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Tuesday
Aug022011

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…

Monday
Aug012011

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

Click here for complete article > REMI

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.

Monday
Aug012011

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...

Friday
Jul292011

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…

Friday
Jul292011

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.

Thursday
Jul282011

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.”...

Thursday
Jul282011

Infrastructure woes take toll on US economy-engineers

Click here for complete article > Reuters

July 27, 2011

Failing infrastructure will cost the United States billions of dollars in lost productivity, income and trade in coming decades, according to a civil engineering report released on Wednesday that said the impact on gross domestic product could reach $2.7 trillion.

The American Society of Civil Engineers regularly tallies the amount needed to upkeep declining U.S. roads, bridges and waterways. It said the country will need to invest roughly $220 billion annually to maintain the country's infrastructure in "minimum tolerable conditions."

It said the gap between infrastructure needs and federal funding is growing.

American Society of Civil Engineers releases first-ever report on how U.S. economy and family budgets will fare if America fails to fund surface transportation improvements.

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Click here for complete article > American Society of Civil Engineers

July 27, 2011

The nation’s deteriorating surface transportation infrastructure will cost the American economy more than 870,000 jobs, and suppress the growth of the country’s Gross Domestic Product by $3.1 trillion by 2020, according to a new report released today by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The report, conducted by the Economic Development Research Group of Boston, showed that in 2010, deficiencies in America’s roads, bridges, and transit systems cost American households and businesses more than $129 billion, including approximately $97 billion in vehicle operating costs, $32 billion in delays in travel time, $1.2 billion in safety costs, and $590 million in environmental costs…

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Failure to Act:  The economic impact of current Investment Trends in surface Transportation Infrastructure

This report seeks to provide an objective analysis of the economic implications of the United States’ continued underinvestment in infrastructure. The Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, published every four years by the American Society of Civil Engineers, grades the current state of 15 national infrastructure categories on a scale from A through D for gradations of excellent to poor, and F for failing. This report answers the question “So what?” In terms of economic performance, what does a D mean? What does an F mean?

 

 

 

Wednesday
Jul272011

House passes bill to force Obama decision on Canada-Texas pipeline

Click here for complete article > E2Wire

July 26, 2011

House Republicans approved legislation Monday to force the Obama administration to make a decision in the coming months on a controversial proposed pipeline project that would carry oil from Canada to Texas.

The House passed the bill in a 279-147 vote, mostly along party lines. Forty-seven Democrats voted in favor of the legislation, while three Republicans opposed it. The proposal faces an uphill battle in the Senate…