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Congress Considers Transportation Appropriations Provisions, Other Legislation Impacting Aviation

On Capitol Hill, legislators are working to pass a Transportation Appropriations bill that will fund aviation programs during the 2015 fiscal year. As part of the appropriations process, members of the House and Senate are...more

Third Circuit Holds Ambiguous Contract Precludes FCA Liability

The Third Circuit recently upheld summary judgment in favor of the defendant in U.S. Dept. of Transp. ex rel. Arnold v. CMC Engineering, a whistleblower suit alleging the defendant overbilled Pennsylvania’s Department of...more

Infrastructure Alert - July 2014

President Obama and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx have been urging Congress to fix the Highway Trust Fund before a projected funding depletion at the end of August. On July 1, Secretary Foxx sent letters to states...more

DOT Updates Guidance On Substance Abuse Test Collections

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance, with the Office of General Counsel, has recently issued new guidance governing the collection process for substance abuse testing....more

Federal Regulatory Agenda Update - June 2014

Federal regulatory activity is at an all-time high, with more than 3,700 regulations in just the past year. This has caused the Code of Federal Regulations to grow to 238 volumes with nearly 175,000 pages – 4,000 of which...more

Financing: The Main Roadblock to a Transportation Bill

High Stakes for a Short-Term Fix and a Long-Term Solution - While Congress has four months until the current surface transportation authorization, MAP-21, is due to expire, the Highway Trust Fund could become...more

Guidance for Managing NEPA-Related Risks and Other Risks in Project Delivery - National Cooperative Highway Research Program...

In This Issue: - AUTHOR'S ACKNOWLEDGMENTS - GUIDANCE FOR MANAGING LEGAL RISKS IN THE NEPA PROCESS ..Early Identification and Assessment of Legal Risks ..Methods for Managing Legal Risks ..Legal Risk...more

Minnesota Medical Marijuana Law Will Cloud Employer Drug-Free Workplace Efforts

On May 29, 2014, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed into law legislation making Minnesota the 23rd jurisdiction to adopt a law authorizing the use of medical marijuana. The new Minnesota medical marijuana law (MML)...more

Proposed U.S. Department of Transportation Passenger Protection Rules Offer Opportunity for Travel Industry Comments

On May 21, 2014, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) proposed new passenger protection rules for the airline and travel industries, which would add to DOT’s extensive “Enhancing Airline Passenger Protections”...more

Federal Surface Transportation Reauthorization: The Road Ahead

With the expiry looming of the current federal authorization for US surface transportation funding, the Obama Administration recently submitted a bill to Congress (the “Grow America” Act) proposing a four-year reauthorization...more

The Grow America Act - Obama Administration Releases Four Year Transportation Reauthorization Proposal

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has sent to Congress a $302 billion four-year surface transportation reauthorization proposal, the “Generating Renewal, Opportunity, and Work with Accelerated Mobility, Efficiency,...more

President Obama Delivers Transportation Authorization "GROW AMERICA" Act to Congress

On April 29, 2014, President Obama delivered a draft of "Generating Renewal, Opportunity, and Work with Accelerated Mobility, Efficiency, and Rebuilding of Infrastructure and Communities throughout America" or "GROW AMERICA"...more

FDOT Announces Apparent Best Value Proposer for I-4 Managed Lanes Project

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced today that it has selected I-4 Mobility Partners as the apparent best value proposer to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the I-4 Ultimate project. The I-4...more

OSHA Comments on Distracted Driving Initiative

In OSHA’s April 15, 2014, issue of “Quick Takes,” its bi-monthly newsletter, the agency commented on the US Department of Transportation’s national campaign to stop texting while driving and other forms of distracted driving....more

Energy & Environment Update

In This Issue: - Energy & Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Defense - Department of Energy - Department of Interior - Department of Transportation - Department of...more

Flash Boys and the Transportation Corridor Act

Michael Lewis' new book, Flash Boys concerns high frequency traders using advance notice of a stock purchase to reap extra profits. Fittingly, the North Carolina Supreme Court's decision in Beroth Oil v. NCDOT was published...more

A Boost for Entrepreneurs: Minority-, Women- and Veteran-owned Businesses

Recognizing that our country -- our “team,” if you will -- is stronger when all our players are on the field and playing to their full potential, our federal and some state governments have developed programs to help...more

FDOT Receives Financial Proposals from Four Teams for I-4 Ultimate Project

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced yesterday that it received four financial proposals in response to a Request for Proposals issued by FDOT on October 11, 2013 for the I-4 Ultimate Project. On June 5,...more

9th Circ. Simplifies Enviro Process For Transit Projects

In a decision of national importance for transit and highway projects, on Feb. 18, 2014, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected environmental challenges to the 20-mile Honolulu Rail Transit Project. On the same day, the...more

Newsletters - Feb 28, 2014: The Elevator Speech Overview

The U.S. House and Senate were both in session this past week, returning from a week long work period in district. The National Governors Association (NGA) met in Washington DC for their annual winter meeting, discussing...more

President Obama Announces a Proposal to Fund a Four Year Surface Transportation Bill at $302 Billion

On February 26, President Obama announced a proposal to fund a four year surface transportation bill that would increase spending by 22% for highways and 70% for transit over current levels. The White House provided a Fact...more

Pennsylvania’s New Transportation Funding Law

On Nov. 25, 2013, Governor Corbett signed into law House Bill 1060. This legislation will invest an additional $2.3 to $2.4 billion into transportation by the fifth year of the plan. Partial funding for the new transportation...more

USDOT Issues Emergency Order Impacting All Bakken Crude Oil Rail Shipments

In response to safety concerns over trains carrying crude oil extracted from Bakken shale, the federal Department of Transportation (USDOT) issued an Emergency Restriction/Prohibition Order yesterday, affecting all those who...more

Ninth Circuit Upholds NEPA and NHPA Analysis for Hawaii High-Speed Rail System

On February 18, 2014, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected challenges under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and the Department of Transportation Act to the...more

Infrastructure Alert - February 26, 2014

President Obama will announce his support for a four-year, $302 billion transportation funding bill to repair and rebuild bridges, tunnels, roads and transit. About $150 billion of the bill would be paid for through corporate...more

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