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Jeff Boothe

5 FAST Act Takeaways: What it Means for Transit

Although it is the first long-term surface transportation bill since SAFTEA-LU expired in 2009, which will give the industry a sense of security when planning, it still didn’t solve the most pressing issue — finding a sustainable funding mechanism.   

Consultant Roundtable 2015: Execs Foresee Changing Federal Role

With nothing but short-term extensions predicted for the immediate future, the consultant industry stresses the need to find a long-term funding mechanism, while also looking at states and localities to play more of a role in financing capital projects.

Time Running Out for Funding A New Transportation Bill

While there are some new solutions for funding a bill when MAP-21 expires being mentioned, there is still no mechanism, new or old, gaining bipartisan favor. Meanwhile, the fractious climate on Capitol Hill makes reaching an agreement even more difficult.

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.

How Will the Capitol Hill Power Shift Impact Transportation?

With Republicans taking over the House and focusing on cutting spending, it will be interesting to see where transportation falls on their list of priorities. Despite T&I Chairman Mica's plan to push for a transportation authorization bill early this year, the major hurdle remains how to fund it.

Consultant Roundtable: Industry Remains On Edge, Sees Encouraging Future

Even with no authorization bill in sight, consultants are finding many positives, including increased ridership, a new federal philosophy and exciting projects in the pipeline. Many are looking for high-speed rail to have the same nation-changing impact as the interstate highway system or the beginning of the space program.

New Starts/Small Starts Shift to Focus on Livability

The changes may substantially impact what sort of projects will be selected in the program going forward, with more of a focus on sustainable, economically beneficial projects. The addition of programs, such as funding for urban circulators, may also play a major role in how New Starts/Small Starts decisions will be made in the future.