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May 2011 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 15.7 Percent from May 2010

Click here for complete article > Bureau of Transportation Statistics

 August 2, 2011

Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American neighbors, Canada and Mexico, was 15.7 percent higher in May 2011 than in May 2010, totaling $77.3 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

BTS, a part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration, reported that the value of U.S. surface transportation trade with Canada and Mexico, the United States’ North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners, in May 2011 rose 61.5 percent in two years from May 2009, but has still only risen 4.3 percent above the early recession level of May 2008…


Wind 'corridor' could speed projects

Sounds strangely like the Ports-to-Plains Alliance Region!


Click here for complete article > Argus Leader

August 1, 2011

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working on a plan to fast-track wind energy projects within a 200-mile-wide corridor down the center of the country, including much of South Dakota.

The catch: As proposed, the so-called Great Plains Wind Corridor also would allow an unspecified number of endangered birds to be killed, including the piping plover, the least tern and - most controversially - the whooping crane…


How Might Transportation Funding be Impacted by Debt Deal?

Click here for complete article > Transportation Issues Daily

August 1, 2011

Whether by the hands of the new fiscal commission or through the alternative automatic cuts, federal transportation funding is going to decline dramatically compared to recent years.  The Senate transportation proposal, which counted on a $12 billion infusion of general funding, suddenly looks just a little less attainable.  So too is the prospect of a better-funded bill in two years, if Congress doesn’t pass a bill this year…


REMI Webinar: Transportation and the Economy (a Three-Part Series)

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August 1, 2011

TranSight v. 3.2 - Planning and Economic Impacts after Construction

REMI (Regional Economic Models, Inc.) cordially invites you to join us for a three-part webinar series on the demographic, economic, and fiscal impacts in transportation. We will examine each of the following topics, in detail, using TranSight, our dynamic model of transportation's total effects on the economy.


Proposed reforms a good start to reauthorization policy debate

Click here for complete article > CE News

August 1, 2011

As Congress works to reauthorize federal transportation funding before the current program expires on Sept. 30, 2011, an important debate has revived over the role of the federal government in and the appropriate level of federal funding for highways, railways, transit, waterways, and ports. The House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee fueled the debate when it released its six-year reauthorization plan with significant funding cuts and reforms; at press time, the Senate was expected soon to release a two-year plan with spending near current levels. Generally hailed by transportation and construction groups as "a step in the right direction," a "good first step," and a timely "start to the process," the House T&I Committee plan has several components that these groups welcome, although funding levels are a major concern to most...


Heartland Expressway: Kimball interchange: The new four-lane link will bring economic opportunities

Click here for complete article > Scottsbluff Star-Herald

July 25, 2011

The opening of traffic on the new interchange at Kimball, which will give Scottsbluff an unbroken four-lane expressway connection to Interstate 80, is more than just another expensive highway project. It has the potential to be an economic game-changer.

We expect to hear plenty about that when a formal dedication ceremony celebrates its completion later this fall. For supporters of the Heartland Expressway, a much more ambitious project, it marks a major success in the effort to link the explosive economic growth of Colorado’s Front Range and tourism destinations in the Black Hills of South Dakota via the Panhandle, and with the effort to build an international agricultural and energy trade corridor through the central United States from Canada to Mexico…


Ports-to-Plains: Ribbon cutting celebrates completion of US 87 overpass in Dumas

Ports-to-Plains Alliance

July 28, 2011

Ribbon cutting celebrates completion of US 87 overpass in Dumas

Travelers on the Ports-to-Plains Corridor in Dumas, TX can welcome improved safety and mobility with the completion of a $16 million railroad overpass.  Texas Transportation Commissioner Fred Underwood, Sen. Kel Seliger and Rep. Four Price were on hand for the July 21 ribbon cutting ceremony that officially marked the opening of the project.

“It’s obviously much safer and more convenient for drivers,” said Ports-to-Plains President Michael Reeves.  “But it is also a great improvement for safety in the community as emergency vehicles no longer run the risk of being held up waiting for a train to clear the intersection.  In emergency situations like fires or medical issues every second counts.”

The completion of the project is the culmination of years of work by several community leaders.

“Former Rep. David Swinford, County Commissioner Milton Pax and countless other leaders in Dumas worked hard to secure funding for this project.  They saw a true need and were tireless in their pursuit.  It is a great testament to the local community working with TxDOT to bring about a much-needed project,” said Reeves.


Who Do You Trust? Canada or Overseas Oil Producers?

Click here for complete article > Canada's New World

July 27, 2011

For Canadians well aware of outgoing Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach’s less than fierce demeanor, the image being used to promote a strategic NAFTA trade corridor to Congress and the American public is palpable.

“I show two slides,” Michael Reeves, president of the Ports-to-Plains Corridor Alliance, says with a chuckle. “One has pictures of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hugo Chavez giving each other a big hug and groups of Middle Eastern protestors, and in the next slide I have a picture of Ed Stelmach and a Mountie – and I ask, who do you trust? When you go to fill up your tank, who are you going to want to supply your energy needs? That seems to ring home to a lot of people.”...