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Infrastructure in the News 6.16.17

BAF IN THE NEWS

 

Aviation Pros: OneJet Service Between Pittsburgh and Albany to Begin June 28 (Sec. LaHood quoted)

http://www.aviationpros.com/press_release/12344260/onejet-service-between-pittsburgh-and-albany-to-begin-june-28

OneJet on June 15, opened sales on its augural route to Albany, with flights beginning June 28, to and from Pittsburgh.  The flights will offer a convenient one hour linkage between the two cities, providing twice daily nonstop service, conveniently timed for business travelers.

 

The Hill: Trump plans for updated bridges but ignores the troubled waters below (Mayor Bloomberg’s Green Infrastructure Plan mentioned)

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/energy-environment/337928-trump-plans-for-updated-bridges-but-ignores-the

The Trump administration recently announced a $1 trillion spending package to overhaul bridges, roads and other infrastructure across the country. While it’s true that we must confront failing infrastructure, the president’s emphasis on grey, but not green, infrastructure is short-sighted.

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

Bloomberg: Opinion: How Trump Can Build Toward a Climate Policy

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-06-15/how-trump-can-build-toward-a-climate-policy

President Donald Trump’s idea of putting solar panels on a border wall with Mexico, and using the revenue from the energy it generates to finance its construction, is as far-fetched as it is half-baked. Yet a more realistic environmental agenda -- one that allows Trump and his Republican allies in Congress to remain true to conservative principles -- is not hard to imagine.

 

The Hill: Trump’s transportation budget runs into resistance from both parties

http://thehill.com/policy/transportation/337991-trumps-transportation-budget-runs-into-resistance-from-both-parties

President Trump’s proposed budget for the Department of Transportation (DOT) is running into resistance from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

 

MSNBC: Opinion: Kushner’s infrastructure plan sounds familiar for a reason

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/kushners-infrastructure-plan-sounds-familiar-reason

A few months ago, Donald Trump put his young and inexperienced son-in-law, Jared Kushner, in charge of a newly created White House Office of American Innovation. The idea, reportedly, was for Kushner, his ties to the Russia scandal notwithstanding, to lead “a SWAT team of strategic consultants,” who’d collectively craft solutions to assorted challenges, all while answering only to the president.

 

New York Times: TSA Tests Better Bomb-Detecting Scanners for Carry-Ons

https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2017/06/15/us/ap-us-airport-scanners.html

Security screeners are testing a 3-D scanner to inspect carry-on bags, a measure they hope will improve their ability to detect bombs and maybe shorten lines at the checkpoint.

 

New York Times: U.S. States Could Not Set Self-Driving Car Rules Under Republican Plan

https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2017/06/15/technology/15reuters-usa-selfdriving.html

California and other states would be barred from setting their own rules governing design and testing of self-driving cars, while federal regulators would be blocked from demanding pre-market approval for autonomous vehicle technology, according to a U.S. House Republican proposal reviewed by Reuters on Thursday.

 

New York Times: World Offers Cautionary Tale for Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/16/business/trump-train-road-india-china.html

The rest of the planet bears a warning for President Trump’s plan to lean heavily on private business in conjuring a trillion dollars’ worth of American infrastructure: Handing profit-making companies responsibility for public works can produce trouble.

 

Wall Street Journal: Rural America Is Stranded in The Dial-Up Age

https://www.wsj.com/articles/rural-america-is-stranded-in-the-dial-up-age-1497535841

Jeanne Wilson Johnson raises sheep and angora goats, and to sell the wool and mohair online she drives 4 miles to the parking lot of Roy’s gas station, the closest spot for decent internet access. (Full text after State News)

STATE NEWS

 

Associated Press: Official Says More Hanford Nuke Mishaps Likely

https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2017/06/15/us/ap-us-hanford-nuclear-waste.html

Future accidental radiation releases at the largest U.S. site of waste from nuclear weapons production are likely following back-to-back emergency evacuations of workers in May and June because aging infrastructure is breaking down, the top Energy Department official at the site told The Associated Press.

 

Gadsden Times: Opinion: GOV. KAY IVEY: President’s infrastructure focus good for Alabama

http://www.gadsdentimes.com/news/20170615/gov-kay-ivey-presidents-infrastructure-focus-good-for-alabama

The need for infrastructure improvements and advancements across the State of Alabama is critical.

 

Mass Transit: Construction Begins on the First Light Rail Project for Phoenix Transportation 2050

http://www.masstransitmag.com/press_release/12344545/construction-begins-on-the-first-light-rail-project-for-phoenix-transportation-2050

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton hosted a community celebration on June 7, on the rooftop of Ability360 to mark the start of construction on the 50th St/Washington Station. It is the first Valley Metro infill station and the first capital project under Transportation 2050 (T2050), approved by Phoenix voters in 2015.

 

New York Times: In New L.I.R.R. Concourse, Commuters Can’t Quite Forget Transit Woes

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/15/nyregion/moynihan-lirr-penn-station.html

Some ran to catch the next train. Others walked slowly. But just about everyone could not stop themselves from staring at the new signs and large digital screens displaying train schedules and images of New York City neighborhoods.

 

Reuters: New York Governor Says Amtrak Should Pay for Penn Station Disruption

https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2017/06/15/us/15reuters-new-york-train.html

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Thursday that Amtrak should pay for changes the state must make to accommodate repairs this summer at Pennsylvania Station, the country's busiest train hub.

 

Reuters: California Tells VW to Build Electric Charging Stations in Poor Areas

https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2017/06/15/business/15reuters-california-volkswagen-cleancars.html

California legislators on Thursday tightened rules requiring Volkswagen AG to spend a portion of clean car infrastructure funds in disadvantaged communities, passing a bill as part of a budget package agreed with Governor Jerry Brown.

 

Wall Street Journal: Rural America Is Stranded in The Dial-Up Age

https://www.wsj.com/articles/rural-america-is-stranded-in-the-dial-up-age-1497535841

ALEDONIA, Mo.— Jeanne Wilson Johnson raises sheep and angora goats, and to sell the wool and mohair online she drives 4 miles to the parking lot of Roy’s gas station, the closest spot for decent internet access.