Myriad components of President Barack Obama’s recent call for increased transportation infrastructure investments were included in the White House’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget, which was released this week. To continue reading, click here.
As supporters of the Purple Line in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties applaud the U.S. Department of Transportation’s move to recommend the light rail project for $100 million in federal funding in FY2015, opponents say the Obama administration is failing to investigate the environmental impacts posed by the $2.4 billion project. To continue reading, click… READ MORE »
A handful of studies on public-private partnerships, or P3s, in highway construction suggest that such arrangements “have built highways slightly less expensively and slightly more quickly, compared with the traditional public-sector approach,” a Congressional Budget Office researcher told a special House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee panel on March 5. Joseph Kile, CBO’s assistant director for… READ MORE »
It wasn’t long after Winter Storm Leon gridlocked our city before some observers raised the question whether a more robust mass transit system could have alleviated the impact of the storm. Transportation historian David Jones calls this the “mass motorization versus mass transit” debate, and our city seems particularly susceptible to it. To continue reading,… READ MORE »
Congressman Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) introduced The Maritime Goods Movement Act for the 21st Century (H.R. 4105) legislation that would replace the Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT), designed to fund the operation and maintenance of American ports. To continue reading, click here.
After WestJet pilot Carey Steacy landed her plane at Victoria International Airport on Sunday, one of her passengers left her a note. “The cockpit of an airliner is no place for a woman,” read the message, which was scrawled on a napkin and left on a seat as the flight from Calgary emptied. “A woman… READ MORE »
WASHINGTON – Airline passengers would pay $5 billion more over the next decade for travel security under President Obama’s budget released Tuesday, less than two months after security fees on tickets went up $12 billion over a decade. To continue reading, click here.
President Obama will reveal his budget proposal to Congress tomorrow. He recently proposed a $302 billion dollar transportation bill to fix the nation’s crumbling infrastructure. The funds would help replenish the nation’s Highway Trust Fund, which is expected to run out before the end of the year. Kara Kockelman, professor of transportation engineering at the… READ MORE »
Republicans have been largely successful in stymieing President Obama’s plans to leave behind a legacy of high-speed railways, but Obama’s second term could end up being remembered for a boon in light rail and streetcar construction. Obama spoke frequently in his first term about developing a nationwide network of high-speed railways that could eventually grow… READ MORE »
In the late 1800s, oil tycoon Henry Flagler traveled from his New York City home to Florida’s East Coast. His impression, according to historians? The state — and Atlantic coastline, in particular — had great potential for development and a booming tourist industry, but lacked transportation and hotel options. Flagler soon began pursuing his hotel-building… READ MORE »