Feb 17th 2017 | Posted in Infrastructure by Kristin Gordon

In the months leading up to the presidential election, the soon-to-be-elected Donald Trump shared that he planned to inject $1 trillion into the nation’s ailing roads, bridges and airports. Soon after President Trump moved into the White House, Senate Democrats released a $1 trillion infrastructure ten-year plan to fix roads, bridges, broadband networks, VA hospitals […]

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Feb 8th 2017 | Posted in Energy by Kristin Gordon

Did viewers notice if the Patriots and the Falcons were well-lit when they took the field Feb. 5? Houston boasted that the field at NRG Stadium was illuminated exclusively by 65,000 light-emitting diode (LED) lights for Super Bowl LI. The stadium’s media relations team shared that the new lighting system uses 337 kilowatts when at […]

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Feb 1st 2017 | Posted in Transportation by Kristin Gordon

In September of 2016, the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released the Federal Automated Vehicle Policy, which provides regulatory guidelines for autonomous vehicle development. While autonomous technologies have been rapidly advancing in recent years, regulatory laws had not kept pace.  This policy resolves the regulatory uncertainty […]

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Jan 18th 2017 | Posted in Infrastructure, Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Transportation by Mary Scott Nabers

After many months of hearing both presidential candidates talk about their plans for rebuilding the nation’s aging infrastructure, there is now doubt about whether this will really happen. According to a recent poll, a majority of Americans oppose the idea. Sixty-six percent of respondents in a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll say they “strongly” oppose […]

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Jan 10th 2017 | Posted in Transportation by Government Contracting Pipeline

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration released two final rules outlining the new performance measures to improve the condition of the nation’s roads and bridges and assess travel reliability, congestion and emissions. The rule calls for states to account for air quality improvement by establishing performance targets, and greater transparency and accountability in […]

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Jan 10th 2017 | Posted in Water by Government Contracting Pipeline

In his regional State of the State speech, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo shared his proposal to invest $2 billion in statewide water infrastructure improvements. The funding would be put towards upgrading filtration systems to eliminate contaminates, improve the longevity of wastewater treatment facilities and prevent runoff. “We want to fund state of the […]

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Jan 10th 2017 | Posted in Transportation by Government Contracting Pipeline

Plans to transform New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) into a new state-of-the-art facility will cost $10 billion. A projected $7 billion to $8 billion will be used to renovate the airport and the remaining $2 billion will be spent on road work .The expansion and redevelopment will include an interconnected terminal layout, […]

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Jan 6th 2017 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, P3/PPP, Transportation by Mary Scott Nabers

Hampered by outdated systems and infrastructure in need of repair, the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City has found a friend in New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The forward-thinking governor this week announced his $10 billion plan to redevelop the JFK Airport, the nation’s fifth-busiest aviation facility. To transform this aging transportation […]

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Jan 4th 2017 | Posted in Transportation by Government Contracting Pipeline

U.S. Department of Transportation officials have released a report on lessons learned from the Smart City Challenge. More than 75 cities competed in the challenge for resources to implement new technologies. The DOT is now releasing the report as well as web tools to help municipalities identify trends and share knowledge to create smart transportation […]

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Today, the U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that Martin Klepper will join the USDOT Build America Bureau (Bureau) as the initial executive director. The Bureau is a newly created entity within the USDOT that streamlines access to federal credit and grant opportunities while providing technical assistance to project planning, financing, delivery, and monitoring. The […]

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Dec 28th 2016 | Posted in Infrastructure, Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, P3/PPP, Public Safety, Transportation by Mary Scott Nabers

Last summer, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the creation of the Build America Bureau. It was heralded as a one-stop shop to provide assistance to government entities in need of funding for transportation infrastructure projects. The new bureau was designed to provide support, information, expertise and advice related to DOT credit […]

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Dec 21st 2016 | Posted in Transportation by Government Contracting Pipeline

A new report details how municipalities can design infrastructure solutions to reconnect communities with opportunities. The USDOT Ladders of Opportunity Every Place Counts Design Challenge report summarizes the experience and lessons learned from four cities – Spokane, Wash.; Nashville, Tenn.; Philadelphia, Pa. and Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn. The selected cities participated in the Every Place Counts Design […]

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Dec 21st 2016 | Posted in Water by Priscilla Loebenberg

The president signed into law on Friday legislation that will authorize about $10 billion in federal investment in water projects. The Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act provides for stormwater management projects and more than 330 port, levee and dam projects. It also funds initiatives to develop alternative water supplies in drought areas. […]

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Dec 20th 2016 | Posted in Transportation by Government Contracting Pipeline

The Cross-Border Trade Enhancement Act was signed into law on Friday. The legislation will allow private businesses and local governments to pay for improved infrastructure at U.S. ports of entry by entering into agreements with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. “South Texas is a powerhouse for world trade, and this law will help increase the […]

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Dec 14th 2016 | Posted in Water by Government Contracting Pipeline
Photo by Darwin Bell is licensed under CC BY 2.0

The House and Senate have approved a comprehensive water resources infrastructure bill, the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act. If signed by the president, the legislation will authorize $170 million to help Flint, Mich., officials continue to address the city’s contaminated water supply. Nearly $12 billion will be authorized for ports, dams and […]

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Dec 14th 2016 | Posted in Transportation by Government Contracting Pipeline

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the cities of Birmingham, Charlotte, Albuquerque, Omaha and Tacoma will receive support in planning development near transit systems as part of its Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Technical Assistance Initiative. The initiative supports efforts to create mixed-use, walkable communities near transit with a focus on economically disadvantaged […]

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Dec 14th 2016 | Posted in Transportation by Government Contracting Pipeline

U.S. Department of Transportation officials announced a new resource for communities, cities, regions and states to train emerging transportation leaders: the Every Place Counts Leadership Academy Transportation Toolkit. The toolkit is part of a package of educational materials that are downloadable and free. “If you have a transportation idea, concern, or challenge on your mind, […]

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Dec 2nd 2016 | Posted in Transportation by Priscilla Loebenberg
Logo for the Texas Mobility Summit

Teams from municipalities all over the state are meeting to work on real world solutions to transportation challenges. The Texas Mobility Summit, hosted by the department of transportation’s Texas Technology Task Force, opened Thursday in Austin and continues today. About 200 people are in attendance. Teams from Arlington, Austin, Bryan-College Station, Corpus Christi, Dallas-Fort Worth, […]

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Nov 30th 2016 | Posted in Transportation by Government Contracting Pipeline

As tolls have become a more popular solution for transportation challenges in states and municipalities across the country, industry groups and citizens have been calling for more interoperability. Currently, drivers who use tollways operated by different agencies may have to acquire different transponders for each system. As part of the Moving Ahead for Program in […]

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Nov 30th 2016 | Posted in Transportation by Government Contracting Pipeline

President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Elaine L. Chao, the former labor secretary under George W. Bush, to head the Department of Transportation. Chao is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Given Trump’s campaign promise to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure, the secretary of transportation will likely be a critical position in the […]

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Nov 18th 2016 | Posted in Transportation by Texas Government Insider

A Texas Sunset Advisory Committee report released this week on the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) included concerns about the agency’s readiness to handle up to $80 million in projects over the next 10 years. New funding has effectively doubled the expectations placed on the agency for that time period. “While this new funding represents […]

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Nov 16th 2016 | Posted in Infrastructure by Government Contracting Pipeline

President-elect Donald Trump has promised to make a $1 trillion in infrastructure investments a top priority for him as president. He reaffirmed that pledge in his Nov. 9 victory speech and signs point to public-private partnerships (P3/PPP) as a significant component to the Trump infrastructure plan. “We are going to fix our inner cities and […]

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Nov 8th 2016 | Posted in Infrastructure by Priscilla Loebenberg
Map showing the alternative fuel corridors

White House officials announced 48 national electric vehicle (EV) charging networks will be established on nearly 25,000 miles of highways in 35 states. State officials, utilities, automakers and EV charging companies have partnered on the initiative to jump-start charging station construction on designated corridors. Charging stations are expected to be constructed every 50 miles as […]

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Oct 26th 2016 | Posted in Transportation by Priscilla Loebenberg

Nov. 8 will be a big day for transportation officials across the country as well as those running for elected offices. Researchers at the nonprofit Center for Transportation Excellence (CTE) estimate $175 billion in transportation projects will be on the ballot in about 70 measures nationwide. The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) estimates that total […]

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Oct 18th 2016 | Posted in Transportation by Government Contracting Pipeline

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration has announced $14.7 million in grants to improve access to public transit in 16 metropolitan areas. The awards are part of the Transit-Oriented Development Planning Pilot Program for communities that are developing new or expanded mass transit systems. “These grants will help our nation’s growing metropolitan areas plan […]

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