Infrastructure in the News: April 20, 2012
The Hill: Keystone pipeline developer proposes new route
The Canadian company behind the embattled Keystone XL pipeline project — which is at the heart of the Washington, D.C. energy battles — has proposed a new route through Nebraska aimed at avoiding the environmentally sensitive Sandhills region. TransCanada Corp. filed the proposal with state environmental officials in Nebraska on Wednesday, the company said. The Omaha World-Herald has more on the plan here.
DC Streetsblog: Visionary Transpo Bureaucrats, Part 4: Jay Primus and Rina Cutler
This is the fourth part in Streetsblog’s series profiling 11 officials who are bringing American cities and towns into the 21st century when it comes to transportation and planning policy. Read the earlier profiles in part one, part two, and part three.
Chicago Sun-Times: Emanuel: No more changes to Infrastructure Trust
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday he’s already made sixteen changes suggested by aldermen to strengthen oversight of his $1.7 billion Infrastructure Trust, and it’s time to stop talking and start rebuilding Chicago’s crumbling infrastructure. Emanuel said he made three promises to Chicago voters: No more Council Wars. No more rubber stamp City Council. And no more standing still as a city.
DC Streetsblog: Citing Budget Constraints, Portland to Invest More in Biking, Not Driving
It’s always interesting to peek in on what’s happening in Portland, America’s bike mode share leader. During a speech at the Oregon Active Transportation Summit yesterday, PBOT Director Tom Miller announced that Portland will be pursuing a 10 percent bike mode share goal, an interim step on the city’s way to achieving its 25 percent target by 2030. (Portland already has the highest bike commuting share of any big city in the country at 7 percent or 5.8 percent, depending on who’s counting.)
Transportation Nation: Trans-Hudson Tunnel Awarded Another $20 Million — If Congress Okays It
A new trans-Hudson tunnel got a $20 million vote of confidence Thursday — but it remains to be seen whether it will win approval in political environment riven by dissent over transportation funding. The Gateway tunnel project– deemed “absolutely critical” by U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in a hearing last month — was proposed last year as an alternative to the ARC tunnel, a similar project cancelled by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in 2010.
Transportation Nation: Virginia Budget Passes Without Silver Line Funding
In a swift legislative turn of events, the Virginia Senate abruptly passed the $85 billion state budget Wednesday — without including money for a Metrorail extension to Dulles Airport. The bill had been voted down three times in the past two months. One moderate Democrat, Sen. Charles Colgan of Prince William County, broke with his party and joined Republicans to give the budget the one-vote majority required for passage. Colgan had been pushing Gov. Bob McDonnell for $300 million for the Metrorail extension to Dulles Airport, but he said the need to pass the budget outweighed the need to secure funding for the Silver Line project.
“Railroad iron is a magician’s rod, in its power to evoke the sleeping energies of land and water.”