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U.S. Department of Transportation Releases Automated Vehicle Policy Statement

From the horse carriage to the invention of the automobile and now the development of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV), technology continues to redefine how we move within the built environment. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) continues to address these fundamental concerns by providing policy statements which provide a framework on CAV technology development......

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COVID-19 Relief Package Includes Win for Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund

The nation’s ports got a little love in the recently passed CARES Act, the colossal stimulus package that provides COVID-19 relief. In this legislation is a long-time ASCE priority: a provision that would unlock the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) and help ports that need dredging work. ASCE strongly advocated for the bipartisan Full Utilization......

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COVID-19 Stimulus Relief Package Must Address Drinking Water, Wastewater

Safe and accessible drinking water. Properly treated wastewater. Reliable electricity that keeps the lights on. Ports and airports to move goods through the country and overseas safely. Highways, bridges, and public transportation to get people to the grocery, pharmacy, or doctor. These systems are part of the critical infrastructure that is imperative during the response......

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Congress Looks to Protect Aviation Infrastructure During COVID-19

With negotiations in Congress underway over a third economic stimulus bill that would address the devasting economic impacts of COVID-19 (coronavirus), lawmakers have moved to address key components of our nation’s surface transportation infrastructure. ASCE and its coalition partners have taken this action due to the $10 billion in airport infrastructure emergency funds needed to......

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Congress Looks to Protect Transit and Passenger Rail During COVID-19

With negotiations in Congress underway over a third economic stimulus bill that would address the devastating economic impacts of COVID-19 (coronavirus), lawmakers have moved to address key components of our nation’s surface transportation infrastructure, such as transit, which has been severely impacted. Transit agencies across the nation are currently experiencing unique challenges. The Port Authority......

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Civil Engineers Outline Most Pressing Infrastructure Priorities for COVID-19 Relief

The following is a statement by Tom Smith, Executive Director, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) on infrastructure investment in further COVID-19 stimulus packages: “In this time of crisis, it is crucial that we not forget about the systems that keep our economy moving and are so critical to public health and safety, including transit,......

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COVID -19 Hits Infrastructure Sectors

With the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic now impacting all 50 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico, life as we know it has ground to a halt. This has cascading impacts on the infrastructure sectors that engineers work on –  from declining infrastructure revenue sources, such as state DOT and transit agency budgets, to delayed projects across the......

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Maryland’s Infrastructure Grades Unveiled – Virtually

Maryland’s infrastructure has certainly improved in the past few years, particularly its roads and bridges—which fare better than the national averages. In fact, bridges are among the best in the nation. However, challenges remain with aging systems and its dense population. Today, the Maryland Section of ASCE released the 2020 Report Card for Maryland’s Infrastructure......

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Energy Bill Amendment Addresses Energy Efficiency, Would Save Billions on Energy Bills

In efforts to curb climate change and make homes and businesses more energy efficient, the Senate is likely to vote next week on an amendment that would be a part of a larger energy bill currently under consideration on the Senate floor, the American Energy Innovation Act. This amendment, introduced by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH)......

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ASCE FY21 Appropriations Requests and Congressional Hearings on FY21 Budget Requests

Last week, ASCE submitted its Fiscal Year 2021 appropriations requests to Congress, including to the following House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees: Energy & Water Development; Transportation, Housing & Urban Development; Commerce, Justice & Science; Interior & Environment; and Homeland Security. Overall, ASCE recommends that Congress and President Trump work to increase funding for existing federal......

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