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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

UPDATE: A New Color to be Added to Mid-Atlantic Transit: The Maryland Purple Line

On April 6, 2016, the Maryland Board of Public Works unanimously approved the public-private partnership (“P3”) agreement for the Maryland Purple Line light-rail transit project, concluding the 30-day review period described in our previous blog.  The contract documents previously signed by the concessionaire have now been signed by the Maryland Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Secretary … Continue Reading

Two Florida P3 Bills Signed into Law

On Wednesday, March 30, 2016, Florida’s Governor Rick Scott signed two bills that further advance the state’s existing public-private partnership (P3) framework and provide additional guidance for implementing P3s. The two new laws will go into effect on July 1, 2016. SB 124 amends the 2013 law that authorizes counties, municipalities, school boards, and other … Continue Reading

A New Color to be Added to Mid-Atlantic Transit: the Maryland Purple Line

On March 2, Governor Larry Hogan and Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Secretary Pete Rahn “greenlighted” procurement of the Purple Line by MDOT and the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA).  The contract has been posted and is scheduled for review by the Maryland Board of Public Works in early April. Part of the region’s ambitious transit … Continue Reading

State and Local Governments May Now Request Railroad Bridge Inspection Reports

State and local governments can now obtain railroad bridge inspection reports by making requests on the website of the Federal Railroad Administration (“FRA”). This new tool will help state and local governments gain better information regarding this important aspect of railroad safety in their communities. Access to the public version of bridge inspection reports is … Continue Reading

Amtrak Panel’s Plan to Fix Chicago Rail Gridlock

An Amtrak Blue Ribbon Panel formed in 2014 that included Nossaman partner Linda Morgan has released a report recommending how to fix the congestion plaguing Chicago’s rail network.  As the hub of the U.S. rail network, the gridlock in Chicago has ripple effects throughout the nation. As part of its year-long investigation of the causes … Continue Reading

Good News for Commuters: Work Completed on Foothill Gold Line Extension to Azusa

Expected to dramatically improve mobility in one of the more highly congested regions in Southern California, the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority (Authority) completed the Foothill Gold Line from Pasadena to Azusa on September 23, 2015.  After achieving this milestone, the Authority turned the project over to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation … Continue Reading

FTA Provides Notice of Expedited Public Transportation Improvement Initiative

Federal Transit Administration (“FTA”) grants fund billions of transit-related projects throughout the United States.  In an effort to improve the project delivery process for those projects, the FTA on September 3, 2015, announced the establishment of the Expedited Public Transportation Improvement Initiative (“XPEDITE”) in the Federal Register.  The FTA is soliciting participation in an online … Continue Reading
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