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  • How to Make Private Investment in Infrastructure Really Work

    10/15/2017 10:58:14 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    Citylab ^ | October 9, 2017 | William Murray
    During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump—like his opponent Hillary Clinton—spoke glowingly about infrastructure spending, alluding to Franklin Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration and Dwight Eisenhower’s Interstate Highway System as examples of how spending on roads, bridges and airports helped unite the country. For 2017, the American Society of Civil Engineers has given America’s infrastructure an overall grade of D+, estimating it would cost more than $4 trillion to upgrade properly. But President Trump’s $1 trillion dollar, 10-year infrastructure plan has so far moved along at a halting pace. This tortoise-like process may offer an opportunity to think more strategically about...
  • Texas' Toll Roads: A Big Step Towards Open Markets For Transportation

    10/10/2017 8:10:17 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 96 replies
    Forbes ^ | June 30, 2017 | Scott Beyer
    No city in America runs on anything resembling a free-market model. But Texas' major cities are probably the closest thing, with vast improvements to their economies and living standards to show for it. Their looser land-use laws mean that housing supply grows quickly, stabilizing prices. Their lighter tax and regulatory structure helps businesses locate there and grow. And—shenanigans from the governor's office notwithstanding—their openness to immigrants means they have cheap and robust labor forces.But one market-oriented aspect little discussed is Texas' approach to transportation. The state has 25 toll roads, more than any other state. They are particularly common in Houston and Dallas,...
  • New Texas 130 owners to make $60 million in repairs to bumpy road

    10/10/2017 5:46:43 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | September 20, 2017 | Ben Wear
    The southern, privately built section of Texas 130, which has been an obstacle course of bumps and cracks since shortly after its October 2012 opening, will see $60 million of pavement repairs over the next year in 35 spots between Mustang Ridge and Seguin. Crews in many cases will be removing five feet or more of the road’s “sub-base,” the treated and compacted soil layers that underlie the highway’s asphalt driving surface, replacing it with soil with different, stronger properties, and then repaving those rehabilitated sections. Some repairs will also include installation of impermeable layers of soil alongside the road...
  • A $9 Billion Highway That Promises to Pay for Itself

    10/10/2017 5:17:00 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    Citylab ^ | September 26, 2017 | Andrew Zaleski
    Last Thursday, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan unveiled a $9 billion project to widen three of the state’s most heavily trafficked highways: I-270, I-495—also known as the Capital Beltway—and MD-295, the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. What the governor’s office dubbed the Traffic Relief Plan involves constructing two express toll lanes each way—or four total toll lanes—to all three highways. Widening the Capital Beltway and the section of I-270 connecting the growing commuter-city of Frederick to Washington, D.C., would cost an estimated $7.6 billion, which the state expects to be financed via public-private partnerships: Private companies would build and maintain the new toll lanes,...
  • Unlocking billions of dollars of infrastructure funding capacity

    09/28/2017 5:32:33 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 13, 2017 | Charles "Skip" Stitt
    The nation’s approach to managing public infrastructure is often inefficient. Best practices, such as life-cycle asset management and preventive maintenance, are rarely a priority. We can, however, unlock billions of dollars of infrastructure funding capacity now trapped in existing assets by improving how we build, operate and finance infrastructure. While experts discuss the size and urgency of our infrastructure needs, the debates focus on how to pay for new infrastructure. The Trump administration has identified public-private partnerships (P3) as a primary strategy. A majority of states and D.C. have statutes allowing P3s. Other countries have also adopted P3s as a...
  • Trump's Infrastructure Plan Is Actually Pence's—And It's All About Privatization

    09/28/2017 4:28:56 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    Newsweek ^ | September 4, 2017 | Lydia O'Neal and David Sirota
    President Donald Trump’s $1 trillion plan to rebuild America’s infrastructure may be unprecedented in size and ambition, but it mimics a controversial scheme championed by Vice President Mike Pence when he was the governor of Indiana. That’s why Pence is the public face of the Trump initiative, and executives from financial firms that helped privatize Indiana’s toll road are in the White House, busily sculpting Trump’s national plan. Pence and his allies like to boast about how Indiana sold control of major roads to private firms, claiming the move prompted corporations to invest money in infrastructure that would otherwise have...
  • Uncertainty over Trump infrastructure plan jeopardizes transit projects, jobs

    09/22/2017 10:14:35 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | June 9, 2017 | Damian Paletta and Mike Debonis (WaPost)
    Dozens of public transit projects around the country are in danger of stalling as the White House's plan to boost U.S. infrastructure fails to gain momentum - with thousands of jobs at risk. The uncertainty over these projects has worsened in recent days as President Donald Trump - who had vowed to make the week's focus infrastructure - faced a series of distractions, including a congressional hearing featuring former FBI director James Comey. The president, who had called for $1 trillion in new infrastructure programs to create millions of jobs, now faces an increasing probability that not only will his...
  • Transportation Funding: Why It’s Still Toll Roads Versus Public Transit

    09/21/2017 11:08:05 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    EfficientGov ^ | September 20, 2017 | Andrea Fox
    Is fighting sprawl still a goal for those who decide the fate of transportation funding at the federal, state and local levels?Transportation planning is deeply connected to economic development, but there in any agreement about transportation funding among government leaders often ends.Parag Khanna, a senior public policy analyst in Singapore and author of “Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization,” summarized the political divide over transportation planning like this: “America is increasingly divided not between red states and blue states, but between connected hubs and disconnected backwaters.”But division that stymies transportation planning goes further. Government leaders have always been divided...
  • Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan proposes widening the Beltway and I-270 to include 4 toll lanes

    09/21/2017 8:13:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 21, 2017 | Robert McCartney, Faiz Siddiqui and Ovetta Wiggins
    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Thursday proposed a $9 billion plan to widen three of the state’s most congested highways — the Capital Beltway, Interstate 270 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway — in what he said would include the largest public-private partnership for highways in North America. The projects would add four toll lanes each to Maryland’s portion of the Capital Beltway (I-495) and to I-270 from the Beltway to Frederick. It would also widen the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (MD 295) by four toll lanes after taking over ownership from the federal government. Because of private-sector involvement, Hogan said, the plan would...
  • How to pay for billion-dollar I-10 Bridge as Alabama turns to private sector

    09/15/2017 12:13:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    AL.com ^ | August 28, 2017 | John Sharp
    With public funding options limited, Alabama transportation officials are turning to the private sector for advice and creative solutions in paying for the massive Interstate 10 overhaul in coastal Alabama.John Cooper, director of the Alabama Department of Transportation, said Monday that state officials were interested in learning more about project plans from approximately 400 private sector attendees during the two-day Industry Forum at the Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center.That includes financing, which remains the biggest hurdle toward moving the project forward in the next year. At this point, no options have been settled including whether to institute tolls to...
  • Interchange project expected to trigger economic boom for Pocatello area

    08/25/2017 7:18:36 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Idaho State Journal ^ | August 16, 2017 | Shelbie Harris
    Local entities involved in the proposed Interstate 15 Siphon Road interchange signed off this week on plans to start construction on a project expected to dramatically increase the Pocatello area’s population and greatly improve the local economy. Those behind the effort to build the interchange say that with its construction, the area north of Pocatello and Chubbuck will see massive development in the future, including a technology park employing thousands of people, shopping centers, dozens of new neighborhoods, parks, trails and even new concert venues. But before such unheralded growth can occur, the interchange needs to be built. While the...
  • I-49 bridge toll feasibility study up in the air

    08/23/2017 11:12:55 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Fort Smith Times Record ^ | August 20, 2017 | John Lovett
    A toll feasibility study is up in the air for the future Interstate 49 bridge over the Arkansas River with extensions connecting Arkansas 22 to Interstate 40 at Alma. Following approval last year of $10 million in I-49 project development, the Arkansas Department of Transportation solicited bids for a consultant to conduct an I-49 toll feasibility study. They are currently in a negotiation phase, according to ArDOT District 4 Construction Engineer Jason Hughey. ArDOT selected HNTB on June 23 to conduct the “I-49 Alternative Delivery Study.” The negotiations are over the scope of work and process has been “fluid,” ArDOT...
  • It's official: State takes over I-69 Section 5 project

    08/21/2017 1:10:38 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Bloomington Herald-Times ^ | August 15, 2017 | Michael Reschke
    The state has officially taken over the Interstate 69 Section 5 project from I-69 Development Partners.The Indiana Finance Authority announced it had reached an agreement with the private developer in June to take over construction, operation and maintenance of the project after several delays in the completion schedule. To officially take control of the project, the Indiana State Budget Committee had to approve the plans. Additionally, all parties had to endorse a settlement agreement and bondholders had to be paid in full.The finance authority announced Monday it had completed the settlement transaction to terminate the contract with I-69 Development Partners...
  • Poll: Bashing Trump Is Not Working For Flake In His Home State

    08/04/2017 9:08:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2:29 PM 08/03/2017 | Henry Rodgers
    Republican Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake’s approval rating is at a drastically low number in his home state after he has continued to bash President Donald Trump according to a new Democratic Poll. The left leaning polling group, Public Policy Polling (PPP) found only 18 percent approve of the job Flake is doing. Meanwhile 62 percent disapprove and 19 percent are not sure how they feel about him. These numbers come after Flake has continued to criticize Trump throughout his presidency and refused to endorse him during the 2016 presidential campaign. If the 2018 mid-term election were held today, just 31...
  • Construction team to deliver AZ's first P3 highway 3 years early

    06/25/2017 1:12:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    ConstructionDIVE ^ | June 13, 2017 | Kim Slowey
    Dive Brief: The Arizona Department of Transportation has reported that the public-private partnership (P3) constructing the $1.9 billion Phoenix-area Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway will deliver the project in late 2019, three years ahead of schedule, according to Equipment World.The P3's private component, Connect 202 Partners — which is made up of Fluor Enterprises, Granite Construction, Ames Construction and WSP — restructured the 22-mile project so that the last section could be built all at once instead of as nine separate projects as the state originally planned.This is the first time a P3 as been used for a highway project...
  • State may take over I-69 Section 5; completion date pushed back for fourth time

    06/11/2017 9:14:31 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Bloomington Herald-Times ^ | June 6, 2017 | Michael Reschke
    The state of Indiana wants to take over the Interstate 69 Section 5 project. Three years after hiring a private developer to build the 21-mile stretch of interstate and then maintain it for 35 years after completion, the state issued a statement Monday saying it’s moving forward to assume control of the project. The proposed takeover was announced along with a revised substantial completion date nearly two years after the original. The new date for Section 5 is Aug. 31, 2018, according to the state finance authority. The statement from the Indiana Finance Authority was sent after media outlets, including...
  • CDOT's "Push Poll" On I-70 Expansion Draws Pushback

    05/21/2017 7:13:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    Westword ^ | April 24, 2017 | Alan Prendergast
    A telephone survey seeking opinions about the expansion of I-70 through east Denver is generating irate protests from some respondents, who say the survey seems designed to elicit positive responses about the purported benefits of the $1.8 billion project."It was one of the most one-sided push polls I ever listened to," Larry Patchett, a production technician for public television, wrote in a complaint to CDOT. "The entire thing was just a series of opportunities to validate your suppositions and PR spin on the I-70 Ditch project." The project, which would replace a crumbling six-lane viaduct with a below-grade, partially covered...
  • Appeals court upholds I-77 toll project

    05/07/2017 9:07:44 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    The Greensboro News & Record ^ | May 2, 2017 | Doug Clark
    A challenge to the state's I-77 toll lane was denied by the N.C. Court of Appeals today.The unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel upheld a lower court, which had dismissed a citizen group's attempt to stop the public-private project in Mecklenburg and Iredell counties.This was a big political issue in the 2016 governor's race, costing Pat McCrory a lot of votes in those counties. As a legal issue, the opposition doesn't seem to have much gas.I-77 from Charlotte to Mooresville is a traffic nightmare. To address the congestion, the state's DOT in 2014 signed a contract with a Delaware LLC...
  • Commuter alert: Legislators risk killing IDOT's plan to add I-55 toll lanes

    04/16/2017 7:13:21 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | March 24, 2017 | Randy Blankenhorn
    In a matter of days, time will run out on a plan that could cut down on commuting times, pave the way for even less traffic congestion, and potentially give taxpayers a break. For reasons that remain unclear, the General Assembly has ignored the Illinois Department of Transportation's I-55 managed lanes project, and the cost of doing nothing has the potential to harm the state's ability to do business for years to come. The I-55 managed lanes proposal would add an express toll lane between the Veterans Memorial Tollway in the southwest suburbs and the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago....
  • O’Malley Makes HUGE 2020 Step

    03/15/2017 10:30:08 PM PDT · by TBP · 35 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03/15/2017 | Philip Stucky
    Former presidential candidate Martin O’Malley is one of the first Democrats to begin the process of running for president in 2020, according to a Wednesday report from Politico. The former governor of Maryland commissioned a poll in Iowa, the site of the first caucus in presidential elections, revealing a huge show of interest. O’Malley fared well in the poll, earning 18 percent of voters. The poll included nine other potential candidates: Sens. Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, former Housing Sec. Julian Castro, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, state Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, as well as...