Governors, State DOT Chief Press Congress on Funding; Foxx Urges 'Dramatic’ Action
The governors of four states told senators they need certainty about federal spending through a long-term replenishment of the Highway Trust Fund, and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx urged lawmakers to take "dramatic" action to invest "substantially" more in infrastructure.
January 30, 2015
Boehner Calls Highway Funding 'Critically Important,’ Eyes Tax Reform for Revenue
House Speaker John Boehner said he considers finding revenue for a long-term highway bill "critically important," and said lawmakers are looking into raising the money for it through tax changes and other unspecified options.
Steinmen Named Chair of Special Wireless Communications Technology Committee
AASHTO President John Cox has chosen Paul Steinman, secretary for the seventh of eight districts in the Florida Department of Transportation, to fill a two-year stint chairing the Special Committee on Wireless Communications Technology, effective Jan. 30.
New Briefing Paper Shows Commutes Comprise 28 Percent of Road, Transit Trips
Commuting to and from work accounts for 28 percent of all travel on U.S. roads and transit systems, after a boom period in commuting growth has given way to slow growth due to changing demographics, says the final briefing paper in an AASHTO series.
TTV Puts Camera on Program That Promotes Innovation for Transportation Problems
In another installment of Transportation TV's "News in Design" series, TTV interviews Pam Hutton, AASHTO's implementation manager for the Second Strategic Highway Research Program, or SHRP2.
Bottoming Out? Some Pump Prices Tick Up as Refiners Curb Gasoline Production
The average U.S. retail gasoline price edged further downward on Jan. 26, in both the latest weekly snapshot by the Energy Information Administration and the daily pricing survey by AAA. But the next day AAA reported its first nationwide average price rise after a record 123 consecutive daily ...
CBO Estimates Highway Trust Fund Shortfall of $168 Billion Through 2025
The Congressional Budget Office estimated Jan. 26 that the Highway Trust Fund faces a 10-year shortfall of $168 billion, as projected outlays under road and transit programs outpace its dedicated revenue stream.
Sanders, Mikulski Propose $1 Trillion in More Infrastructure Spending Over 5 Years
Two U.S. senators who fill the top minority positions on the Budget and Appropriations committees – Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Barbara Mikulski, D-Md. – have introduced legislation that would put $1 trillion into transportation and other infrastructure spending.
Lawmakers Plan Bills in Senate, House to Repatriate Foreign Profits for Infrastructure
Members of both the Senate and House said they will offer bipartisan legislation to entice corporations through low tax rates to repatriate hundreds of billions of dollars in foreign profits to the United States, and use the tax windfall to fund transportation programs.
Kentucky, Ohio Governors Outline Tolling Plan, Fast Deadlines for Major Bridge Project
Govs. Steve Beshear of Kentucky and John Kasich of Ohio jointly announced they are directing their agencies to quickly develop plans to rebuild and expand the Brent Spence Bridge corridor connecting their states across the Ohio River. The plan will use tolls, cost-cutting innovations and most likely ...
FHWA Awards Grants in 3 States to Boost Efficiency of Road, Bridge Projects
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said road and bridge projects in Maine, Pennsylvania and Washington are receiving $2.47 million in grants under the Federal Highway Administration's Accelerated Innovation Deployment Demonstration program.
Deadline Nears on Scholarships for Children of Killed, Disabled Highway Workers
Applicants seeking scholarships under a memorial program to aid children of highway workers who have killed or disabled in the line of duty have must submit their paperwork by March 6 to be considered.
Minnesota Gov. Dayton Proposes $11 Billion in New Highway, Transit investments
Unveiling a 10-year plan to increase spending on roads, bridges, transit systems and alternative transportation, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton proposed raising nearly $11 billion through a combination of fuel taxes, fee increases, bonds and a targeted-area sales tax hike.
Gov. Walker Appoints Luiken to Again Serve as Alaska Transportation Commissioner
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker appointed Marc Luiken to be commissioner of the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, returning Luiken to the post he held nearly two years from December 2010 to October 2012.
New Mexico Officials Weigh Plans to Raise $300 Million for Major Road Projects
Gov. Susana Martinez has been touting a plan to raise $180 million over three years for more highway spending, and now a state representative who once ran the highway department is trying to stretch it to $300 million over five years, the Albuquerque Journal reports.
Idaho Officials Warn Highway Funds Not Keeping Up With Projected Repair Needs
The Idaho Transportation Board and Idaho Transportation Director Brian Ness are telling state lawmakers and the public that money is not available to expand highways or bridges, and state funding soon will not keep pace with projected repair needs to keep infrastructure in good shape.
Falling Pump Prices Challenge Iowa Leaders Considering Percentage Tax on Fuel Sales
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad was fresh off a November re-election victory when he urged legislative leaders to negotiate on new transportation funding. One of the options under consideration would build a "hybrid" fuel taxing system of lower per-gallon charges plus a percentage tax that would ...
Gov. Scott’s Budget Would Cut Florida DOT Spending 2.3 Percent After Record Year
Florida Gov. Rick Scott proposed a 2015-16 budget that would trim more than $235 million or 2.3 percent from the state Department of Transportation after a record year of infrastructure spending, leaving FDOT with $9.88 billion for the year that begins July 1.
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