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Public Works: Video: Blueprint Pennsylvania

A dialogue is under way that could lead to a "Blueprint for Prosperity" for Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. WITF public television in Pennsylvania -- as a part of Blueprint America -- plays host to the first conversation on revitalizing the center region of the state.

Oct 29th, 2009

Video: Politics, Engineering Intersect Over Bay Bridge

In a report from The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, political wrangling can often get in the way of critical infrastructure improvements Case in point: The rebuilding of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge (Originally aired: Sept. 29, 2009).

Oct 28th, 2009

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

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

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

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

America in Gridlock: [VIDEO] Keep on Trucking?

Blueprint America -- with NOW on PBS -- in a report with correspondent Miles O'Brien looks at the massive amount of freight moved throughout the country -- by trucks and by trains. But the aging infrastructure they run on needs more investment. Still, in these economic times money is hard to come by -- if the economy is to improve, though, the freight system that moves the country's goods needs to keep moving.

Aug 31st, 2009

America in Gridlock: [VIDEO] Zombie Highways

What do you call a highway program that just keeps going long after its original goals were achieved? A zombie highway. Blueprint America -- with The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer -- goes to Birmingham, Alabama, to look into the Northern Beltline, a road that will cost more than $3 billion, most of which will be paid for by taxpayers nationwide.

Aug 11th, 2009

America in Gridlock: [VIDEO] Zombie Highways: How to build a Zombie Highway

An exchange with Phillip Wiedmeyer, a leading advocate for Birmingham's Northern Beltline, about the argument for more highway building in Alabama -- it's a how to on Zombie Higways.

Aug 10th, 2009
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