Thursday, October 21, 2010
News Roundup

Infrastructure in the News: October 21, 2010

The Infrastructurist reported that the expansion of New York's Penn Station had begun and according to The Transport Politic the U.S. Department of Transportation will fund mosly small and mid-size communities under the TIGER II grant program. More in this Infrastructure in the News.


National News

The Transport Politic: TIGER II Grants Emphasize Limited Investments in Small and Mid-Size Communities
After months of waiting, the U.S. Department of Transportation has finally revealed which projects it will be funding under the TIGER II grant program, a series of discretionary allocations under the direct review of the Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood. $600 million has been split between dozens of communities across the country; most funding has been allocated to small-scale projects in small and mid-size cities for the purposes of street improvements, the construction of transit centers, and the rehabilitation of freight railway lines.

AFL-CIO Now: Rebuilding U.S. Transportation Could Create 3.7 Million Jobs
The Clean Transportation Manufacturing Action Plan (TMAP) calls for an investment of $40 billion a year over the next six years to modernize and shore up our nation’s roads, bridges, mass transportation and advanced vehicles. The plan was developed by a bipartisan group of union members, business owners, environmental and community activists and political leaders.

State News

The Infrastructurist: Construction Begins at New York's New Rail Hub 
The transformation of the James A. Farley Post Office into Moynihan Station, an expansion of New York’s Penn Station that will ultimately become the city’s passenger rail hub, began earlier this week. A host of officials attended the groundbreaking—or, in this case, the faux brick wall bashing—including Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Governor David Paterson, and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood

Streetsblog: In Detroit, a Long-Overdue Push to Create a Cohesive Transit System
It is nearly universally accepted that transit agencies must serve entire regions to succeed in American cities. They can’t be splintered into separate entities with one serving the center city and another serving the fringes. As homes and jobs have traversed city borders, transit agencies must not only get suburban residents to downtown jobs, but increasingly, carry urban dwellers to suburban jobs.

The MetroWest Daily News: State water panel looks at infrastructure improvements 
The commission met yesterday at a public hearing in Westborough, where speakers presented a list of water issues faced by Massachusetts cities and towns: crumbling infrastructure, stressed watersheds and ever-changing regulatory environmental mandates that leave wastewater treatment plants struggling or unable to comply.

Streetsblog Los Angeles: LA Congressional Delegation and US DOT Voice Strong Support for 30/10 at Crenshaw Press Event 
On an atypically dreary day for October, Los Angeles County’s elected representatives from every level of government gathered with community members at Leimert Park to celebrate the receipt of a $546 million loan for the Crenshaw Light Rail project.

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