Government Issues

Fed pilot could give local workers advantage in transportation projects

Posted on March 5, 2015

New York MTA
New York MTA

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced a proposal for a new pilot program that will explore new ways to make it easier for states and cities to hire local residents for transportation projects.

“Local workers often have the greatest stake in local road and transit projects, but federal rules make it hard for communities to ensure that their workers reap some of the benefits and that’s just not right,” said Foxx. “We want to create ladders of opportunities for them, as well as for low-income workers and veterans, to help put some of the transportation investments we make in the hands of those who would benefit most.”

Federal contracting rules have traditionally prohibited the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) from allowing recipients to use contract provisions that do not directly relate to the performance of work but further social or economic goals, functionally prohibiting local hire provisions. The pilot program will allow both agencies to test and evaluate the merits of such provisions and whether the existing competitive bidding process can be improved.

“The investments we make in local communities are truly transformational,” said Therese McMillan, Acting Administrator of the FTA. “These investments should not only change the landscape of a community, but it should also transform and improve the lives of its residents too.”

The year-long pilot is proposed as an experiment under FHWA’s “Special Experimental Project No. 14” and FTA experimental authorities, provisions made possible by Congress to allow the agencies leeway in finding new and more effective means of building, maintaining and managing federal transportation projects.

The U.S. DOT published a related proposal in the Federal Register to modify the “common grant” rule geographic preference provision applied to its programs. The public is encouraged to review it and submit comments to the Comment Docket. The comment period will close 30 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Pittsburgh Mayor announces hire for new mobility and infrastructure dept.

The department will work with residents and external stakeholders on multi-agency projects; integrate technology into transportation initiatives; and further prepare the city for "shared mobility" options.

BART rail may designate itself 'sanctuary in transit'

If BART does end up with the designation, it would be the first such agency to do so.

FTA to withhold funding from D.C., Md. and Va. pending safety oversight program

The funds will be withheld until the jurisdictions pass identical legislation and meet related requirements in order for FTA to certify a new SSOP for WMATA Metrorail.

Boulder, Colo. biz leaders pitch aerial gondola to link downtown

The idea was originally floated in 2009 by University of Colorado officials.

Chao confirmed as new Secretary of Transportation

Several prominent Democrats, including Sen. Charles E. Schumer and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, were among those voting against Chao, who had cruised through three confirmation hearings for other cabinet positions previously without a dissenting vote.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close