Tag Archives: Transportation

California Gets Serious About Pilot Program to Replace State Gas Tax

For years, policymakers and economists around the country have been well aware that the federal gas tax is dying. In its report to Congress, the National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission, on which I was honored to serve, made clear that we must replace the 18.4 cent federal gas tax with other means of funding … Continue Reading

House and Senate Conference Committee Reports Out Five-Year Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill

Posted by guest blogger Billy Moore. Billy Moore of Vianovo works with the Transportation Transformation Group, a consortia of public and private entities that looks at ways of improving the funding and financing of the nation’s transportation infrastructure, which is co-chaired by Nossaman Partner Geoffrey Yarema. The House and Senate conferees have agreed on a compromise $305 … Continue Reading

Access to Jobs by Way of Public Transit

In the Reason Foundation’s recent Surface Transportation News #132, Robert Poole authored a blog post that discusses a report by Andrew Owen and David Levinson of the University of Minnesota Civil Engineering Department called “Access Across America: Transit 2014.” Their report is concerned with data on how many jobs are accessible by transit within certain … Continue Reading

Speculation Mounts Over Impending Crude By Rail Rule

As speculation over the federal government’s forthcoming rule on rail shipments of crude oil grows, two items hit the press last week increasing speculation over the details of the reforms. On July 15, 2014, Bloomberg reported that representatives from the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the Association of American Railroads (AAR) met with the Transportation … Continue Reading

Railway Age Crude By Rail Conference Profiles Key Players, Key Issues in Crude By Rail Debate

On June 12 and 13, 2014, Railway Age’s Crude by Rail Conference and Expo brought together representatives from the oil and gas industry, railroads, rail car manufacturers, Federal government, emergency response organizations and Wall Street, to address the implications of the dramatic increase in shipments of petroleum by rail (CBR). Several informative presentations were made … Continue Reading

Jobs Want to Go Where the Railroads Are

On April 24, 2013, Norfolk Southern (“NS”) CEO Wick Moorman spoke before the US House of Representatives Transportation Infrastructure Committee’s Special Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation about the need to focus on long-term investments in railroad infrastructure.  The NS CEO stated that “In the past decade Norfolk Southern helped locate 1,021 new and expanded facilities … Continue Reading

FHWA Holds P3 Model Contract “Listening Sessions” and Beta-tests “P-3 VALUE Toolkit”

As part of its effort to meet MAP-21’s legislative requirement to develop “standard public-private partnership transaction model contracts for the most popular types of public-private partnerships,” the Federal Highway Administration held a “listening session” with representatives from the transportation industry at the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington D.C. on January 16.  Representatives from state … Continue Reading

Design-Build Transportation Projects Face Roadblocks in California

Over the past 10 years, California lawmakers have made tremendous strides in providing express design-build procurement authority to pubic agencies in the state. This authority, however, has not been applied evenly across all project types or agencies. As matters stand in 2011, much broader design-build authority exists for public buildings or “vertical” projects than for … Continue Reading
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