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Congress Looks to Protect Transit and Passenger Rail During COVID-19

With negotiations in Congress underway over a third economic stimulus bill that would address the devastating economic impacts of COVID-19 (coronavirus), lawmakers have moved to address key components of our nation’s surface transportation infrastructure, such as transit, which has been severely impacted. Transit agencies across the nation are currently experiencing unique challenges. The Port Authority......

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Senate Panel Begins Work on Transit Reauthorization Bill

In historic fashion this week, the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee heard the perspectives of national stakeholders on transit investment needs for  the upcoming reauthorization of federal surface transportation programs. This was the first public hearing, other than nominations, that the Committee has held on transit infrastructure in several reauthorization cycles, and......

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House Democrats Unveil Infrastructure Framework

After much anticipation, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA12),   Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR4), Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ6), and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA1), introduced an infrastructure investment framework that would invest $760 billion over five years in our nation’s roads, bridges, transit and rail systems,......

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Colorado’s Infrastructure Earns a Mediocre Grade of “C-”

Colorado’s roads and bridges are sitting better than the national average, but funding is being stretched to modernize infrastructure with a growing population. Today at the Colorado State Capitol, the Colorado ASCE Section unveiled the full report card, giving 14 categories of infrastructure an overall ‘C-.’ Infrastructure categories included aviation, roads, bridges, energy, schools, hazardous......

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ASCE Testifies on Country’s Pressing Infrastructure Needs Before House Budget Committee

On September 25, the House Committee on the Budget, whose chief responsibility is to draft an annual concurrent resolution on the budget that provides a Congressional framework for spending and revenue levels, held is first hearing focusing on the nation’s infrastructure in recent memory. ASCE Board member and Director of Houston Public Works Carol Haddock......

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FEMA Unveils New National Mitigation Investment Strategy

National Preparedness Month (NPM) hits September 1, and has a slight head start, with a new strategy from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help improve coordinated efforts and effectiveness of risk management actions that would avoid, reduce, or transfer risks from natural hazards – including severe weather—across sectors. The National Mitigation Investment Strategy......

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U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Hears Infrastructure Investment Priorities

There’s more blooming this spring than just flowers; so are discussions in the House and Senate on infrastructure investment. This week, the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a Members’ Day Hearing  as an opportunity for all Members of the U.S. House of Representatives to discuss their infrastructure investment priorities before the Committee. Lawmakers......

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New Airport Infrastructure Report Released

This week, the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA), an ASCE advocacy partner through the Beyond the Runway Coalition, released a report entitled “Terminally Challenged: Addressing the Infrastructure Funding Shortfall of America’s Airports.” The report’s findings support  conclusions made in ASCE’s 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, and stressed the need for continued leadership and investment. The report......

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House Transportation Examines Climate Change and Infrastructure

On Tuesday, the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure examined the role the transportation sector plays in climate change, which included the dual track approach of mitigation and resiliency. Committee Members heard from individuals in the public and private sectors on ways to reduce carbon emissions and building resilient infrastructure. At this hearing, “Examining......

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Senate Commerce Subcommittee Examines Intermodal Connections

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Transportation and Safety examined current multimodal transportation market and infrastructure, stakeholder needs, and Congress’ role in supporting multimodal freight movement as part of a surface transportation reauthorization. Committee Members heard from industry stakeholders on shared concerns, primarily focusing on the need for more revenue......

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