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Senate EPW Committee Unveils Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill

Posted by guest blogger William Moore. William 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 bipartisan leadership of the Senate Environment and Public … Continue Reading

Federal Highway Trust Fund Funding Problem Will Hit State Projects This Fall

Posted by guest blogger William Moore. William 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. Absent swift action by Congress, state departments of transportation … Continue Reading

Congressional Panel Explores Industry’s Views on Public-Private Partnerships

On Wednesday, March 5, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Special Panel on Public-Private Partnerships held a hearing entitled “Overview of Public-Private Partnerships for Highway and Transit Projects” to review the role of P3s in delivery of highway and transit projects. The witness list and links to their testimony are as follows: Mr. Joseph Kile, Assistant … Continue Reading

President Obama Announces a Proposal to Fund a Four Year Surface Transportation Bill at $302 Billion

On February 26, President Obama announced a proposal to fund a four year surface transportation bill that would increase spending by 22% for highways and 70% for transit over current levels.  The White House provided a Fact Sheet that outlines to proposal.   The current law, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century … Continue Reading

California Successor Agencies Rejoice: IFD Law Now Includes Redevelopment Project Areas

In a move that should make successor agencies to redevelopment agencies happy, a new law was passed and approved by the Governor on February 18, 2014 (AB 471) that, among other things, amends Section 53395.4 of the California Government Code to allow infrastructure financing districts to finance a project or portion of a project located … Continue Reading

FHWA and FTA Issue New Guidance On MAP-21 Exclusions

By Ben Rubin and originally posted on the California Eminent Domain Report blog. On July 6, 2012 President Obama signed into law MAP-21, which, among other things, contained new National Environmental Policy Act ("NEPA") requirements for the Federal Transit Administration ("FTA") and Federal Highway Administration ("FHWA").  In January 2014, pursuant to a mandate in MAP-21, … Continue Reading

A Pilot Program for Performance-Based Social Infrastructure in California

California Senate Bill 593 (“SB 593”), introduced by Senator Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), shows the interest of some State legislators in implementing performance-based infrastructure (“PBI”) in social programs. SB 593 would require the California Office of Planning and Research to administer a “Social Impact Partnership Pilot Program” (the “Pilot Program”) beginning in 2015.  The Pilot Program … Continue Reading

House Transportation Committee Establishes Panel on Public-Private Partnerships

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member Nick Rahall (D-WV) announced the creation of a special committee panel to examine public-private partnerships (P3s) in the United States.  This panel will inform the Committee’s work this year on reauthorizing surface transportation programs and other legislative activity. Committee Vice Chairman John J. … Continue Reading
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