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Jim Oberstar, Transportation Secretary?

Some pundits suggest Rep. James Oberstar (D., MN), Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, could be near the top of the list for Transportation Secretary in the Obama administration.

Nov 6th, 2008

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Infrastructure on the Ballot: President-Elect Obama looks to infrastructure

President-Elect Barack Obama may spend on highways and bridges to stimulate the U.S. Economy.

Nov 5th, 2008

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Infrastructure on the Ballot: In St. Louis, Tax to Fund Transit Fails

Proposition M – the half cent sales tax increase that would have gone to fund St. Louis metro – failed at the polls on Nov. 4, 52 percent to 48 percent. Metro will now have to decide if it will follow-through on its threat to cut transit services, including the Call-A-Ride buses.

Nov 5th, 2008

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Infrastructure on the Ballot: In L.A. County, a Tax Increase to Fund Transit

Los Angeles County voters approved a half-cent sales-tax increase, expected to raise as much as $40 billion, for area infrastructure projects.

Nov 5th, 2008

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Infrastructure on the Ballot: California Bullet Train Funding

California voters approved $9.95 billion to fund a high-speed train network linking Southern California with the Bay Area.

Nov 5th, 2008

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Infrastructure and the stimulus package

The New York Times reports on the growing movement in Washington to devote the next stimulus package to infrastructure spending. Rep. Jim Oberstar (D., MN), Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, has been outspoken in his belief that public works spending needs to start now. He responded to opponents who argue that infrastructure spending would take too long to create a meaningful number of jobs quickly.

Oct 31st, 2008

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Lock and Dam

The Pittsburgh-Review rings the alarm bell today, reporting on how critical it is for U.S. locks and dams to be maintained and rehabilitated. An Army Corps of Engineers project to rebuild locks and dams on the lower Monongahela River might cost twice as much and take three times longer to complete than initially estimated.

Oct 27th, 2008

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Public-Private Renovation in Poughkeepsie, NY

A century-old railroad bridge made unusable after its partial destruction by fire in 1974 is being brought back to life through a $35 million public-private partnership. Once the renovation is completed, the bridge, located in Poughkeepsie, NY, will be the longest pedestrian bridge in the country.

Oct 27th, 2008

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Nuclear Revival

As part of a series on the energy challenge, The New York Times examines the burgeoning renaissance of nuclear power in the United States. The obstacles facing the industry seem daunting, but changes are underway.

Oct 24th, 2008
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