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Nuevas oportunidades de P3 para tecnología de gobiernos

Si bien las colaboraciones público-privadas (public-private partnerships, P3) se asocian con frecuencia a una infraestructura física, las P3 son esencialmente flexibles y pueden utilizarse para una prestación rentable y...more

City of L.A. Accepting Comments on Guidelines for Transit-Oriented Communities Incentive Program

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Los Angeles Department of City Planning is accepting comments on draft guidelines for a new transit-based affordable housing incentive program. The new program is required by Measure JJJ (adopted by voters in November...more

Infrastructure Spending, Blueprints Pending: 2017 Federal Budget

On March 22, 2017, Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled the 2017 federal budget, titled “Building a Strong Middle Class” (Budget 2017). While Budget 2017 did not introduce significant new infrastructure spending measures, it...more

Trio of Bills Would Impose Human Trafficking Obligations on Lodging Industry

by Fisher Phillips on

A trio of bills introduced recently in the California Legislature seek to involve the lodging industry in efforts to combat human trafficking. Assembly Bill 260 by Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) would...more

French Legal and Regulatory Update – December 2016

by Hogan Lovells on

The Paris office of Hogan Lovells is pleased to provide this English language edition of our monthly e-newsletter, which offers a legal and regulatory update covering France and Europe for December 2016. Please see full...more

Sovereign Green Bonds: Poland sets a precedent

by White & Case LLP on

Demand in the Green Bond market has historically been driven largely by environmentally and socially responsible investors. As the market becomes more mainstream, the investor base has expanded to include pension funds,...more

Sustainable Development Update - January 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Exponential growth in net zero energy buildings predicted for the next two decades - Building Design + Construction - Jan 5 - The global market for products and services...more

Chicago lifts limits on efficiency units close to transit

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On Dec. 14, the Chicago City Council approved an amendment to the Chicago Zoning Ordinance waiving the limit on the amount of efficiency units in developments that are in close proximity to a transit station in the Downtown...more

Funding Mass Transit with Transit-Oriented Development

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

Eighth Circuit Dismisses Interlocutory FCA Appeal for Lack of Jurisdiction

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In this April 2016 decision, the Eighth Circuit held that it lacked jurisdiction to consider the appeal of a two-state agency seeking review of a denial of its motion for summary judgment. Below the two-state agency had...more

2016 Federal Fiscal Update: Banking on Infrastructure

On November 1, 2016, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau released his Fall Economic Statement outlining changes to the federal government’s fiscal priorities in advance of the 2017 budget process. While reaffirming Canada’s...more

Attention, Passengers! Better Communication on T May Be Impossible to Achieve

by PretiFlaherty on

Late Wednesday afternoon, while my fellow prisoners of the MBTA were smashing their way out of a smoke-filled train at Back Bay station on the Orange Line, I was four stops away at State Street, having flashbacks to the...more

Four New California Cap and Trade Bills Fund Programs

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

$900 million in appropriations for fiscal year 2016-17 - With California’s cap and trade program suffering from legal challenges, decreasing auction revenue and general criticism of the program’s effectiveness, Gov....more

Arriving Now: An Uber Alternative to Parking Validation

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

We previously wrote about how on-demand delivery services, such as Uber and its competitors Lyft and Postmates, have the potential to provide brick and mortar retailers with an answer to Amazon’s delivery service. Services...more

Sustainable Development Update - August 2016

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - REIT reporting standards for sustainability lack consensus REIT.com - Jul 29 - There are roughly a dozen or so real estate sustainability standards competing for the attention...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: June 2016 #2

by Holland & Knight LLP on

LACMTA Approves Tax Ballot Measure to Fund $120 Billion Transit Plan - The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACTMA) on June 24, 2016, approved a sales tax ballot measure to help fund $120 billion...more

Maryland Purple Line Concessionaire Achieves Financial Close – Time to Build!

by Nossaman LLP on

Financing for the Maryland Purple Line closed on Friday, June 17 – marking an important milestone for the Maryland Transit Administration’s (and Maryland Department of Transportation’s) plan to deliver a transit solution to...more

News of Note in IP

Each week, Sheppard Mullin brings you News of Note in IP: The latest news in the IP-related fields of technology, privacy, fashion, advertising, music, and social media, curated by our IP team. Here are some of the stories...more

FY2017 Massachusetts Budget Update: The Senate Budget

The Massachusetts Senate voted unanimously to pass its FY2017 state budget just before midnight on Thursday, May 26. The spending plan, which totals $39.558 billion, spends $60 million more than Governor Baker’s proposal and...more

Next Stops for the Alameda Corridor East – Montebello, Maple and Turnbull Canyon Grade Separations

by Nossaman LLP on

At some time or another, most of us have experienced sitting in our cars at a railroad crossing waiting for what seems like the longest freight train in the world go by. And it always seems to happen when you’re late for an...more

Preparing for the Future – SCAG Adopts 2016 RTP/SCS

by Nossaman LLP on

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is the nation’s largest regional planning agency and is governed by an 86-member Regional Council, made up of elected officials from among the six counties and 191...more

Pennsylvania Transit sued for Fair Credit Reporting Act violation

Last week, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) was hit with a class action alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) for not sufficiently notifying job applicants of its use of...more

Major Takeaways from American Planning Association’s National Conference

Several R+C Land Use Group lawyers just returned from the American Planning Association’s National Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. The conference is a great opportunity to get together with planners from across the country,...more

Dangerous Curves: How Transit Companies Can Navigate Fed Safety Audits

Let trucking and bus companies, and shippers of hazardous materials, beware: Federal safety audits can be hazardous to your company’s overall and financial health....more

Expo Line Extension to Santa Monica Opens May 20

by Nossaman LLP on

The wait is nearly over: for those living on the Westside of Los Angeles, passenger rail transit will be available in just a few short months. Officials announced this week that the final extension of the Expo Line will...more

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