Infrastructure Funding

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November 9, 2016

States Vote to Bolster Infrastructure Funding

Infrastructure funding was bolstered by voters in several states on election day, with measures being passed in Illinois, New Jersey, Louisiana and Maine that direct money at the issue.

November 7, 2016

Nearly a Third of Major Urban Roads in Poor Condition

Urban road conditions in major metropolitan areas are in terrible shape and could deteriorate further as traffic increases and transportation remains underfunded

August 11, 2016

Court Rules NY Truck Tolls Can’t Fund Canal System

A federal court has ruled against New York State’s practice of using tolls paid by interstate truckers to finance the unrelated tourism and recreation projects that make up the New York Canal System.

August 5, 2016

CAGTC: Critical Freight Infrastructure Ignored by DOT Grants

The advocacy group Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors is calling out the Department of Transportation for not granting enough funding money to critical freight-hub projects.

July 24, 2016

Parsing the Party Platforms on Transportation

The text of both the Democratic and Republican 2016 platforms runs for about 50 pages and each devotes just about 200 words to issues directly related to transportation. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the positions presented are largely mirror images; that is to say, they are direct opposites.

July 7, 2016

California Launches Study to Look at Mileage-Based Tax

The California Department of Transportation has launched a nine-month pilot program to test a pay-by-the-mile financing model to possibly replace the gas tax in the state.

June 28, 2016

America’s Highways Turn 60, Need Major Facelift

As the U.S. Interstate Highway system turns 60, it is in dire need of repairs and improvements – and that will require a substantial increase in funding for the long-term, says a new report.

April 29, 2016

Americans Support Mileage-Based Fees to Fund Infrastructure

The majority of Americans would support road-usage fees to help fund transportation costs, according to a recent opinion survey by infrastructure solutions firm HNTB.

February 19, 2016

Nearly 59,000 Bridges Listed as Structurally Deficient

There are still 58,500 structurally deficient bridges in the U.S., according to a review of the 2015 National Bridge Inventory database conducted by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association.

January 15, 2016

Commentary: Congress Pulls a FAST One on Highway Funding

The simple fact that we finally have a long-term bill is good news yet for a bill that is supposed to be about funding the updating and upkeep of our nation’s highways and bridges, the “funding” portion is disappointing.

November 23, 2015

Highway Users Rank America's Worst 50 Traffic Bottlenecks

The worst traffic bottleneck in the country is in Chicago, Ill., according to a new study by the American Highway Users Alliance -- and Los Angeles owns the next six of the top 10.

November 20, 2015

Two More Weeks for Congress to Work on Highway Bill

Congress has another two weeks to work on finishing up a highway bill, as President Obama Friday signed a bill extending federal transportation funding through Dec. 4. It was due to expire Friday night.

October 22, 2015

House Committee Approves Long-Term Highway Bill

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee unanimously approved its version of a long-term highway bill, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform (STRR) Act of 2015 (H.R. 3763).

October 15, 2015

Falling Debris Sparks Controversy Over Detroit's Ambassador Bridge

Debris falling from the 85-year-old Ambassador Bridge between Detroit and Windsor has ignited controversy over who should be held responsible.

September 29, 2015

DOT Details New Transportation Investment Center

The Department of Transportation has unveiled specifics about its Build America Transportation Investment Center, which aims to ease the “procedural, permitting, and financial barriers to increased infrastructure investment and development.”

September 11, 2015

Red Tape’s Huge Impact on Cost of Infrastructure Projects

Delays caused by securing approval for infrastructure projects cost the U.S. more than twice what it would cost to fix the infrastructure itself, according to a new report released by Common Good.

July 22, 2015

ATA Dismisses Reason Foundation Call for Tolls

A report from the Reason Foundation outlining the benefits of tolling for infrastructure has been denounced by the American Trucking Associations.

July 15, 2015

Commentary: 5 Arguments for Heavier Trucks

While states are thinking of ways to fund highway infrastructure, Michigan is considering rolling back truck size and weight regulations.

June 24, 2015

Rhode Island Senate Approves Truck Toll Proposal

UPDATED -- The Rhode Island Senate has approved a $1.1 billion plan allowing the state to create a toll on large commercial vehicles traveling through the state -- but it's unlikely it will go anywhere in the House.

June 17, 2015

House Ways & Means Gets Earfuls on Fixing Highway Funding Mess

In testimony Wednesday, transportation stakeholders pressed the House Committee on Ways & Means to quickly and finally figure out how to fix the nation’s broken highway-funding system.

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