Transportation Infrastructure

By Jeff Berman · October 28, 2013
Things are nowhere near perfect when it comes to solutions for transportation funding and how to make things better. But even with the angst and the related risks in today’s political sphere, it is clear that some baby steps toward some type of progress are actually happening, albeit at a very slow pace.
By Jeff Berman · July 29, 2013
During a speech made while visiting the Jacksonville Port Authority late last week, President Barack Obama again called for increased infrastructure investment as a way to drive economic growth.
By Jeff Berman · January 16, 2013
Entitled “Failure to Act: The Impact of Current Infrastructure Investment on America’s Economic Future,” the report takes a deep dive into the economic consequences of continued underinvestment in the country’s infrastructure along with providing an overall picture of the economic opportunity related to infrastructure investment and the cost of failing to fill the investment gap.
By John Schulz · November 29, 2012
In a widely expected move, Representative Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) was named to the next Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for the 113th Congress by the House Republican Conference.
By John D. Schulz · November 7, 2012
If President Barack Obama thought his re-election campaign was difficult, he will rapidly discover a seemingly overwhelming set of problems facing his second term that will impact the transportation world.
By John D. Schulz · September 17, 2012
Transportation stakeholders lament the absence of transportation policy in Presidential candidates' policy agendas.
By Jeff Berman · August 23, 2012
The National Industrial Transportation League is requesting that President Obama and presumptive Republican candidate Mitt Romney offer up their plans for U.S. transportation infrastructure.
By John Schulz · July 9, 2012
This signing comes after a 30-month stretch in which funding for the nation’s transportation projects was kept intact by a series of 9 consecutive extensions, following the September 2009 expiration of the previous bill, SAFETEA-LU.
By LM Staff · June 27, 2012
This news follows weeks of acrimonious negotiations between the House and Senate, which suggested that talks would not advance to this level and that a tenth continuing resolution—to keep funding at current levels—would be introduced prior to the current one expiring at the end of June.
By Jeff Berman · June 26, 2012
The Highway Trust Fund (HTF) currently takes in and pays out about $35 billion per year— excluding transfers from the Treasury General Fund. What started off as a user-fee system to pay for highway construction and repair has morphed into a large federal “cookie jar” that politicians use to direct money to their favorite causes while our highways and bridges deteriorate at an alarming pace. Now is the time to take the cookie jar back.
By Jeff Berman · June 25, 2012
United States Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the latest round of funding for the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) 2012 program. LaHood said that 47 transportation projects in 34 states and the District of Columbia will receive about $500 million in TIGER grant funding.
By Jeff Berman · April 19, 2012
While prospects of a new long-term transportation bill remain dim, the United States House of Representatives yesterday signed off another extension—the tenth since September 30, 2009—to keep federal transportation funding intact at current spending levels for 90 days through the end of September when the current one expires.
By Jeff Berman · April 6, 2012
While transportation infrastructure funding on a federal level continues to be strung along by a series of continuing resolutions to keep federal funding for surface transportation intact at current levels, one area which remains in high demand is the United States Department of Transportation’s TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant program.
By LM Staff · March 29, 2012
Earlier today, the United States House of Representatives and Senate signed off on respective bills that aim to keep federal funding for surface transportation intact at current levels, through the end of June, according to various reports. The measures will be sent to President Obama to be signed onto law This funding also goes toward road, bridge and mass transit projects and passed by a 266-158 margin in House and the Senate passed it by a voice vote.
By Jeff Berman · March 26, 2012
The topic of Congress getting its act together and passing a transportation bill was a focal point of President Obama’s Weekly Radio Address yesterday.

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