Obama touts Fix It First program in State of the Union
February 18, 2013
Proposes public-private partnerships for most urgent projects. Boehner says without identifying funding, it’s like playing Santa Claus. Read about Obama’s statement here. And read more about Boehner’s comments here.
The House Transportation and Infrastructure committee got off to an interesting start as new Chairman Bill Shuster focused the first meeting on a discussion of the federal role in transportation funding and policy. Here is one story. And here is another.
Transportation Congestion Cost Rises to $121 Billion Annually
February 11, 2013
Congestion costs you more, wastes more fuel. A new TTI study says 56 billion pounds of additional carbon dioxide were emitted because of traffic congestion in 2011, or 380 pounds per driver. About 2.9 billion gallons of fuel were wasted during that period, which TTI compares to filling the New Orleans Superdome four times. Read more here.
Rubio takes on California's environmental law
February 4, 2013
State Sen. Michael Rubio wants to modernize CEQA. Read more here.
Will drivers pay more for California highways?
January 28, 2013
Maintaining an aging system gobbles up gas tax money. Local governments have stepped up, but it’s still not enough, and the system continues to deteriorate. Thirteen states are considering funding measures, and it’s only January, so that number may increase. Read more about some California issues here, and read about the general problem in other states here. The Washington Post says planners in Maryland and Virginia have found that the public wants improvements, but they don’t want to pay. Read that article here.
Failure to Act on Infrastructure Hurts Country
January 21, 2013
The US can only fund about 60 percent of its infrastructure needs through 2020, dropping to 53 percent by 2040 according to a new report. The American Society of Civil Engineers finds that not addressing the funding gap will cost America $3.1 trillion in lost GDP, 3.5 million lost jobs and a decrease in household disposable income of $3,100 per year through 2020. Read more here.
LA City Council considers pothole tax
January 14, 2013
The Los Angeles City Council is considering a $3 billion street repair bond measure, possibly for May. Read more here.
Governor's proposed budget coming Thursday
January 7, 2013
California Democrats are expected to push a broad agenda of fiscal and social change in 2013 — including highway expansion. Read more here.
I-5 skids closer to environmental disaster
December 31, 2012
The expansion of I-5 has been delayed for at least two more years because of, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune, environmental politics. Read more here.
Is 2013 the Year of New Transportation Funding?
December 24, 2012
State lawmakers across the country are already touting the need to find new sources of transportation revenue in the upcoming year. The conversation comes at a time when Congress finds itself entrenched in a culture of austerity and when calls from advocates and stakeholders to increase the federal gas tax — unchanged for nearly 20 years — have fallen mostly on deaf ears. Read more here.
New air pollution standards restrict soot particles
December 17, 2012
California may have trouble meeting standards because of diesel, especially in LA, Riverside, San Bernardino and parts of the Central Valley. Read more here.