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No Idle Matter — D.C. Circuit Holds that State’s Attempt to Regulate Locomotive Noise is Preempted by ICA and ICCTA

by Lane Powell PC on

States and municipalities commonly attempt to curb or eliminate noise generated by locomotives and rail cars as they pass through their jurisdictions. A recent attempt by the state of Delaware to shut down idling locomotives...more

Resolución de Año Nuevo: Tránsito de Miami Beach

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Después de acelerar el proceso de solicitud para el proyecto del tren ligero o tranvía moderno de Miami Beach, el mes pasado la comisión de la ciudad de Miami Beach puso un freno. En respuesta a las preocupaciones expresadas...more

New Year’s Resolution: Miami Beach Transit

by Bilzin Sumberg on

After expediting the solicitation process for the Miami Beach light rail/modern streetcar project, the Miami Beach City Commission hit the brakes last month. In response to concerns voiced by City residents, the Commission...more

Funding Mass Transit with Transit-Oriented Development

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Since the earliest mass-transit systems, it has been understood that the property adjacent to train stations is particularly well-suited for dense mixed-use development. People are willing to pay a premium for the...more

Title Bout: Second Circuit Limits Parties’ Control Over Construction Of Policies

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Like other contracts, insurance policies are divided into parts, and most of the parts appear under headings or captions. A separate contract term (known as a “titles clause” or a “headings clause”) sometimes specifies that...more

Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) Continue to Gain Momentum

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Although the public-private partnership (P3) model was used to provide most public infrastructure and services until the early 20th Century, for the past several decades, P3s were few and far between in this country....more

Employment Practices Newsletter - May 2016

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Department of Labor's Persuader Rule Convinces No One - The Department of Labor's controversial Final Rule on Persuader Reporting became effective April 25, 2016. The Rule significantly strengthens a union's rights under...more

NY Transit Agencies Escape Vicarious Liability for Contractors Alleged Discrimination

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

It is not uncommon for companies to contract their daily business operations to third-party companies. In Motta et al v. Global Contact Services, Inc., the court addressed whether such relationships relieve the outsourcing...more

NYC’s New Mass Transit Benefits Law Requires Firms to Offer Pre-Tax Commuter Benefits - Hedge Up: A Heads-Up on Employment Issues...

New York City’s new Mass Transit Benefits Law (MTBL) takes effect on January 1, 2016. The law requires covered firms to offer eligible employees the opportunity to use pre-tax income to pay for certain qualified transit...more

New York City Transit Benefit Requirement Fast Approaching

by FordHarrison on

As most New York City employers know by now, beginning January 1, 2016, the New York Mass Transit Benefits Law (the "ordinance") requires employers with twenty or more full-time employees working in New York City to offer...more

Renewable Energy Update - October 2015 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Governor Brown authorizes streamlined groundwater: Allen Matkins - Oct 13: On Friday, October 9, 2015, Governor Brown signed a suite of bills that has the potential to significantly...more

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

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

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

NYC Affordable Transit Act: Employers Will Be Required to Offer Qualified Transportation Benefits in the New Year

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Effective January 1, 2016, most employers with 20 or more full-time employees in New York City must offer those full-time employees the opportunity to use pre-tax earnings to purchase qualified transportation fringe benefits...more

Art Dao, Executive Director of the Alameda County Transportation Commission, Speaks at the Wendel Rosen Construction Practice...

On March 2, 2015, Art Dao, Executive Director of the Alameda County Commission, spoke to a packed house at the Wendel Rosen Construction Practice Group’s Breakfast Forum on the Commission’s plans for nearly $8 billion in...more

Drones, Googleplexes and Hyperloops

I don’t know if it’s just me, or if there has been a lot of news lately along the fringes of technology and construction... ...more

Feb. 2 Deadline Looming to Implement Retroactive Increase in 2014 Mass Transit Benefit Limits

Affected employers must move quickly to take advantage of a special administrative procedure regarding a retroactive increase in excludable transit benefits enacted on December 19, 2014, under the Tax Increase Prevention Act...more

Deja-Vu All Over Again: Congress Once Again Retroactively Increases Mass Transit Benefit Limits

Prior to the enactment of the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (“TIPA”) in December 2014, effective for 2014, mass transit commuters were only able to contribute a maximum of $130 per month on a pre-tax basis toward their...more

Immediate Action Required to Maximize Tax Savings for Mass Transit

by Morgan Lewis on

Congress and the IRS have expanded the availability and procedures for maximizing the income tax and FICA tax exclusion for mass transit benefits, but immediate action is required to satisfy the IRS special relief provisions...more

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