California should mandate competitive bidding for government contracts

San Francisco Examiner » AB 1250  would require that counties make sure that they are saving the taxpayers money before they hire private outfits to provide public services. Lawmakers should pass it for a number of reasons.

2017-08-15T07:23:57+00:00 August 13th, 2017|California, Legislation, Privatization|

Infrastructure borrowing drops as U.S. states await Trump plan details

Reuters » President Donald Trump arrived in office having promised a bold $1 trillion infrastructure investment plan over 10 years for roads, bridges, airports and transit systems crumbling by the day across the United States. But nearly seven months later the administration has produced few details on the future of federal infrastructure funding, one reason why state and municipal governments have issued fewer bonds to improve roads, water systems and other projects so far in 2017.

2017-08-09T12:25:28+00:00 August 6th, 2017|Funding, Trump & Infrastructure, U.S. News|

MoPac and the Expensive Mess That Never Ends

The Austin Chronicle » As construction continues on MoPac’s long overdue toll lanes, CH2M, the Colorado-based engineering company responsible for the project’s design and construction – originally scheduled for completion in Sep­tem­ber 2015 – reported in its March 31 quarterly report that its disruption of Austin’s westside commute was “approximately 75% complete.” The delays have come with extreme cost overruns at CH2M; the company estimated them at $121.3 million in March, and blamed both the cost and delays on seemingly everything short of a plague of locusts

2017-08-09T10:33:13+00:00 August 4th, 2017|Design-Build, Highways, Texas, Tolling|

Senate panel rejects Trump’s effort to slash transportation funding

The Hill » A Senate panel has rejected President Trump’s effort to eliminate Obama-era transportation grants, instead opting to provide a funding boost for the program.

2017-08-10T09:41:48+00:00 July 25th, 2017|Funding, Response to Trump, Trump & Infrastructure, U.S. News|

U.S. DOT awards TIFIA loan to I-15 Express Lanes project in Riverside County, Calif.

Roads & Bridges » The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) announced that the Build America Bureau will provide a $152.2 million TIFIA loan to the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), at 2.84% with a term of 35 years after substantial completion for the I-15 Express Lanes Corridor project.

2017-08-10T12:47:53+00:00 July 21st, 2017|California, Federal Programs|
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