Entries by Nadine Westcott

Why Might a SAFETEA-LU Extension Be Delayed?

September 5, 2011 (Transportation Issues Daily) — The federal highway/transit bill expires at midnight September 30.  If political differences prevent result in the legislation expiring (presumably for only a short period of time), thousands of private sector construction workers could be furloughed as highway and transit projects across the country are shut down.  Read the […]

Obama Pushes Transportation Bills

August 31, 2011 (Politico) — President Barack Obama called Wednesday for Congress to quickly pass bills to continue funding highways and air travel, saying it would be “unacceptable” and “inexcusable” for Washington politics to lead to the loss of as many as a million jobs.  Read the full story.

Hurricane Irene Exposes Creaky American Infrastructure

August 30, 2011 (Huffington Post) — In the winter of 1992, a nor’easter sent a storm surge over the floodwall guarding the southern tip of Manhattan. Seawater quickly overwhelmed major roadways and New York City’s subway system, shutting down the entire subway for nearly 10 days.  Read the full story.

Legislative Prospects for the Transportation Bill: An Update

August 22, 2011 (Infrastructure USA) — The continuing stalemate over FAA funding offers a foretaste of what awaits us in September when Congress will get down to discussing the transportation bill. Only the stakes will be much higher and the consequences of a deadlock much more serious. That is the sober assessment offered by seasoned […]

Boxer Expected to Push Highway Programs Extension

August 22, 2011 (Journal of Commerce) — Sen. Barbara Boxer, whose Environment and Public Works Committee takes the lead in drafting surface transportation legislation, is expected to propose extending current highway and transit programs so they do not expire September 3.  Read the full story

White House Wants To Jump-Start Highway Bill

August 20, 2011 (NewsCore) — The White House and congressional Democrats are working on a plan to jump-start passage of a stalled highway bill as the administration reworks part of its strategy for responding to high unemployment, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.  Read the full story.

Transportation deadlock worries states

August 17, 2011 (Stateline.org) — When federal lawmakers return to Capitol Hill next month, one of their first assignments will be the normally routine task of finding money for better roads and rails. But given Congress’ recent track record of letting seemingly mundane matters build to a crisis, transportation experts are keeping a wary eye […]

Threat to End Federal Fuel Taxes Concerns Transportation Officials

August 9, 2011 (Transport Topics) — Faced with the expiration in September of federal transportation taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel, highway advocates say they are increasingly worried that the anti-tax, anti-government rancor that characterized the debt ceiling battle could endanger the nation’s transportation system.  Read the full story.