Entries by Nadine Westcott

Long road for highway bill

November 9, 2011 (Politico) — The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is set to mark up a two-year highway and transit bill Wednesday morning, and it should be a breeze. What happens after the markup is the big question.  Read the full story.

Boehner: House Will Move Multiyear Bill by Year’s End

November 4, 2011 (AASHTO Journal) — House Republicans will introduce a multiyear surface transportation reauthorization bill “in the coming weeks” and “hope to move the legislation through the House before the end of the year,” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced Thursday. The bill would expand domestic energy production to pay for transportation infrastructure, with […]

Mica Defends Spending Level of Transport Plan

November 2, 2011 (Journal of Commerce) — House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-FL) defended his six-year transportation plan from accusations that the bill wouldn’t maintain current funding levels as he claimed.  Read the full story.

Apparently, State DOT Bosses Don’t Care About Money

In fact, more than 80 percent of reports from around the country conclude that state DOTs routinely pay more — sometimes much more — for engineering services by outsourcing this work.  The findings are in a California DOT preliminary investigation of state, federal and other reports comparing the cost of performing design work in-house versus outsourcing […]

Transportation’s future a rocky road

October 24, 2011 (Politico) — Transportation experts said the federal highway and transit program needs two big changes — major systemic reforms and a large increase in funding. Problem is, you can’t have one without the other.  Read the full story.