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Whose trains are safer: Europe or USA?

John Latta - Aug 08, 2013

Whose trains are safer: Europe or USA?

It’s lies, damned lies and statistics again. This time the question, arising after the recent high-fatality (79) Spanish high-speed rail disaster, is about whether Europe’s trains are safer than ours. In this report we lose, but the numbers are not as ...

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NAPA president urges Congress to “move quickly” with transportation funding plan

Amanda Bayhi - Aug 08, 2013

NAPA president urges Congress to “move quickly” with transportation funding plan

National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) President Mike Acott released a statement yesterday regarding the House and Senate failing to pass any transportation funding bills last week. Acott stated: “The leaders of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Senate Environment and ...

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“I’m Stuck” app nears 10,000 downloads, sends more than 1,000 emails to lawmakers

Amanda Bayhi - Aug 07, 2013

“I’m Stuck” app nears 10,000 downloads, sends more than 1,000 emails to lawmakers

Building America’s Future (BAF) on Tuesday announced that the “I’m Stuck” app it developed has reached nearly 10,000 downloads and has sent more than 1,000 messages to lawmakers urging them to invest in transportation. Marcia Hale, president of BAF, said in ...

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Texas lawmakers pass transportation funding bill

Amanda Bayhi - Aug 06, 2013

Texas lawmakers pass transportation funding bill

The Texas Legislature ended its third special session Monday night when it passed a measure to fund state transportation projects, according to a report from CBS Dallas. During the special session, lawmakers approved a constitutional amendment that would increase transportation spending ...

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We know where you were last night: VMT a bad idea, says professor

John Latta - Aug 06, 2013

We know where you were last night: VMT a bad idea, says professor

It’s really all about privacy. Or is it? Mark J. Perry, a professor of economics at the University of Michigan and a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, says a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) fee is a bad idea. He says, “One feature ...

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Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde and Pres. Obama

John Latta - Aug 05, 2013

Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde and Pres. Obama

I’m going to have a to go along with Mark on this one. According to Mark Szakonyi writing in The Journal of Commerce, “There are two President Obamas when it comes to infrastructure spending.” The president has continued to talk about his ...

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Closer to E than F and heading for B

John Latta - Aug 01, 2013

Closer to E than F and heading for B

Let’s say you are rolling down the highway and watching the gas gauge on your dashboard as you go. You see it steadily going down. You are aware that it is heading to E. You roll on. It gets inevitably ...

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Despite stimulus, U.S. transportation system continues to deteriorate

Amanda Bayhi - Jul 30, 2013

Despite stimulus, U.S. transportation system continues to deteriorate

Despite an “influx of stimulus money” dedicated to improving the transportation system in the U.S., more of the nation’s bridges and roads were in poor condition in 2011 than in 2008, according to a report from the USA Today. It’s no ...

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Texas Two-Step: D.C. reauthorization first, then Austin

John Latta - Jul 30, 2013

Texas Two-Step: D.C. reauthorization first, then Austin

As we begin to close in on the fall 2014 date for the reauthorization of federal surface transportation legislation in Washington, keep in mind that states have to do their own transportation legislation. And like D.C. politicians, Austin politicians face ...

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Texas lawmakers agree to tap Rainy Day Fund for transportation

Amanda Bayhi - Jul 29, 2013

Texas lawmakers agree to tap Rainy Day Fund for transportation

Texas’ House and Senate reached an agreement on Friday to increase road and bridge funding in the state, according to a report from The News & Observer and the Associated Press. Senator Robert Nichols (R-Texas) authored the measure that would divert ...

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Guest Blog: A new deal

Contributed - Jul 29, 2013

Guest Blog: A new deal

With the housing market showing signs of new life and public infrastructure spending high on the agenda, it’s possible to believe that the long, nuclear winter of recession in road-building may just be drawing to an end. In May, monthly home ...

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Transportation Infrastructure Funding: Efficiency is necessary but not sufficient

John Latta - Jul 26, 2013

Transportation Infrastructure Funding: Efficiency is necessary but not sufficient

It’s a case of on the one hand/on the other hand. New Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx is saying that his department is “working to improve the efficiency and performance of our existing transportation system” and is “doing so in an ...

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