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Bloomberg Government: Back to the future: Driverless cars are the next big thing

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By Ray LaHood

3/24/16

Imagine a world where you can summon a ride with the swipe of a finger and cars can drive themselves. For many people, these ideas would have seemed far-fetched even five years ago. Yet, you don’t have to summon up images of Marty McFly and his DeLorean time machine: the future is already here. Across the world, companies like Uber and Lyft have taken cities by storm, turning over the traditional notions of on-demand rides. Now, driverless cars promise to be the next big thing in transportation innovation – and they’ll be on a road near you sooner than you think.

Providence Journal: Rhode Island should support RhodeWorks

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By Ray Lahood

12/14/15

America’s infrastructure made this country great. But for too long our roads and bridges have been neglected and fallen into disrepair. America stopped investing in itself when it stopped investing in its infrastructure. Other countries are running laps around us in terms of infrastructure investment, because they understand that building roads, bridges, high-speed rail and modern airports is an investment in their own people and in their economic competitiveness. We’ve lost that vision here.

The Courier-Journal: A Nation of Potholes

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By Ray LaHood

10/27/15

If Halloween is days away, winter must be lurking right around the corner. Once the temperature goes below freezing at night and then warms up when the sun is out, the “freeze-thaw cycle” begins to create potholes and worsen road conditions. This is not just a phenomenon in Louisville – winter and terrible road conditions are a problem in almost every community across the country. The nation is one big pothole. And it is costing you more money than you probably realize.

Philadelphia Inquirer: Imagine a Day Without Water

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By Howard Neukrug and Edward G. Rendell

10/07/15

If you read something about Philadelphia's infrastructure falling apart, you probably picture potholes in the road and rusted-out bridges that need to be replaced. But that is just the infrastructure you can easily see every day. There is a whole universe of it under our feet that, in many places, is much older than the roads we drive on.

The Hill: America’s Pothole — the Highway Trust Fund

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By Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.) and former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood

09/29/15

Providence Journal: Crucial to fix R.I. bridges

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By Ed Rendell 

6/24/15 

As a former two-term mayor of Philadelphia and two-term governor of Pennsylvania, I’m keenly aware of the challenges cities and states face in rebuilding their roads and bridges.

In 2008, during my second term as governor, two contractors from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation stopped to get a sausage sandwich; they parked their cars under a bridge along Route 95 in Philadelphia.

Time: Ray LaHood: Congress Is Pushing Our Infrastructure to the Point of Disaster

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By Ray LaHood

05/15/15

The Amtrak tragedy is the result of a systematic transportation infrastructure crisis.

The nation’s transportation systems connect families, friends, and businesses across the nation. Transportation and freight networks support commuters and family vacations, the movement of consumer goods and exports. So when transportation systems are struck by a terrible tragedy, it is part of everyone’s lives.

St. Louis Post Dispatch: Highway Trust Fund is Running on Empty

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By Ray LaHood

06/30/14

The cost of everything has gone up over the past 21 years. If you wanted to go see Cardinals slugger Mark Whiten hit one out the park in 1993 the average ticket price was $15. Today you would pay on average $32 to see Adam Wainwright strike out another batter. The average cost of a movie ticket was $4.00 and today it is three times as much. Back then you could buy a gallon of gasoline for $1.11 while today it is $3.50.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Port Expansion Shows State is Committed

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By Ray LaHood

06/26/14

Imagine if you had to live today on the same salary you made in 1993. The cost of everything has gone up, but your paycheck can’t keep up. If you went to see one of the most popular movies in 1993 — “Schindler’s List” — your ticket cost $4. Today, a movie costs three times as much. Back then, you bought a gallon of milk for $2.85, but today it costs $3.55. And gasoline averaged $1.11 a gallon in 1993, while today it is $3.50.

Bloomberg BNA: Running on Empty: To Prevent Summer Travel Disasters, Congress Must Replenish the Highway Trust Fund

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By Ray LaHood and Ed Rendell

06/26/14

The summer travel season is under way but instead of smooth sailing on America's roadways, travelers may soon encounter an unexpected roadblock. The nation's Highway Trust Fund—the source of funding for 45 percent of states' share to maintain and improve roads and bridges—is projected to go bankrupt as early as August. Very simply, the revenue coming in to the Trust Fund is no longer sufficient to meet the Trust Fund's spending obligations.