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.
Engineering News-Record » The U.S. Dept. of Transportation has chosen 26 projects to share $1.5 billion in grants for road or freight-related improvements that are important to a region or the nation overall. The selections disclosed on June 5, are the latest round of grants to help finance ”projects of national or regional significance” under the 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation, or FAST, Act.
NPR » The federal government would spend tens of billions of dollars repairing the nation’s water infrastructure over the next decade if a bill introduced in Congress today becomes law. The Water Affordability, Transparency, Equity and Reliability (WATER) Act would infuse State Revolving Funds with $35 billion a year.
TCPalm » Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, Tuesday cast doubt on Brightline’s approval for $1.75 billion of tax-exempt bonds, crucial financing for the Miami-to-Orlando passenger railroad. Rubio’s letter to transportation Secretary Elaine Chao follows a Capitol Hill hearing last week during which congressmen blasted Brightline and the U.S. Department of Transportation — which approved the bonds — for possibly circumventing federal law and defying congressional intent regarding the financing.
Transportation Today » The U.S. Department of Transportation recently opened the application period for the $1.5 billion Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) transportation discretionary grants program. The grants will be awarded on a competitive basis to projects that positively impact a community or region. The projects must improve bridges, intermodal transportation, ports, rail, roads, or transit.