of the state’s ongoing budget problems: $50 million to replace a section of the Lewis and Clark Viaduct that carries Interstate 70 across the Kansas River between Kansas and Missouri.$91 million to build an I-235 interchange in Wichita.$45 million to reconstruct...
  • Audit finds huge cost overruns at Wisconsin DOT, some road project costs triple

    02/19/2017 9:58:17 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    FOX 6 Now ^ | January 26, 2017 | Theo Keith
    <p>MADISON -- A new audit shows huge cost overruns at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, with dozens of projects costing double or triple their original estimates.</p> <p>The Legislative Audit Bureau report finds that estimated costs for 19 major projects completed between 2006 and 2016 were $1.5 billion, double the initial projection. The audit also finds that the estimated costs of 16 ongoing major highway projects have increased by $3.1 billion.</p>
  • Elon Musk to dig tunnel to ease traffic in LA, but he doesn't yet have permission

    02/17/2017 3:13:43 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 65 replies
    The Guardian ^ | January 26, 2017 | Olivia Solon
    Elon Musk announced plans to start digging a traffic-easing tunnel under Los Angeles “in a month or so”, but city planning bodies say he doesn’t yet have permission.The SpaceX and Tesla CEO has been mulling the idea since December, when he revealed his frustrations with congestion in the city. “Traffic is driving me nuts. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging,” he said on Twitter.“It shall be called The Boring Company,” he added. “Boring, it’s what we do.”At the time it wasn’t clear whether he was joking, but today’s announcement suggested he was not. Elon...
  • United States: The Plan For The Future Of American Infrastructure

    02/17/2017 4:55:24 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    Mondaq ^ | February 13, 2017 | Richard P. Puttré, Eric W. Sedlak, Kevin J. McIntyre, Isel M. Perez and James F. Channing
    A Look Into the Opaque Crystal Ball for Infrastructure Initiatives in the First 100 Days of the Trump Administration President Donald J. Trump's "America's Infrastructure First" plan is one of the Trump Administration's priorities during his first 100 days in office. Throughout the campaign, President Trump heralded his plan to build and restore highways, tunnels, airports, bridges, and water systems across America and promised a $1 trillion investment in the infrastructure sector over a 10-year period. Leaders from both parties acknowledge the nation's deteriorating infrastructure, and there have been expressions of support from both sides of the aisle for some...
  • The Oroville Dam Crisis Could Happen Elsewhere

    02/16/2017 1:13:35 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Nationak Geographic ^ | FEBRUARY 15, 2017 | Christina Nunez
    The damaged California dam is in the spotlight now, but it’s not alone among the facilities needing upgrades if more problems are to be avoided.How many U.S. dams are at risk of a crisis like the one currently unfolding in California, as officials work to stave off disaster at the compromised Oroville Dam? The short answer is, we don’t really know—but probably quite a few. Until this month, Oroville’s emergency spillway had never been used in its nearly 50-year history. After weeks of rain and a breach in the dam’s main spillway, officials turned to the auxiliary one to help...
  • Closing This One Loophole Could End The Road Toll Debate Right Now

    02/15/2017 8:34:39 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 1 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | February 10, 2017 | Paul de Jong
    As cities across Ontario finalize their budgets and try to squeeze out savings to expand public transit, something doesn't add up. Too many cities, including Toronto, are missing out on hundreds of millions in savings. That's because Ontario has a labour law loophole that's putting cities, companies and taxpayers at a huge disadvantage. The heated debate over road tolls in Toronto has distracted from a far simpler way of saving for public transit expansion. Here it is: Change the way construction projects are tendered. Right now, Toronto and too many other municipalities including Hamilton, Sault Ste. Marie and the Region...
  • Trump and Congress can jumpstart improvements to interstate highways in Southern California

    02/15/2017 7:38:04 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | February 5, 2017 | Robert Poole
    President Trump has promised to eliminate regulations and rebuild the nation’s aging infrastructure. Federal agencies are awash with regulations and provisions based on the presumption that government is, and should be, the sole provider of infrastructure. But now that we understand the merits of public-private partnerships, which can provide more accountable public-purpose infrastructure, these numerous regulations and provisions serve as major obstacles preventing the improvement of highways and other infrastructure. Back in 1995, Reason Foundation published a policy study itemizing a number of these regulatory barriers. Sadly, most of them still exist today. If a state or municipal facility has...
  • Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge starting to fail in Big Sur

    02/15/2017 12:39:25 AM PST · by daisy12 · 60 replies
    KSBW8 ^ | February 13 2017 | Caitlin Conrad
    BIG SUR, Calif. — Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge in Big Sur is starting to fail. According to CalTrans an active slide has been taking place on the mountainside under the bridge since Saturday. The slide is moving one of two column holding the bridge up and cracks are visible at the top of the post. "Basically the mountainside that it is sitting on is moving, which, causes the column to move," said Heath Johnston with CalTrans. The problem has the bridge closed to all vehicle traffic and California Highway Patrol is turning people around at Big Sur Station. -snip-
  • California's Oroville Dam Disaster Is a Wake-Up Call for America

    02/13/2017 10:15:49 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    CNBC ^ | 2/14
    No, humans cannot make it rain, stop the rain, or produce real rainbows in the sky. But we can do things that protect ourselves from the rain and get it to work for our agriculture and overall economy. And it's clearer than ever that Californians have simply failed to do those things as the Oroville Dam crisis continues to force massive evacuations and raises fears of a potential disaster. When we talk about America's need for an improved and repaired infrastructure, we usually focus on roads, airports, and innovative new projects like the Hyperloop. But we often forget the crucial...
  • With money tight, Texas budget writers eyeing billions approved by voters for roads

    02/13/2017 10:16:49 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | February 13, 2017 | Jim Malewitz and Brandon Formby
    More than a year after Texas voters approved routing billions in state sales taxes to roads and bridges, some lawmakers are questioning whether the first payment of $5 billion should move forward as planned. Texans voted in 2015 to boost funding for state’s public roadways and bridges, which have strained under the state’s growing population. Proposition 7 — loudly cheered by top Texas leaders and supported by 83 percent of voters — changed the state constitution to route some taxes collected on car sales to the State Highway Fund. But in an unusually tightfisted legislative session, some Texas lawmakers are...
  • Trump advisers’ tax credit plan for infrastructure has risks

    02/13/2017 10:01:44 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    Business in Savannah ^ | February 7, 2017 | The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has promised to revitalize America’s aging roads, bridges, railways and airports, but a plan put forward by his economic advisers relies on a transportation financing scheme that hasn’t been tried before and comes with significant risks. The plan was set out just before the election by billionaire leveraged buy-out specialist Wilbur Ross, Trump’s pick for commerce secretary, and conservative economics professor Peter Navarro, whom Trump has tapped to head his National Trade Council. They recommended the government allocate $137 billion in tax credits for private investors who underwrite infrastructure projects. Ross and Navarro estimate that...
  • Oroville Dam: Feds and state officials ignored warnings 12 years ago

    02/13/2017 5:48:06 AM PST · by Sons of Union Vets · 89 replies
    The Mercury News ^ | February 12, 2017 | Paul Rogers
    More than a decade ago, federal and state officials and some of California’s largest water agencies rejected concerns that the massive earthen spillway at Oroville Dam — at risk of collapse Sunday night and prompting the evacuation of 185,000 people — could erode during heavy winter rains and cause a catastrophe. Three environmental groups — the Friends of the River, the Sierra Club and the South Yuba Citizens League — filed a motion with the federal government on Oct. 17, 2005, as part of Oroville Dam’s relicensing process, urging federal officials to require that the dam’s emergency spillway be armored...
  • Express lanes, motorcycle helmets among bills filed in Florida

    02/12/2017 10:08:13 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    The St. Augustine Record ^ | January 15, 2017 | Kristina Webb
    It could be a busy legislative session for transportation issues in Florida. Already, several bills have been filed addressing controversial topics ahead of the session’s March 7 opening. Here’s a quick look at a few you’ll hear about in the coming weeks. Express lanes A bill proposed in the Florida Senate would prevent the creation of more express lanes on the state’s highways while also setting rules for how express lane toll money must be spent. The measure, SB 250, was filed by state Sen. Frank Artiles, R-Miami. If the bill is made law during the upcoming session, it would...
  • Obama wanted to be the high-speed rail president. It might be Trump instead.

    02/11/2017 4:53:52 PM PST · by repentant_pundit · 54 replies
    McClatchy ^ | FEBRUARY 10, 2017 | CURTIS TATE
    Could Donald Trump be the president who brings high-speed rail to America? The Obama administration spent nearly $10 billion to improve passenger rail service across the country. While it accomplished that goal to some degree, it did not build the faster trains passengers can ride in Europe, Japan and China. Trains in other countries can travel 200 mph or more, but no train in the United States as yet travels faster than 150 mph. Most go much more slowly than that. Trump has proposed a $1 trillion investment in U.S. infrastructure, and he has expressed interest in improving roads, bridges,...
  • Remarks by President Trump in Meeting with the Aviation Industry

    02/10/2017 2:38:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    SAT Press Releases ^ | February 10, 2017
    State Dining Room 9:47 A.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Thank you for being here. Nothing like having meetings in the White House. Good place. Good place for meetings. Good place for a lot of things. People don’t realize I inherited a mess. A big mess. I think they know. I think they understand. Well, thank you all. I know so many of you through reading and through business magazines, and you’ve done an amazing job. And I want to congratulate you. I know you’re under pressure from a lot of foreign elements and foreign carriers. I’ve been hearing that a little...
  • Brownback’s plan to sweep more highway money faces pushback

    02/06/2017 8:07:57 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | January 14, 2017 | Dion Lefler and Bryan Lowry
    Larry Hauth has a farm in Coffey County and a daughter in Wichita. Good roads are kind of important to him. So he’s disturbed by the ongoing and accelerating trend of the state taking money out of the highway fund to balance the rest of its budget. “One of the things Kansas has going for it, compared to our surrounding states, is our road system,” Hauth said. “When they built them in years past, they were thinking ahead. I don’t think we’re thinking ahead right now. We’re trying to tread water, at best.” Gov. Sam Brownback wants to take nearly...
  • Accidents create need for changes at Gurnee tollway exit

    01/28/2017 10:15:55 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Chicago Daily Herald ^ | January 23, 2017 | Bob Susnjara
    Bill Bertram frequently felt uneasy as cars whizzed past while he waited in traffic to reach the Tri-State Tollway's Grand Avenue exit ramp in Gurnee in the months after a $19.4 million reconstruction project was completed in 2015. Thoughts of being a sitting duck for a rear-end crash crossed his mind. Still, the 59-year-old Round Lake Beach resident said, driving north on the tollway to the westbound exit ramp was the most efficient option to head home from his Evanston job. On Nov. 16, at about 5:15 p.m., the rear-end crash he worried about happened. Bertram was stuck in a...
  • From Rust to Robots: How the Midwest Could Become a Hub for Advanced Transportation

    01/27/2017 7:40:32 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    Car and Driver ^ | January 26, 2017 | Pete Bigelow
    A new collection of transportation agencies and universities is taking one small step toward transforming the Rust Belt into a place associated with the future instead of the past. Eleven agencies and institutions located in Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania have formed the Smart Belt Coalition, which will spur joint efforts on the testing and deployment of autonomous and connected cars. The collaboration comes on the heels of a legislative overhaul of Michigan regulations last month, which have been relaxed to spur the testing of self-driving technology on the state’s public roads. Ohio and Pennsylvania do not have laws on the...
  • Gas tax increase, turnpike toll hike greet drivers in the new year (already happened by now)

    01/27/2017 5:00:07 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Decembeer 28, 2016 | Ed Blazina
    The cost of driving in Pennsylvania is going up on two fronts in the new year. First, the state tax on wholesale motor fuels will increase Jan. 1 — 8 cents for gasoline and nearly 11 cents for diesel fuel. Those costs are expected to be passed on to retail prices at the pump. A week later, tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike will increase for the ninth year in a row, this time by 6 percent. The change will increase the cost of a trip from Ohio to New Jersey from $48.90 to $51.85 for cash and from $34.93 to...
  • Jerry Brown praises Trump's plan for new tunnels and other infrastructure ("Amen, brother!)

    01/24/2017 10:01:31 PM PST · by ifinnegan · 42 replies
    Daily Kos ^ | 1/23/17 | Dan Bacher
    However, Brown then switched directions and praised President Trump’s plan for $1 trillion in infrastructure spending. He quoted Trump from his inaugural address, “We will build new roads, and highways, and bridged and airport, and tunnels and railways all across our wonderful nation.” Brown proclaimed, “And in this, we can all work together - here in Sacramento and in Washington as well. We have roads and tunnels and railroads and even a dam that the President could help us with. And that will create good-paying American jobs.” Departing from his prepared remarks, Brown then stated, “I say, ‘Amen to that,...
  • Decades-old mistake may have caused bridge beam to fail

    01/24/2017 8:11:35 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | January 23, 2017 | Jason Laughlin
    An apparent construction error six decades ago could have caused the fracture discovered Friday in a steel beam that forced the closure of the Delaware River Bridge, an engineering expert who viewed pictures of the cracked truss said Sunday. An image of the cracked truss - a supporting piece - on the bridge that runs between Bucks County in Pennsylvania and Burlington County in New Jersey shows signs of holes that had been mistakenly drilled into the steel beam and then filled with plug welds, a typical solution in the 1950s when the bridge was built, said Karl Frank, professor...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Trump team compiles infrastructure priority list

    01/24/2017 7:52:55 PM PST · by amorphous · 112 replies
    The Kansas City Star and McClatchy Washington Bureau ^ | 24 January 2017 | y Lynn Horsley, Steve Vockrodt, Walker Orenstein and Lindsay Wise
    President Donald Trump’s team has compiled a list of about 50 infrastructure projects nationwide, totaling at least $137.5 billion, as the new White House tries to determine its investment priorities, according to documents obtained by McClatchy’s Kansas City Star and The News Tribune. The documents, circulated within the congressional and business communities, offer a first glimpse at which projects around the country might get funding if Trump follows through on his campaign promise to renew America’s crumbling highways, airports, dams and bridges. Among the projects could be a new terminal for the Kansas City airport, upgrades to Interstate 95 in...
  • Senate Democrats Introduce $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan, Offer Trump Support If He Backs It

    01/24/2017 6:30:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 109 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 01/24/2017
    Senate Democrats are set to unveil a $1 trillion infrastructure plan and offer President Donald Trump their support if he backs it, the NYT reports. The plan includes $180 billion to rail and bus systems, $65 billion to ports, airports and waterways, $110 billion for water and sewer systems, $100  billion for energy infrastructure, and $20 billion for public and tribal lands. Cited by the Times, Chuck Schumer said “our urban and rural communities have their own unique set of infrastructure priorities, and this proposal would provide funding to address those needed upgrades that go beyond the traditional road...
  • Mitsubishi chief sees opportunity if ‘very smart person’ Trump keeps infrastructure spending pledge

    01/23/2017 12:52:49 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Japan Times ^ | January 23, 2017 | Bloomberg
    DAVOS, SWITZERLAND – U.S. President Donald Trump’s promise to create jobs by spending $1 trillion over 10 years upgrading infrastructure from airports to schools is an opportunity for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., the conglomerate’s chairman said. Mitsubishi, maker of an array of products from forklifts to nuclear power plants and aircraft, also won’t hesitate to invest more in the U.S., Hideaki Omiya, 70, said in an interview on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Friday. “We provide infrastructure all over the world, including the U.S.,” he said. “It might be a good opportunity for us.”...
  • Governor's grab of cash for roads risks fight in legislature

    01/17/2017 11:14:15 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 17, 2017 | Bob Christie, Associated Press
    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's decision to again take for other uses state gas tax money intended to help cities and counties build and repair roads is getting a cold reception from some in the Legislature. The Republican governor's budget proposal for the year starting July 1 eliminates $86.5 million in highway spending in the current year, a decision likely to spur a fight with lawmakers from both parties who have been seeking a permanent stop to shifts of cash for road work to other uses. Legislation that would bar the practice and require gas tax money only...
  • Taxpayers Off The Hook With Trump's Infrastructure Plan (750,000 new jobs)

    01/16/2017 4:27:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Fox Business News ^ | January 16, 2017 | Julia Limitone
    Private enterprise is lining up to help pay for the nation’s crippling infrastructure. Norman Anderson, informal advisor to the Trump “Infrastructure Task Force,” says there are 68 infrastructure projects ready to go under president-elect Trump and taxpayers will not have to pay for it. “Forty billion dollar’s-worth of electricity transmission projects [are] ready to go as soon as we can move through the approval process,” Anderson told the FOX Business Networks Stuart Varney. However, regulatory hurdles must be addressed he said....
  • Trump will use 4 real estate business tricks to rebuild the US

    01/14/2017 11:39:17 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    CNBC ^ | January 14, 2017 | Jay N. Rollins
    On January 20, 2016, the country is sending a businessman to Washington in one of the riskiest bets in history. Donald Trump appears to be intent on running the country like a business enterprise. But Trump is not just a business man. He is a real estate developer, an important distinction, as it impacts how he will think about revitalizing an economy that has struggled to maintain significant growth. Trump promises to cut both corporate and individual taxes while investing up to $1 trillion on the country's infrastructure. By simultaneously decreasing the country's revenue and increasing its expenses, Trump would...
  • On His Way Out, Obama Moves To Make National Elections Less Secure

    01/11/2017 5:55:37 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 24 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 1/10/2017 | Staff
    Voting: In yet another move by the Obama administration to stick its thumb in the nation's eye on the way out, it has decided to have the federal government meddle in state and local elections. It's yet another terrible decision that Donald Trump is going to have to undo. With almost no notice, Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson announced that his department was designating the nation's elections system as "critical infrastructure," thereby giving DHS greater control over how states run their own elections. This is a classic example of a government solution in search of a problem, one that will...
  • Trump’s Trillion $$ Infrastructure Investment Could Create 11M Jobs, According to Georgetown

    01/11/2017 7:54:00 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    PR Web ^ | January 11, 2017 | Hilary Strahota
    New analysis from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (Georgetown Center) finds that President-elect Trump’s 10-year $1 trillion infrastructure proposal could create 11 million jobs, restoring the job growth trajectory derailed by the Great Recession, but also risks overheating the economy. It is not surprising that $1 trillion in spending on infrastructure is certain to have positive employment effects in keeping with standard Keynesian theory. However, the additional spending, in combination with tax cuts and other economic policy shifts proposed by the President-elect, could generate inflation and set the stage for further interest rate hikes. President-elect Trump’s...
  • I-66 tolls a good idea for Northern Virginia

    01/05/2017 8:00:41 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The Fairfax County Times ^ | December 19, 2016 | Patrick Rhode
    Dear Editor, As states and municipalities around the nation struggle to find ways to afford much-needed improvements to aging and congested roadways, the Commonwealth of Virginia has established itself as an innovative leader when it comes to carefully prioritizing the state’s transportation investments and wisely leveraging private sector resources to ensure the best deal for state taxpayers. The I-66 Outside the Beltway project exemplifies this leadership, and Cintra, together with its partner Meridiam, is proud to be part of the team selected by the Commonwealth to finance, design, build, operate and maintain this more than $3 billion transformative project at...
  • Aubrey Layne: Trump's infrastructure plan is no magic bullet

    01/05/2017 7:16:37 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | December 30, 2016 | Aubrey Lane
    PRESIDENT-ELECT Donald Trump has proposed a $1 trillion plan to fix America’s infrastructure. It relies on public-private partnerships as its primary source of financing. Our country’s complex transportation network needs an overhaul, but private investment is not the answer, mainly because of the returns that investors expect. Public-private partnerships can be an excellent procurement tool, but selecting the right project is key. Virginia has been a national leader in such deals since the General Assembly passed the Public Private Partnership Act in 1995. The law was designed for the partnerships to be used as an option for certain projects if...
  • Paul Ryan on Trump’s protectionist program: No, we won’t be raising tariffs, just Tax reform.

    01/04/2017 3:47:30 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/04/2017 | AllahPundit
    Who’s “we,” kemosabe? Twenty-four hours ago, over Ryan’s own objection, House Republicans were all set to revamp the Office of Congressional Ethics. Then Trump logged into Twitter and, three hours later, the plan was scrapped. Members of Ryan’s caucus were eager to reassure the media yesterday that it wasn’t Trump’s influence that made them reconsider, it was the barrage of angry phone calls their offices were getting from grassroots Republicans, but that seems to be a partial explanation at best: OVERHEARD in the Speaker's lobby: "The guy puts out a tweet and half our conference goes nuts. What are...
  • Trump's trillion $$ infrastructure plan piques curiosity of IA, NE officials, but questions remain

    01/02/2017 11:03:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Daily Nonpareil ^ | January 3, 2017 | Joseph Morton
    President-elect Donald Trump’s call for a new trillion-dollar infrastructure program got the attention of those who have long been pointing to the nation’s crumbling roads, aging dams and outdated medical facilities. “It’s certainly the biggest step we’ve seen discussed or mentioned in quite a while from a political leader,” said Casey Dinges, senior managing director of the American Society of Civil Engineers. That organization has identified $3.6 trillion in total infrastructure needs by 2020, but only $2 trillion in revenue to pay for it. So a trillion-dollar infusion would go a long way toward closing the gap, about half of...
  • Biggest Transportation Battles of 2016 to Continue in the New Year (Texas)

    01/02/2017 8:15:33 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | December 27, 2016 | Brandon Formby
    The cost of toll roads, the toll of urban congestion, ride-hailing battles and a high-speed train war garnered plenty of attention in Texas this year. And after the Legislature spent two sessions focusing on highway funding, lawmakers now appear poised to tackle other transportation matters next year. Here's a look at the year's biggest transportation stories and how they may continue to unfold in the coming months:1. Uber and Lyft roll out of Austin after losing city electionNational ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft stopped operating in Austin after voters there rejected an ordinance that would have repealed certain regulations, including...
  • Creating jobs and upgrading infrastructure

    01/01/2017 5:22:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 1, 2017 | Ignacio Galan
    The year 2016 has been a year of change, and very often not in the direction most pundits had predicted. The United States has proved no exception. Regardless of this, however, the U.S. economy’s fundamental needs have not changed. American businesses, workers and consumers will continue to require better jobs, modernized infrastructure and more efficient markets. We must wait to see how the incoming Trump administration’s pledges translate into concrete action in areas such economic growth, streamlining regulation and upgrading America’s infrastructure. In many ways, the time for investing in the United States has never been better and non-U.S. firms...
  • I-70 Expansion Subject Of Civil Rights Act Complaint

    12/30/2016 4:36:56 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    CBS Denver ^ | December 7, 2016 | Lauren DiSpirito
    DENVER (CBS4)– Federal authorities told the Colorado Department of Transportation and opponents of the planned Interstate 70 expansion this week that it would open an investigation into claims the project violates the Civil Rights Act.The pending investigation comes in response to a federal complaint filed with the U.S Department of Transportation by Earthjustice, an environmental law firm, and neighborhood groups impacted by the project, including the Cross Community Coalition, Colorado Latino Forum and Elyria-Swansea Neighborhood Association. Filed last month, the complaint alleges CDOT’s plan will result in “disparate and severe environmental and economic impacts” on the predominantly Latino communities.Candi CdeBaca,...
  • Hogan announces start of $105 million I-81 widening

    12/29/2016 11:49:38 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    The Hagerstown Herald-Mail ^ | December 24, 2016 | CJ Lovelace
    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan came to Hagerstown Thursday bearing gifts, announcing the start of a $105 million project to widen Interstate 81. In partnership with West Virginia, the first phase of construction of the long-sought project, which recently got under way, will expand the heavily traveled interstate to six lanes from U.S. 11 in West Virginia to Md. 63 near Williamsport. "These improvements to I-81 are critical infrastructure investments that will help citizens here in Washington County, across Western Maryland and all across our state go about their daily lives in a faster, more efficient and safer manner," Hogan said...
  • Stop building new roads until we know the threat to the environment (Oh, dear!)

    12/29/2016 7:59:36 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    Myrtle Beach Online ^ | December 10, 2016 | Kenneth M. Lee
    After seeing all the damage from the recent hurricane, it’s time for South Carolina to abandon projects such as Interstate 73. There’s been a lot of fallen trees and a lot of flooding. What makes the state believe that flooding of urban areas is not being caused by the filling of wetlands, the heightening of new roads, and putting more concrete pilings in drainage basin areas? Before building any more roads, an environmental impact study should include what hindrances there will be to water drainage after all those waterways are filled with dirt, concrete piers and steel rebar. Water from...
  • Williams: Lets see what happens next (I-73 funding)

    12/28/2016 1:10:08 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Martinsville Bulletin ^ | December 26, 2016 | Ben R. Williams
    On Tuesday, the Henry County Board of Supervisors voted 5-1 to renew the county’s contract with Alcalde and Fay LLC, which advocates for Interstate 73 on the state and federal level on the county’s behalf. Often when there is a split vote, it is tempting to pick a side. In this case, however, I agree with both sides. There are strong arguments for renewing the contract, and there are strong arguments against renewing the contract, but ultimately, the board made the appropriate call. The lone dissenting vote came from Collinsville District Supervisor Joe Bryant, who argued that he didn’t believe...
  • Infrastructure Spending Done Right

    12/14/2016 2:41:06 PM PST · by DonaldAx · 8 replies
    Donald Ax ^ | 12/12/2016 | Donald Ax
    The Democrats have already signaled that they will support a significant component of Donald Trump’s economic growth plan, infrastructure spending. The Republicans do not have the same old ideas though, but have a much more nuanced plan than what the Democrats are used to.Whenever there is talk about stimulating the economy, the Democrats immediately begin talking about infrastructure spending. After the 2008 economic crisis, for instance, President Obama turned to government spending to stimulate the US economy with the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. The Obama administration used the ARRA for plenty of shoveling, but very...
  • Trump's pledge to boost infrastructure could aid mid-Hudson

    12/08/2016 12:56:52 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Middletown Times Herald-Record ^ | November 21, 2016 | James Nani
    County leaders are hopeful that the $1 trillion infrastructure investment promised by Republican president-elect Donald Trump will have a big impact on the region. Trump has promised to prioritize infrastructure spending in his first 100 days in office. The move is one that Democrats, now in minority positions in both houses of Congress, have said they're willing to support. The plan, which is not yet fully fleshed out, looks to rely heavily on billions of dollars of infrastructure tax credits to private entities. And while Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen warned recently that weighing down the national debt with...
  • Opinion: Will Trump usher in an economic boom?

    12/07/2016 12:56:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Market Watch ^ | December 7, 2016 | Darrell Delamaide
    Will President Donald Trump usher in an economic boom? In case you haven’t noticed, while liberals fret about who Trump is talking to on the phone and conservatives fret about trade wars and deficits, the stock market is going crazy. Irrational exuberance or eager anticipation of a rebounding U.S. economy unshackled from over-burdensome regulations, high corporate taxes and too-timid fiscal policy? Irrational exuberance or eager anticipation of a rebounding U.S. economy unshackled from over-burdensome regulations, high corporate taxes and too-timid fiscal policy? Paul McCulley, former chief economist for Pimco, says it’s the latter. “The market is essentially celebrating the end...
  • Two sections of First Coast Expressway construction behind schedule

    12/07/2016 11:00:21 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Florida Times-Union ^ | December 6, 2016 | Teresa Stepzinski
    Construction of two of the three sections of the multi-lane First Coast Expressway running through Clay County and neighboring Northeast Florida communities is behind schedule, according to Florida Department of Transportation officials, who cited a variety of factors for the delays. The expressway is a limited access toll facility is touted by elected officials and economic development authorities in Clay as being a gateway to new residential and commercial economic growth, which translates into an increased tax base. When completed, the expressway will span 46.5 miles. It be a connecting road outside of the existing Interstate 295 Loop between Interstate...
  • New Yorkers Seem To Be Warming Up To Donald Trump

    12/05/2016 1:07:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Huffington Post Politics ^ | December 5, 2016 | Nick Bayer, pollster fellow
    President-elect Donald Trump has become more popular among New York voters since his stunning win on election night, according to a Siena College poll released Monday. Forty-one percent of voters in the state now hold a favorable opinion of the president-elect ― the highest ever favorable rating in any Siena poll of New York. Trump’s favorable rating is 7 points higher now than it was when the college conducted its last poll just before Election Day. Likewise, his unfavorable rating has dropped by 10 percent in the same period, from 63 to 53 percent. Trump lost the largely Democratic state...
  • Reinstituting earmarks could benefit region (BARF)

    12/03/2016 1:04:05 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Altonna Mirror ^ | November 27, 2016 | Altoona Mirror editorial board
    Earmarks again are a topic in Congress, and people in this part of Pennsylvania shouldn’t condemn them. Back in the 1970s, when highway construction was booming around the biggest population centers of the Keystone State, places like Altoona, Johnstown, Ebensburg and Bedford were told that once those projects were completed, work would begin on their roadway needs.But as the large-scale projects around Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Erie were completed, the promises that had been made to Blair County and other smaller-population areas, didn’t materialize because of alleged money shortages.The message seemed to be: “We’ll get to you sometime, but for...
  • The Mythology of HOT Lanes

    12/02/2016 2:11:47 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    StreetsBlog USA ^ | September 27, 2016 | Kevin Posey
    In July Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe stood on the platform of a train station in Alexandria to announce that the U.S. Department of Transportation had granted $165 million for the Atlantic Gateway project.While this is a multimodal project featuring rail, bus, and highway improvements, it was clearly the latter that most enthused the governor. At one point during his remarks, he declared that because of the road projects, “Today, the congestion is going to end!”The primary focus of the highway improvements will be an extension of the HOT (high occupancy toll) lanes on I-95 and I-395. The only other speaker...
  • Republicans Should Say ‘No’ to Trump’s Infrastructure Boondoggle

    11/30/2016 8:38:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/30/2016 | Michael Tanner
    Stephen Moore, a Trump economic advisor and a man I know and respect, recently told congressional Republicans that, since Donald Trump won the election, it is their duty to deliver on his agenda — even if his policies are bad ideas. Umm, no. Bad ideas are bad ideas, even when voters choose them. Otherwise, we all should have gone along with every bad idea that President Obama proposed over the last eight years. Moore was talking, in particular, about Trump’s plan to spend $1 trillion or more on infrastructure projects. But, like many of Trump’s ideas, the infrastructure proposal is...
  • Top 5 Biggest Road Construction Projects In DFW

    11/29/2016 1:03:25 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    CBS DFW ^ | November 1, 2016 | Brian New
    NORTH TEXAS (CBS11) – It is nearly impossible these days in North Texas to avoid road construction projects. While billions of dollars are being pumped into the roadway system, TxDOT said it still can’t keep up with the growth. “There are a thousand people moving a day to Texas and we’ve (North Texas) got most of them,” said TxDOT Dallas spokesperson Donna Huerta. “We can’t keep up with that kind of demand, but what we can do is take what we have and make it better.” With a new approach allowing contractors to design and build a project simultaneously, TxDOT...