Transport Topics » Policymakers make their way back to Capitol Hill after a weeklong spring recess to continue to stitch together the provisions for a comprehensive infrastructure bill they want to pass by August. Their ongoing debate on infrastructure policy is likely to coincide with partisan fights over transportation funding priorities, as well as floor votes on key DOT nominees.
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.
Agrinews » The “Build America Fund” would increase gas taxes for gasoline and diesel by 20 cents per gallon. The plan would phase in the tax increases, starting with a 5-cent increase and then moving to the full 20-cent increase by 2021 and continuing at 20 cents until 2027. The tax would be collected on motor fuel at the wholesale terminal rack, before the fuels reach the retail level. The American Trucking Association is promoting the tax increase as an alternative to increased tolling.
Global News Canada » The contract was awarded through a so-called integrated project delivery (IPD) model, believed to be a first in North America. Unlike traditional design-build models, the IPD team brings together the bridge designer/contractor and the bridge’s owner, plus city experts, to develop goals at the project’s outset, share information and accept their responsibilities as equal partners.