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  • Hydrogen cost could equal 50-cent gasoline, with renewable energy: study

    08/21/2016 11:27:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    Green Car Reports ^ | August 19, 2016 | Stephen Edelstein
    Hydrogen fuel-cell cars face an uphill battle toward mass adoption. Both cars and fueling infrastructure need to be made widely available before large numbers of consumers can seriously consider switching from gasoline to hydrogen. But under certain circumstances, hydrogen could prove very attractive to consumers for one simple reason. When produced using renewable energy, hydrogen could cost nearly the equivalent of 50-cent-per-gallon gasoline, according to a study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). That will only happen if "the stars align" and several factors work in hydrogen's favor, notes industry trade journal WardsAuto noted in a June report on...
  • Turnpike Commission CEO apologizes for toll collector's racist statements as investigation continues

    08/20/2016 11:05:58 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 84 replies
    Penn Live ^ | July 27-28, 2016 | Steve Marroni
    Susquehanna Township resident Carl Shuman was heading home from a business trip in Pittsburgh Monday night, and after a pleasant drive, he pulled up to the toll booth at the Carlisle exit, ready to pay his toll. There, he was stunned by something that in his more than four decades of driving and in his professional life as an employment-law attorney, he had never encountered -- not like this, anyway, he said. As the car in front of him left the booth, Shuman noticed the toll collector shaking his head and smirking. "He said something very close to, 'Them black...
  • Pa. Turnpike wedded to toll hikes, mired in debt

    08/20/2016 8:06:18 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    The Lehigh Valley Express-Times ^ | July 31, 2016 | Express-Times Letter to the Editor
    Is it possible that a toll road could price itself right out of its market? That's essentially what the Pennsylvania Turnpike is prescribing for itself. Last week the Turnpike Commission informed us that tolls will go up a ninth consecutive year in 2017 — and stay on a steadily upward trajectory until 2044. And of course, there's no guarantee after that. By then, we can only hope, the turnpike will have morphed into a giant solar-powered car-train — for self-driving cars, of course. "Unsustainable" is an overused word these days, but it applies to the toll road's future. The turnpike...
  • Ludicrous legislation takes toll on Pennsylvania Turnpike

    08/20/2016 7:49:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | August 7, 2016 | Eric Heyl
    Slam on the brakes. That's what state lawmakers want to do to increasingly frequent instances of motorists skirting payment of Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls. The problem wouldn't be nearly as prevalent had many of those same legislators years ago taken a detour around the lame-brain idea that directly resulted in turnpike travel becoming significantly more costly. How costly? Pretty soon only Saudi Arabian sheiks will be able to afford the outrageous tolls, though those guys probably prefer to fly their personal planes from Pittsburgh to Breezewood. Those lacking private jet transportation sidestep the tolls in renegade fashion. They fly through toll...
  • Baton Rouge I-10 traffic relief party becomes a political fight

    08/15/2016 11:06:13 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Times-Picayune ^ | August 5, 2016 | JR Ball
    You know something is a big deal when politicians start fighting for credit — and camera time. Given the "thank me" glomming going on in Baton Rouge these days, clearly news that the federal government will pony up enough cash to fix the disaster that is Interstate 10 westbound off the Mississippi River Bridge is one of those hallelujah moments. There was Gov. John Bel Edwards on Thursday (Aug. 4), at old McKinley High School with U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond by his side, telling the world Louisiana will be getting between $20 million and $25 million in FASTLANE grant money...
  • Completion of I-22 could trigger apocalypse

    08/07/2016 11:10:27 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    AL.com ^ | April 19-20, 2016 | Matt Mitchell, The Ostrich
    Just as construction crews were putting the finishing touches on Interstate 22 this week, rumors began to circulate that the road's completion may set off a chain of events that could destroy humanity and bring civilization to it's knees. According to a Wikipedia article created last night, Interstate 22, formerly known as "Corridor X" and "Ye Olden Highway," is considered to be North America's very first construction project. Native American documents dating back to 800 AD show plans to clear a path from Memphis to Birmingham, giving Midwestern tribes of 19-22 year-olds the quickest route to destroying Alabama's pristine beaches...
  • In last 5 years, 67 killed in Utah construction zone crashes

    07/25/2016 12:19:58 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Ogden Standard-Examiner ^ | June 28, 2016 | Mark Shenefelt
    Multiple-fatality crashes in Utah road construction zones have drawn increased scrutiny to the inherent hazards of work areas and the lackadaisical attention many drivers pay to safety warnings there. “Despite all of our work with Zero Fatalities and safety messages, people are on their cell phones talking and texting and looking at other things,” said Vic Saunders, Utah Department of Transportation Region One spokesman. “Within the confines of construction zones, with narrower lanes and barriers that make it a little bit tighter, people are wavering back and forth, and the danger is magnified for everyone.” Utah road construction zone crashes...
  • Senator questions Hobet road project’s sudden rise

    07/16/2016 1:11:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    MetroNews ^ | June 13, 2016 | Jeff Jenkins
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A member of the state Senate is upset the a new four-lane highway project planned for southern West Virginia has been able to jump ahead of some other longstanding road projects. Sen. Bob Plymale (D-Wayne) questioned state Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox on the sudden rise of the Hobet project during a legislative interim committee Monday at the state capitol. The 2.6 mile Hobet highway will take traffic from the U.S. Route 119-Route 3 intersection in Boone County up to the former Hobet mountaintop removal mining site which Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and others hope will be a...
  • EV’s Won’t Kill Diesel – Electric Highways Will

    07/14/2016 3:03:07 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 34 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 14-07-2016 | Harvey
    There are millions of trucks on the world’s highways at any given time, carrying cargo from one place to another and spewing diesel exhaust fumes. That’s how it’s been since the dawn of trucking, that’s how it still is. But that’s not necessarily how it will be in the future. Electric trucks are a fact, though not a very popular one, which is undeserved to a certain degree. While short-haul deliveries are perfect for utilizing electric freight carriers, a long-haul electric truck would need a battery weighing 23 tons to be able to make a 500-mile journey in one go....
  • (From May 6, 2016) More crashes reported in wake of construction on Interstate 75

    07/14/2016 2:40:51 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    Local 10 News ^ | May 6, 2016 | Todd Tongen
    BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - The Interstate 75 express lanes construction project has created a 10-mile stretch of road that is ripe with hazards. "We believe we have had an increase in some crashes," Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Mark Wysocky said. "We have had several people that have been seriously injured from debris." Earlier this week, Jessica Gabe was hit by a large rock, but amazingly she wasn't hurt. "A car hit a big boulder in the middle of the road, split it in two and half of the boulder came through my windshield and hit me," Gabe said. "Next thing...
  • FBI warns of Islamic State threat to Mississippi River bridge

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI has warned local authorities of a threat that Islamic State militants would blow up the Memphis & Arkansas Bridge spanning the Mississippi River, an agency spokesman said on Tuesday. The bridge is a major route connecting Tennessee and Arkansas. The Federal Bureau of Investigation passed the threat on to local police in a bulletin out of an "abundance of caution," spokesman Chris Allen said. "This is an unsubstantiated, anonymous threat," he said, adding that there was no useful intelligence arising from it. Allen had no details on when the threat was received or how. The...
  • How many must die on I-81? An open letter to government leaders

    07/10/2016 8:13:18 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 86 replies
    The Hagerstown Herald-Mail ^ | July 6, 2016 | Andy Bruns
    Dear Gov. Hogan, Rep. Delaney, Rep. Shuster … somebody: I'm Andy Bruns, and I run The Herald-Mail. I need to tell you something disturbing about myself. At least 10 times a week, I put a bullet in the revolver, spin the cylinder, put the gun to my head and pull the trigger. One of these days, the gun will go off. My friends and family will be devastated, and my children will be fatherless. No, I’m not suicidal. I, along with thousands of others in the region, simply commute to work on Interstate 81. The gun is only a metaphor,...
  • No federal funding for two Baltimore transportation projects

    07/06/2016 8:10:14 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | July 6, 2016 | Michael Dresser and Colin Campbell
    Baltimore came up empty-handed Wednesday when the federal government turned down Maryland's request for $231 million to fund two large transportation projects. The state had been seeking $76.1 million in federal assistance for an Interstate 95 interchange project to spur redevelopment at the 160-acre Port Covington site in South Baltimore where Sagamore Development wants to build a mixed-use project with a new Under Armour corporate campus, housing, retail and more. The state also came up short on its bid for $155 million to help alleviate the freight rail bottleneck caused by the obsolete design of the Howard Street Tunnel, which...
  • What you need to know about driving on Interstate 95 during the DNC

    07/02/2016 10:11:33 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | June 24, 2016 | Emily Babay
    Motorists on Interstate 95 during the Democratic National Convention should be prepared for weight restrictions and ramp closures. PennDot has outlined what drivers on the interstate should expect before, during and after the DNC, which will be held July 25-28 at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia. Here's what you need to know: Open to passenger vehicles Like other highways in the area, I-95 will be open to passenger vehicles. No vehicles weighing more than 5 tons Vehicles that weigh more than five tons won't be permitted on I-95 between Exit 13 (for Interstate 76 West/Route 291/Valley Forge) and...
  • HOT lane lottery makes a mockery of GTA traffic woes: Keenan

    06/28/2016 10:00:41 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Toronto Star ^ | June 24, 2016 | Edward Keenan
    The Ontario lottery corporation recently started advertising its newest scratch-and-win lottery: tickets cost $30 (the highest price among its lotteries), and the top prize is a cool $2.5 million. Now, if you want an indication of how bad traffic is in the GTA, consider that Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca announced a lottery of his own on Thursday: tickets cost $180 each, though you only pay if you win. The prize? One of 1,000 permits to drive in an uncongested highway lane for 16 kilometres between Burlington and Oakville. The ad copy writes itself: Imagine the freedom of cruising at...
  • Texas DOT Changes Course, Will Assess Highway Project's Impacts on Threatened Salamanders, Birds

    06/24/2016 10:07:06 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Center for Biological Diversity ^ | June 21, 2016 | Jenny Loda and Kelly Davis
    AUSTIN, Texas— In response to a notice of intent to sue filed by the Center for Biological Diversity and Save Our Springs Alliance in May, the Texas Department of Transportation changed course on a major highway project in Austin, withdrawing its finding that the highway would have no impact on three federally protected species (two salamanders and a bird). The state’s transportation agency said in a letter that it has initiated consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the three species.The construction of the MoPac Intersections Project across the environmentally sensitive Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone, in...
  • Highway project delays rack up $700 million cost overruns

    06/24/2016 9:54:35 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | June 13, 2016 | Catie Edmondson
    Madison— Faced with delays and inflation over the past five years, four major state highway projects — including a Madison artery — have accumulated overruns in excess of $700 million. While some of these increases come from faulty cost estimates or unavoidable inflation, the new figures underline the obvious: Delays can be costly for Wisconsin taxpayers. When projects are paused because of financial challenges in the state's road fund, the price of materials, labor and real estate can rise. The numbers compiled by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel underline the urgency of a divisive issue for Wisconsin's Republican leaders: finding a...
  • Vice President Biden applauds RhodeWorks during visit

    05/30/2016 12:39:06 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    Turn To 10 ^ | May 27, 2016 | Associated Press
    EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Vice President Joe Biden said Rhode Island needs to invest in its transportation infrastructure after touring a dilapidated highway bridge he joked is being held up by a children's toy. "For 10 years, you've had Lincoln Logs holding the damn thing up. Go look at it," he told a crowd of local politicians and construction trade and labor leaders who gathered Friday to hear him speak.
  • Former attorney general wants investigation of multi-billion dollar highway

    05/30/2016 12:05:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Daily Observer ^ | May 30, 2016 | CMC
    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, May 30, CMC – Former attorney general Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj has called on the Keith Rowley administration to set up a three-member task force to investigate the construction of a multi-billion dollar highway that has since come to a halt when the former People’s Partnership government was defeated in the September 7 general elections last year. Maharah, who is also advocating for a Commission of Inquiry into the matter, told a news conference on Sunday that the government had an obligation to determine how the TT$7.5 billion (One TT dollar=US$0.16 cents) funds were spent on the...
  • It's time for Wisconsin to seriously consider tolling

    05/29/2016 1:11:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | May 16, 2016 | Patrick Jones
    America's roads and bridges got a real workout in 2015. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, drivers last year logged more miles on our roads than in any year in U.S. history — more than 3.1 trillion miles — an increase of more than 3% over 2014. Wisconsin is part of that trend with more than 60 billion of those miles traveled. But, too often, Wisconsinites find themselves idling in traffic or on slow-going, bumpy roads. I'm sure it was not a surprise when a study commissioned by the Local Government of Wisconsin Institute concluded last spring that Wisconsin...
  • South Florida drivers feel they're spending more money on tolls

    05/25/2016 7:49:30 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    Local 10 News ^ | April 29, 2016 | Amy Viteri
    MIAMI - Drivers throughout South Florida have said no matter where their daily commute takes them, they feel they're spending more money, more often on tolls. Local 10 News spoke to several drivers who said the tolls are another expense and don't necessarily help them reach their destination any faster. "Three hundred to four hundred (dollars) a month," Maribel Masvidal estimated she spends commuting from Homestead to her job in South Miami. "A lot of money that could be used on other things for my family." Masvidal said that commute can take her up to two hours one way on...
  • Official: Paying Off Texas Toll Roads Debt Would Cost $38B

    05/24/2016 10:02:41 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    Construction Equipment Guide ^ | April 29, 2016 | Associated Press
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) A Texas Department of Transportation official said the state would need $38 billion to pay off debt linked to dozens of toll roads and make the highways free to drivers. Executive director James Bass updated a Texas House panel in Austin. The 2015 Legislature ordered TxDOT to report on the status of Texas toll roads. A final report is due in September.
  • Two Hours in Line... and Other Tales of Unlimited Government

    05/18/2016 5:15:49 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 29 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | May 17, 2016 AD | John F. Di Leo
    A traveler with a camera filmed a scene at Chicago’s Midway Airport: a three-hour-plus TSA security line that snaked across the terminal, out the door, and around the building… and uploaded it to YouTube. The fury of the day, in an age beset with furies, is therefore an anger directed against the TSA for our often unforgivably-long airport security lines. The DHS secretary even took to the podium to answer complaints, and to assure us that his system is not in fact "a national crisis." Sure, in this case, there was an alleged excuse – Chicago had seen hundreds of...
  • California pension investment ticks off state engineers’ union

    05/15/2016 12:47:13 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 1 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | May 10, 2016 | Jon Ortiz
    Add one more investment to the list of CalPERS’ controversial investments: a privately run state highway. The retirement fund recently purchased 10 percent of Indiana Toll Road Concession Co. The firm runs a 157-mile stretch of highway that runs across northern Indiana from Illinois to Ohio. California’s state engineers’ union says it’s a horrible investment that sinks government employees’ money into a project that, ironically, is hostile to government employees. The toll-road company is the first of what fund managers anticipate will be more investments in infrastructure and transportation projects as the $291 billion system broadens its reach into those...
  • Hidden Microphones Exposed As Part of Government Surveillance Program In The Bay Area

    05/14/2016 3:42:41 PM PDT · by thecodont · 79 replies
    CBS Local via The Drudge Report ^ | May 13, 2016 6:24 PM | Jackie Ward
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Hidden microphones that are part of a clandestine government surveillance program that has been operating around the Bay Area has been exposed. Imagine standing at a bus stop, talking to your friend and having your conversation recorded without you knowing. It happens all the time, and the FBI doesn’t even need a warrant to do it. Federal agents are planting microphones to secretly record conversations. Jeff Harp, a KPIX 5 security analyst and former FBI special agent said, “They put microphones under rocks, they put microphones in trees, they plant microphones in equipment. I mean, there’s...
  • Total U.S. weekly rail traffic down 10.6% ( coal down 33.5% )

    05/12/2016 7:31:52 AM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    Railway Age ^ | May 11, 2016 | Ben Vient
    The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending May 7, 2016: Total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 492,923 carloads and intermodal units, down 10.6% compared with the same week last year. Total carloads for the week ending May. 7 were 233,047 carloads, down 14.8% compared with the same week in 2015, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 259,876 containers and trailers, down 6.4% compared to 2015. Three of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2015. They were miscellaneous carloads, up 6.7% to 9,839 carloads; chemicals, up...
  • ALDOT: I-22 likely to open in June

    05/08/2016 9:49:10 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Birmingham Business Journal ^ | March 31, 2016 | Tim Steere
    According to the Alabama Department of Transportation says the I-22 Corridor X project is almost complete. According to ALDOT engineers, the project is in the cleanup phase, with the I-65 tie all but complete. "We don't have an exact time," ALDOT Engineer DeJarvis Leonard told WBRC Fox 6. "But we feel that based on the progress that's been made, by June, we should have traffic on the interchange and on the paving project." Engineers also said horses are regularly wandering around the construction and an owner hasn't been identified. Georgia-based Archer Western is the contractor for the $168 million project....
  • Freight Rail Traffic Plunges: Haunting Pictures of Transportation Recession

    05/06/2016 12:39:42 PM PDT · by Sgt_Schultze · 40 replies
    Wolf Street ^ | Wolf Richter | 4 May 2016
    292 Union Pacific engines idled in Arizona Desert Total US rail traffic in April plunged 11.8% from a year ago, the Association of American Railroads reported today. Carloads of bulk commodities such as coal, oil, grains, and chemicals plummeted 16.1% to 944,339 units. - snip - Only five of the 20 commodity categories saw gains. Of the decliners, coal was the biggest. But petroleum products also plunged 25%, and grain mill products dropped 7%. Even without coal, carloads were down 3% year-over-year.
  • Transportation Secretary: Interstate Highway System Targeted Black, Low-Income Neighborhoods

    05/01/2016 9:21:51 AM PDT · by rktman · 95 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 4/29/2016 | Penny Starr
    Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx wants to make the nation’s roadways more “inclusive,” according to articles published by National Public Radio (NPR) and Think Progress, the reporting arm of the liberal Center for American Progress (CAP). NPR reported [1] Thursday that Foxx, who was raised by his grandparents in Charlotte, N.C. and became the city’s mayor before President Barack Obama appointed him to Transportation secretary, said highways were designed to deliberately hurt certain residents. “I didn’t realize it as a kid,” Foxx said of the interstate highways snaking through that state. “I didn’t think about it as economic barriers, psychological barriers...
  • Road project opponents to pay hefty fees under proposed SC law

    04/29/2016 8:02:07 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    Myrtle Beach Online ^ | April 6, 2016 | Audrey Hudson
    Legislation moving through the state House and Senate would require that environmental groups using the legal system to object to road construction provide a sound basis for their claim before those projects are halted. Lawmakers supporting the bill, which includes almost all of the Horry County House delegation, say the legislation is needed to prevent the process from being abused to easily block road projects, including International Drive. “I started talking to folks on the coast, and they told me how any individual can just file an automatic stay against a project to slow it down for whatever reason,” said...
  • Overpass Project in Kolkata ‘Made Our Lives Hell’ for Years Before Collapse

    04/16/2016 6:58:48 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 3, 2016 | ELLEN BARRY and HARI KUMAR
    KOLKATA, India — When Sonali Mehrotra realized that a hulking overpass would come within arm’s length of her third-floor balcony, she took refuge in black humor, telling relatives to look at the bright side: Instead of lugging suitcases up the stairs when they came to visit, they could toss them into a bedroom as they drove in from the airport. Anyway, work on the overpass occurred so sporadically — generally, when elections were coming — that a project originally promised in 18 months was unfinished after seven years. At this rate, she joked, the project might not be completed in...
  • DOT pushing highway projects to help revitalize urban areas

    04/15/2016 10:54:14 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 31, 2016 | Melanie Zanona
    Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is calling for infrastructure projects he says can help revitalize urban areas and close gaps in economic inequality. The new Department of Transportation (DOT) push will place a greater emphasis on projects that connect people who live in low-income and minority neighborhoods to “areas of opportunity” and prioritize projects that encourage investment in underserved communities. It's part of a fight against the tendency for highway projects to be routed through low-income and minority neighborhoods. Foxx on Wednesday said that, after the interstate highway system began, bulldozing urban areas to build roads that bypassed the communities they...
  • ‘Hanging over us’: Homeowners face uncertainty as I-395 plan ramps up

    04/10/2016 11:03:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Bangor Daily News ^ | April 10, 2016 | Nok-Noi Ricker
    BREWER, Maine — When Ken and Jo-Ann Arbo moved into their home in Eddington 22 years ago, they thought they found the perfect place to live.“I hunt right there. I fish out there. I snowmobile out there,” Ken Arbo said of the woods and fields near the couple’s home. “That is why we moved out there.”Now the Arbos face the real possibility of moving again.Their Lambert Road home is within the path of the controversial I-395/Route 9 connector, a proposed two-lane road from Brewer to Eddington meant to ease heavy truck traffic and improve safety on nearby routes 46 and...
  • Bill meant to redirect highway money to state general fund

    04/10/2016 9:06:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    KSNT ^ | April 10, 2016 | Chris Arnold
    WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — A statewide, month long initiative to put the clamps on a Senate bill is underway. Senate Bill 463 is aimed at redirecting highway money to the state general fund. This weekend, the Kansas Contractors Association is running ads targeting lawmakers to get them to just say no. It’s called Detour Greenlight and it’s pointed to 24 legislators they believe detour, or normally vote against protecting road and bridge funding. It also names some who they say are for strong spending on roads. “To redirect the little bit of sales tax that goes into the pot to...
  • Transportation Secretary: Inequitable Distribution of Sidewalks Is Obstacle to American Dream

    03/31/2016 9:34:38 AM PDT · by Nachum · 68 replies
    cns news ^ | 3/31/16 | Eric Scheiner
    (CNSNews.com) - Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx told a crowd in North Carolina Tuesday that “only 49% of low-income neighborhoods have sidewalks” while more affluent areas have near 90%. In order to have a society where “everyone has a shot at the American Dream, than it’s imperative that we acknowledge these challenges.” Foxx made the comments to the Charlotte Rotary Club where he discussed the ways that infrastructure should connect people to opportunity. During his speech, Foxx referenced a map of Atlanta that showed areas of pedestrian and bicycle accidents. “The grey areas represent communities of concentrated poverty. This is representative...
  • Here’s how to really make America great again

    03/30/2016 12:59:55 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    Market Watch ^ | March 17, 2016 | Jeff Reeves
    What the heck is wrong with us? On Wednesday, Washington, D.C.’s entire Metro subway system shut down with almost no notice to perform emergency inspections, just days after a cable fire “crippled” three lines. The nation’s second-busiest rail system has been plagued by safety problems in recent years, including a 2015 incident where smoke from an electrical malfunction killed one person and a deadly 2009 crash on the system’s Red Line that killed nine people. And with a new Metro chief that has been vocal about returning to a culture that puts safety first, many say that Wednesday’s move is...
  • Highway construction dollars, local police protection clash

    03/29/2016 11:09:58 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    The Carlisle Sentinel ^ | March 13, 2016 | Marc Levy (AP)
    Call it Pennsylvania’s highway robbery. A pot of money from a huge increase in fuel taxes and motorist fees under a 2013 law designed to shore up Pennsylvania’s highways and bridges is not so huge anymore, as a growing amount is getting diverted to the Pennsylvania State Police. Now, alarmed transportation planners, construction firms and engineers are looking at 12-year Department of Transportation projections that show a fattening state police budget consuming more dollars for construction projects. Lawmakers are taking notice, too.
  • Confusing ramps lead Fort Worth drivers onto toll lanes

    03/28/2016 9:50:07 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 27, 2016 | Gordon Dickson (AP)
    HALTOM CITY, Texas (AP) - Shon Newsome almost got tricked into paying a toll for a third time. But on a recent afternoon, just before she was about to drive onto a Loop 820 on-ramp that would have required her to pay a toll, the sales executive pulled off the highway in Haltom City and asked a bystander for directions. She was trying to figure out which lane on the two-lane ramp would take her to the toll-free lanes - but the answer wasn’t clear.
  • Metro Shutdown Highlights Risks of Democratic Transportation Autopilot Formula Proposal

    03/24/2016 7:45:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    MCGOP ^ | March 22, 2016 | Mark Uncapher
    In an unprecedented move to protect Washington Metro riders’ safety, the entire transit system was closed for a day last week in order to conduct emergency inspections of electric cables. This had to be done, since a rash of fires, fatalities and other breakdowns has raised concerns about the 40-year-old rail system’s continued capacity to deliver safe, reliable service. Currently the Metro Rail fares cover only a portion of its operating expenses. The system is completely dependent on its parent jurisdictions for paying any capital costs. Without state support, the necessary money would not be available. Few events better highlight...
  • Philadelphia's Iron Lady has owner with an iron will

    03/09/2016 7:07:45 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The Philadelphia Tribune ^ | March 8, 2016 | Ayana Jones
    Dianna Montague made history when she became the first African-American woman to join the Philadelphia’s Iron Workers Union Local 405. As the chairman and CEO of Iron Lady Enterprises Inc., Montague holds the distinction of being one of the only female ironworkers in Philadelphia. She is a certified master welder, rigger and rod setter. Montague is now working on one of the nation’s largest infrastructure projects, the $3.9 billion New NY Bridge. It will replace the Tappan Zee Bridge in Hudson Valley, N.Y., and is expected to be completed in 2018. Her company is responsible for land-based rebar fabrication and...
  • Lawmakers Consider Bills on Bikes, Historical Markers, and Skunks

    02/26/2016 10:27:55 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    Memphis Flyer ^ | February 25, 2016 | Toby Sells
    Tennessee's rule factory is cranking at full tilt, and Nashville lawmakers want to tell Memphians how to pay for bike lanes, what monuments we can move, and whether or not we can own skunks (seriously). No gas tax for bike lanes A new bill would prohibit spending any gas tax revenues on bike lanes, pedestrian walkways, and "other non-vehicular facilities." Portions of the state gas tax are required to go to cities and counties. Those governments sometimes use the gas tax funds for matching dollars to get federal money for bike and pedestrian projects. The new bill says all of...
  • CBO: Tolls, mileage fees would better fund roads

    02/21/2016 10:56:22 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 16, 2016 | Keith Laing
    The federal government would get more bang for their buck if U.S. drivers were charged directly for their use of highways through tolls or mileage fees, a new study from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says.The report from Congress's budgetary scorekeepers says current "spending on highways does not correspond very well with how the roads are used and valued." The CBO said mechanisms like tolling, mileage fees or congestion pricing could be considered to fund transportation projects in lieu of relying mostly on gas tax revenue."Almost all federal spending for highways occurs through formula grants to state and local governments,...
  • Is Elgin-O'Hare extension caught in political roadblock?

    02/09/2016 12:06:23 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Daily Herald ^ | January 14, 2016 | Marni Pyke
    A divide between the Illinois tollway and Chicago on the cost of airport land needed for the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway extension is threatening progress on the massive project, considered vital for the suburbs. An agreement to sell property on the western edge of O'Hare to the tollway at market value more than a decade ago has disintegrated, officials said, and the city's latest price tag of about $190 million is giving the tollway sticker-shock. "We've been negotiating for a long time. ... It's within the last couple of months I've realized how far apart we were," tollway Chairman Robert Schillerstrom said....
  • I-55 to see first P3 managed lane project in Illinois history

    02/08/2016 8:11:36 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    Better Roads (Equipment World) ^ | February 8, 2016 | Chris Hill
    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has announced with members of the state general assembly a plan allowing the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to add at least one additional lane in each direction to a 25-mile stretch of Interstate 55 near Chicago using a public-private partnership (P3) agreement. IDOT is allowed to use P3 agreements only if the general assembly adopts a resolution supporting a proposed project, a state law in place since 2011. This would be the first P3 managed lane project in the state. “By using existing resources to leverage private investment, we can build the type of infrastructure...
  • Transportation funding expected to fall $6B short in Pennsylvania

    02/08/2016 12:54:21 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | February 1, 2016 | Melissa Daniels
    Pennsylvania will be about $6 billion short of being able to fund all the projects legislators promised their constituents during passage of Act 89, the transportation funding bill of 2013. Secretary Leslie Richards will break the news to the Senate Transportation Committee when she testifies Tuesday, according to a copy of her testimony obtained by the Tribune-Review. Pennsylvania's 12-year transportation plan covers about 2,800 projects at a cost of about $34 billion. But that exceeds the $28 billion in revenue projected to come in for that time frame. “The Corbett administration over promised projects by at least $6 billion compared...
  • 405 toll lanes may have been trigger for firing of WSDOT secretary Lynn Peterson

    02/06/2016 8:04:23 PM PST · by djwright · 9 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 2/6/2016 | Mike Lindblom
    In the end, state Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson wasn’t derailed by nearly $400 million in Highway 520 bridge overruns, or even the two-year delay in the Highway 99 tunnel, a pair of projects that she inherited. Instead, the cardinal sin that Peterson and her department committed was to infuriate suburban motorists. Senate Republicans on Friday ousted Peterson without warning, by voting not to confirm her, three years after Gov. Jay Inslee appointed her. Blame a bumpy rollout of Interstate 405 express-toll lanes, which were meant to improve traffic flows in south Snohomish and northeast King counties. Instead, they moved some...
  • Congress Passes Long-Term Highway Bill Including Heller’s I-11 Extension

    02/02/2016 1:10:04 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    KOLO News Now 8 ABC ^ | December 3, 2015 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — After years of stymied efforts to address the nation's aging and congested highways and transit systems, Congress found the sweet spot for passage on Thursday — a 5-year, $305 billion bill laden with enough industry favors, parochial projects, safety improvements and union demands to gain overwhelming support. The bill was approved 359 to 65 in the House, and 83 to 16 in the Senate. The bill now goes to the White House for President Barack Obama's signature.
  • New system will alert drivers to low clearance on I-35

    01/22/2016 11:44:11 AM PST · by thackney · 31 replies
    KXAN ^ | January 21, 2016 | Calily Bien
    Last month, a garbage truck caused a parking lot on Interstate 35 through downtown Austin when it got stuck underneath the overpass at I-35 and 12th Street. To avoid scenes like that from happening in the future, the Texas Department of Transportation is installing a new bridge warning system to detect overheight trucks along the southbound lanes of I-35 between Airport Boulevard and Riverside Drive. KXAN News told you about the workgroup formed last year to address the issue of overheight trucks. The detection system will be placed at three locations along I-35, including just north of Martin Luther King...
  • State, Howard County partner to expand Route 32

    01/20/2016 10:30:32 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    WBAL TV ^ | January 15, 2016 | David Collins
    CLARKSVILLE, Md. — Big improvements to Maryland Route 32 will cover more than 20 miles from Clarksville to Eldersburg. Gov. Larry Hogan and Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman announced Thursday that a stretch of Route 32 will get a much-needed expansion. After nearly a decade of pleading with state officials, the traffic and safety nightmare on Route 32 is finally being addressed. Hogan is committing $152 million to widening the highway and making safety improvements. "Governor, there are citizens who have died on this roadway. There are friends of all of us who have died or have been hurt, and...
  • Vehicle-to-vehicle tech gets green light in U.S.

    01/11/2016 8:15:09 AM PST · by MulberryDraw · 45 replies
    CBS This Morning ^ | January 11, 2016, 7:50 AM | CBS News
    A major government announcement could dramatically reduce crashes on our roads. Equipping the country's cars and trucks with the vehicle-to-vehicle technology, or V2V, will essentially allow vehicles to see each other and warn of a potential danger before a driver know it is there. The Department of Transportation has now taken a key step towards requiring the technology to be in every car in the U.S., reports CBS News correspondent Kris Van Cleave.