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TIGER to fund rail project in Detoit

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced on Wednesday the winning projects to be funded under their Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program, which was created to oversee the dispersal of $1.5 billion included in the stimulus plan a year ago. In other words, a bureaucracy within a bureaucracy. While the DOT's function is to oversee the flow of transportation dollars from Washington, the TIGER program's function is to do it better (as it relates to stimulus funding and as it relates to finally using an acronym that is also Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's nickname).

Feb 18th, 2010

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When Gas Becomes a Luxury

First the bad news: gas will rise to $20 per gallon. Now the good news: gas will rise to $20 per gallon. It’s going to happen whether you like it or not. It doesn’t matter if the Democrats are in control, the Republicans, or even Ron Paul. It doesn’t matter if you believe in global warming or disbelieve in evolution.

Feb 2nd, 2010

THE DIG
White House: Better safe than sorry on rail-transit

Or, once you’re sorry you better be safe.That is the line U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is taking after introducing Tuesday the Administration's plan to take over safety regulation of the nation's subway and light-rail systems. This follows, among other recent incidents, the June 22 Metro crash in Washington, D.C., that killed nine people and injured dozens more.

Dec 10th, 2009

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Investing in Disaster

By the time the Second Avenue subway line opens in New York City, it will already be at risk for flooding in a storm surge. Samuel I. Schwartz and Morgan Whitcomb explain.

Nov 12th, 2009

THE NEWSHOUR WITH JIM LEHRER
Video: A tax on miles, not gas

In a report from The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, some states are experimenting with controversial new taxes to pay for highway construction. Special correspondent Lee Hochberg reports from Oregon, where officials are looking into charging drivers a tax based on the number of miles they drive in lieu of a highly-debated gas tax.

Oct 16th, 2009

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Where’s the Beef?

We work for an engineering consulting company specializing in infrastructure. Everywhere we go people are asking us about how much of a boon the stimulus plan (formally the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, (ARRA)) has been for us. They seem surprised when we respond it has had little or no impact on our business.

Oct 1st, 2009

THE DIG
Federal transportation law gets one-month extension

At midnight Wednesday, the federal transportation law funding national highway and transit programs expired. Amid a lack of consensus in Congress on what to do—as the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has been at odds with both the Senate and the Obama Administration—the current law was extended for one-month. However, it is a short-term fix.

Sep 30th, 2009

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Three (instead of 18) month proposed extension of Transportation Bill soon coming

Every six years the law authorizing national transportation policy and funding needs renewal. The current law expires Sept. 30 -- in nine days.

Sep 21st, 2009

THE DIG
Transportation Bill running on fumes

With Congress back after a summer recess, President Barack Obama, in an address before both the House and Senate on Wednesday, again made clear that the government’s business at this moment is health care reform.As a result, major climate legislation has been delayed twice in the Senate by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D., Calif), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee. At the same time, similar legislation in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee -- a $450 billion bill to overhaul transportation funding and policy nationally -- has not been put off, at least by Committee Chairman Jim Oberstar (D., Minn.).

Sep 11th, 2009
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