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Infrastructure in the News 5.8.17

NATIONAL NEWS

 

The Hill: Trump’s Transportation chief to testify on Capitol Hill next week

http://thehill.com/policy/transportation/333208-trumps-transportation-chief-to-testify-on-capitol-hill-next-week

President Trump’s Transportation chief will testify on Capitol Hill next week to discuss ongoing efforts to repair the nation's crumbling infrastructure, according to a Senate committee aide.

 

The Hill: 'Intelligent' transportation: The road to the next generation of mobility

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/333288-intelligent-transportation-the-road-to-the-next-generation-of-mobility

This is National Infrastructure Week — the week where organizations, individuals and policy makers on the local, state and national level come together to bring forward and discuss ideas of how to tackle the transportation issues that face our current and future infrastructure needs.

 

CNBC: Why the road to Trump's $1 trillion infrastructure investment is marked with potholes

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/12/why-the-road-to-trumps-1-trillion-infrastructure-investment-is-marked-with-potholes.html

For a variety of reasons, the mixed track record of rebuilding projects suggests that the $1 trillion that President Donald Trump wants to invest in U.S. infrastructure by way of public-private partnerships may not be a slam-dunk for investors.

 

Reuters: Lyft Partners With Waymo to Launch Self-Driving Car Pilots

https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2017/05/15/business/15reuters-lyft-waymo-collaboration.html

U.S. ride services company Lyft Inc and Alphabet Inc's self-driving car unit Waymo have launched a self-driving vehicle partnership, bringing together two rivals to dominant ride-sharing service Uber Technologies Inc.

 

Washington Post: Lyft and Waymo just teamed up on self-driving cars, taking aim at a common enemy

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2017/05/14/lyft-and-waymo-just-teamed-up-on-self-driving-cars-taking-aim-at-a-common-enemy/?utm_term=.bbab2f98f63f

Two key players in Silicon Valley’s battle to define the future of transportation are teaming up, taking aim at a common enemy.

 

The Hill: Five things we know about Trump's infrastructure plan

http://thehill.com/policy/transportation/333202-five-things-we-know-about-trumps-infrastructure-plan

Transportation advocates will descend on Washington Monday to kick off "infrastructure week" without a clear picture of what President Trump's massive rebuilding package will look like.

 

Curbed: Trump’s infrastructure plan: Will it ever break ground?

https://www.curbed.com/2017/5/12/15632352/trumps-infrastructure-plan-will-it-ever-break-ground

One of President Trump’s common refrains on the campaign trail was that he would help rebuild the country’s crumbling infrastructure, leaning on his extensive experience in real estate and development to shepherd forth a plan to cut red tape, move projects forward, and put this country to work.

 

The Hill: Hopefully, conservatives' infrastructure ideas fall on deaf ears

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/economy-budget/333294-hopefully-conservatives-infrastructure-ideas-fall-on-deaf

Americans for Prosperity, along with a coalition of conservative groups, wrote a letter to the administration and Congress offering a set of principles for any legislation on infrastructure spending. The principles include focusing on roads rather than public transport, returning control of much decisionmaking to the states, requiring that projects fully pay for themselves over a 10-year window, limiting environmental review and repealing wage mandates.

 

STATE NEWS

 

ABC WFTS: Transportation leaders team up to tackle traffic

http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-pinellas/transportation-leaders-team-up-to-tackle-traffic

Teaming up to take on traffic. Friday, transportation leaders from 5 counties across Tampa Bay met to work together to get regional road projects done. It turns out Tampa Bay is missing out on a lot of state funding for the projects you rely on, all because our county leaders have been reluctant to join forces.

 

Tulsa World: Sen. Jim Inhofe urges state to find money for transportation

http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/capitol_report/sen-jim-inhofe-urges-state-to-find-money-for-transportation/article_29a7473e-482e-5b46-afa9-ec16179111aa.html

Oklahoma’s budget problems are squeezing the Department of Transportation, and U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe isn’t happy about it.

 

The Bond Buyer: Colorado special session may reconsider failed $3.5 billion transportation bill

https://www.bondbuyer.com/news/colorado-special-session-may-reconsider-failed-35-billion-transportation-bill

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper may call a special session of the General Assembly after a $3.5 billion highway funding bill failed in the 2017 regular session.

 

New York Times: As Subway Riders Fume, City and State Leaders Are Mostly Mum

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/15/nyregion/cuomo-deblasio-mta-subway.html?_r=0

A signal malfunction at the height of the morning commute in New York City upends subway service from Brooklyn to the Bronx. Switch problems leave riders stranded across Brooklyn. A power failure at just one Manhattan station snarls nearly a dozen of the system’s 22 lines.

 

Associated Press: Major interstate in Georgia reopened after bridge collapse

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/major-interstate-in-georgia-reopened-after-bridge-collapse/2017/05/14/0e12b64c-38cf-11e7-a59b-26e0451a96fd_story.html?utm_term=.846647b07883

All lanes of a heavily used interstate in Atlanta have been reopened - about six weeks after a highway bridge collapsed because of a massive fire.

 

Washington Post: As SafeTrack enters its second-to-last stage, Orange Line riders rankled by surprise shutdown

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/as-safetrack-enters-its-second-to-last-stage-orange-line-riders-rankled-by-surprise-shutdown/2017/05/13/9b7f0828-33f7-11e7-b4ee-434b6d506b37_story.html?utm_term=.1413c1d5410c

We’re almost in the home stretch. Metro’s SafeTrack Surge No. 15 begins May 16 with a month-long shutdown of the eastern end of the Orange Line between New Carrollton and Stadium-Armory.