WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) along with leaders in the fields of transportation, labor, commerce, and construction introduced H.R. 3636 The Update, Promote, and Develop America’s Transportation Essentials (UPDATE) Act. This bill would phase in a 15 cent/gallon tax increase over the next three years on gasoline and diesel.
RICHMOND, VA. — The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has signed the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), which supports the future widening of 75 miles of I-64 from I-95 in Richmond to I-664 in Hampton. As a result of new transportation funding passed by the Virginia General Assembly earlier this year, about $100 million is currently now available to widen a section of I-64 in Newport News.
EAST LANSING, MICH. — With nearly 4 million miles of public roads criss-crossing the United States and millions of dollars spent to maintain them, it’s imperative that researchers look for better ways to preserve these roadways. That work is being advanced at the Michigan State University (MSU) Transportation Center on Highway Pavement Preservation, a new center located at MSU that has been designated as a U.S. Department of Transportation Tier 1 University Transportation Center.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — According to findings in a study released by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), companies located in the nation’s most productive regions need additional public transportation to reach their full employment potential. The report, “The Role of Transit in Support of High Growth Business Clusters in the U.S.,” conducted by the Economic Development Research Corporation and commissioned by APTA, projects that 480,000 new jobs representing $32 billion per year in income will be at risk due to congestion by 2040.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Funding and financing, performance management, and the systems management and operations culture are the critical issues that will be the focus of a three part State Department of Transportation Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) Roundtable that will take place on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, during the TRB 93 Annual Meeting. A total of 13 CEOs are scheduled to participate in this unique series of sessions that will explore what is being done and what more can be done at the state level to address these critical issues.
MARLTON, N.J. and WASHINGTON, D.C. — Hill International received a contract from the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center of the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) to provide project monitoring and technical assistance support services to the U.S. Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). The five-year contract has an estimated value to Hill of approximately $7.0 million.
“America’s infrastructure is as old, rusty, and energy defunct as my 1949 lead-sled,” is the message I’m driving — literally driving. On Labor Day 2013, I set out on a journey around America in my original Detroit classic car. As an author, journalist, and advocate, I’m dedicating the next six months, and 15,000 miles on my odometer, to the rebuilding of America. I believe that we need to build smarter, safer infrastructure faster than the maddening slow pace we the citizens currently accept. Central to the tour’s theme is the significance of robust structures to our homeland’s security.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) is forecasting that beyond a modest increase in construction costs nationwide, the overall U.S. transportation infrastructure construction market will grow 5 percent from $129 billion this year to $135.8 billion in 2014. ARTBA Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black said the market would be led by expected double-digit growth in airport runway and terminal work, a 6-percent increase in bridge and tunnel construction, and 5-percent, or better, growth in total investment in waterways and ports, and heavy and light rail.
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