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.
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.
LOS ANGELES — U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx participated in a groundbreaking for a new light rail transit line along the Crenshaw corridor that will improve transit options and connect riders to existing transit services throughout the Los Angeles region. The Department's Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) program provided a $545.9 million loan toward the $2.058 billion Crenshaw/LAX light rail extension. The project also is expected to receive approximately $130 million in other DOT and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funds. Remaining funds are being provided by state and local sources.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Transportation announced a final rule that it said will significantly cut red tape, while achieving better environmental outcomes, for certain transit and highway projects under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and spur them towards completion more quickly than in years past. The new rule responds to President Obama’s call for federal agencies to put people first by streamlining and improving government services wherever possible.
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