Transport Topics » Amid growing pressure from the transportation community, President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi intend to meet again soon to discuss infrastructure policy. Their objective is to ultimately agree on the terms of a measure to arrive on the president’s desk, ideally by this summer.
Arkansas Democrat Gazette » At the annual National League of Cities’ Congressional Conference, leaders voiced concerns about the state of America’s aging roads, highways and bridges. Mayors from Arkansas and across the nation hope the White House can deliver on promises of increased transportation infrastructure funding.
Transport Topics » The Trump White House has learned to stop worrying and love infrastructure grants, to borrow from Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove. It took a name change and a couple of years for the administration to embrace Obama-era grants designed to assist states with advancing infrastructure projects of regional significance. The fiscal 2020 budget request unveiled March 11 calls for dedicating $1 billion for BUILD grants, formerly known as TIGER grants.
The Hill » The nation’s governors are increasingly hopeful that a sweeping infrastructure package is possible this year after White House talks that even some of President Trump’s harshest critics called surprisingly productive. Governors who met this weekend in Washington almost universally said they were disappointed in the lack of action by a divided Congress. But they are optimistic that Congress will act to send them billions of dollars to repair roads and bridges in a matter of months.