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Infrastructure in the News 5.2.17

NATIONAL NEWS

Reuters: U.S. Lawmakers to Grill United Airlines on Passenger Removal

https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2017/05/02/us/02reuters-ual-passenger.html

United Airlines Inc executives will visit Capitol Hill on Tuesday to face lawmakers' questions about the forcible removal of a passenger on an overbooked flight last month, an incident that provoked international outrage.

Reuters: Chicago transportation chief to testify at Senate United hearing

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-ual-passenger-idUSKBN17Y03B

Chicago Department of Transportation director Ginger Evans will testify on Thursday at a U.S. Senate hearing on the April 9 forced removal of a passenger from a United Airlines flight.

CNBC: Details on infrastructure plan to come 'pretty soon,' Transportation secretary says

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/01/details-on-infrastructure-plan-to-come-pretty-soon-transportation-secretary-says.html

The details on how to fund President Donald Trump's $1 trillion infrastructure plan may be revealed "pretty soon," Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao told CNBC on Monday.

The Hill: Congress saves transportation programs from Trump's proposed cuts

http://thehill.com/policy/transportation/331365-congress-saves-transportation-programs-from-trumps-proposed-cuts

Congressional leaders unveiled a spending deal on Monday that would preserve funding for transportation programs that President Trump targeted for cuts.

CNN: Trump: Infrastructure plan 'largely completed,' coming in 2-3 weeks

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/01/politics/donald-trump-infrastructure-plan/

President Donald Trump said a new infrastructure plan is "largely completed" and could be filed in the next two to three weeks.

STATE NEWS

Star-Telegram: Trump’s infrastructure talk hits home with clear needs in Texas

http://www.star-telegram.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/other-voices/article147948894.html

No one can deny that Texas is booming. In a state famous for always going big, our economy and our population are surging. At $1.6 trillion in GDP, Texas ranks as the nation’s second-largest economy and clocks in at No. 9 globally, ahead of South Korea, Canada and Russia.

Associated Press: Collapsed Bridge in Atlanta to Reopen by Late May

https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2017/05/01/us/ap-us-overpass-collapse-fire.html

State officials say a collapsed interstate bridge in the heart of Atlanta that's being rebuilt will be reopened weeks earlier than expected.

New York Times: New York City Transit Reporter in Wonderland: Riding the London Tube

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/01/insider/a-new-york-city-transit-reporter-in-wonderland-riding-the-london-tube.html

I was four subway stops away from my apartment in Brooklyn on a recent Friday evening when my train came to a screeching halt. A voice crackled over the speaker: There were signal problems ahead.

Wisconsin News: Wisconsin Assembly Republicans will soon unveil new transportation funding proposal

http://www.wiscnews.com/news/state-and-regional/article_34a70154-29cf-57aa-8e57-02a4738be537.html

Wisconsin Assembly Republicans plan to release their own transportation funding proposal by next week at the latest, Joint Finance Committee co-chair Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, said Monday.

Slate: Ferry Tales

http://www.slate.com/articles/business/metropolis/2017/05/new_york_s_new_ferry_is_bad_for_transportation_but_a_very_guilty_pleasure.html

To understand the appeal of New York City’s Rockaway Ferry, try getting to its landing, which floats behind a giant water-treatment plant on a desolate stretch of Beach Channel Drive in the Rockaways, Queens’ beach-fronted peninsula of bungalows and housing projects.

Washington Post: Federal spending bill includes $150 million for Metro, $125 million for Purple Line

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/federal-spending-bill-includes-150-million-for-metro-125-million-for-purple-line/2017/05/01/087bd4aa-2e8b-11e7-8674-437ddb6e813e_story.html?utm_term=.cb8b92f20801

A congressional spending bill set to be voted on this week maintains full federal funding for ­Metro, a positive sign for the struggling transit agency as it seeks continued support from a Republican-controlled Congress, officials said Monday.