Washington, D.C. Transportation legislation being pushed in Congress by Heritage Action, the Club for Growth and like-minded conservative activist groups would force states to raise their gasoline and diesel motor fuel taxes, on average, about 23.5 cents-per-gallon by 2020 if they wanted to maintain their current annual investment in highway and bridge improvements and public transportation, an analysis of federal and state data shows. The states only other options, if the proposal was enacted, would be to raise other taxes, redirect an equivalent amount of revenue from other state programs, or slash their road, bridge and transit improvement program.
Washington, D.C. Americans took 10.8 billion trips on public transportation in 2014, which is the highest annual public transit ridership number in 58 years, according to a report released by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray launched Move Seattle, his 10-year vision for transportation in Seattle. The plan integrates Seattles many travel modes to better support everyone, whether walking, biking, riding transit, driving a car or delivering freight. With a strong emphasis on safety, maintenance, innovation, and performance measurement, the plan aims to improve travel even as the city continues to grow rapidly.
Austin, Texas Three months after Texas voters approved Proposition 1, adding $1.74 billion to the state highway fund, the Texas Transportation Commission approved construction of 201 road projects. Among the projects slated to begin work are more than 800 miles of rehabilitated highways; nearly 500 miles of new highway lanes; 64 bridge replacements; and 18 lane-widening enhancements that will add 159 miles of passing lanes to rural highways.
U.S. Transportation Sec. Anthony Foxx issued a call to action during his keynote address at the AASHTO Washington Briefing Feb. 25. Foxx urged State transportation officials in Washington to attend the conference and visit their congressional delegations to urge for passage of a robust, long-term transportation bill.
Denver The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Transportation Commission decided to move forward with a Design Build Finance Operate Maintain (DBFOM) method for the finance and delivery of the I-70 East project from I-25 to Denver International Airport.
Hanover, Md. Working to ensure motorist safety and alleviate concerns regarding the structural integrity of Maryland bridges, Acting Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn ordered the State Highway Administration (SHA) and Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) to immediately inspect all state-owned bridges of similar age and condition to the I-495/I-95 (Capital Beltway) bridge that is being repaired after a piece of concrete fell onto a car below driving along Suitland Road on Feb. 10. The statewide directive applies to 27 state-owned bridges all built prior to 1969, have traffic underneath and are in similar condition to the Capital Beltway bridge.
Washington, D.C. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx highlighted $3.2 billion recommended in President Obamas Fiscal Year 2016 budget to advance the construction or completion of 25 rail, bus rapid transit (BRT), and streetcar projects in 13 states. These projects, competitively funded through the Federal Transit Administrations (FTA) Capital Investment Grant Program (CIG), would create thousands of construction and operations-related jobs and help communities expand transportation choices that offer new ladders of opportunity for residents.