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  • Bank plan would help build bridges, boost jobs

    07/07/2011 5:49:14 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 8 replies
    pmsNBC ^ | 7-6-11 | Anika Anand
    The idea of such a bank has been around since the 1990s but has never gained significant attention until now. In March a bipartisan bill was introduced in the Senate that gained the support of the US Chamber of Commerce, America’s leading business lobby, and the AFL-CIO, the country’s largest labor federation — two groups on opposite sides of most debates. The BUILD Act, proposed by Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., Kay Hutchinson, R-Texas, and Mark Warner, D-Va., would create a national infrastructure bank that would provide loans and loan guarantees to encourage private investment in upgrading America’s infrastructure. There are...
  • Rick Perry: Drawing the Lines Clearly

    06/25/2011 2:28:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 84 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 25, 2011 | Peter Heck
    Rick Perry may just be the guy. The country's longest tenured governor, from its second-largest state, is generating a lot of buzz in conservative circles as he contemplates entering the wide open Republican presidential primary. There are plenty of reasons that Perry is an attractive option: he is a no-nonsense decision-maker with solid conservative credentials. A man who not only speaks about family values, but lives them, Perry's power to persuade voters to see things his way is proven -- battle-tested in a state known for independent-minded citizens. But what serious political analysts on both sides of the aisle will...
  • Solar Flares Could Disrupt Earth's Tech Infrastructure in 2013

    06/09/2011 4:14:13 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 21 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/6/11 | Gavriel Queennan
    Tuesday's solar flare went unnoticed by most of Earth's inhabitants, but NASA says that might not be the case in 2013 when a peak in solar activity could cause trillions of dollars in damage to high-tech infrastructures. Earlier this week the Sun had a massive solar flare shooting a bunch of radiation in our planet's direction. While the Earth isn't expected to be directly in the flare's path, it could agitate the planet's electromagnetic field on Thursday, possibly disrupting radio and satellite transmissions - not to mention creating some spectacular auroral light displays for those in the north. NASA is...
  • Lawmakers advance bill to remove Trans-Texas Corridor wording from state statutes

    05/25/2011 10:07:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | May 24, 2011 | Ben Wear
    Will the governor sign the death certificate for his brainchild? The House unanimously voted late Monday to accept Senate changes to House Bill 1201, Rep. Lois Kolkhorst's legislation that would remove all references to the Trans-Texas Corridor from state statutes. And, oh yes, allow an 85 mph speed limit on certain roads completed after June. The bill now goes to Gov. Rick Perry for his signature, or his veto. For now, the only road likely to qualify for the 85 mph limit will be the southern 40 miles of the Texas 130 tollway, now under construction between the southeast outskirts...
  • Senate votes to drive final stake through Trans Texas Corridor

    05/22/2011 7:35:03 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 58 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | May 21, 2011 | Christy Hoppe
    AUSTIN — The ceremony was brief and drew few mourners, but the Trans Texas Corridor is finally dead. The Senate unanimously passed a bill that strikes from state law any language, reference and authority once connected to the massive highway envisioned to slice a swath through Texas. The same measure already has passed the House. There are some minor differences that still need to be reconciled, but the bill is expected to go to Gov. Rick Perry, who will have to decide whether to join in the final rites for his once-prized project. Legislators did keep a provision that was...
  • Hole In Bridge closes I-40 in Sequoyah County [Oklahoma]

    04/03/2011 2:27:59 PM PDT · by FourPeas · 15 replies
    KFSM.COM ^ | 3 April 2011 | Allison Woods
    Oklahoma State Police shut down I-40 westbound temporarily because of a hole in a bridge. The bridge is near MM325 in Muldrow. A few cars had their tires blow out after driving over the hole. Troopers say the hole in the bridge is due to construction. No Injuries have been reported.
  • 10 deficient Calif. bridges in or near L.A.

    03/26/2011 9:23:06 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    KABC) ^ | Tuesday, March 22, 2011
    According to the report, the top 10 most heavily traveled of the structurally deficient bridges are in the greater Los Angeles area. The report estimates the state needs an average of $323 from each licensed driver to address the bridge problems. The report comes from the group Transportation for America. List of California's top 10 heavily traveled, most structurally deficient bridges Interstate 10 at Normandie Ave. (Los Angeles County) Interstate 10 at Budlong Ave. (L.A. County) Interstate 10 and ramps at 16 streets (L.A. County) Interstate 10 at Interstate 110 (L.A. County) I-10 and ramps at 11 city streets (L.A....
  • Securing the California Delta's levees before a major earthquake [but let's not talk about that]

    03/24/2011 1:03:43 PM PDT · by delacoert · 9 replies
    In the event of a major earthquake or flood and many levees failing simultaneously in California's Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, as many as 515,000 residents and 520,000 acres of land would be in immediate danger; the long term effects could be even more widespread, as nearly 28 million residents depend on the Delta for water and irrigation; California lawmakers have increasingly turned their attention to securing the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta's levees, but experts say that only little progress has been made After witnessing the destructive potential of broken levees during Hurricane Katrina, California lawmakers have increasingly turned their attention...
  • (John) Kerry set to introduce bipartisan infrastructure bank bill

    03/14/2011 12:04:28 PM PDT · by maggief · 54 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | March 14, 2011 | By Vicki Needham
    Democratic Sen. John Kerry (Mass.) will introduce bipartisan legislation later this week to create a federal infrastructure bank to fund major projects around the nation, an aide told The Hill. Kerry has at least one Republican senator backing the initiative — the American Infrastructure Financing Authority — that will initially cost about $10 billion and provide loans and loan guarantees for large, much-needed infrastructure projects.
  • How your lawmakers voted (Money appropriated for "Bridge to Nowhere")

    03/04/2011 11:16:16 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies · 1+ views
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | March 4, 2011 | The Chicago Sun-Times
    In the week of March 7, the House will take up bills addressing the U.S. housing crisis, while the Senate will resume debate on reforming U.S. procedures for awarding patents. HOUSE HIGHWAY, MASS-TRANSIT PROJECTS: Voting 421-4, the House sent the Senate a bill (HR 662) to provide billions of dollars in funding for road and bridge construction, mass transit, and highway safety from March 4 through Sept. 30. A yes vote was to pass the bill. Judy Biggert: Yes Randy Hultgren: Yes “BRIDGE TO NOWHERE”: Voting 181-246, the House defeated a Democratic bid to strip HR 662 (above) of funds...
  • Raising taxes will create jobs: AFL-CIO chief

    02/27/2011 2:35:06 AM PST · by Scanian · 37 replies
    The American Thinker Blog ^ | February 27, 2011 | Rick Moran
    Such economic illiteracy is unusual, even for a labor union chief: "What's the best way to get Americans back to work? Raise taxes, according to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Specifically, he wants to raise the federal gas tax as a means to fund infrastructure spending. 'We need a dedicated source of revenue to create infrastructure in this country,' he tells Aaron Task in the accompanying clip. "'We need to create jobs. The best way to do that is through infrastructure development.' Simply maintaining the existing infrastructure in this country will cost $2.2 trillion over five years, according to the American...
  • The Price Is Wrong: Childish Word Games from the Left

    02/21/2011 4:21:02 PM PST · by Walter Scott Hudson
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | February 21, 2011 | Walter Hudson
    As the father of a two-year-old, I have several opportunities to watch animated films. Now playing in the Hudson home is last year's Despicable Me. The plot centers around a super-villain who adopts three young girls as part of his latest diabolical scheme. When he brings them home for the first time, he tells them not to touch anything. Intent upon getting under his skin, they ask him whether this rule applies to the floor and the air. Such wordplay is common among children, who think themselves rather clever for finding a literal meaning contrary to a clear directive. Along...
  • Highway tolls set to violate us yet again (roads and corruption in S. Africa)

    02/13/2011 2:11:33 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    Times Live ^ | February 13, 2011 | Pinky Khoabane
    Pinky Khoabane: There's probably nothing worse than being repeatedly violated. And frankly, that's exactly how I feel about the news that you and I will have to fork out a couple of thousand rands each month on toll fees just so that we can use Gauteng's highways: 66c per kilometre is the figure mooted. It would seem that the abuse began the moment the World Cup was announced to take place in South Africa. A bunch of unscrupulous, greedy businessmen began turning the wheels of corruption, overcharging the taxpayer billions to build roads and stadiums. The Competition Commission has uncovered...
  • The Rest of the New Jersey Tunnel Story

    01/15/2011 6:12:26 AM PST · by BfloGuy · 20 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 1/14/2011 | Mary Anastasia O'Grady
    New Jersey was also bearing too much of the cost in his view. When he halted the project, he said that "the only phone calls of protest I got were from [New York] Mayor [Michael] Bloomberg, [then-New York] Governor [David] Paterson and New York City real estate developers. And I thought to myself, 'Hey, you know, I think I might've stumbled onto something.'" The governor said he started to see the project as "access to New York's core, thanks New Jersey." Mr. Christie said that he told Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood that he could not "justify to New Jerseyans...
  • Diana Furchtgott-Roth: End the highway trust fund

    01/07/2011 6:17:26 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 6, 2011 | Diana Furchtgott-Roth
    Imagine if the government taxed you for food, then gave you the money back for groceries and told you what you had to buy, and where you could buy it. That's what the government is doing to states with transportation spending, and the new 112th Congress should restore sanity by returning fuel taxation and highway spending to the states. Congress levies taxes of 18 cents for gasoline and 24 cents for diesel, puts the revenue into the Highway Trust Fund, then returns it to the states to spend on transportation. States in the Northeast, the Pacific Northwest, the Rocky Mountains,...
  • Sweden deploys vintage trains to battle the snow

    01/02/2011 10:36:49 AM PST · by WesternCulture · 45 replies ^ | 12/27/2010 | TT/The Local/pvs
    The Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) has turned to antique rolling stock to boost resources battling the snow and to clear a stretch of track in southern Sweden, according to a report by Sveriges Television (SVT). The trains, old DA locomotives normally resident in the Swedish Railway Museum in Gävle in northern Sweden, have been dusted off and put back into service to clear the tracks of snow between Mjölby and Alvesta in southern Sweden. Furthermore a 100-year-old snowplough is in place alongside the tracks in nearby Nässjö, ready to be called into action if needed. "These are made of stern...
  • Arlington chamber wants county to end HOT lanes lawsuit (HOT Lanes are raaaaacist, contd.)

    12/28/2010 1:33:33 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 27, 2010 | Ben Giles
    The Arlington Chamber of Commerce wants to see a speedy end to the county's HOT lanes lawsuit, arguing that the cost of suing to stop the construction of high-occupancy toll lanes is damaging the county's reputation and hurting efforts to improve transportation on busy interstates. Chamber President Rich Doud said the lawsuit could undermine efforts to relieve traffic congestion in Arlington, damage the county's relationship with the private sector and drive up the HOT lanes project's cost as the lawsuit drags on. The chamber includes ending the lawsuit on its list of public policy priorities for 2011. The county spent...
  • Africa Can Feed Itself in a Generation, Experts Say

    12/07/2010 8:58:43 AM PST · by jmcenanly · 47 replies · 1+ views
    Science Daily ^ | December 3,2010 | Calestous Juma,
    — Africa can feed itself. And it can make the transition from hungry importer to self-sufficiency in a single generation.The startling assertions, in stark contrast with entrenched, gloomy perceptions of the continent, highlight a collection of studies published December 2 that present a clear prescription for transforming Sub-Saharan Africa's agriculture and, by doing so, its economy. The strategy calls on governments to make African agricultural expansion central to decision making about everything from transportation and communication infrastructure to post-secondary education and innovation investment.
  • Confusion leads to heavy toll fines

    11/16/2010 10:15:45 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies · 1+ views ^ | November 16, 2010 | Doug Shupe
    AUSTIN (KXAN) - KXAN Austin News has uncovered dozens of cases in which unpaid tolls have turned into bills as high as tens of thousands of dollars. Toll roads first came to Central Texas four years ago. There are now a total of five tollways, including Texas Toll 130 in East Travis and Williamson counties. The bottom line is the toll bills were not paid, and they ended up becoming criminal cases. Although drivers can pay with cash at most tolls, use their TxTag or Pay by Mail as the signs say, some drivers contend the last option poses a...
  • Governor-elect Walker targets high-speed rail, road projects

    11/03/2010 11:24:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Daily Reporter (Milwaukee) ^ | Novermber 3, 2010 | Marie Rohde
    Gov.-elect Scott Walker, hoarse from his election night celebration, was optimistic on Wednesday that Wisconsin’s high-speed rail project could be stopped and that highway construction projects will move forward under his administration. Just days before the election, state and federal administrators quietly signed a deal committing the state to spending all $810 million in federal stimulus money earmarked for the state to use on the Milwaukee-to-Madison high-speed rail line. While at first blush it would seem the signed commitments would end the discussion, Walker said that may not be the case. “I believe there are a couple of legal options...
  • The Brown Wall

    11/02/2010 1:02:07 AM PDT · by Scanian · 8 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | November 02, 2010 | Randy Fardal
    President Kennedy made one of his greatest speeches in Berlin. Some debate whether his German intonation was perfect -- "Ich bin ein Berliner" -- but the speech's venue certainly was perfect. Kennedy wanted a side-by-side comparison of limited government versus authoritarian government, and there was no better place to do that than in the artificially divided German city. The speech also employed powerful repetition: "Let them come to Berlin!" Today, there are those who say that America has become more like the dysfunctional, oppressed East Berlin of 1963 than its efficient, free contemporary to the West. New York Times columnist...
  • What’s the best way to modernize our transportation?

    10/27/2010 11:10:25 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies · 1+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 26, 2010 | The Christian Science Monitor
    With a lagging economy, high unemployment, and aging transportation systems, Americans debate the best ways to invest in their infrastructure and stimulate economic activity – from high-speed rail and congestion pricing, to cutting pork and tapping private capital. High-speed rail is a big part of the answer During the Great Depression, businesses and governments agreed that transportation modernization was essential to restoring prosperity. The 1930s saw the emergence of the freeway (the first one opening in Los Angeles in 1940) and the airport as important modes of transportation. Together with the National Interstate and Defense Highways Act of 1956, these...
  • Shovel-Ready White Elephants (Face it, this country cannot build things the way it used to)

    10/20/2010 6:34:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/20/2010 | Jonah Goldberg
    It took 410 days to build the Empire State Building, four years to erect the Golden Gate Bridge. The Pentagon took a year and a half, the Alaska Highway just nine months. These days it takes longer to build an overpass. For instance, planning for Boston’s “Big Dig” officially began in the early 1980s with a budget of $2.6 billion, but ground wasn’t broken until 1991 and the last ramp wasn’t opened until 2006. The final estimated cost: $22 billion. According to the Boston Globe, it won’t be paid off until 2038. Meanwhile, the “race” to rebuild the World Trade...
  • Stimulus-funded transportation projects are leading to new hires

    10/02/2010 6:55:27 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 16 replies
    GOVPRO ^ | Friday, Oct. 1, 2010 | Michael Keating
    Funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) are helping improve the infrastructure and create new jobs, says a new report from the Washington-based American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). According to "More Projects and Paychecks: Transportation's Summer of Recovery," as of August 31, the U.S. Department of Transportation reported that $5.4 billion worth of work is under way on 4,200 mass transit projects, and 11,978 highway and bridge projects are being completed, totaling $24.1 billion. A total of 13,000 highway projects worth $26.4 billion have been approved for construction, that when completed will...
  • Study: U.S. Infrastructure Requires $2.2 Trillion over 5 Years

    09/30/2010 12:06:33 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 31 replies
    For Construction Pros ^ | Thursday, September 30, 2010 | Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation
    Washington, DC, September 29, 2010—A new report, Infrastructure Construction and Equipment Finance Opportunities, issued by the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation (Foundation), provides an outlook on infrastructure construction and offers a review of the current situation as well as an analysis of future trends. In addition, the study discusses current legislation or policies that may impact infrastructure construction, provides insight into the impact of infrastructure construction on equipment demand, and examines the opportunities this landscape presents for equipment finance. The study was conducted at the request of the Foundation by IHS Global Insight, a global economic and financial forecasting company....
  • USDOT provides progress report on National Rail Plan

    09/29/2010 9:10:15 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 25 replies
    Progressive Railroading ^ | Wednesday, September 29, 2010
    Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) released an update of the National Rail Plan in a report, titled “Moving Forward: A Progress Report.” The report builds on the Preliminary National Rail Plan that was mandated by the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 and submitted to Congress in October 2009. It outlines the numerous factors — past, present and future — that make the case for improving rail infrastructure. “America’s economic vitality has been driven by investments in transportation,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in a prepared statement. “Giving rail a greater role in our national...
  • Tuesday profile: A builder mentality

    09/28/2010 5:31:58 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | Tuesday, September 28, 2010 | Kevin Bogardus
    Amid a push in Washington for increased budget austerity, Jeff Boothe argues that more public spending is the tonic needed to revitalize the U.S. economy. Boothe, a partner at Holland & Knight, told The Hill that passing infrastructure legislation such as the surface transportation reauthorization bill is vital for the nation’s transit future. “[The infrastructure bills] are not sexy. They are not going to get a member a vote … They are not going to garner headlines until something tragic happens,” Boothe said. “Maintaining systems do not go away. Maintaining roads do not go away. You have to invest in...
  • A laundry list of power industry incidents to learn from (cyber terror attacks)

    09/25/2010 12:53:32 PM PDT · by SmartInsight · 3 replies
    Network Work ^ | Sept. 22, 2010 | M. E. Kabay
    In this seventh article in a series focusing on the need for improved information assurance and cyber situational awareness in the electric power industry, we continue a survey of government and industry consensus about the need for increased security of SCADA systems in the power industry. Cyberterror Impact, Defense Under Scrutiny The DHS Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report for Aug. 4, 2004 included the following item summarizing work by Jon Swartz of USA TODAY: A coordinated cyberattack against the U.S. could topple parts of the Internet, silence communications and commerce, and paralyze federal agencies and businesses, government officials and security...
  • Computer super-virus 'targeted Iranian nuclear power station' but who made it?

    09/24/2010 10:51:26 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | Sept. 24, 2010 | Niall Firth
    The world’s first cyber ‘super weapon’ may have been designed to attack a nuclear power station in Iran, experts believe. A computer virus called Stuxnet has been described as the most sophisticated 'worm' ever created and has already infected more than 45,000 networks worldwide. A 'worm' is a type of computer virus that can reproduce by sending copies of itself to any PC that is connected to the infected machine. Now internet security experts fear that Stuxnet, which was first detected in June, is the first 'worm' specifically created to target real-world infrastructure such as power stations and water plants....
  • Democrat says Republicans playing politics with train proposal

    09/22/2010 8:15:09 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 22 replies
    HudsonHubTimes ^ | Wednesday, September 22, 2010 | Marc Kovac
    Columbus -- A Democratic state lawmaker criticized Republicans in the Ohio Senate Monday for playing politics with a plan to establish passenger rail service between the state's largest cities. Rep. Bob Hagan, from Youngstown, said many of the same GOP lawmakers who now are opposing the so-called 3C effort voted in favor of a resolution four years ago that urged federal support for passenger rail service in the state. "I do think that it's absolutely ridiculous for them to phrase their opposition as if they're looking at trying to be fiscally responsible when just four years ago ... they were...
  • A <s>Second</s> No a Third Stimulus won't work either Mr. Obama

    09/08/2010 7:45:25 AM PDT · by Alaphiah123 · 5 replies
    Creating Orwellian Worldview ^ | 9/8/10 | Alaphiah
    New ways? Why Mr. president you’re touting the same old rehashed infrastructure propaganda that got us into this mess in the first place! If Republicans drove the economy into a ditch as Mr. Soetoro pointed out then his stimulus packages has launch our economy on to an unknown asteroid which we may never see coming this way again. When the president first announced the $787 Billion dollar stimulus package a year ago, which incidentally has ballooned to about $1Trillion dollars, he say it was for shovel ready good green jobs as well as building roads, bridges and the country’s infrastructure....
  • How the Erie Canal and Hoover Dam hold lessons for today's hard times

    09/08/2010 3:14:47 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 56 replies
    Crosscut ^ | Wednesday, September 08, 2010 | Michael Godfried
    We're desperate for jobs, so why not put people to work fixing America's decaying infrastructure? We live in strange times: so many people without work and so much work to be done. While millions of Americans languish without jobs, the nation’s bridges, roads, and rails are falling apart. Meanwhile, as America sleeps at the wheel, China, India, and Europe are developing the next generation of infrastructure. In Washington State and across the nation, infrastructure may be the key to our future. As the body count mounts from the "Great Recession," America is still without a vision of how to revive...
  • Fred Thompson: Barack Obama’s a dog on a fire hydrant

    09/07/2010 5:07:33 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Fred Thompson: Barack Obama’s a dog on a fire hydrant By: Andy Barr September 7, 2010 05:05 PM EDT Former GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson on Tuesday compared President Barack Obama’s treatment of the American people to a dog urinating on a fire hydrant. Thompson’s comment came in response to Obama’s contention Monday that his Republican opponents “talk about me like a dog.” “Obama: some people in DC ‘talk about me like a dog.’” Thompson wrote on his Twitter feed (@FredThompson). “Maybe it's because he keeps treating this country like a fire hydrant.” Thompson’s tweet followed a number of critical...
  • Pittsburgh businesses anticipate boost in Obama's $50B transportation plan

    09/07/2010 12:59:04 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 13 replies
    Pittsburgh Business Times ^ | Tuesday, September 7, 2010 | Patty Tascarella
    President Barack Obama’s six-year, $50 billion plan to upgrade the nation’s transportation infrastructure could give Pittsburgh contractors a much-needed boost — provided Congress is on board. The plan includes providing funding for roadways, railways and airport runways, and it calls for the creation of a government-run bank to finance projects via a combination of tax dollars and private investment so it does not increase the deficit over time. “We’re talking roads,” Obama said during a Labor Day speech in Milwaukee Monday. “We’re talking bridges. We’re talking about high-speed rail lines required to compete in a 21st century economy.” Steve Chizmar,...
  • President mulls new measures to spark economy (establishment of an Infrastructure Bank)

    09/06/2010 9:14:22 AM PDT · by Libloather · 39 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/06/10
    President mulls new measures to spark economyBy the CNN Wire Staff September 6, 2010 10:07 a.m. EDT Washington (CNN) -- On this Labor Day, the White House will put its focus squarely back on the economy, following a week where the Obama administration concentrated on Middle East peace talks and the end of America's combat role in Iraq. The address will be the first of two speeches this week in which President Barack Obama will try and frame his administration's response to the recession, less than two months ahead of midterm elections where Democratic majorities in the House and Senate...
  • Economists: Second Economic Stimulus Needed

    09/05/2010 1:43:20 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 66 replies
    CBS ^ | Sunday, September 5, 2010 | Jimmy So
    National Debt Not Most Important Issue; Experts Suggest Infrastructure Spending, Payroll Tax Holiday Would Spur New Hires(CBS)  The White House is facing a public that's very pessimistic about the economy, with new unemployment numbers rising to 9.6 percent, the first increase in four months. The Democrats are staring at possible defeat in the mid-term elections if the job market does not improve, and President Barack Obama will outline new measures Wednesday aimed at boosting the U.S. economy. Laura Tyson, the former chairwoman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Bill Clinton, and Mark Zandi, the chief economist at Moody's...
  • ODOT seeks New Federal Funds for Transportation Projects of the Future

    08/25/2010 7:06:28 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 15 replies ^ | Wednesday, August 25, 2010 | Press Release
    COLUMBUS - Electric cars, a new runway for landing futuristic aerospace equipment, and access to new jobs along the Ohio River - those are three of the 12 projects the Ohio Department of Transportation ( ODOT ) is hoping will receive funding through a new stream of federal transportation dollars. ODOT is seeking a share of $600 million in new federal funds appropriated by the U.S. Department of Transportation for its TIGER II Discretionary Grants program. This new federal funding is similar to the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery - or “TIGER grants” - authorized under the Recovery Act. “This...
  • China Traffic Jam Could Last Weeks [ TarBama said he want US infrastructure to like China's ]

    08/24/2010 3:36:14 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 24 2010 | SHAI OSTER
    Traffic has been snarled along the outskirts of Beijing and is stretching toward the border of Inner Mongolia ever since roadwork on the Beijing-Tibet Highway started Aug. 13. The following week, parts of a major road circling Beijing were closed, further tightening overburdened roadways. As the jam on the highway, also known as National Highway 110, passed the 10-day mark Tuesday, local authorities dispatched hundreds of police to keep order and to reroute cars and trucks carrying essential supplies, such as food or flammables, around the main bottleneck. There, vehicles were inching along little more than a third of a...
  • Demand for high-speed rail funding in U.S. swells

    08/16/2010 12:37:23 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 34 replies
    FOXBusiness ^ | Monday, August 16, 2010 | Lisa Lambert
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Transportation said Monday it continues to see high demand for funds to build high-speed passenger rail. The department said it had received 20 applications from 10 states totaling $7.8 billion for developing high-speed rail corridors and 57 applications from 18 states totaling $700 million for smaller projects within rail corridors. They are competing for $2.3 billion appropriated by the federal government for this fiscal year. "The response to our call to transform America's transportation landscape has been tremendous and shows the country is ready for high-speed rail," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in...
  • Roads to Ruin: Towns Rip Up the Pavement

    07/17/2010 5:59:50 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 157 replies · 3+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 17, 2010 | LAUREN ETTER
    ... Paved roads, historical emblems of American achievement, are being torn up across rural America and replaced with gravel or other rough surfaces as counties struggle with tight budgets and dwindling state and federal revenue. State money for local roads was cut in many places amid budget shortfalls. In Michigan, at least 38 of the 83 counties have converted some asphalt roads to gravel in recent years. Last year, South Dakota turned at least 100 miles of asphalt road surfaces to gravel. Counties in Alabama and Pennsylvania have begun downgrading asphalt roads to cheaper chip-and-seal road, also known as "poor...
  • Connect planes and trains

    07/11/2010 6:09:05 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 33 replies
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | Sunday, July 11, 2010 | editorial
    Without a doubt, passenger rail should connect to Tampa International Airport, where parking fees can rival the cost of a flight. A seamless rail connection would help maintain the airport's reputation as one of the world's best. More importantly, easier airport access would benefit local travelers and businesses. But whether to put an airport rail station in the first phase of rail construction or later is best left to experts who calculate costs and predict ridership. The first line built should be the one most likely to carry the most people every day, spark the most redevelopment and help create...
  • Rail subsidy makes sense

    07/11/2010 5:52:25 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 71 replies · 1+ views
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | Sunday, July 11, 2010 | editorial
    While transit advocates are discussing where to put rail and how soon, a broader debate continues about the wisdom of spending any tax money on any form of rail. Critics say that if passenger rail were practical, private investors would happily build it and reap the profits. They're half right. If profits were to be had, many people would be trying to capitalize. But that's no justification to refuse to subsidize better mobility on corridors where road expansion is impossible or would cost much more than a rail line. The great expense of right of way, the slow return on...
  • Rail network could replace flights

    07/08/2010 4:34:47 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 32 replies
    New Civil Engineer ^ | 8 July, 2010 | Press Association
    A north-south high-speed rail (HSR) network would mean that internal flights in the UK would become largely a thing of the past, according to Transport Secretary Philip Hammond. He described the HSR route - along with a link to Heathrow airport - as being “at the heart” of the new Government’s transport policy. Mr Hammond added that funding discussions for a scheme that would “transform our cities and regenerate our regions” would soon begin. He was speaking at an HSR conference in London arranged to discuss the Government plans for a high-speed route linking London with northern England, the Midlands...
  • Statement from the President on the National Broadband Plan

    03/17/2010 11:15:41 PM PDT · by Cindy · 31 replies · 587+ views ^ | March 16, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Home • Briefing Room • Statements & Releases The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release March 16, 2010 Statement from the President on the National Broadband Plan America today is on the verge of a broadband-driven Internet era that will unleash innovation, create new jobs and industries, provide consumers with new powerful sources of information, enhance American safety and security, and connect communities in ways that strengthen our democracy. Just as past generations of Americans met the great infrastructure challenges of the day, such as building the Transcontinental...
  • Time to get moving on high-speed rail

    06/28/2010 6:54:19 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 85 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/28/10 | Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska)
    The need for high-speed rail in this country is real and urgent. As airport delays increase, traffic on our roads and highways slows to a standstill and our current rail system’s highest-speed train chugs along at a pace slower than most cars, a high-speed-rail system would provide a welcome, convenient and safe alternative for American travel. Over the course of many pieces of legislation, billions of dollars have been directed toward the intention of implementing a high-speed-rail infrastructure. But most of the money has gone to subsidizing the subpar system already in place. When I was chairman of the. House...
  • Iraq to get $600m monorail system

    06/27/2010 6:14:42 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 22 replies
    Construction Week Online ^ | Jun 27, 2010 | CW Staff
    Privately owned Canadian consortium Transglobim International (Globim) has been awarded a $600m contract to build Iraq’s first monorail system in Najaf city. Najaf is Iraq’s second largest city and lies 160kms to the south of capital Bagdad. With a population of 1.2 million (estimate, 2008), Najaf is one of the holiest cities of Shia Islam as it is the home to the shrine of Imam Ali, Prophet Muhammad's martyred son-in-law. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims jam the city’s medieval streets every year to receive rites, and the monorail is designed to ease that congestion. In comments published in the Kuwait...
  • The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace

    06/25/2010 10:55:29 PM PDT · by cryptical · 13 replies
    White House Blog ^ | June 25, 2010 | Howard A. Schmidt
    Cyberspace has become an indispensible component of everyday life for all Americans.  We have all witnessed how the application and use of this technology has increased exponentially over the years. Cyberspace includes the networks in our homes, businesses, schools, and our Nation’s critical infrastructure.  It is where we exchange information, buy and sell products and services, and enable many other types of transactions across a wide range of sectors. But not all components of this technology have kept up with the pace of growth.  Privacy and security require greater emphasis moving forward; and because of this, the technology that has brought many...
  • Philly, FAA have dirty plan for new runway

    06/23/2010 5:45:37 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 2 replies
    The Delaware County Daily Times ^ | Wednesday, June 23, 2010 | BRYAN LENTZ
    Recently the Government Accountability Office released GAO-10-120, “National Airspace System: Regional Airport Planning Could Address Congestion If Plans Were Integrated with FAA and Airport Decision Making.” For our region and Philadelphia International Airport, the study could be summarized as follows: “There is none,” planning that is. This study was prompted because the Federal Aviation Administration predicts that our national airspace systems are on track to become congested beyond their capacity. The GAO was asked to evaluate regional airport planning in congested metropolitan areas like Philadelphia. In 2009 Philadelphia International Airport registered 492,000 takeoffs and landings; this number is expected to...
  • British Govt to sell off Channel Tunnel rail link

    06/21/2010 5:28:48 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 2 replies
    Google/AFP ^ | MONDAY, JUNE 21, 2010 | AFP
    LONDON — The 68-mile high speed rail link which connects London and the Channel Tunnel is being sold off by the government as part of a programme of asset sales, the Department for Transport confirmed on Monday. The sale of the High Speed 1 (HS1) route from London's St Pancras International Station to Folkestone aims to raise much-needed public funds, with the line expected to fetch more than £1.5 billion. Transport Secretary Philip Hammond described the move as "good news for the taxpayer", a day ahead of an emergency budget likely to unveil wide-ranging spending cuts and tax rises. "The...
  • Ignoring bullet train opportunity means losing industrial leadership battle to Asia

    06/10/2010 7:28:49 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 84 replies · 185+ views
    The Bakersfield Californian ^ | Wednesday, Jun 09 2010 | Wade C. Eagleton
    As I read the Sounding Board comments regarding California high-speed rail published over four days ("Bullet-train debate hits 220 mph," May 30-June 3), I realized that generally, the criticism can be summarized as either "too expensive" or "the wrong project for government." A boondoggle. Few suggest the idea of vision. High-speed rail is a 21st-century solution to 19th-century problems. In this day and age, it's very easy to criticize, and honestly, the majority of time the criticism is earned. But this approach fails to capture the scope of the project and its potential rewards. You can't make an omelet unless...