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The transportation infrastructure debate: it's not us versus them

John Latta - Apr 03, 2013

The transportation infrastructure debate: it's not us versus them

I suspect we will be reading/hearing/seeing a lot more of these Op-Ed pieces. As New Jersey works to untangle a chaotic Interstate interchange with a massive construction project, transit proponents say the work is basically a waste, or at least a ...

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America's roads and bridges 'not crumbling' - report

John Latta - Feb 21, 2013

A new report from the Reason Foundation concludes, after  examining 20 years of state highway data, that the condition of America’s state-controlled roads has improved in seven key areas including deficient bridges and pavement condition. “There are still plenty of problems ...

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White House releases transportation infrastructure 'plan'

John Latta - Feb 20, 2013

White House releases transportation infrastructure 'plan'

The White House has released a statement called "The President's Plan to Make America a Magnet for Jobs by Investing in Infrastructure."  The plan repeats the president's State of the Union "fix it first" idea, claiming that, "Repair and maintenance ...

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Somebody blinked: States making moves for transportation infrastructure funds

John Latta - Feb 19, 2013

Somebody blinked: States making moves for transportation infrastructure funds

As the inevitability of dwindling fuel tax revenues keeps butting heads with the inevitable need for more funding for transportation infrastructure, something has to give. States are now making moves instead of just talking about them, as this New York ...

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State DOTS and local government infrastructure spending inches up

John Latta - Feb 14, 2013

State DOTs and local governments committed a little over $117 billion in funding for highway, bridge, transit, port and other transportation-related construction projects during 2012, according to new analysis of the most recent U.S. Census Bureau data by the American ...

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ASCE on what it costs to not spend on infrastructure

John Latta - Jan 16, 2013

Failure to spend $157 billion between now and 2020 to upgrade the U.S. infrastructure, including surface transportation, aviation, waterways, the electrical grid and sewers, could lead to losses of more than $3.1 trillion in gross domestic product and $1.1 trillion ...

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Domino 1.

John Latta - Jan 15, 2013

Domino 1.

There is a sense of inevitability about this. It's not a real surprise, and the next falling domino probably won't be either.Tennessee will stop work on its portion of I-69 because the state can't afford the cost. Writing a guest column ...

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Lattatudes

Better Roads Staff - Jan 09, 2013

Lattatudes

Angelina Jolie       It’s not unreasonable to say that “new” media, “social” media and “digital” media rule lives. For older, working generations, the stuff is both essential and addictive. In the world of our young people, digital is the norm. A lot of ...

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A Disruptive Innovation

John Latta - Dec 13, 2012

A Disruptive Innovation

BIM is going be increasingly  influential in transportation infrastructure planning and building. Yes, its an opinion, but this stuff has power that it hasn't even unleashed yet. Building Industry Modeling is advancing, technologically, so fast that it allows agencies and companies ...

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The Good, The Bad and The Sierra Club

John Latta - Dec 12, 2012

The Good, The Bad and The Sierra Club

Think of it as a “naughty” and “nice” list for transportation projects. The Sierra Club has named America’s “50 Best and Worst Transportation Projects” The projects in the club’s report serve, it says, as examples of the “best” and “worst” in transportation ...

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Lattatudes

Better Roads Staff - Aug 05, 2012

Lattatudes

Making It Work   Okay, no seventh-inning stretch; let’s get right back into action. You have read (or at least I hope you have) my constant urgings throughout the past three years to get out and press politicians to pass a new highway ...

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RoadWorks

Better Roads Staff - Aug 05, 2012

RoadWorks

Inside the highway and bridge industries     The ups/downs of an infrastructure bank   Would an infrastrsucture bank work? Would it be a major factor in funding vital future work and development? The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has released a report looking into its possibilities. A ...

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