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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 16, 2013

The government shutdown has now entered its third week, and the debt limit has become a central part of negotiations. Many infrastructure programs have grinded to a halt, as inspections, environmental review and rule-making personnel have largely been furloughed. While the emerging

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Posted in Articles, debt ceiling, FAA, gas tax, Government Shutdown, High-Speed Rail, Highway Trust Fund, NTSB, Washington, D.C., WRDA, 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 24, 2013

Tomorrow, President Obama will deliver a speech at the Jacksonville Port Authority. The speech is expected to involve remarks on the nation’s infrastructure and how the Administration will advance infrastructure investment. This is his second speech at a port this

Posted in appropriations, Articles, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Transportation, gas tax, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure, MAP-21, P3, public-private partnership, TIFIA, TIGER, Transportation Legislation, Washington, D.C.

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 – March 13, 2013

Sequestration began on March 1, and federal agencies are still in the process of sending out furlough notifications and determining specific program cuts.  The continuing resolution authorizing current federal spending will expire March 27, and without legislation, a government shutdown

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Posted in Articles, continuing resolution, FAA, gas tax, Highway Trust Fund, MAP-21, sequestration, Transportation Legislation, TSA, Washington, D.C.

Infrastructure Alert – February 13, 2013

President Obama called for increased infrastructure and transportation spending in last night’s State of the Union address, stressing the need to fix failing infrastructure first and utilizing public-private partnerships where appropriate. As details emerge of his national infrastructure plan and

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Posted in Articles, gas tax, Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund, Highway Trust Fund, sequestration, State of the Union, Washington, D.C.

Infrastructure Alert – January 29, 2013

The current International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and U.S. Maritime Alliance (USMX) contract extension expires at the end of February 6.  Carrier-paid container royalties remain the central issue in the negotiation.  Dockworker contracts were originally set to expire September 30, 2012,

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Posted in Articles, earmarks, FEMA, gas tax, Highway Trust Fund, sequestration, TIFIA, Washington, D.C.

Infrastructure Alert – January 15, 2013

   The $50.7 billion Hurricane Sandy relief package is currently being debated in the House.  Monday night, the Rules Committee approved 13 amendments for floor consideration.  After neglecting to schedule a vote on an aid package that had been approved

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Posted in Articles, FEMA, Highway Trust Fund, National Flood Insurance Program, NFIP, NHTSA, Panama Canal, Washington, D.C.
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