White House looks to speed up infrastructure permitting process

President Obama will ink a Presidential Memorandum that the White House said will “modernize the Federal infrastructure permitting process, cutting timelines in half for major infrastructure projects while creating incentives for better outcomes for communities and the environment.”

By ·

The theme of leveraging infrastructure to spur economic growth was front and center in an announcement made by the White House last week.

That announcement was that President Obama will ink a Presidential Memorandum that the White House said will “modernize the Federal infrastructure permitting process, cutting timelines in half for major infrastructure projects while creating incentives for better outcomes for communities and the environment.”

The White House said in a statement that by eliminating red tape and cutting years off the time it takes to approve major infrastructure projects, construction will be able to start sooner with the subsequent benefits being the ability to create jobs earlier and more quickly fix the nation’s infrastructure. 

It also referenced President Obama’s March 2012 Executive Order for a government-wide initiative to improve the efficiency of Federal review and permitting of infrastructure projects which has since seen the expedition and permitting of 50 major projects for bridges, transit projects, railways, waterways, roads, and renewable energy.

This effort is very much in sync with the President’s infrastructure plan entitled “Rebuild America Partnership” rolled out in February that will attract private capital to build the infrastructure U.S. businesses need most.

One component of the plan is the “fix it first” policy, which he cited during February’s State of the Union address. This policy, according to the White House, calls for an investment of $50 billion towards U.S. transportation infrastructure, with $40 billion targeted to the most urgent upgrades and fixing highways, bridges, transit systems, and airports that need repair.

Speeding up the permitting process for infrastructure projects has long been a “to do” item in the Nation’s Capital. That was noted by Matt Rose, chairman and CEO of BNSF Railway at last month’s NASSTRAC Annual Conference, whom told attendees in his keynote address that the project permitting process can
take ten-to-12 years and be incredibly costly.

Fixing the nation’s infrastructure has been a core focus for the Obama administration.

And regardless of your political affiliation, there is truth in that statement. As an example, there is the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which provided $48 billion to more than 15,000 transportation infrastructure-related projects. Other examples cited in a fact sheet released earlier this year include:
-American workers improving more than 350,000 miles of U.S. roads and replaced more than 20,000 bridges since early 2009 through Recovery Act and core infrastructure funds; and
-the Department of Transportation has built or improved more than 6,000 miles of rail, 40 rail stations and purchased 260 passenger cars and 105 locomotives.


About the Author

Jeff Berman, Group News Editor
Jeff Berman is Group News Editor for Logistics Management, Modern Materials Handling, and Supply Chain Management Review. Jeff works and lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, where he covers all aspects of the supply chain, logistics, freight transportation, and materials handling sectors on a daily basis. Contact Jeff Berman

Subscribe to Logistics Management Magazine!

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Article Topics

All Topics
Latest Whitepaper
Six Ways Cloud ERP Supports Rapid Innovation
Kenandy is a new approach to ERP that lets you and your team focus on driving innovation, creating new product lines, and expanding your customer base even as you improve your business operations.
Download Today!
From the November 2016 Issue
The third time is the charm for this U.S. manufacturer on the hunt for a third-party logistics (3PL) provider that could successfully combine transportation services and technology capabilities under one roof.
Warehouse & DC Operations Survey: Ready to confront complexity
2016 Quest for Quality Awards Dinner
View More From this Issue
Subscribe to Our Email Newsletter
Sign up today to receive our FREE, weekly email newsletter!
Latest Webcast
Best Practices: How to Efficiently Leverage APIs to Increase Your Net Income
Both legacy and modern technology leaders agree that leveraging API connectivity is critical in keeping up with the pace of a world that demands not only speed and agility, but also a deep level of visibility. During this session a panel of technology and industry experts discuss impact APIs can have on annual net income and market capitalization.
Register Today!
EDITORS' PICKS
Logistics Management’s Top Logistics News Stories 2016
From mergers and acquisitions to regulation changes, Logistics Management has compiled the most...
Making the TMS Decision: Ariens Finds Just the Right Fit
The third time is the charm for this U.S. manufacturer on the hunt for a third-party logistics (3PL)...

Motor Carrier Regulations Update: Caught in a Trap
The fed is hitting truckers with a barrage of costly regulations in an era of scant profits....
25th Annual Masters of Logistics
Indecision revolving around three complex supply chain elements—transportation, technology and...