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Oklahoma Legislature cuts transportation budget by $28.5 million

Amanda Bayhi - Jun 04, 2014

Oklahoma Legislature cuts transportation budget by $28.5 million

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) will experience $28.5 million in cuts in its fiscal year 2015 budget, Tulsa World reports. The cuts amount to a 5.5-percent reduction -- a loss of about $11 million in revenue from gas taxes. The total ...

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Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin signs $685.7 million transportation bill

Amanda Bayhi - Jun 03, 2014

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin signs $685.7 million transportation bill

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin on Monday signed a $685.7 million transportation bill for fiscal year 2015, marking the largest transportation infrastructure investment in the state’s history. The legislation approves infrastructure improvements and maintenance, supports a multimodal transportation system and focuses on ...

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House GOP leaders move forward with USPS savings plan for highway funding; Senate EPW, postal union criticize plan

Amanda Bayhi - Jun 02, 2014

House GOP leaders move forward with USPS savings plan for highway funding; Senate EPW, postal union criticize plan

House Republican leaders are moving forward with a plan to fund the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) with savings from cutting certain U.S. Postal Service programs. House GOP leaders released a memo on Friday outlining the plan, which includes changes such as ...

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Oregon DOT seeks account managers for pilot user fee program

Amanda Bayhi - May 29, 2014

Oregon DOT seeks account managers for pilot user fee program

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is seeking vendors to run its Road Usage Charge program, AASHTO Journal reports. The voluntary pilot program, which uses a per-mile charge instead of the gas tax, is slated to begin July 1, 2015. The Oregon ...

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Lawmakers consider U.S. Postal Service as highway funding source

Amanda Bayhi - May 29, 2014

Lawmakers consider U.S. Postal Service as highway funding source

As the deadline to find a revenue source for highway projects draws nearer, some lawmakers are looking for creative means of funding. The main source of funding, the Highway Trust Fund (HTF), is expected to run out of money in August. ...

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North Carolina DOT: Future state funding likely to include tolls

Amanda Bayhi - May 28, 2014

North Carolina DOT: Future state funding likely to include tolls

North Carolina is likely to begin using tolls to help fund state highway maintenance and expansions, according to The Daily News, Jacksonville. North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Chief Deputy Secretary Nick Tennyson recently told attendees at a public information session ...

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn pushes to prioritize Illiana Expressway

Amanda Bayhi - May 27, 2014

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn pushes to prioritize Illiana Expressway

The Illiana Expressway -- a 47-mile tollway between Indiana and Illinois -- could be made a top priority in Illinois if Gov. Pat Quinn’s efforts are successful, NBC Chicago reports. Quinn wants the $1.5 billion project to be placed at the ...

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ARTBA to host transportation advocate workshop

Amanda Bayhi - May 26, 2014

ARTBA to host transportation advocate workshop

Transportation advocates will have the chance this summer to learn about how funding increases in several states were achieved. The American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) will host the “National Workshop for State and Local Transportation Advocates” on July 16 ...

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Travel industry survey: ‘Crumbling infrastructure' poses economic threat

Amanda Bayhi - May 23, 2014

Travel industry survey: ‘Crumbling infrastructure' poses economic threat

The “crumbling infrastructure” in the U.S. threatens global competitiveness as well as job and economic growth, business leaders say. A survey conducted by Building America’s Future (BAF) and the U.S. Travel Association found that more than three-quarters of respondents said the ...

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Utah transportation panel considers gas tax hike

Amanda Bayhi - May 22, 2014

Utah transportation panel considers gas tax hike

The state gas tax in Utah may start rising if a proposed hike is approved. The state’s Transportation Interim Committee on Wednesday discussed an annual 1.5-cent-per-gallon increase that would be implemented over the next five years, the Associated Press reported. Utah’s fuel ...

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Connecticut could bond $11.9 million for road repairs

Amanda Bayhi - May 22, 2014

Connecticut could bond $11.9 million for road repairs

Connecticut could see more funding for highway repairs in the coming weeks. Gov. Dannel Malloy said this week that the state bond commission plans to meet next Friday to consider a $11.9 million bond that would fund road maintenance and resurfacing ...

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LaHood touts fuel tax hike at transportation tech summit

Todd Dills - May 21, 2014

LaHood touts fuel tax hike at transportation tech summit

Speaking to attendees of the ALK Transportation Technology Summit in Princeton, N.J., former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood made a case for raising the federal fuel tax by 10 cents a gallon and indexing the level to inflation going forward. With China ...

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