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  • Congress overwhelmingly backs 5-year transportation bill

    12/03/2015 8:18:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 3, 2015 9:06 PM EST | Joan Lowy
    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. The bill boosts highway and transit spending and assures states that federal help will be available for major projects. It doesn't include as much...
  • Conservatives Look to PFC Reform to Create Tailwind for Airport Free-market Reform

    05/18/2015 5:59:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin ^ | May 18, 2015 | Neil McCabe
    There is a move on Capitol Hill to fix the way we maintain America's airports by bringing free-market reforms to the massive transportation bill the Republican leadership is dead-set on passing this summer.Capitol Hill conservatives may not be able to stop the transportation spending bill, but some right-thinking members of Congress are working to leverage the Passenger Facility Charge as a way to move Uncle Sam further out of the airport business.It is not privatization, which is still a non-starter given that President Barack Obama still checks the mailbox at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. But, the plan relies on one of...
  • House GOP bill blocks new air flights, cruise ships to Cuba

    04/28/2015 4:18:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 28, 2015 2:06 PM EDT | Andrew Taylor
    House Republicans unveiled legislation on Tuesday to sharply curb the Obama administration’s recent moves to ease restrictions on travel to Cuba. The provision by Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a Cuban-American from Florida, would block new flights and cruise ship travel to Cuba. The provision was attached to a must-pass transportation spending bill that the House will consider next month. Diaz-Balart’s move comes in response to new rules issued by the administration in January that would significantly ease travel restrictions to Cuba and permit regularly scheduled flights for the first time, the result of a rapprochement after a half century of Cold...
  • House sends $2.3B transit bill to Corbett

    11/22/2013 7:35:17 AM PST · by Phillyred · 16 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | November 22, 2013 | Amy Worden, Harrisburg Bureau Last updated: Friday, , 2:01 AM Read more at
    HARRISBURG - More than $2 billion will soon begin to flow into road and bridge repair and mass-transit improvements after the state House gave final approval Thursday to the long-awaited transportation bill. The House sent the bill - the first comprehensive transportation-funding legislation in 15 years - to Gov. Corbett late in the day with a 113-85 bipartisan vote. With it, Corbett notched a major legislative victory. He said it represented a "new era in resurgent and reenergized Pennsylvania." "This bold transportation plan demonstrates that our elected officials are serious about keeping our residents safe and our economy strong," he...
  • Senate plans swift action on long-delayed transportation bill ($112 billion)

    12/29/2011 5:37:43 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/29/11 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate plans swift action on long-delayed transportation billBy Alexander Bolton - 12/29/11 02:14 PM ET Senate Democrats expect to pass a long-delayed surface transportation bill soon after they return to Washington next month. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, said her colleagues have identified a list of offsets that could be used cover the final $12 billion of the bill’s cost. Shortly before Congress left town for the holidays, Boxer told The Hill that Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) had put together a variety of proposals to push the legislation over the...
  • Democratic Jobs Bill Goes Down

    11/03/2011 1:41:55 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 12 replies
    National Journal ^ | 10/3/11 | Dan Friedman
    Senate Republicans blocked a $60 billion infrastructure bill Thursday, making the bill the second piece of President Obama’s jobs proposal to be voted down in the Senate. Republicans and a few Democrats filibustered the broader $447 billion jobs bill last month. The vote came is a scripted floor exchange, with Democrats expected to quickly defeat an alternative GOP infrastructure funding bill. The bill garnered 51 votes--not enough to overcome the 60-vote cloture threshold. The Democratic bill, which includes a $10 billion national infrastructure bank, is funded by a 0.7 percent surtax on incomes of more than $1 million a year....
  • Obama: Extend transportation bill

    09/03/2011 10:17:25 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/3/11 | MJ LEE
    In his Saturday address, the president repeated that thousands of workers and their families would be hurt if infrastructure projects like highway construction, bridge repair and mass transit systems were put on hold. In the past, he said, renewing the transportation bill has been a “no-brainer,” and noted that Congress has renewed the bill seven times in the last two years. “But thanks to political posturing in Washington, they haven’t been able to extend it this time — and the clock is running out,” he said.
  • Clock ticking on U.S. transportation bill

    05/03/2009 10:45:45 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 310+ views
    Reuters ^ | 04/29/09 | Lisa Lambert
    Clock ticking on U.S. transportation bill Wed Apr 29, 2009 2:19pm EDT By Lisa Lambert WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Legislators and the U.S. transportation industry are up against a September 30 deadline to pass a massive funding law for the country's roads, bridges and public transit. If they fail, the result would be a sharp cut in money available for transportation infrastructure projects. "I am hopeful," Pete Nonis, congressional relations manager for the American Automobile Association told Reuters. "It's going to be a tough lift." Every five years or so, Congress passes a law that dictates how all surface transportation projects...
  • Act 44 at a glance

    08/23/2007 1:55:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies · 619+ views
    The Derrick and NewsHerald ^ | August 20, 2007 | The Derrick and NewsHerald
    The plan to convert the 311-mile-long Interstate-80 into a toll road is part of Act 44 in Pennsylvania. Overall, the legislation generates a huge amount of money to accomplish a wide range of bridge and road improvements, including those on Pennsylvania's interstates, the turnpike and secondary highways. Those projects will be funded with borrowed money that will be repaid by tolls on I-80 and the turnpike. Tolls on the 530-mile long turnpike will be increased by 25 percent in 2009 and 3 percent each successive year. The same tolls charged on the turnpike will be charged on I-80. Specifically, Act...
  • How to Keep Our Bridges Safe

    08/04/2007 8:28:38 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies · 998+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 4, 2007 | STEVEN MALANGA
    Nearly a fifth of America's roads are now considered in poor shape and about one-in-four bridges is rated "structurally deficient." The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that the cost to fix these problems is a staggering $460 billion. The tab grows far larger when you add in the hundreds of billions to build the new transportation infrastructure that's needed to handle the country's growth. Part of the problem is that big increases in state and local spending for politically popular programs, especially Medicaid and education, as well costly public employee pensions and benefits, have crowded out infrastructure -- even as...
  • Toll road pick much more than coin toss

    06/28/2007 5:59:48 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies · 849+ views ^ | June 28, 2007 | Michael A. Lindenberger (Dallas Morning News)
    Ric Williamson and his fellow transportation commissioners will find themselves in a tight corner today as they meet in Austin to decide who will build the State Highway 121 toll road. On one level, the commission is simply fulfilling its duty as the Texas Department of Transportation's governing board by deciding whether to award a multibillion-dollar contract to Spanish construction firm Cintra or give it to the North Texas Tollway Authority. But a whole lot more is going on at another level. The Highway 121 decision also pits Mr. Williamson's desire to support Gov. Rick Perry's ambitious highway-building agenda against...
  • Commission authorizes more than 80 toll road projects

    06/14/2007 5:38:29 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies · 438+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 14, 2007 | Jim Vertuno (Associated Press)
    AUSTIN — Transportation officials on Thursday approved more than 80 toll road projects across the state, many of which probably would use some private financing. State lawmakers recently passed a two-year moratorium on some private toll road contracts. The law still allows local and state planners to move on the new toll projects — with a price range of more than $50 billion — although the rules have changed. Under these projects, local officials would get the first crack at development before the state steps in. And even if privately financed, the government would own and operate the roads and...
  • Perry signs toll road bill

    06/13/2007 7:17:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies · 819+ views
    Fort Bend Herald and Texas Coaster ^ | June 12, 2007 | Stephen Palkot
    A bill that places a two-year moratorium on private toll road agreements in Texas was signed by Gov. Rick Perry on Monday. The bill, Senate Bill 792, was pushed by opponents of the Trans Texas Corridor, which is a proposed set of privately-funded toll roads throughout Texas. The final version of the bill represents a compromise between opponents of the TTC and Perry, its main backer. Specifically, the bill prevents the Texas Department of Transportation from entering what are called comprehensive development agreements, or CDAs, which are contracts for private companies to build and profit from toll roads in Texas....
  • Perry signs compromise bill slowing toll road projects

    06/12/2007 8:11:42 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies · 594+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 12, 2007 | R. G. Ratcliffe
    But compromise doesn't affect six projects slated for Harris County AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry on Monday signed legislation that slows down his ambitious plans for building toll roads but does not halt them completely. Perry and the Legislature got into a stare-down last month when lawmakers sent him a bill that put serious restrictions on building toll roads in Texas and constrained policy set by the Texas Transportation Commission, which is run by the governor's appointees. Perry said he would veto the bill and threatened to call a special legislative session if lawmakers did not send him compromise legislation....
  • Lobbyist describes status of toll roads

    06/08/2007 4:16:27 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 560+ views
    Longview News-Journal ^ | June 8, 2007 | Lauren Thompson
    Hank Gilbert was not impressed with the 80th meeting of the Texas Legislature. Gilbert, a former candidate for agriculture commissioner and Democratic anti-toll road lobbyist, offered his opinions and reported on his efforts, specifically on bills concerning the toll roads, at the Texas Democratic Women of Gregg County's monthly meeting Thursday. "The 80th session probably had some high points," he said of the Democrats' progress. "But I didn't see them; except the raising of the minimum wage to $7.25, which won't go into effect for another two years." Gilbert spoke in detail about Texas House Bill 1892, a piece of...
  • Toll road bill still awaits Perry's signature

    05/29/2007 2:34:34 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies · 643+ views
    WFAA ^ | May 29, 2007 | Jake Batsell (Dallas Morning News)
    AUSTIN – Lawmakers broke camp Monday, taking it on faith that Gov. Rick Perry won't slam the brakes on a compromise toll road bill. Monday's session finale came and went without Mr. Perry signing the bill, which imposes a partial two-year freeze on private toll road deals. Lawmakers did not try to override his veto on their initial bill to overhaul the state's toll policies. Many involved in the contentious toll road debate were expecting Mr. Perry to approve the bill by now because his office was closely involved in hammering out the compromise. Perry spokeswoman Krista Moody said the...
  • Editorial: Yellow on toll roads

    05/27/2007 10:41:29 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies · 743+ views
    Waco Tribune-Herald ^ | May 27, 2007 | Waco Tribune-Herald
    If anything has approximated unanimity in the 80th Texas Legislature, it is the desire to slow down on toll roads. This has left the state’s biggest proponent of toll roads, Gov. Rick Perry, the odd man out. But he’s still the man with the veto pen. The House and Senate last week overwhelmingly approved a two-year moratorium on most toll roads, including the Trans-Texas Corridor. Lawmakers earlier sent a bill to Perry with toll-road restrictions. He vetoed it, and threatened a special session if he didn’t get a bill he could sign. The bill that emerged reportedly meets his terms....
  • Architect of toll road freeze is credited for her tenacity

    05/26/2007 6:07:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 701+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | May 26, 2007 | Jake Batsell
    Those persuasion skills were key to Ms. Kolkhorst marshaling support for a partial two-year moratorium on private toll roads. The bill could get lawmakers' final blessing today. The Brenham Republican has emerged as a central figure in the Legislature's efforts to slow down the privatization of Texas roads. She has persuaded nearly all of her 149 House colleagues to back the moratorium, which excludes most North Texas toll projects. Ms. Kolkhorst, 42, has parlayed a blend of persistence, fearlessness, smarts and country charm into a more visible role in Austin. In addition to leading the toll road freeze, she has...
  • Toll road agreement reached

    05/25/2007 4:01:11 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 663+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | May 25, 2007 | Ben Wear
    House, Senate passage seem likely The careening vehicle that has been this legislative session's toll road overhaul appeared to pull into the garage about 4:35 p.m. Thursday. At that moment, Republican state Sen. Robert Nichols of Jacksonville, after spending several moments huddling on the floor with Sen. Tommy Williams, sponsor of Senate Bill 792, affixed his signature to a compromise version of the bill, and the two shook hands. "We've got a deal now," Williams, R-The Woodlands, said about an hour later. "This is really going to move transportation issues forward, particularly in large metropolitan areas." The deal was among...
  • Toll-road pact is still in talks

    05/24/2007 10:15:22 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies · 566+ views
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | May 24, 2007 | Aman Batheja
    AUSTIN -- Key negotiators were still working Wednesday night to hammer out a compromise version of a toll-road moratorium bill that Gov. Rick Perry won't veto. Earlier Wednesday, Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, said a compromise between the House and Senate versions of a transportation bill had been negotiated, but key House members quickly insisted that a deal had not been reached. The compromise version would require both chambers' approval. Perry vetoed a toll-road moratorium bill last week, citing concerns that it would cost the state federal funding of transportation projects. Different versions of a second moratorium passed both chambers last...
  • TTC Wars: Will Perry’s pet project prevail?

    05/23/2007 3:22:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 493+ views
    Lone Star Times ^ | May 23, 2007 | Rick G
    Paul Burka’s blog has a nice update on the legislative efforts to de-rail Gov. Perry’s Trans Texas Corridor project. It hasn’t been stopped yet (reference to bills are bills to halt the TTC): So here’s where we are. HB 1892, the original bill, has been vetoed. SB 792, Carona’s bill, is in conference committee. The governor’s office, through former senator Ken Armbrister, is trying to round up enough votes in the Senate (11) to block an override of the veto. If he is successful, then the governor holds all the cards. He can veto 792 as well, with the calendar...
  • Toll road foe a powerful force

    05/20/2007 3:00:16 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 881+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | May 19, 2007 | Patrick Driscoll
    In many ways, Terri Hall was on a collision course with Texas toll road policies long before she and her family loaded up their van and drove from California to the Hill Country three years ago. A lifetime of volunteering, a hunger for staying on top of politics, and strong religious and moral convictions helped hone Hall's activist instincts. Her brains, drive, superb speaking skills, engaging personality and wholesome good looks — noted by friends and enemies alike — make Hall especially effective. They help explain why this 37-year-old mother of six is a leading force in a populist assault...
  • With replacement in limbo, Perry vetoes toll bill

    05/19/2007 4:56:31 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 603+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | May 19, 2007 | Ben Wear
    Senate rebuffs House changes to SB 792, pushing final action on the tollway overhaul into the session's last week. The Texas Senate declined to accept House changes in a key toll road bill Friday, thus requiring a House and Senate conference committee to craft a compromise version and triggering a gubernatorial veto of another bill. When the House decided to knock off work for the weekend early Friday afternoon, Senate Bill 792 was put on ice until Monday. That led Gov. Rick Perry to follow through on his pledge to veto the legislation that SB 792 is meant to replace,...
  • New tollway bill passes Senate

    05/15/2007 9:51:54 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies · 781+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | May 15, 2007 | Bean Wear
    More projects exempted from private toll road moratorium in unanimous Senate vote. The Texas Senate, after hours of closed-door negotiations stamped out hot spots of dissent, unanimously passed revamped toll road legislation Monday that would supplant a bill languishing on Gov. Rick Perry's desk. Perry, who has made it clear he would veto the first bill, House Bill 1892, immediately signaled that he would allow Senate Bill 792 to become law if the House passes it in its current form. Lawmakers involved in the negotiations say they hope to get SB 792 to Perry late this week in time to...
  • Fight on! (Texas transportation battle)

    05/14/2007 8:53:10 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies · 512+ views
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | May 14, 2007 | Fort Worth Star-Telegram
    Our colleagues at The Dallas Morning News offered this advice to lawmakers fighting to keep intact complex regional plans to deal with transportation issues in Dallas, Fort Worth and the surrounding counties: "Keep Up the Fight." Good advice. Both the Dallas paper and the Star-Telegram have felt some ownership of this issue since we combined on a joint editorial project in 2003, calling for a regionwide effort to link area cities by rail. But rail is only part of the solution to the serious problem of traffic congestion that is approaching gridlock during parts of the day. Officials in North...
  • Toll road compromise reached (Texas)

    05/14/2007 7:48:00 AM PDT · by Cat loving Texan · 9 replies · 768+ views
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 5/14/07 | Ben Wear
    Toll road compromise reached By Ben Wear | Monday, May 14, 2007, 08:10 AM Lawmakers, representatives from the Texas Department of Transportation and others have reached agreement on major toll road legislation that will be laid out this morning in a meeting of the Senate Transportation and Homeland Security Committee. But there could be a backlash. Many legislators had said this session that what they didn’t want was to be presented with a large “agreed-upon” transportation bill late in the session with little or no time to absorb it. That’s exactly what they’re getting, however. The bill, in this instance,...
  • Governor wants roads bill changed before end of session

    05/09/2007 6:19:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies · 668+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | May 9, 2007 | Kelley Shannon (Associated Press)
    AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry doesn't like a transportation bill Texas lawmakers sent him and threatened Wednesday to call them back to address the issue if no solution is reached before the legislative session ends May 28. "The good news is, there's still time to fix it .... if not, I have no other option as the leader of this state than to bring the Legislature back until we address these issues and we get Texas back to where it can have a vibrant transportation infrastructure," Perry said. Though a two-year moratorium on private toll road contracts is a major...
  • Senate approves moratorium on private toll roads

    04/19/2007 2:47:29 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies · 479+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 19, 2007 | Associated Press
    AUSTIN — The Texas Senate on Thursday approved a bill placing a two-year moratorium on private toll road contracts and creating a panel to review the terms of those agreements. Gov. Rick Perry had urged the Legislature not to act on the bill. He said the state's current transportation system, which involves public-private partnerships to build toll roads, needs to continue if Texas is to keep attracting big companies and jobs. Critics of Perry's proposed Trans-Texas Corridor and the state's contract with Spanish-American consortium Cintra-Zachry have made some lawmakers nervous about the project. Sen. Robert Nichols supported the corridor as...
  • CA: Rep. Calvert's Land of Plenty (More wealth enhancing earmarks)

    05/19/2006 4:13:57 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 4 replies · 333+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 15, 2006 | Tom Hamburger, Lance Pugmire and Richard Simon
    WASHINGTON — Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Corona) is an experienced investor in Riverside County's booming real estate market, so he's used to seeing prices change quickly. Last year, he and a partner paid $550,000 for a dusty four-acre parcel just south of March Air Reserve Base. Less than a year later, without even cutting the weeds or carting off old septic tank parts that littered the ground, they sold the land for almost $1 million. Even for a speculator like Calvert, it was an unusually good deal. During the time he owned the land, Calvert used the legislative process known as...
  • Tired of Traffic Jams? Try a Toll House

    11/17/2005 3:10:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies · 873+ views
    Axcess News ^ | November 16, 2005 | Issac Wolf
    (AXcess News) Washington - Drivers who are sick of rush-hour gridlock may one day soon be able to buy their way out by paying to get into toll road lanes. That's the goal of some environmental and transportation groups, one of which made a sweeping call Tuesday for highway planners to consider tolls as an option for every new U.S. road. Led by the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association, lobbyists said toll roads would help improve under-funded transportation projects by connecting them to private investors' capital. "There's a transportation funding crisis in this country," said Patrick D. Jones, the...
  • Has the GOP Lost Its Soult?

    09/23/2005 12:59:01 PM PDT · by Pessimist · 79 replies · 2,903+ views ^ | 8/13/2005 | Mark Tapscott
    President Reagan often said it’s hard to recall that you came to drain the swamp when you’re up to your armpits in alligators. Republicans like Rep. Don Young of Alaska would rather use your tax dollars to build a scenic bridge to the swamp. Hard as it is to believe, Young is more in tune with the GOP that rules Congress today than the former president who restored the party to national power in 1980 when he won the White House and a Republican Senate. Their differences are nowhere more evident than on limiting government and reducing federal spending. Reagan...
  • Roll out the pork barrel

    08/05/2005 10:40:02 PM PDT · by Coleus · 22 replies · 1,088+ views
    Town Hall ^ | 08.04.05 | Jeff Jacoby
    At $286.4 billion, the highway bill just passed by Congress is the most expensive public works legislation in US history. In addition to funding the interstate highway system and other federal transportation programs, it sets a new record for pork-barrel spending, earmarking $24 billion for a staggering 6,376 pet projects, spread among virtually every congressional district in the land. The enormous bill -- 1,752 pages long -- wasn't made available for public inspection until just before it was brought to a vote, and so, as The New York Times noted, ''it is safe to bet that none of the lawmakers,...
  • Bush, Congress Battle Over Transport Bill

    02/13/2004 2:49:49 PM PST · by snopercod · 9 replies · 160+ views
    Engineering News Record ^ | February 16, 2004 Issue | Tom Ichniowski, with Aileen Cho and Tudor Hampton
    Another TEA-21 extension seems inevitable without consensus on a multiyear succesor. After months of debate and delay, the next major transportation bill is slowly coming into focus on Capitol Hill. Squabbling between Congress and the White House over the size of the package makes the legislation’s final dimensions still far from clear. But the picture that’s emerging isn’t as big and bright as industry had hoped just months ago. Despite progress in the Senate, it was all but certain that Congress again will have to extend the current statute, the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century. TEA-21 expired Sept....
  • Opinion: Transportation issues fuel 2004 campaigns

    02/12/2004 4:13:22 PM PST · by TaxRelief · 7 replies · 190+ views
    High Point Enterprise ^ | Feb. 12, 2004 | John Hood
    RALEIGH - Elections for state office in North Carolina in recent years have revolved around issues such as taxes, spending, education and a proposed state lottery. This year, I think transportation will play a much larger role than it has in a long time. Partly, this is a result of the fading of the public schools as a central focus of the political class - not because education isn't still a higher priority for both candidates and voters, but because there is at least a perception of progress. Based on polling and voting behavior, I don't think North Carolinians see...