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HIGHWAY TRUST FUND

Graves, Norton Push for House Tax Writers to Include Trust Fund Fix in Tax Reform Plan

The chairman of the House Highways and Transit Subcommittee said he and his ranking member are mounting an effort to convince the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee to include a long-term revenue fix for the Highway Trust Fund in any tax reform measure it considers.

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May 20, 2016

FEDERAL FUNDING THREAT

AASHTO, States Ask Congress to Drop Plans to Rescind Billions in Highway Funds

Associations representing state departments of transportation, legislatures and the nation's governors worked this month to head off a Senate appropriations provision that could potentially take away billions of dollars in already-authorized highway funds.

May 20, 2016

AASHTO

ASSOCIATION BUSINESS

President Reappoints Two to Committee

Association President Paul Trombino has reappointed Bruce Johnson and Grant Rodeheaver to new terms on AASHTO's Special Committee on Joint Development.

May 20, 2016

Nation

FACING THE CHALLENGE

Wright Calls for Election Focus on Project Investments as Key to Economic Strength

AASHTO Executive Director Bud Wright issued a call for voters and candidates in this year's elections to face up to the nation's transportation needs, with voters demanding how potential office-holders would deal with the investment gap and candidates detailing their action plans.

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May 20, 2016

FINANCING FREIGHT PROJECTS

Eno: Put Multimodal Freight Grants Program in General Fund, Levy Shipment Fee

The Eno Center for Transportation proposed that Congress alter the new freight programs in the FAST Act to carve out a national multimodal grant program paid for by general funds, and levy a percentage fee on the cost of surface freight shipments to support it over the long run.

May 20, 2016

GOODS MOVEMENT

USDOT Gets $9.8B in Project Funding Requests for $800M Pool of Freight Grants

The first year of the new freight-related grants under the five-year FAST Act has seen project sponsors seek nearly $9.8 billion in funding, the U.S. Department of Transportation said May 20. The only problem is that the 2016 grant pool is $800 million.

May 20, 2016

PRIVATE FUNDS FOR PROJECTS

Center Offers Ideas to Draw More Private Investment to Help Finance Projects

​The Washington, D.C.-based Bipartisan Policy Center proposed what it called a new financing "model" that it says could sharply increase private-sector investment in transportation projects and other infrastructure through a series of policy changes.

May 20, 2016

HONORING THE FALLEN

ARTBA Foundation Gives 2016 College Aid to Children of 11 Killed Highway Workers

Eleven children of highway workers who were killed on the job will receive college financial assistance for the 2016-17 school year from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation's "Lanford Family Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship" ...

May 20, 2016

States

IMPROVING MOBILITY

TRIP, Maryland DOT’s Rahn Report on Road Congestion Challenges, Efforts to Reduce It

Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn joined with the TRIP traffic research group to both identify the state's worst roadway bottlenecks and highlight efforts the state has been taking in recent years to improve conditions.

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May 20, 2016

PAYING FOR INFRASTRUCTURE

Missouri DOT Says Finances Improve, But Not Enough for Long-Term Highway Needs

The Missouri Department of Transportation is telling residents that its financial outlook has improved significantly from its forecast a year ago, but that it is still not good enough to make the improvements the state will need to keep up with a growing population and commerce.

May 20, 2016

BUDGET CRUNCH

Deal to Close Connecticut Budget Gap Taps Sales Tax Funds for Transportation

​Connecticut lawmakers in the General Assembly passed an austerity budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 that closes a projected deficit with measures that include diverting a reported $50 million in transportation funds.

May 20, 2016

ROADWAY REPAIRS

RIDOT Credits ‘Pothole Killer’ Machines for Reducing Claims Against Vehicle Damage

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation is crediting a pilot program this past winter to use "Pothole Killer" trucks that automatically fill and seal the trouble spots with cutting the number of driver claims for pothole damage.

May 20, 2016

NATURAL DISASTER

October Floods Still Leave Dozens of South Carolina Roads, Bridges Closed for Repairs

Months after a crippling rain and flood event struck South Carolina last October, the state still has dozens of roads and bridges closed, including some roads impacted by breached dams.

May 20, 2016

RAIL INVESTMENT

PennDOT Says Latest Rail Project Grants Will Help Create, Retain 48,000 Jobs

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said 31 rail projects it is supporting with grants will create an estimated 9,200 jobs and help retain more than 39,000 others over the next five years.

May 20, 2016

FREIGHT MOVEMENT

Oklahoma DOT Touts Signage, Value of Marine Highway That Spares Road Wear

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation said it has installed new signs at key bridges over the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System to alert viewers to a marine highway that takes goods off state highways to move them by barge.

May 20, 2016

BUD WRIGHT, Executive Director

LLOYD D. BROWN, Director of Communications

JOHN BOYD, Senior Editor

MARIO OLIVERO, Staff Photographer

AASHTO Journal is published every Friday by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. The Journal's weekly email newsletter is available for subscription free of charge.

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