Posts Tagged ‘transportation’

Nov
2015
13

Advocacy Groups, Unions Applaud Pending Highway Bill but Push for Bolstered Funds

Advocacy Groups, Unions Applaud Pending Highway Bill but Push for Bolstered Funds
  A letter sent by a wide array of transportation advocacy groups and unions — more than 40 total — asks lawmakers currently negotiating the final details of the new highway funding bill to increase spending even if it results in a shorter funding package.  The letter comes after the House passed a six-year, $325 [&hellip...;
Oct
2015
26

Hoffa, Teamsters Implore Congress to Disallow Longer, More Dangerous Trucks on US Highways

Hoffa, Teamsters Implore Congress to Disallow Longer, More Dangerous Trucks on US Highways
  Pointing to a 33-foot-long tractor trailer — a “twin 33” — Teamsters General President James Hoffa last week denounced members of Congress who are caving to trucking industry lobbyists who want to expand the legal length of trailers on American highways.  Joining Hoffa at the press conference, which was held on Capitol...
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Sep
2015
3

Everything’s Bigger In Texas, Including High-Speed Rail (Hopefully!)

Everything's Bigger In Texas, Including High-Speed Rail (Hopefully!)
  Plans to connect North Texas by high-speed rail (HSR) continue to move along despite political opposition.  In early August the Regional Transportation Council decided to pay $4.5 million through 2018 to keep planning efforts in place for the portion of the system that would connect Arlington, Fort Worth, and Dallas.  The second phase of...
Feb
2015
19

Gas Tax? Or Just Gas? WA GOP’s Transportation Plans Could Undermine Workers, Wages, Environment

Gas Tax? Or Just Gas? WA GOP's Transportation Plans Could Undermine Workers, Wages, Environment
  In the state of Washington, a deal brokered by Republican Sen. Curtis King would raise the gas tax by eleven cents over three years while increasing fees and bond sales to raise $15 billion for the state’s transportation system.  But not everyone is convinced that the deal will actually work, as it may not [&hellip...;
Jul
2014
24

Biden Beseeches Congress to Spend on Infrastructure in White Board Video

Biden Beseeches Congress to Spend on Infrastructure in White Board Video
  On Wednesday, Vice President Joe Biden hosted a White House White Board session in which he laid out why America must rebuild its roads and bridges. In the video (below) Biden explains the history of how America has built infrastructure and how slowing that progress has lowered us to 28th in infrastructure investment internationally...
Jul
2014
18

NY Gov. Cuomo’s Intervention Helped Prevent LIRR Strike, Deal Specifics Remain Limited

NY Gov. Cuomo's Intervention Helped Prevent LIRR Strike, Deal Specifics Remain Limited
  After four years without a contract and months of jockeying for public support, leading unions and the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) reached a deal to avoid a July 20th strike which would have shut down the Long Island Railroad (LIRR). New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s intervention sealed the deal. Cuomo called the agreement...
Jul
2014
11

Not the Top 10 You Want to Be In: Fiscal Times Ranks States by Looming Highway Funding Woes

Not the Top 10 You Want to Be In: Fiscal Times Ranks States by Looming Highway Funding Woes
  The Fiscal Times recently published a ‘ten states with the worst highway spending woes’ article to help people understand the consequences of congressional inaction on the Highway Trust Fund. Congress is having problems agreeing on action to take, including a six-year, $100 billion comprehensive plan and a patchwork $9 to $10...
May
2014
6

Fresno-to-Bakersfield High-Speed Rail Route Expected to Be Approved This Week

Fresno-to-Bakersfield High-Speed Rail Route Expected to Be Approved This Week
The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) will meet at Fresno City Hall this week to hear public comments on plans to approve a 144 mile segment of High-Speed Rail (HSR) that will connect Fresno and Bakersfield.  With a 20,000 page environmental impact report as its guide, the group will decide how to properly ensure the [&hellip...;
Jan
2014
17

OH Unions, State Senate, and Gov. Kasich Agree: Road Construction Funding Needs a Lift

  In Ohio, construction unions have joined Gov. John Kasich and the State Senate in endorsing a proposal to increase money for road construction through bonds.  If passed, the proposal will meet the Ohio voting public this year. Democrats tried to include an amendment in the Senate proposal that would have provided more money to [&hellip...;
Oct
2013
22

Laborers Furious as PA GOP Attempts to Tie Prevailing Wage Repeal to Infrastructure Spending

Laborers Furious as PA GOP Attempts to Tie Prevailing Wage Repeal to Infrastructure Spending
  Pennsylvania’s broken record budget battle, in which the GOP is holding much needed infrastructure spending hostage in exchange for slashing wage protections, has laborers fuming. The House is 30 votes shy of being able to pass a gas tax hike needed to fund the infrastructure and transportation plan, so Republicans are attaching a...
Sep
2013
8

Surprises Abound in Report on Summer’s U.S. Clean Energy and Transportation Project Bounce

  Between April and June of this year, five dozen clean energy and transportation projects were announced that will result in 38,000 new U.S. jobs.  That figure represents a slight increase from the same period last year when 37,400 jobs were created and a significant increase from the first three months of 2013 when 12,000 [&hellip...;