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Infrastructure in the News 4.26.17

BAF IN THE NEWS

The Fuse: Businesses And Bipartisan Lawmakers Make The Case For Infrastructure Investment (Marcia Hale is quoted)

http://energyfuse.org/businesses-bipartisan-lawmakers-make-case-infrastructure-investment/

Yesterday evening at a standing room only Politico event at the Newseum, a range of stakeholders and lawmakers presented the case for strengthening the country’s transportation infrastructure. Hosted by Americans for Modern Transportation, speakers outlined a clear need for major infrastructure investments, but differed on the logistics and nature of those efforts.

Bond Buyer: Transportation advocates like federal funding in Trump’s plan (Marcia Hale is quoted – full article follows clips)

https://www.bondbuyer.com/news/transportation-advocates-like-federal-funding-in-trumps-plan

Transportation advocates are cautiously encouraged by remarks by budget director Mick Mulvaney that President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget will include $200 billion of new direct federal funding for infrastructure to stimulate $1 trillion of private investments.

NATIONAL NEWS

Washington Post: Senate bill would expand protections for air travelers, require study of airline overbooking

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/dr-gridlock/wp/2017/04/26/senate-bill-would-expand-protections-for-air-travelers-require-study-of-airline-overbooking/?utm_term=.ef3457834593

Legislation set to be introduced in the Senate on Wednesday would bar airlines from involuntarily removing passengers once they have boarded a flight and eliminate the caps on the compensation they can receive if they are bumped.

Associated Press: Railroad Companies: Don't Take Prom Pics, Selfies on Tracks

https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2017/04/25/us/ap-us-railroad-photo-warning.html

Transportation officials and railroad companies are sounding a warning: Active railroad tracks are a bad backdrop for prom pictures or selfies.

Reuters: Uber Looks to Soar With Flying Taxis by 2020

https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2017/04/25/technology/25reuters-uber-flyingcars.html

After upending the taxi market with its ride-hailing service, Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] is now aiming for the skies with its flying taxis.

Business Insider: One of the biggest transportation changes underway has nothing to do with driverless cars

http://www.businessinsider.com/biggest-transportation-change-bicycle-adoption-2017-4

When I learned to drive, cars were pretty easy to understand: they ran on gas, which was fairly cheap, and they had radios.

New York Post: Trump exploring plan to ‘recycle’ infrastructure

http://nypost.com/2017/04/25/trump-exploring-plan-to-recycle-infrastructure/

An Australian program that “recycles” infrastructure to public-private partnerships and frees up capital for new projects is one model the Trump administration is exploring to beef up US needs.

The Hill: GOP chairman not expecting infrastructure money in Trump’s tax plan

http://thehill.com/policy/transportation/330490-gop-chairman-not-expecting-infrastructure-money-in-trumps-tax-plan

The Senate’s No. 3 Republican is not expecting President Trump’s tax plan to include infrastructure spending, though he cautioned that he hasn’t seen a draft of the proposal.

New York Times: Amtrak Said to Weigh Extended Track Closings for Penn Station Repairs

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/25/nyregion/penn-station-repairs-amtrak.html

After two derailments at Pennsylvania Station in New York, Amtrak officials are considering closing tracks at the station for an extended period to make long-term repairs — a drastic move that would cause huge disruptions for tens of thousands of commuters, according to officials who were briefed on the plans.

The Hill: Trump tax plan likely to include infrastructure spending: report

http://thehill.com/policy/finance/330430-trump-tax-plan-likely-to-include-infrastructure-spending-report

The tax plan that President Trump is releasing tomorrow is likely to include infrastructure spending in an effort to attract Democrats, Politico reported Tuesday.

STATE NEWS

Associated Press: Officials: I-85 Repairs in Atlanta to Cost Up to $16.6M

https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2017/04/26/us/ap-us-overpass-collapse-fire.html

State officials have announced that rebuilding the collapsed section of Interstate 85 in Atlanta will cost up to $16.6 million.

Reuters: Automakers Ask California to Ease Rules for Self-Driving Car Tests

https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2017/04/25/business/25reuters-autos-california-regulations.html

Automakers on Tuesday urged the state of California to further ease its proposed regulations for autonomous vehicles, saying the state did not respond to their earlier objections by making enough revisions to its planned set of rules for self-driving cars.

Reuters: New York City Subway Faces Two Lawsuits Over Disabled Access

https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2017/04/25/us/25reuters-new-york-subway-lawsuits.html

Most of New York City's huge, aging subway system is inaccessible to disabled people, and its operator illegally discriminates against them by failing to fix the problems, disability rights advocates said in two lawsuits on Tuesday.

Associated Press: New York Rush Hour Commuters Hit by Train Delays

https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2017/04/25/us/ap-us-train-delays-penn-station.html

Double mishaps at Penn Station in New York City caused massive morning and evening rush hour delays and service disruptions.

CBS: San Jose Looks At Self-Driving Cars To Bring Passengers To Airport

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2017/04/25/self-driving-autonomous-cars-mineta-san-jose-airport-diridon-station/

Instead of extending light rail to the airport, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said the city is considering a less costly option: installing a lane of traffic for autonomous vehicles only.

WAFB: Interstate improvements dominate talks at transportation summit

http://www.wafb.com/story/35242557/interstate-improvements-dominate-talks-at-transportation-summit

Mayor-president Sharon Weston Broome hosted the first ever Better Transportation and Roads Summit at the Renaissance Hotel in Baton Rouge on Tuesday.

FOX31: Republicans go against GOP senate leader, kill transportation bill

http://kdvr.com/2017/04/25/republicans-go-against-gop-senate-leader-kill-transportation-bill/

How quickly things can change at the State Capitol. In March, Democratic House Speaker Crisanta Duran and Republican Senate President Kevin Grantham sat in the same room and smiled at the compromise reached to raise the sales tax in exchange for new revenue for transportation.

Government Technology: Missouri Legislation Paves the Way for New Transportation Companies to Operate Statewide

http://www.govtech.com/policy/Missouri-Legislation-Paves-Way-New-Transportation-Companies-Operate-Statewide.html

In a move that could open Missouri to thousands of jobs for Uber and Lyft drivers while pounding another nail in the tire of traditional taxi services, Gov. Eric Greitens on Monday signed legislation paving the way for the new transportation companies to more easily operate statewide, effectively superseding local fees and regulations.