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

Posted in Policy, PPPs

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

Posted in PPPs

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

Posted in Job Opening

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

Posted in Policy

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

Posted in Policy

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

Posted in Policy

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

TIFIA Joint Program Office to Move?

Posted in Policy

In addition to taking testimony from public agency project sponsors and industry leaders during the July 24, 2013 oversight hearing on TIFIA conducted by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, the Committee heard from the Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx, regarding the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (“USDOT”) implementation of the TIFIA Program since… Continue Reading

Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Holds Oversight Hearing on TIFIA, Nossaman Partner Testifies

Posted in Policy

Showing concern for the TIFIA JPO’s slow pace of credit approvals for major US transportation, on July 24, 2013, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works conducted an oversight hearing on the implementation of the TIFIA Program following MAP 21’s expansion of the program almost a year ago.  We are aware of only one… Continue Reading

New Round of TIGER Announced

Posted in Financing

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Monday that it is making $474 million in financing available through its transportation investments grant program pursuant to the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 (Pub. L. 113-6, March 26, 2013).  The appropriation is similar to the appropriation for the “TIGER” program and USDOT will continue to refer to the… 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

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Fourth Round of TIGER Discretionary Grants

Posted in Financing

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced a much-anticipated fourth round of funding for USDOT’s popular TIGER Discretionary Grants program, totalling $500 million for capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure. Pre-applications must be submitted by Feb. 20, 2012 and final applications must be submitted by March 19, 2012.  Previous rounds of competitive TIGER grants were… Continue Reading

USDOT Announces TIGER III Grantees

Posted in Financing

This morning, U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Ray LaHood announced the winners of the extremely competitive TIGER III grant application cycle.  Forty-six projects in 33 states will share $511 million in grant funds.  The announcement was made several months earlier than the originally scheduled date. As has been the case with the previous two… Continue Reading

Karen J. Hedlund Appointed Deputy Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration

Posted in Rail and Transit

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood plans to name Karen J. Hedlund as Deputy Administrator at the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).  Hedlund moves to the Deputy Administrator position from her current role as Chief Counsel at FRA, replacing Karen Rae, who Gov. Cuomo recently appointed as New York State Deputy Transportation Secretary.  Before moving… Continue Reading

USDOT Works Around Freight Railroads on New Passenger Rail Level-Entry Boarding Requirements

Posted in Rail and Transit

As discussed in a previous blog post, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) recently set new level-entry boarding requirements for disabled passengers on intercity and commuter railroads through amended regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (76 Fed. Reg. 57924). In the proposed rule, USDOT stated its intent to require passenger railroads to provide level-entry… Continue Reading

USDOT Sets Costly New Passenger Rail Station Platform Level-Entry Boarding Requirements

Posted in Rail and Transit

In a recent move that will have wide-ranging impact on the rail industry, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) set new level-entry boarding requirements for the access of passengers with disabilities to passenger railroads, applicable to new and altered station platforms where construction or alteration begins on or after March 2, 2012.  Through a final… Continue Reading

TIFIA Office Hiring Lead Negotiator and Financial Analyst

Posted in Job Opening

USDOT’s TIFIA Office is hiring a new lead negotiator/financial policy advisor and a financial analyst.  Both positions are based in Washington, DC, and applications are due September 21st.  The ideal candidate for the lead negotiator position will be a senior finance expert who has negotiated transportation finance and/or infrastructure project finance credit agreements as practiced in… Continue Reading

The Biggest Winner in Latest Round of High-Speed Rail Grants – Northeast Corridor

Posted in High-Speed Rail

Monday, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced an additional $2 billion in High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program funding, bringing the total awards for the program to $10.1 billion.  USDOT distributed the $2 billion to 22 projects in 15 states, but three big winners together received over $1.8 billion or about 90 percent of the additional money…. 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

Three Big Winners In Latest Round of High-Speed Rail Grants

Posted in High-Speed Rail

Today U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced an additional $2 billion in High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program funding, bringing the total awards for the program to $10.1 billion. The $2 billion awarded today by the Department of Transportation was largely redistributed from initial awards to Florida, whose governor canceled the state’s high-speed rail project due… Continue Reading