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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

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I-35W Two Years Later: Lessons Unlearned

Two years ago, during the Wednesday evening rush hour in Minneapolis on August 1, the I-35W bridge over the Mississippi River collapsed, killing 13 people and injuring 145. Have we learned any lessons from this tragedy that help make us safer today? Regrettably, the answer is no.

Aug 14th, 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

America in Gridlock: [VIDEO] Zombie Highways: Highway vs. Nature

Blueprint America correspondent Rick Karr in a web report from Alabama on the environmental impact of building highways, and the growth they can create.

Aug 10th, 2009

Plugging holes in public transit budgets: An update

Blueprint America correspondent Rick Karr revisits a report from earlier this year on the operating budget troubles of mass-transit agencies throughout the country.

Jul 24th, 2009

America in Gridlock: [INTERVIEW] Rep. Jim Oberstar on the transportation bill

In April, before the House transportation bill was introduced, Rep. Jim Oberstar (D., Minn.), Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, talked with Blueprint America about the legislation.

Jul 22nd, 2009

The Ride: In the Senate, $26.8 Billion Highway Trust Fund Rescue

As the House version of a new transportation bill to reauthorize and reform the current federal transportation law, which expires at the end of September, remains in the House, the Senate has made two significant moves in the past week to postpone the debate for a new law.

Jul 21st, 2009

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