transportation

Civil Engineer and Inventor John Hillman Named by White House as Transportation Champion of Change

Imagine holding four U.S. patents for a landmark and unique bridge technology, more than a dozen foreign or pending patents and winning every major design and construction award available in the nation.  Now imagine all of this being accomplished by one individual – civil engineer John Hillman. In a White House ceremony today, Hillman and......

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ASCE Statement on the Nomination of Mayor Anthony Foxx for Transportation Secretary

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The following is a statement from Gregory E. DiLoreto, P.E., P.L.S, D.WRE, president of The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), regarding the nomination of Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx for U.S. Transportation Secretary: “We are very encouraged by Mayor Foxx’s nomination. Now is the time to reaffirm our commitment to improving our......

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Obama FY14 Budget Proposal Focuses on Infrastructure

President Obama released a federal budget plan for Fiscal Year 2014 this week that calls for spending of $3.77 trillion.  The budget plan would reduce the federal deficit by $1.8 trillion over 10 years, the White House said. The FY 2014 budget proposal includes $50 billion for infrastructure investments, including $40 billion to cover what......

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The Panama Canal Expansion and Commerce

The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing this afternoon on the expansion of the Panama Canal and the effects that the expansion will have on freight movement in the United States. The issue is one that ASCE has been discussing in depth over the past few months, because the economic impacts could......

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DeFazio Tackles the Eternal Question…How to Fund the Highway Trust Fund?

With each passing day we are getting closer to September 30, 2014, the day when MAP-21, the legislation funding surface transportation programs, will expire. Therefore, even though Congress just passed a surface transportation bill last summer, work already must be underway on the next bill. However, before Congress can pass another surface transportation reauthorization, a......

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Vermont Section Supporting Transportation Funding Plan

ASCE’s Vermont Section has been active over the last week in support of a proposed transportation funding plan that includes an increase in the state’s gas tax.  The Section sent a letter last week to the Governor, legislative leaders and members of the House and Senate Transportation Committees in support.  Additionally, ASCE has issued a......

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ASCE contributes to legislative success in Wisconsin. Will Virginia be next?

Last week ASCE sent a Key Alert to its members in Wisconsin urging passage of legislation that would allow an amendment to the state constitution to protect transportation funding.  The passed measure, Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) 2, allows the citizens of Wisconsin to vote on amending the state constitution to protect transportation funds intended for......

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Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority Up For Renewal on November 6th

On November 6th, our country will face many difficult decisions about its future. However, one issue in Colorado Springs, CO is not difficult whatsoever: the renewal of the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA). Question 5A asks voters in El Paso County, Colorado to approve the extension of the PPRTA, a one percent tax to......

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$4 Billion in State Bond Issues Up in General Election November 6

That $4 billion dollar figure is up from the $1.9 billion in infrastructure bonds that were on the ballot just 2 years ago according to the National Conference of State Legislators.  From transportation bonds in Alaska to a dam repair initiative in Hawaii to a clean water question in Rhode Island, infrastructure has come back......

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