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U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Hears Infrastructure Investment Priorities

There’s more blooming this spring than just flowers; so are discussions in the House and Senate on infrastructure investment. This week, the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a Members’ Day Hearing  as an opportunity for all Members of the U.S. House of Representatives to discuss their infrastructure investment priorities before the Committee. Lawmakers......

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The Powers Unite: Infrastructure Investment is Coming

As bumpy as our streets may seem these days, our federal leaders seemed to have smoothed things out on the topic of infrastructure this past week. On April 30th, President Trump, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer met to discuss a $2 trillion comprehensive bipartisan infrastructure package for the......

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Civil Engineers Encouraged by White House Meeting on Infrastructure; Now It’s Time for Congress to Act

Washington – The following is a statement by Robin A. Kemper, PE, President, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in response to the meeting on infrastructure between President Trump, House Speaker Pelosi, Senate Democratic Leader Schumer: “The American Society of Civil Engineers was thrilled to see President Trump, House Speaker Pelosi, and Senate Democratic Leader......

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Report Examines Mileage-Based User Fee Future

This week, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) released a report entitled, “A Policymaker’s Guide to Road User Charges.” The report calls on Congress to develop and pass legislation directing the U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT) to establish a national Mileage-Based User Fee system (MBUF) , or a “Road User Charge” (RUC). The......

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ASCE Submits Public Comments to Proposed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) Rule

In an Executive Order signed by the President in 2017 and then followed through on in December 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) released a proposed rule to redefine the scope of the federal government’s jurisdiction over “waters of the United States (WOTUS)” covered by the......

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House Transportation Committee Examines Roadway Safety

Capitol Hill has been buzzing with infrastructure-related talks as of late, which has spurred hearings, discussions, and meetings as a part of a legislative push aimed at developing and passing robust and broad infrastructure legislation. The House Transportation Committee continued the conversation around this legislative push with one of the most important issues to consider......

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ASCE Seeks Full Funding for Fiscal Year 2020 Infrastructure Programs

Spring is in the air here in Washington, and so has begun the appropriations process. In anticipation of fiscal year (FY) 2020 appropriations, ASCE sent a series of letters to Key Appropriators while also making it a key legislative ask during this year’s Federal Legislative Fly-In. As ASCE laid the groundwork to secure full funding......

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Voters Are Thirsty for Better Water

For many Americans, the condition of water infrastructure as “good” has consistently declined since 2016, from 59% in 2016 to 49% in 2019: 59% stated water infrastructure was good in 2016 and in 2019, 49%, which is a sharp decrease. Additionally, 74% of American voters are extremely concerned about chemicals and pollutants in the tap.......

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Report Reexamines Connected/ Autonomous Vehicles (CAV) and Public Policy

It’s no April Fools’ Joke – technology is literally driving how people and goods move and automated vehicles are gaining more traction in the public policy world. On April 1st, Eno Center for Transportation released a report entitled, “Beyond Speculation 2.0: Automated Vehicles and Public Policy.” This report updates the Center’s 2017 report entitled, “Beyond......

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