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.
Although Congress just enacted a new transportation bill, the next one will soon need to be debated.
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.
Title: Deputy Administrator
Organization: Federal Railroad Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation
City: Washington, D.C.
Cliff Henke, a contributing editor to METRO, is senior analyst at PB. His views herein are solely his own.
This crop of conservatives simply doesn't believe the federal government has a role in developing the infrastructure we need to stay competitive in the global economy.
Ridership potential is the number one factor in determining if a corridor is suitable for investment, according to a new study. It proposes that the federal government prioritize investments where the potential for ridership demand is greatest.
The responsibility of government to enforce public rights of way and ensure a well functioning marketplace was not questioned in America's founding. One of President George Washington's first acts was to plan and design the National Road.
Many believe that the president will put a 'TIGER-like' program in his surface transportation authorization proposal. Given the urgent need for investment out there, his proposal will come not a second too soon.
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