HARRISBURG, PA. — Governor Tom Corbett announced that Pennsylvania’s new transportation plan will allow the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to distribute $345 million in liquid fuels payments to certified municipalities on March 3 to help them maintain their roads and bridges. The allocation is $25.1 million more than the 2013 figure, roughly an 8 percent increase.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—A newly formed steering committee of some of the foremost business voices in Washington announced that they will co-convene Infrastructure Week 2014, a series of events designed to build awareness and educate both the public and policy makers about America’s infrastructure challenges. If such challenges are not rapidly solved in a long-term, strategic way, they will have enormous implications on America’s economic prosperity, jobs, and competitiveness, the groups said.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Atlantic Cities launched “The Future of Transportation,” a nine-month special series of reported dispatches from America’s transportation frontier. Supported by The Rockefeller Foundation and led by Cities editors Sommer Mathis and Eric Jaffe, the series will examine the full extent of America's transportation challenges and explore how U.S. cities are reinventing the way we navigate them.
WASHINGTON – The guiding principle of a new federal surface transportation investment program must focus on national priorities, connectivity and economic growth, Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman said during a recent speech at the National Press Club. “The Highway Trust Fund is dead. We need to be thinking about how to replace it with a surface transportation program for the 21st Century,” he stated.
LANHAM, MD. — In the latest survey of the use of recycled materials and warm-mix asphalt usage by the U.S. asphalt pavement industry, nearly a quarter of all asphalt mixtures produced in the 2012 construction season were produced using warm-mix asphalt (WMA) technologies. The survey, conducted by the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) under contract to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), found that the 1,141 U.S. asphalt plants queried produced about 86.7 million tons of WMA during the 2012 construction season. This marks a 416 percent increase in the use of warm mix since the survey was first conducted in 2009.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to firms interested in submitting Statements of Qualification (SOQs) to design, build, operate and maintain an integrated premium transit system. The system, which includes a streetcar network, local bus provisions and both existing and new transit facilities, is designed to link neighborhoods with attractive transportation alternatives, reduce short inner-city automobile trips and facilitate and encourage economic development and affordable housing options within the District.
KANSAS CITY, MO. — Most Americans want the nation’s transportation network and key infrastructure facilities to be improved, according to a new America THINKS survey from HNTB Corporation. Many Americans see a need for a proactive attitude, for example making needed repairs before getting hit by today’s natural disasters to prevent further damage. In fact, an overwhelming majority (95 percent) thinks it’s important to rebuild physical infrastructure so it survives increasingly intense weather patterns; 59 percent believes this construction is very crucial.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF) is now accepting nominations for its 2014 “Globe” and “PRIDE” Awards. These annual competitions highlight U.S. transportation construction industry excellence in community relations and public education, and in environmental protection, respectively.
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