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  • Is Elgin-O'Hare extension caught in political roadblock?

    02/09/2016 12:06:23 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Daily Herald ^ | January 14, 2016 | Marni Pyke
    A divide between the Illinois tollway and Chicago on the cost of airport land needed for the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway extension is threatening progress on the massive project, considered vital for the suburbs. An agreement to sell property on the western edge of O'Hare to the tollway at market value more than a decade ago has disintegrated, officials said, and the city's latest price tag of about $190 million is giving the tollway sticker-shock. "We've been negotiating for a long time. ... It's within the last couple of months I've realized how far apart we were," tollway Chairman Robert Schillerstrom said....
  • I-55 to see first P3 managed lane project in Illinois history

    02/08/2016 8:11:36 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    Better Roads (Equipment World) ^ | February 8, 2016 | Chris Hill
    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has announced with members of the state general assembly a plan allowing the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to add at least one additional lane in each direction to a 25-mile stretch of Interstate 55 near Chicago using a public-private partnership (P3) agreement. IDOT is allowed to use P3 agreements only if the general assembly adopts a resolution supporting a proposed project, a state law in place since 2011. This would be the first P3 managed lane project in the state. “By using existing resources to leverage private investment, we can build the type of infrastructure...
  • Transportation funding expected to fall $6B short in Pennsylvania

    02/08/2016 12:54:21 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | February 1, 2016 | Melissa Daniels
    Pennsylvania will be about $6 billion short of being able to fund all the projects legislators promised their constituents during passage of Act 89, the transportation funding bill of 2013. Secretary Leslie Richards will break the news to the Senate Transportation Committee when she testifies Tuesday, according to a copy of her testimony obtained by the Tribune-Review. Pennsylvania's 12-year transportation plan covers about 2,800 projects at a cost of about $34 billion. But that exceeds the $28 billion in revenue projected to come in for that time frame. “The Corbett administration over promised projects by at least $6 billion compared...
  • 405 toll lanes may have been trigger for firing of WSDOT secretary Lynn Peterson

    02/06/2016 8:04:23 PM PST · by djwright · 9 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 2/6/2016 | Mike Lindblom
    In the end, state Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson wasn’t derailed by nearly $400 million in Highway 520 bridge overruns, or even the two-year delay in the Highway 99 tunnel, a pair of projects that she inherited. Instead, the cardinal sin that Peterson and her department committed was to infuriate suburban motorists. Senate Republicans on Friday ousted Peterson without warning, by voting not to confirm her, three years after Gov. Jay Inslee appointed her. Blame a bumpy rollout of Interstate 405 express-toll lanes, which were meant to improve traffic flows in south Snohomish and northeast King counties. Instead, they moved some...
  • Congress Passes Long-Term Highway Bill Including Heller’s I-11 Extension

    02/02/2016 1:10:04 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    KOLO News Now 8 ABC ^ | December 3, 2015 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — After years of stymied efforts to address the nation's aging and congested highways and transit systems, Congress found the sweet spot for passage on Thursday — a 5-year, $305 billion bill laden with enough industry favors, parochial projects, safety improvements and union demands to gain overwhelming support. The bill was approved 359 to 65 in the House, and 83 to 16 in the Senate. The bill now goes to the White House for President Barack Obama's signature.
  • New system will alert drivers to low clearance on I-35

    01/22/2016 11:44:11 AM PST · by thackney · 31 replies
    KXAN ^ | January 21, 2016 | Calily Bien
    Last month, a garbage truck caused a parking lot on Interstate 35 through downtown Austin when it got stuck underneath the overpass at I-35 and 12th Street. To avoid scenes like that from happening in the future, the Texas Department of Transportation is installing a new bridge warning system to detect overheight trucks along the southbound lanes of I-35 between Airport Boulevard and Riverside Drive. KXAN News told you about the workgroup formed last year to address the issue of overheight trucks. The detection system will be placed at three locations along I-35, including just north of Martin Luther King...
  • State, Howard County partner to expand Route 32

    01/20/2016 10:30:32 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    WBAL TV ^ | January 15, 2016 | David Collins
    CLARKSVILLE, Md. — Big improvements to Maryland Route 32 will cover more than 20 miles from Clarksville to Eldersburg. Gov. Larry Hogan and Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman announced Thursday that a stretch of Route 32 will get a much-needed expansion. After nearly a decade of pleading with state officials, the traffic and safety nightmare on Route 32 is finally being addressed. Hogan is committing $152 million to widening the highway and making safety improvements. "Governor, there are citizens who have died on this roadway. There are friends of all of us who have died or have been hurt, and...
  • Vehicle-to-vehicle tech gets green light in U.S.

    01/11/2016 8:15:09 AM PST · by MulberryDraw · 45 replies
    CBS This Morning ^ | January 11, 2016, 7:50 AM | CBS News
    A major government announcement could dramatically reduce crashes on our roads. Equipping the country's cars and trucks with the vehicle-to-vehicle technology, or V2V, will essentially allow vehicles to see each other and warn of a potential danger before a driver know it is there. The Department of Transportation has now taken a key step towards requiring the technology to be in every car in the U.S., reports CBS News correspondent Kris Van Cleave.
  • Legislator's highway plan includes toll road interstates

    12/21/2015 12:53:47 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    The Lebanon Reporter ^ | Decembe 19, 2015 | Maureen Hayden
    INDIANAPOLIS — Maintaining the state’s roads and bridges is work fraught with obstacles and hazards. It doesn’t daunt Ed Soliday, a retired pilot and safety expert who loves telling stories and spinning metaphors. “I’m evangelist, and may 1,000 angels sing when somebody comes to see the light,” said Soliday, Republican chairman of the House Roads and Transportation Committee, who aims to convince fellow lawmakers to set aside politics in search of sustainable road funding. Don’t queue the music just yet. Soliday’s ideas for raising cash for deteriorating roads and bridges include some politically unpalatable proposals, such as tax hikes and...
  • Obama's proposed high-speed rail network stuck in station

    12/20/2015 2:12:48 PM PST · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 20, 2015 | Keith Laing
    President Obama is entering his final year in office with one of his most ambitious first term promises -- a nationwide network of high speed railways -- largely unfilled. Obama spoke frequently in his first term about developing the network. He imagined a U.S. rail system that would rival the interstate highway system, citing similar train systems in European countries that are widely popular. Obama included $8 billion in his 2009 economic stimulus package to jump start the high-speed rail program in the U.S. But seven years later, Obama has little to show for the effort. His stimulus offer was...
  • Sideling Hill center reopens amid relief, fingerpointing

    11/25/2015 8:03:13 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Hagerstown Herald-Mail ^ | October 9, 2015 | Don Aines
    HANCOCK — The Sideling Hill Welcome Center is now more than just the most scenic set of fair-weather restrooms in Western Maryland after Lt. Gov. Boyd K. Rutherford and a host of elected officials on Friday reopened the facility, which has been closed for the last six years. Perched on the east side of Sideling Hill near Hancock, where a massive cut in the mountain rock allows Interstate 68 to pass through, the center was closed in 2009, in a move by former Gov. Martin O'Malley that did not sit well with many area residents. "It was done for political...
  • MBTA revises ad policy after anti-Israeli ad condemned (Boston)

    11/24/2015 10:17:36 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 2 replies
    The Republican (Springfield, MA) ^ | November 23, 2015 | Gintautas Dumcius
    BOSTON - The MBTA fiscal control board revised the public transit agency's advertising policy after opponents of an ad taking aim at the Israeli government packed a board meeting and demanded the immediate removal of the ad from an MBTA station. Dr. Charles Jacobs, the head of the group Americans for Peace and Tolerance, said the ad puts Jewish people in danger. Others said it incites hatred and pointed to the death of Sharon’s Ezra Schwartz, who was killed last week in a terror attack while studying in Israel.
  • Let States Build Their Own Highways

    11/13/2015 8:09:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    Reason ^ | October 6, 2015 | Veronique de Rugy
    When Congress left town for the August recess, it did so without coming to an agreement on a long-term transportation bill. Instead, the president signed a three-month extension that set the stage for another showdown this fall. More than 30 such temporary extensions have passed since the last multi-year transportation bill expired in 2011. The inability of Congress to come together to pass a transportation package has frustrated the myriad special interests whose lobbyists want assurances that the dollars will keep flowing for years, and not just months, to come. And the media, which seldom miss an opportunity to push...
  • Railroads Hit By Falling Oil And Coal Production

    11/12/2015 3:02:20 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 5 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 12-11-2015 | Thomas The Tank
    According to the Association of American Railroads shows that rail traffic continues to slow down, as shipments of a range of commodities are sharply lower from a year ago. New data shows fewer shipped cargoes of coal, grain, metals, and oil across the United States in early November. For example, coal shipments are down 9.7 percent year-to-date compared to the same period in 2014. Cargoes of oil and other petroleum products are also down 7.7 percent over the same timeframe. For coal, the slowdown is due to dramatic fall off in coal production. As more and more coal plants are...
  • The House Resorts to More Gimmicks to Pass $325 Billion Highway Bill

    11/08/2015 8:56:29 AM PST · by Lorianne · 6 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 06 November 2015 | Eric Pianin
    here were plenty of high-fives and backslaps on Thursday as the House overwhelmingly approved a multi-year, $325 billion transportation bill designed to address the nation’s woeful highway, bridge and infrastructure system. Leaders from both parties hailed the 363 to 64 vote – capping three days of debate and consideration of 100 amendments -- as a major breakthrough essential to rebuilding the nation’s pothole riddled highways. As so often has been the case in Congress’s seemingly endless transportation melodrama, there is a lot less to the bill than meets the eye. Much of the promised new funding hinges on budget gimmicks...
  • Reevely: Tolls are coming to Ontario's HOV lanes

    11/04/2015 1:02:31 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Ottawa Citizen ^ | November 2, 2015 | David Reevely
    More tolls are coming to Ontario roads, Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca said Monday, with details on the province’s plans due in the next couple of months.Del Duca was talking about a report by a group of environmentally minded policy types calling themselves “the Ecofiscal Commission” that says road tolls are the only way to handle worsening congestion. Particularly, the report calls for adding tolls that would allow vehicles that would not otherwise qualify to use existing high-occupancy vehicle lanes.“Road use has traditionally been freely available to anyone with a driver’s licence, and the open-access nature of roads makes them...
  • Hausfeld Announces Early Victory in Virginia Hot Lanes Class Action

    11/03/2015 9:11:20 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    Globe Newswire ^ | November 2, 2015 | Hausfeld
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 02, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hausfeld, a global plaintiffs’ law firm, announced today that the judge overseeing Brown, et al. v. Transurban USA, Inc., et al., No. 15-cv-494 (E.D. Va.), the Honorable James C. Cacheris, has largely denied the Defendants’ motions to dismiss the pending class action case. The plaintiffs in the case alleges that the I-495 and I-95/I-395 HOT Lanes operator (Transurban) and its debt-collection agents (Faneuil, Inc. and Law Enforcement Systems, LLC (“LES”)) violated state and federal law by assessing and seeking to collect crippling administrative fees and penalties for allegedly missed tolls. Drivers who use...
  • Editorial: Fixing I-30 needs to be downtowns highway priority

    10/28/2015 11:10:06 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | October 27, 2015 | The Dallas Morning News
    The planners, residents and developers hunched over maps Thursday had plenty of ideas for the daunting task of untangling and improving the massive web of aging highways in and around downtown Dallas. About 50 of them were gathered at the Dallas Regional Chamber for the second of three public input workshops on TxDOTs CityMAP project. The goal? To provide a blueprint and menu of options for city officials on potential costs, traffic impacts, timeline and designs for Interstate 30, I-345, I-35E and Woodall Rodgers. It would be wonderful if the city could eat the whole apple all the worthy...
  • Overtightening eyed as cause for flaws in Big Dig tunnel nuts

    10/24/2015 7:58:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | October 22, 2015 | Nicole Dungca
    <p>Flaws in nuts that hold up lights throughout the Big Digs tunnels may be the result of workers overtightening the fasteners when they were first installed, a top highway official said Thursday.</p> <p>Highway officials revealed this week that an inspector had discovered a cracked nut on a light fixture in the Ted Williams Tunnel in September. After further inspection of the Williams Tunnel and the Interstate 90 Connector and Interstate 93 tunnels, officials said they believe hundreds of fasteners throughout the Big Dig tunnels are flawed and must be replaced.</p>
  • #Brake4Buses: Dad catches violations on camera in De Pere

    10/24/2015 11:12:27 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 33 replies
    WBAY.COM ^ | 24 OCTOBER 2015 | Ellery McCardle
    Our latest #Brake4Buses story focuses on a busy road in a De Pere neighborhood: the intersection of Randall Avenue and North Broadway. Steven Lepak caught on video a driver passing a stopped school bus this week, but says its happening more often this year. The incidents arent as extreme as the one I caught on video, but I would say once a week or more there is some type of incident with traffic and this bus stop, said Lepak. As Target 2 interviewed Lepak, we caught on camera, someone else passing a stopped school bus. This time, a car stopped...
  • Lafayette Parish President candidates field questions on coal-fired plant, traffic signals

    10/05/2015 6:15:58 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 1 replies
    The Advocate ^ | October 1, 2015 | Richard Burgess
    City-parish president candidates Joel Robideaux and Dee Stanley navigated questions on coal-generated power, the disruption an elevated interstate might cause in Lafayette and whether the city has too many traffic signals all posed at a Thursday evening forum sponsored by the local chapter of the Sierra Club. In a campaign season where the candidates have often found themselves repeatedly addressing the same issues in the string of debates and forums leading up to the Oct. 24 election, Stanley and Robideaux covered some new ground at the environmental groups forum at the Lafayette Public Library downtown. Robideaux, a longtime state...
  • State responds to I-69 environmental concerns

    09/26/2015 8:09:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Indiana Daily Student ^ | August 27, 2015 | Annie Garau
    Years ago, the Tokarski family gathered with friends around a kitchen table in an old Indiana farmhouse. They were discussing the looming construction of Interstate 69 and how they could possibly stop it. The group suspected a project of such magnitude, an interstate route stretching across the southern half of Indiana, would cause severe environmental 
damage. “We really had the project almost at a standstill until Mitch Daniels came into office,” said Thomas Tokarski, now the president of Citizens for Appropriate Rural Roads. “We still have huge amounts of support from the people in Indiana.” Since that farmhouse meeting, Tokarski...
  • At I-75 and University Parkway, it's construction vs. the clock

    09/22/2015 7:02:47 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Sarasota Herald-Tribune ^ | September 12, 2015 | Emily Le Coz
    In a state where four out of five traffic improvement projects bust their original deadlines, Florida transportation officials expect to beat the odds with one of the largest jobs ever undertaken in the Sarasota-Manatee region. Construction of the states first diverging diamond interchange at Interstate 75 and University Parkway, which began Aug. 3 and is set for two years, will end before the September 2017 World Rowing Championships draw tens of thousands of visitors to nearby Nathan Benderson Park, state officials promise. But the timeline leaves Prince Contracting, the Tampa-based company that won the $74.5 million contract, just one month...
  • Power Grab: STIB Directly Paying Companies Millions

    09/20/2015 10:17:42 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Nerve ^ | June 1, 2015 | Rick Brundrett
    Most folks probably think of the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank as just that – a bank that finances major highway and bridge projects. S.C. Rep. Chip Limehouse, R-Charleston and a member of the Infrastructure Bank (STIB) Board of Directors, described the bank, created by the Legislature in 1997, as a “funding arm” in a recent (Charleston) Post & Courier story. But in addition to providing funding to the state Department of Transportation and local governments, STIB in recent years also has assumed the role of a general contractor or project manager, paying millions of dollars directly to certain companies for...
  • Ontario government hiding plans for toll lanes

    08/28/2015 12:33:41 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Toronto Sun ^ | August 22/24, 2015 | Shawn Jeffords
    TORONTO - The Ontario government has been working on plans for high occupancy toll lanes on three Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area highways since 2013, but has kept most of the details secret. When the NDP filed a Freedom of Information request in early 2014 for detailed information on the work, which includes traffic models, most of the documents were to be blacked out or not released at all, according to a report obtained by the Toronto Sun. Ministry of Transportation staff prepared the note to give senior bureaucrats and the ministers office a heads-up about the NDPs contentious request....
  • Province warming to HOT lanes: Hume

    08/28/2015 7:58:13 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The Toronto Star ^ | August 27, 2015 | Christopher Hume
    HOV is good; HOT is even better. As we saw during the Pan-Am Games, High Occupancy Vehicle lanes were great for cars with three or more people and other designated vehicles. The trouble was that they went largely unused. High Occupancy Toll lanes solve that problem by opening up the designated space to cars that dont have the numbers but whose drivers are willing to pay for the convenience. Premier Kathleen Wynne has hinted that shes willing to implement HOT lanes, but has not been specific about where and when. If the U.S. experience is anything to go by, however,...
  • Digging into Northeast neglect

    08/22/2015 8:05:46 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | August 21, 2015 | The Baltimore Sun
    It may have escaped the attention of Baltimoreans but things have gotten a little testy in the New York-New Jersey area in recent weeks over the state of century-old rail tunnels running under the Hudson River. The deteriorating condition of the tunnels is threatening Amtrak and other rail service, but how to pay for a $14 billion-plus replacement has proven a challenge. Unfortunately, that's not just a problem for New York City but for Baltimore and other stops along Amtrak's Northeast Corridor, the nation's most heavily traveled railway handling more than 750,000 passengers a day. The stations in Baltimore and...
  • Breaking the Rules

    08/19/2015 5:06:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 19, 2015 | John Stossell
    Humans need rules. Rules make life more predictable. But when the rules multiply, the world needs some rule-breakers. The creator of the underground website Silk Road, Ross Ulbricht, was sentenced to life in prison for creating an online space that allowed people to use bitcoins to buy and sell things. Some used Silk Road (named after Marco Polo's trading route from China) to sell illegal drugs. People do that anyway, even without Silk Road; since the site's closing, numerous similar websites have taken its place. The prosecution implied (but never really argued) that Ulbricht planned murders. That would certainly be...
  • Operation Truck Stop enforcement effort targets off-toll-road traffic in Northern Indiana

    08/12/2015 5:01:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    Overdrive ^ | July 27, 2015 | Todd Dills
    Indiana is known for its targeting of truckers relative to the behavioral aspects of on-highway safety no state devotes a larger share of its focus to ticketing and issuing warnings to drivers for moving-type violations. When officials in the northern part of the state in late June announced a weeklong Operation Truck Stop three-county enforcement effort during the July 4 holiday week along U.S. 20, a common Indiana Toll Road alternate, in late June, regular readers could have been forgiven for seeing little news there. As Overdrives reports on the state made clear in the last year, such efforts...
  • Rauner Appoints Rooftop Pastor To Illinois Tollway Board

    08/11/2015 10:07:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | July 17, 2015 | CBS Chicago
    (CBS) – Corey Brooks, the “Rooftop Pastor” from Chicago’s South Side who endorsed Republican Bruce Rauner for governor, now has a paid appointed position with the Rauner administration.Gov. Rauner’s office on Friday announced Brooks, senior pastor at New Beginnings Church, will be a director on the Illinois Tollway Board, the Downers Grove-based authority that controls toll roads.Brooks was among a group of African-American religious leaders in Chicago who backed Rauner, a wealthy businessman, over incumbent Democrat Pat Quinn, saying Democrats had taken black political support for granted.The tollway appointment would seem an odd fit for Brooks, a social crusader who...
  • Arizona, Mexico agreement extends I-11 to Mexico City

    08/06/2015 6:56:29 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    Phoenix Business Journal ^ | June 15, 2015 | Eric Jay Toll
    Interstate 11 is getting another boost with execution of a memorandum of understanding between Arizona and Mexico. One of the four international cooperation agreements to be signed by Gov. Doug Ducey and the Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Jose Antonio Meade extends I-11 from Nogales into Mexico to Hermosillo and Mexico City. The international commerce corridor MOU grew out of a conversation between Arizona business leaders, Ducey and Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim at the Phoenix Business Journals Global Market Discovery series earlier this year. People on the Move Victor Foggie Victor Foggie Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona Brian...
  • McCain: Senate transportation bill would provide long-term certainty

    08/05/2015 10:10:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Arizona Capitol Times ^ | August 3, 2015 | John McCain
    Few things are as essential to economic growth and development as our nations roads. In a state as expansive as Arizona, riders understand the importance of having sound infrastructure, especially when it fails, as it did with the recent bridge collapse on I-10 in California not far from the Arizona border that continues to impact travelers across our state and region. Throughout history, providing for our nations infrastructure has been a central priority for both political parties. And, since President Dwight Eisenhower created the Interstate Highway System in 1956, our roads and bridges have served as the backbone to our...
  • Solar Modules Cause More Greenhouse Gas Emissions Than Modern Coal Power Plants! (WTF)

    08/04/2015 8:32:39 AM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 32 replies
    NotrickZone ^ | 3/25/3014 | P Gosselin
    It turns out that because of the emissions of extraordinarily potent greenhouse gases NF3 and SF6 and energy during the manufacture of solar modules, solar energy ends up being worse for the climate than burning coal (assuming the global warming hypothesis is valid). A Swiss engineer has made a thorough analysis of the greenhouse gas emissions caused by the manufacture, transport and operation of solar panels. His conclusion: Ferrucio Ferroni writes here how China is the number 1 manufacturer of solar panels globally and that the production of solar panels there requires immense amounts of electricity, which in China is...
  • PA Turnpike OKs 2016 Rates for Delaware River Bridge Electronic Toll

    08/03/2015 6:09:20 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    Pennsylvania Turnpike press release ^ | July 23, 2015 | Pennsylvania Turnpike
    HARRISBURG, PA. (JULY 23, 2015) — The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) recently approved toll rates for a cashless, nonstop tolling point for westbound motorists crossing the Delaware River Bridge from New Jersey into Pennsylvania on Interstate 276. E-ZPass customers, who make up more than 80 percent of traffic at the bridge, will pay $5 for a two-axle vehicle; non-E-ZPass customers will pay $6.75 via Pennsylvania Turnpike TOLL BY PLATE, a system that will take an image of the license plate and mail an invoice to the vehicle's owner. Each additional axle will cost an additional $5 for E-ZPass customers and...
  • Obama signs short-term highway bill, faults Congress for inaction

    08/01/2015 8:16:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 31, 2015 | Dave Boyer
    President Obama signed a three-month highway bill Friday while chastising Congress for failing to approve long-term transportation funding and other legislative business before lawmakers summer vacation. We cant keep on funding transportation by the seat of our pants, Mr. Obama told reporters in the Oval Office. Its a bad way for the U.S. government to do business. I guarantee you thats not how China, Germany and other countries around the world handle their infrastructure.
  • A Truck Stop in Europe Why the Euro and European Union Will Fail

    07/31/2015 5:45:30 PM PDT · by NRx · 69 replies
    Crawling Road ^ | 07-28-2015 | Craig Rowland
    Everything I needed to know about why the European Union would fail I learned at a truck stop. It was in 2001 when a bus tour I was on stopped at a truck stop on the German Autobahn. For the American readers, you must understand that European truck stops are much different from what you get in the states. In Europe, the facilities are clean and the food is actually decent. They dont have the same hot dogs sitting in the cooker for five days. And no, you cant buy six gallon soda cups. As it were, in this truck...
  • Stuck on the Beltway? Virginia Offers Congestion Ideas to Maryland

    07/27/2015 11:29:54 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    Montgomery County GOP Newsletter ^ | July 26, 2015 | Mark Uncapher
    Public attention on Maryland transportation planning issues has primarily focused on the Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties Purple Line and Baltimores Red Line since Larry Hogan became governor. The largely limited impact these two projects would actually have on congestion has often been lost. Planners estimate that the Purple Line would add only 11,800 new daily transit riders by the year 2040, less than a one percent increase (0.8%) in metro area ridership.Earlier this month Virginia Deputy Secretary of Transportation Nick Donohue released the results of VDOTs Potomac River crossings study.[1] Their main recommendation is to extend the Beltways HOV/toll...
  • McConnell: Highway vote 'first step on much longer road'

    07/23/2015 9:03:47 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7-23-2015 | KEITH LAING
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said a vote to begin debate on a massive highway bill he is pitching is "an important first step" toward solving a transportation funding shortfall that has bedeviled Congress for a decade. "There are lot of tired cliches about not giving up after an initial set back," McConnell said, referencing a failed test vote on Tuesday that placed the Senate's ability to pass a long-term highway bill in doubt. "I won't subject our colleagues to any of those this morning, but I will say that last night's vote represents an important first step toward...
  • How Bad is the Highway Bill (Sen. Mike Lee)?

    07/21/2015 4:41:42 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 16 replies
    Senator Mike Lee's Facebook Page ^ | July 21, 2015 | Senator Mike Lee
    If I don't have time to read legislation before voting on it, my default vote is no. We received the highway bill today at 3:06 p.m., and it is over 1,000 pages long. Our first vote on this legislation is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
  • Tom Rice | International Drive another badly needed project delayed [by environMENTALists]

    07/21/2015 8:10:28 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    Myrtle Beach Online ^ | July 17, 2015 | Tom Rice
    I was interested to read the article from The Sun News on Thursday about the last-minute delay of the permit to pave International Drive. This project will take thousands of cars off of the gridlock of Highway 501, and relieve congestion in Carolina Forest. On the day before we were to receive the permit from the Army Corps of Engineers, the Coastal Conservation League filed an appeal. It seems they want the road to be redesigned to include multiple bear crossings, at a cost of millions of dollars to the taxpayers of Horry County. Thats millions of scarce taxpayer dollars...
  • I-74 Bridge Project in Jeopardy of Coming to a Halt

    07/20/2015 10:12:52 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    WQAD 8 ^ | July 11, 2015 - updated July 13 | Angie Sharp and Jonathan Ketz
    Construction on the new Interstate 74 Bridge is supposed to be done by 2020, but money and time is running out. On Saturday, July 11th, 2015, Representative Cheri Bustos visited the Quad Cities to meet with local leaders about federal funding. Right now, Congress is trying to pass a highway bill to fix and fund our areas infrastructure. However, if they dont find a solution by July 31st, 2015, federal funding for those projects like the I-74 Bridge will end. Monday, July 13th, 2015, a spokesman for Bustos said that if federal funding for the project...
  • Are the Airlines Colluding -- or Just Careful?

    07/09/2015 7:48:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 9, 2015 | Steve Chapman
    In recent decades, there have been many ways to make money and one virtually infallible formula for losing it: running an airline. At times, it might have made more sense for the major carriers to set up bonfires of cash on tarmacs rather than actually transport people. Lately, though, they have figured out how to avoid squandering huge sums. Hint: It involves charging more for their services than it costs to provide them. This strange development has set off alarms among people in Congress who think aviation should be a charitable activity. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., recently charged, "Consumers are...
  • Travel chaos as ALL United flights are grounded nationwide 'after computer glitch...

    07/08/2015 7:13:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | July 8, 2015 | Sophie Jane Evans
    United Airlines flights have been grounded nationwide due to a computer system glitch. Millions of passengers are currently stranded at airports across the U.S. after the airline requested that all planes be prevented from taking off, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In a statement, United spokesman Luke Punzenberger told Bloomberg that the company had experienced a 'network connectivity issue' and was 'working to resolve this' as quickly as possible. '[We] apologize to our customers for any inconvenience,' he added.
  • Many Options, No Single Solution to Nation's Traffic Snarls

    06/30/2015 10:47:03 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 27, 2015 | Joan Lowy
    The problem is clear: Traffic congestion will become significantly worse and more widespread without big changes in how people and products get around. Build more roads. Build more public transit. Rely on new technology. The possible solutions are many, but none is easy or cheap. A few ways to ease the nation's gridlock: PUBLIC TRANSIT RENAISSANCE Ridership on public buses, trains and subways has reached its highest level nationally since the 1950s, and transit boosters cite this as evidence that expanded service and routes is a good investment. The nation's driving capital, Los Angeles, is making a multibillion-dollar investment...
  • Gov. allots funding for local road improvement

    06/25/2015 7:53:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    TheBayNet.com ^ | June 25, 2015 | Governor Larry Hogan
    ANNAPOLIS, MD Following through on his campaign pledge to provide funding for highways and state-owned local roads, Governor Larry Hogan today announced $1.97 billion for highways and bridges from Western Maryland to the Eastern Shore. The priority projects, which will get underway by 2018, include $1.35 billion in new projects going to construction and $625 million in preserved projects. The $1.35 billion in new projects includes $845 million for major projects and $500 million to fix bridges and improve roads. Today, Im delivering on my promise to provide nearly $2 billion in funding to our highways and bridges across...
  • Hogan says no to Red Line, yes to Purple

    06/25/2015 4:03:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | June 25, 2015 | Michael Dresser
    Dashing Baltimore's hopes for an east-west light rail line, Gov. Larry Hogan said Thursday that he will not build the $2.9 billion Red Line. "The current proposal makes no sense whatsoever," the governor told a State House news conference. But Hogan, making his first appearance since announcing Monday he has cancer, gave mass transit advocates a limited victory by giving the green light to construction of a slimmed-down version of the Purple Line light rail project in the Washington suburbs. During his campaign last year, Hogan had said the state could not afford either project. After he took office, however,...
  • [MD] Hogan Says State Will Move Forward with the Purple Line

    06/25/2015 3:11:24 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Bethesda Magazine ^ | 6/25/15 | Andrew Metcalf
    Gov. Larry Hogan announced Thursday the state will move forward with the Purple Line. The Republican governor made his decision after months of speculation about whether hell kill the $2.45 billion light-rail project. Hogan said the state will fund the project with $168 million, a fraction of the cost of what could have been up to a $700 million state investment. The governor said he will ask Montgomery County and Prince George's County to increase the size of their investments. The Purple Line is a long-term investment and will be an important economic driver for Maryland, Hogan said. It will...
  • KAREN FINLEY, EX-CEO OF REDFLEX, PLEADS GUILTY TO BRIBERY

    06/21/2015 2:45:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Phoenix New Times ^ | FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2015 | RAY STERN
    Karen Finley, former CEO of the Phoenix-based Redflex Traffic Systems, pleaded guilty today in federal court to an eight-year bribery-and-fraud scheme that helped the company retain photo-enforcement contracts with two Ohio cities. Finley, 55, of Cave Creek, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Terence P. Kemp of the Southern District of Ohio to a charge of "conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery and honest services wire and mail fraud," the U.S. Department of Justice announced this morning. She resigned from the company in 2013 after the corruption scheme was alleged by a whistle-blower. Top executives in Redflex's Australian-based parent company,...
  • Obama to seek climate rules for airplanes

    06/10/2015 11:51:00 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 10, 2015 | Timothy Cama
    The Obama administration wants to declare that greenhouse gas emissions from airplanes are harmful, which would set up regulations to limit the pollution. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a proposed endangerment finding Wednesday, which would formally conclude that carbon dioxide and any other greenhouse gases from commercial airplanes contribute to climate change and harm the public health and welfare. The move is a major win for environmentalists, since aircraft are the largest source of greenhouse gases that the EPA is not either regulating or planning to regulate. But the EPAs proposed solution to the airplane climate problem adopting...
  • For liberals, the military is always the problem

    06/08/2015 4:41:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    Hot Air ^ | June 8, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    We are reliably assured by progressives in the modern era that spending, deficits and the national debt are no big deal and are generally just distractions and dog whistles tossed out by conservatives. After all, you can always just print more money or go out to the White House rose garden and pick more off the money tree or something, right? Thats why my LADAR (Leftist Radar) is always set off when I hear one of their spokesmodels suddenly becoming concerned over the budget. The most recent example of this comes from Steve Lopez at the LA Times, who takes...