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California Gets Serious About Pilot Program to Replace State Gas Tax

Posted in Bridges, Legislation, Policy, Rail and Transit, Tollroads/ Turnpikes/ Managed Lanes

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 in Legislation, News

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

Posted in Rail and 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

Posted in Rail and Transit

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

Posted in Rail and Transit

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

Posted in Rail and Transit

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”

Posted in PPPs

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

Posted in Design-Build

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

Our Mature Northern Cousins – Canadian P3 Practice

Posted in Policy, PPPs

If you want to know what a mature, effective federal and state P3 policy can look like, we need not look very far beyond our U.S. borders.  Two Canadian provinces, Ontario and British Columbia, provide us a road map for building successful, sustainable P3 programs and policies. At the International Bridge Conference in Pittsburgh last… Continue Reading

First Runner-Up in Latest Round of High-Speed Rail Funding – The Midwest

Posted in High-Speed Rail

As discussed in yesterday’s post on California, three big winners have emerged from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s announcement of $2 billion in federal funds to 15 states for 22 different high-speed and intercity passenger rail projects.  The second biggest winner of this funding round is the Midwest region. Illinois received $186 million for upgrades… Continue Reading

Reason Foundation Seeks Transportation Policy Analyst

Posted in Job Opening, Policy

The Reason Foundation, a non-profit, public policy think tank based in Los Angeles, seeks a policy analyst in transportation.  Qualified candidates should have a relevant degree, a solid understanding of free-market public policy, and an aptitude for written communication.  Ideal candidates will be very familiar with Reason’s transportation policy work and be able to describe… Continue Reading

Railroad Infrastructure Veteran Kevin Sheys Joins Nossaman as Partner

Posted in Rail and Transit

Kevin M. Sheys joins Nossaman’s Infrastructure Practice Group as a partner.  He brings expertise in all areas of railroad transportation, including all aspects of the rail industry, both freight and passenger.  His extensive experience includes successfully representing government entities in railroad construction and relocation projects, advising states and transportation agencies in publicly-funded passenger rail service… Continue Reading

Joint Statement Advises Congress on Ways to Improve Federal Surface Transportation Program

Posted in Policy

This morning, members of the National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission and National Transportation Policy Project of the Bipartisan Policy Center released a joint statement urging Congress to take steps toward several transportation policy principles designed to help guide deliberations over how to extend, fund and improve the federal surface transportation program in the face… Continue Reading

California High-Speed Rail Authority Seeks Regional Director

Posted in High-Speed Rail, Job Opening

Indicative of the progress and forward momentum of the project, the California High-Speed Rail Authority is hiring.  The executive management team is expanding as the project makes advancements such as the recent award of $2.25 billion in federal grants.  With newly appointed CEO Roelof Van Ark at the helm, the Authority is seeking a Regional… Continue Reading

Port of Miami Tunnel: Digging Through Novel Risks

Posted in PPPs

The closing of the Port of Miami Tunnel Project deal was just short of miraculous, given the tight financial markets and the political ups and downs of the project procurement. Novel risk allocations helped ensure the success of the deal. The current issue of Public Works Finance includes an excerpted discussion of the risks and the way… Continue Reading

California Advances Public Toll Financing Option for Transportation Projects

Posted in Legislation, Tollroads/ Turnpikes/ Managed Lanes

California will soon have a new authority that can authorize California transportation agencies to toll transportation facilities, eliminating the need for legislative approval for each tolling project.  AB 798, a bill sponsored by state treasurer Bill Lockyer and recently signed by Governor Schwarzenegger, creates a new state level agency, the California Transportation Finance Authority, with… Continue Reading

CTC Approves P3 Policy Guidance

Posted in Legislation, PPPs

California is now ready to assess P3 candidate projects. At its October 14th meeting, the California Transportation Commission approved policy guidance addressing the Commission’s role in selecting proposed P3 projects. The CTC developed the guidelines to assist Caltrans and regional transportation agencies (RTAs) as they move to develop P3 transportation projects, taking advantage of the new authority… Continue Reading

California P3s: One Step Closer To Implementing Program

Posted in Legislation, PPPs

California is serious about using its new legislative authority to deliver some of the state’s much-needed transportation projects through public-private partnerships (P3s). On August 12, 2009, the California Transportation Commission issued draft guidelines addressing the Commission’s role in approving the P3 delivery method for specific projects. The draft guidelines follow the California legislature’s momentous enactment of… Continue Reading

TxDOT Proposes Rail Division

Posted in Rail and Transit

At the June 2009 meeting of the Texas Transportation Commission, TxDOT Assistant Director Phil Russell provided a first look at a proposed Rail Division for TxDOT, focusing on both passenger and freight rail planning for the future.  If created, the new  Rail Division would have a Rail Division Director, with  four departments under that to-be-named person’s… Continue Reading

Cotton Belt PPP: DART and The T Team Up

Posted in PPPs, Rail and Transit

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) are in the early phases of procuring a firm to enter into a Public Private Partnership to design, construct, operate, maintain and finance a cross regional passenger rail service known as the Cotton Belt Rail Line starting on or about 2013. The Cotton Belt… Continue Reading