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Infrastructure Alert – November 19, 2013

President Obama and Vice President Biden have made several recent trips outside Washington to highlight the need for increased infrastructure spending. On November 8, President Obama appeared at the Port of New Orleans, calling for Congress to create a $50

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Posted in Amtrak, Articles, Department of Transportation, dredging, FAA, gas tax, High-Speed Rail, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure Bank, ports, Sandy, Washington, D.C., WRRDA

Infrastructure Alert – October 1, 2013

As Congress has now failed to pass a continuing resolution to fund most federal operations, a government shutdown began this morning, the beginning of the federal government’s 2014 fiscal year. While exceptions are made for “essential” employees that are critical

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Posted in Amtrak, Articles, Government Shutdown, Infrastructure, Sandy, Transportation Legislation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, D.C., WRRDA

Infrastructure Alert – September 4, 2013

Congress will return from its recess on Monday, September 9, and will address a plethora of pressing issues before the end of the month. As neither the House nor the Senate has passed a FY2014 appropriations bill for the Departments

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Posted in Amtrak, Articles, Department of Transportation, FMSCA, Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund, High-Speed Rail, Highway Trust Fund, Sandy, VMT, Washington, D.C., WRDA, WRRDA

Infrastructure Alert – July 10, 2013

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has released a Waterborne Freight Transportation report. The report finds that the status quo of waterborne freight is unsustainable and recommends federal legislation for repair and improvements of the marine transportation system’s

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Posted in Amtrak, appropriations, Articles, Department of Transportation, FAA, freight, FTA, gas tax, High-Speed Rail, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure Bank, MAP-21, P3, public-private partnership, TIGER, VMT, Washington, D.C.

Infrastructure Alert – June 19, 2013

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli released a report titled Private Financing of Public Infrastructure: Risks and Options for New York State, which chronicles the state’s public-private partnership progression and has the potential to serve as a roadmap for

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Posted in Amtrak, Articles, carbon tax, FAA, High-Speed Rail, Highway Trust Fund, NHTSA, P3, public-private partnership, sequestration, TIGER, Washington, D.C.

Infrastructure Alert – June 6, 2013

Following the I-5 bridge collapse in Washington and the Baltimore train derailment, expect a medley of Congressional hearings, investigations and proposed legislation to address the shortcoming of the national infrastructure and what should be done to ameliorate deteriorating transportation systems.

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Posted in Amtrak, Articles, CBP, DHS, FAA, gas tax, Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund, High-Speed Rail, Infrastructure Bank, NTSB, sequestration, Washington, D.C.

Infrastructure Alert – May 21, 2013

On May 17, President Obama issued a presidential memorandum to aid in streamline permitting processes for infrastructure projects.  The memorandum creates a steering committee whose goal is to cut project completion times in half. Among the departments participating are the

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Posted in Amtrak, Articles, FAA, sequestration, Washington, D.C., Water Resources Development Act, WRDA

Infrastructure Alert – April 17, 2013

Last week, President Obama released his FY2014 budget, outlining several proposals to fund new infrastructure programs.  The budget proposes $40 billion for “Fix it First” projects to repair existing infrastructure, as well as $10 billion for new infrastructure spending.  The

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Posted in Amtrak, Articles, Budget, dredging, FAA, gas tax, Infrastructure, Infrastructure Bank, sequestration, Washington, D.C., WRDA

Infrastructure Alert – January 3, 2013

  The 112th Congress adjourned before voting on any Hurricane Sandy relief bill. Although the Senate passed a $60.4 billion relief bill, the House did not hold a vote on it nor the Republican-backed alternative $27 billion bill.  After the

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Posted in Amtrak, Articles, FEMA, Infrastructure, MAP-21, Transportation Legislation, Washington, D.C., WRDA

Infrastructure Alert – July 24, 2012

On July 6, President Obama signed the transportation reauthorization bill, culminating a three-year stretch of bipartisan back and forth over highway and transit spending. Last week, the US Conference of Mayors released its annual U.S. Metro Economies Report which indicated

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Posted in Amtrak, Articles, Georgia, Infrastructure, Infrastructure Bank, New Jersey, New York, TIFIA, Transportation Legislation
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