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U.S. Department of Transportation Solicits Project Applications for $850 Million in FASTLANE Grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is calling for project applications for $850 million in transportation infrastructure grants, representing the second opportunity for funding from a program that has already received tremendous interest from public project sponsors and the infrastructure community. The grants, announced in a Notice of Funding Opportunity posted on the USDOT website … Continue Reading

AASHTO Launches BATIC Institute to Support Innovative Financing Solutions

Last month, the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) formally unveiled its Build America Transportation Investment Center (BATIC).  BATIC’s mission is to: Expand the use of federal transportation credit programs; Innovate new approaches to project development processes and funding challenges and institutionalize technology and best practice across credit programs and modal teams; and Deliver streamlined … Continue Reading

President Releases 2016 Budget Proposal

Earlier today, President Barack Obama released his approximately $4 trillion budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2016, which begins on October 1 of this year.  While the President’s proposed budget covers everything from defense to diseases, he has included a particularly ambitious proposal for transportation. The President’s proposed budget provides $94.7 billion in funding for the … Continue Reading

House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee’s Panel on Public-Private Partnerships Release Recommendations

On September 17, the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee’s Panel on Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) released its report and recommendations.  The group, empaneled in February of this year, was tasked with examining “issues regarding public-private partnerships across all aspects of the Committee’s jurisdiction.”  The panel held two hearings and seven roundtable discussions in addition to other … Continue Reading

USDOT Official Comments on P3s

Victor Mendez, Acting Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Transportation, participated this morning in a Bloomberg Government panel entitled “America on the Move: Investing in U.S. Infrastructure.” In a wide-ranging discussion, he addressed the issue of long-term funding for U.S. infrastructure. He commented that there is a need for many funding options and we … Continue Reading

USDOT to Hire Director, Office of Infrastructure Finance and Innovation

The U.S. Department of Transportation is looking to hire a new Director of the Office of Infrastructure Finance and Innovation. The Office of Transportation Policy is responsible for recommending overall surface transportation policy initiatives to the Secretary as well as reviewing all proposed Department of Transportation (DOT) rulemakings, legislation, testimony and reports to Congress.  Additionally, the office is … Continue Reading

The Government Shutdown’s Impacts on Federal Transportation Agencies

In anticipation of the US federal shutdown which occurred on October 1st, this year, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) on September 27th outlined its shutdown plan, which includes furloughs for more than 18,000 of its approximately 55,000 employees. The various agencies within USDOT have been impacted differently by the shutdown, depending on the extent … Continue Reading

USDOT Announces Fifth Round of TIGER Discretionary Grants

This morning, U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the winners of the fifth round of the Department’s highly competitive Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) discretionary grant program.  From 585 applications requesting more than $9 billion, USDOT selected 52 transportation infrastructure projects in 37 states that will receive a total of $474 … Continue Reading

USDOT Issues Temporary Exemption from Buy America for Certain Utility Relocations

Following up on our previous post regarding the uncertainty surrounding the application of Buy America requirements to utility relocations, the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) has recently released two documents that provide further clarification on the matter. On July 11, 2013, USDOT circulated an internal memorandum to Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Division Administrators and … Continue Reading
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