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May 2014

Illinois transit group urges patent reform legislation

The call seeks to protect the industry, and subsequently other industries, from patent trolls — shell companies that purchase patents with no intention of innovating, but instead sue those who do.

April 2013

Pub Perspective: The Congress that won't listen

A modest tax increase is at least better than a small program, which is what we are facing if the no-tax, sequester, governing-by-created-crisis madness continues to bleed a program that used to have bipartisan support.

September 2012

California has a high-speed rail project

California’s state legislature authorized the first sale of $4.6 billion of the $9 billion voter-approved 2008 Proposition 1A High-Speed Rail (HSR) bonds. That matches and commits the state’s $3.4 billion federal HSR stimulus grant.

August 2012

Private public transportation operators get another look

Congress should make it easier to use private contractors, consortia or financing so that agencies can better develop the best strategies that work for them.

August 2012

8 Essentials of MAP-21

In July, Congress passed a new two-year bill – MAP-21. Highlights contained include an expanded TIFIA program as well as streamlined New Starts and project delivery processes.

June 2012

Rail Operators Steadily Moving Toward PTC Implementation

While funding and technology integration remain key issues, some U.S. rail operators are looking to meet the 2015 Congressional deadline, including Southern California’s Metrolink, which aims to have its system in place by next year.

June 2012

Debate over intercity rail leaves policy at a crossroads

Some critics of the proposed California high-speed rail system have used the state’s Legislative Analyst’s Office report, which recommended that the program not be funded, as its rally cry.

November 2010

Federal grants make the business case for sustainability

Several studies have come out showing that both developers and their potential customers are increasingly demanding walkable transit-accessible neighborhoods.

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