Better Roads » The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers FY 2018 Work Plan includes an additional $1.772 billion provided in Congress’ $1.3 trillion spending package enacted March 23. Of that amount, $956 million will go to navigation projects; $541 million for flood risk management; and $275 million for other projects.
Portland Tribune » Oregon transportation officials will ask the federal government’s permission by year-end to impose tolls on some or all of I-5 and I-205 in the Portland area. The tolls would be designed to raise money for highway improvements and encourage some motorists to drive at less-busy times, alleviating congestion.
Construction Dive » The Federal Transit Administration has issued a Record of Decision for the $4.7 billion, six-mile BART Silicon Valley Phase II extension into downtown San Jose and Santa Clara, allowing the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority to start engineering work for the project and to apply for a $1.5 billion New Starts FTA grant.
Construction Dive » The Federal Transit Administration has announced its intention, through a notice in the Federal Register, to implement a new rule meant to remove any barriers that might be preventing private-industry investment in U.S. public transportation infrastructure projects. The new rule, dubbed Private Investment Project Procedures, will go into effect June 29.