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Infrastructure in the News 5.18.17



Philadelphia Inquirer: Any infrastructure plan must include airports (co-authored by Gov Rendell)

Earlier this year, the American Society of Civil Engineers graded America's infrastructure a D-plus. Our roads are riddled with potholes, our trains and buses are overcrowded, and many of our ports are not deep enough to accept larger cargo ships.


Wall Street Journal: Replacement of Busy N.J. Railroad Bridge Faces Uncertain Funding (Sec. Lahood is quoted)

A few times a month, a barge carrying human waste from northern New Jersey glides down the Hackensack River, imperiling the commutes of hundreds of thousands of train passengers between Washington and Boston.



Washington Post: Self-driving cars: who gets stuck with the highway bill?

Drive north on the 101 from Palo Alto toward the San Francisco airport, in a car equipped with the most sophisticated self-driving hardware available today, and two things are sure to happen. First, at least one other driver will look over in shock as the car pilots itself for long stretches at a time. 


The Hill: Trump's infrastructure plan won't contain list of projects

President Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure package won’t contain a list of specific projects, according to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.


Associated Press: House chairman pushes privatizing air traffic control in US

A House Republican committee chairman called on lawmakers Wednesday to turn the nation's air traffic control operations over to a new, non-profit corporation, saying no other infrastructure change has as much potential to improve travel for the average American flyer.


The Hill: Senators unveil infrastructure investment bill

A bipartisan group of senators is moving ahead with their own infrastructure spending bill as Congress awaits details from the White House about President Trump’s rebuilding proposal.


CNN: Chao to Senate: Trump infrastructure 'principles' coming soon

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao told senators on Wednesday that they should expect to see the "principles" of President Donald Trump's long anticipated $1 trillion infrastructure plan by the end of the month.


The Hill: House Democrats release $85B infrastructure plan

House Democrats on Wednesday introduced a bill to spend at least $85 billion on infrastructure upgrades, staking out their position ahead of a congressional debate over infrastructure spending later this session.


The Hill: Trump should invest in America's natural infrastructure

America’s infrastructure is crumbling. Our roads are cracked, our bridges are unsafe and our public transportation systems are outdated. Republicans and Democrats agree something must be done to address this growing shortfall — and soon. But there’s another type of infrastructure in desperate need of help, one often overlooked but just as important to our national economy: America’s natural infrastructure.



New York Times: De Blasio Says Stick to Subway (but Don’t Blame Him if You Run Late)

Mayor Bill de Blasio has a message for New Yorkers fed up with subway delays, crowded train cars and the general sense that the aging system is edging closer to meltdown.


New Trump transportation chief calls Gateway tunnel 'absolute priority'

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao called the Gateway Tunnel project under the Hudson River "an absolute priority" even though President Donald Trump's proposed budget cuts off an important source of federal funding for it.


The Mercury News: Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao says she can’t approve Caltrain electrification grant yet

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao isn’t budging on approving federal funds to help the Bay Area begin the electrification of Caltrain tracks.


Atlanta Journal-Constitution: U.S. transportation secretary to visit I-85 bridge Thursday

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao will visit Atlanta Thursday as Georgia celebrates the reopening of I-85.