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The Trump Infrastructure Plan: Still Many Questions, But Perhaps Some Insights

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Moments after President Donald Trump was sworn into office, he reiterated in his Inaugural address the promise that “[w]e will build new roads, and highways, and bridges, and airports, and tunnels, and railways all across our...more

FTA Publishes Buy America Handbook Addressing Rolling Stock

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Federal Transit Administration (“FTA”) grant recipients and the firms that work on the projects have a twenty years in the making, updated resource to assist them in one of the more complex areas of FTA projects. The FTA last...more

9th Circuit Rejects NEPA Challenges To Planned 1.9-Mile Underground Light Rail Extension Project in Downtown LA

On December 6, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in the case of Japanese Village, LLC v. Federal Transit Administration, et al., affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgement to the government...more

FTA Releases Final EIS On Metropolitan Council’s Southwest LRT

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On May 13th, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) published the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on the Metropolitan Council’s Southwest LRT Project, a major step forward for the $1.79 billion project. The Met...more

Buy America Policies Proposed for Rolling Stock Under FAST Act

by Saul Ewing LLP on

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has proposed new policies on the applicability of the Buy America provisions in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. Under the proposed policies, the Buy America...more

Los Angeles & Orange County Transit Projects to Receive $500 Million in Federal Funds

by Nossaman LLP on

Public transit continues to be a major focus throughout Southern California, with virtually all of the county transportation agencies planning or undertaking important passenger rail projects throughout the region. Some of...more

FTA and FHWA Buy America Updates

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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

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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

FAST Act Authorizes $305 Billion in Transportation Spending Over Five Years

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, signed into law by Pres. Barack Obama, authorizes approximately $305 billion in federal highway and transit spending over the next five years for transportation projects. The...more

Second District Rejects CEQA And Fair Transit Hearing Challenges To LA Metro’s Westside Subway Extension Project In Lengthy...

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In a 65-page opinion certified for publication and filed October 22, 2015, the Second Appellate District Court of Appeal affirmed the Los Angeles County Superior Court’s judgment denying writ petitions by the City of Beverly...more

USDOT’s Takeover of DC Metro Safety Program – Desperate Measure for a Desperate Time

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In the face of repeated safety tragedies, a hyper-critical National Transportation Safety Board report, and general customer uneasiness, Secretary Foxx’s recent decision to have the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) assume...more

New Safety NPRM and Recent Letter from the Acting Administrator Demonstrates FTA's Continued Implementation of Its MAP-21 Safety...

by Nossaman LLP on

In 2012, through passage of MAP-21, Congress required the Federal Transit Administration (“FTA”) to develop a comprehensive program for safety in public transportation. FTA’s new safety mandate is in addition to its...more

FTA Provides Notice of Expedited Public Transportation Improvement Initiative

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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

Federal Transit Administration Proposes New State Safety Oversight Rule

by Nossaman LLP on

On February 27, 2015, the Federal Transit Administration ("FTA") published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking ("NPRM") in the Federal Register requesting comment on a proposed rule that the FTA believes would strengthen State...more

A Public Agency’s Contingent Final Offer Of Compensation Is Not Reasonable

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In California eminent domain cases, a property or business owner is entitled to recover litigation expenses (attorneys’ fees and expert costs) when the public agency’s final offer of compensation is unreasonable and the...more

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

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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

FTA Publishes Guidance on Joint Development

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Earlier this week, on August 25, 2014, the Federal Transit Administration (“FTA”) published Circular 7050.1, providing much anticipated guidance for grantees interested in pursuing joint development projects within FTA’s...more

Editorial: Miami-Dade Rail Link Could Be Model For Future Projects

The use of public-private partnerships (P3s), especially in the transportation sector, is gaining steam in South Florida. Proposed projects have included Miami-Dade College Medical Campus expansion, red-light cameras,...more

FTA And FHWA Issue New MAP-21 Guidance That Could Penalize Wildlife Agencies

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The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), Pub. L. 112-141, governs Federal funding and authorization for certain surface transportation projects. Included in MAP-21 is a provision requiring all Federal...more

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

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

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

FHWA and FTA Issue New Guidance On MAP-21 Exclusions

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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

FTA Offers More Insight on Evaluating New and Small Starts Projects

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Today the Federal Transit Administration published final policy guidance to augment its New and Small Starts Program final rule published earlier this year. The final rule established how the Federal Transit Administration...more

Update Regarding Buy America and Utility Relocations

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As we have previously reported, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently adopted policies requiring Buy America compliance for utility relocations for federally funded...more

President's Budget Includes Funding For Two LACMTA Projects

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Possibly lost in the shuffle of the rollout last week is the news that the President’s budget proposal (PDF) includes $130 million to help fund two significant transit system improvements in Los Angeles, the Regional...more

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