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California Environmental Law & Policy Update - January 2016 #4

Environmental and Policy Focus - States ask Supreme Court to block Obama carbon emissions plan - Reuters - Jan 26 - A group of states led by West Virginia and Texas asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stay...more

FTA and FHWA Buy America Updates

Public agencies are routinely facing Buy America requirements in their infrastructure projects. Some of the most difficult situations involve how to satisfy Buy America obligations with public utility relocations. The rules...more

Recent Buy America Developments

At the end of 2015, two modal administrations of the United States Department of Transportation (US DOT) have encountered changes to their Buy America programs. Both the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Federal...more

Historic FMCSA E-Logging Rule Met With Immediate Challenge in the Seventh Circuit

In an action immediately challenged in court, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) finalized a long-anticipated rule (the “ELD Rule”) to require use of electronic logging devices (ELDs) by all drivers...more

Extreme Weather and Climate Change: How DOT’s and MPO’s are Managing the Risks

If you are a company that relies on roads, rail, pipeline, air, or barge to move products, people, or supplies, or a transportation planner charged with the maintenance or smooth running of the transportation system, chances...more

A Case to Watch: Highway Contractor Appeals $663M False Claims Act Judgment

On August 31, 2015, highway contractors Trinity Industries, Inc. and Trinity Highway Products, LLC (collectively, Trinity) appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit a $663,360,750 final judgment entered...more

Risk or Reward? Using Drones on Your Construction Project

In this week’s issue of ENR, technology writer Luke Abaffy details the use of drones by Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to conduct bridge inspections....more

A Case to Watch: Highway Contractor Appeals $663M False Claims Act Judgment

On August 31, 2015, highway contractors Trinity Industries, Inc. and Trinity Highway Products, LLC (collectively, Trinity) appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit a $663,360,750 final judgment entered...more

FTA Provides Notice of Expedited Public Transportation Improvement Initiative

Federal Transit Administration (“FTA”) grants fund billions of transit-related projects throughout the United States. In an effort to improve the project delivery process for those projects, the FTA on September 3, 2015,...more

Tax Policy Update: The Emerging Fall Fiscal Cliff

If you read one thing... - Congress’ tax and budget challenges include funding the government for FY 2016 and a required federal debt ceiling increase to avoid catastrophic default on the nation’s debt. These legislative...more

Federal Highway Administration Publishes CM/GC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

On June 29, 2015, the Federal Highway Administration ("FHWA") issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking ("NPRM") related to the construction manager/general contractor ("CM/GC") method of contracting. The NPRM is a long-awaited...more

Toll Road Use on the Rise

Drivers in the U.S. are seeing the benefits of toll roads, according to a new report published by the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA). The 2015 Report on Tolling in the United States (June 30,...more

Congressman Delaney Talks Infrastructure Funding at IBBTA Conference

On March 31, 2015, Congressman John K. Delaney (D-MD) spoke at the Washington Briefing of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBBTA) in Washington, DC. At the event, Congressman Delaney provided an...more

Pilot Program Will Allow Local Hiring Preference for Workers on Federal Transportation Projects

Federal transportation officials are contemplating new contract rules that would make it easier for states and cities to hire local residents to work on transportation projects. Federal rules currently prohibit the Federal...more

Senate Commerce Committee Approves Nomination of Mark Rosekind to Head NHTSA

The Senate Commerce Committee approved the nomination of Dr. Mark R. Rosekind, on December 9, 2014, to become the next Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Full approval by the Senate...more

This Proposed Rulemaking Should be Mandatory Reading for All Public Transportation Agencies

On November 24, 2014, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) published a proposed rule that would amend the regulations governing how Federal grant recipients acquire, manage, and dispose of real property. Thus, the...more

Public–Private Partnerships Core Toll Concessions Contract Guide

On September 10, 2014, the Federal Highway Administration (“FHWA”) published its final Model Public – Private Partnerships Core Toll Concessions Contract Guide (“Guide”) presenting key concepts for the structuring and...more

Federal Highway Administration Publishes New Rule for Value Engineering

On Friday, September 5, 2014, the Federal Highway Administration (“FHWA”) published its final rule for Value Engineering (“VE”) for road and bridge projects. The new rule implements changes made to VE requirements under...more

Nossaman Partner Provides Expertise to NCHRP's Second Volume Addressing Management of NEPA-Related Risks in Project Delivery

The Transportation Research Board of the National Academies (“TRB”) has released its second volume of guidance addressing risks in project delivery, including risks associated with the National Environmental Policy Act...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

FHWA and FTA Issue New Guidance On MAP-21 Exclusions

On July 6, 2012 President Obama signed into law MAP-21, which, among other things, contained new National Environmental Policy Act ("NEPA") requirements for the Federal Transit Administration ("FTA") and Federal Highway...more

Seventh Circuit Draws Roadmap For Section 404 Review Of Major Infrastructure Projects

A recent opinion from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit provides a useful roadmap for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ review of major infrastructure projects under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. See...more

USDOT Proposes Regulations Allowing States To Assume USDOT Responsibilities For Environmental Review Under NEPA And Other Laws

On August 30, 2013, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) proposed regulations for the Surface Transportation Project Delivery Program, a program that allows states to assume federal environmental review authority for...more

Digital Sign War Heats Up With Lawsuit By Scenic America Challenging FHWA Guidance on Sign Lighting

A lawsuit recently filed by Scenic America strikes at a guidance issued by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in 2007 related to the use of changeable electronic variable message signs (CEVMS) also known as digital...more

FHWA Proposes Fix Avoiding Need for Special Approval to Include Alternative Technical Concepts in Design-Build Procurements

On August 1, 2013, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and request for comments regarding proposed changes to FHWA’s design-build regulation that would eliminate a...more

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