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Optimistic that the Willits Bypass will move forward, Caltrans seeks input on its "child projects"

As reported in the Willits News, Caltrans is going forward with public workshops for the Sherwood Road Intersection Project, one of four "child projects" of the Willits Bypass project, which is anticipated to increase the...more

Employers Are Not Required to Provide Transit Fringe Benefits—Except in California

Since the Golden State sometimes can be a bellwether for national trends, employers nationwide may want to keep an eye on what’s occurring in California regarding commuter benefits. Certain employers in the San Francisco Bay...more

Plan Nord: Québec Liberal Government Relaunches the Plan Nord

On June 4, 2014, the first budget (Budget) of the new Liberal government, in power since April 7, 2014, was tabled in the Québec National Assembly. The Budget provides for certain measures to relaunch the Plan Nord, as...more

Miami-Dade Keeping up with National P3 Trends

As discussed in our last post about national and local developments in public-private partnership (P3) legislation, Florida is keeping up with the P3 trend and Miami-Dade County is not far behind. Miami-Dade’s Citizens...more

"The Emergence of Uber, Lyft and Sidecar in North Carolina: An Overview of Key Legal Distinctions Between Digital Dispatch...

By now, most people have at least heard of Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and other modern taxicab alternatives, even if they have not experienced for themselves the innovative services that enable customers to virtually “hail a ride”...more

Quick Strike: Federal Agency Moves to Shut Down Dangerous Transportation Companies

In a stepped-up effort to protect the traveling public, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) is seeing strong results from a project initiated in April 2013. ...more

Senate EPW Committee Unveils Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill

The bipartisan leadership of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unveiled a six-year surface transportation bill last night that would maintain current funding under MAP-21 legislation expiring in September,...more

Miami Light Rail System May Become A Signature P3

Plans of New Passenger Rail Link from Miami-to-Miami Beach - On several occasions we have written about transportation public-private partnerships in the Miami area. These have included posts on red-light cameras,...more

Developments in EU Transport Law - April 2014

Air Aviation emissions: MEPs vote to limit EU ETS to intra - EU flights - On 3 April 2014, MEPs voted to back a deal reached with member states to amend the European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), under which...more

California Passenger Rail Summit

Last week I attended the 2014 California Passenger Rail Summit where industry leaders met to discuss the modernization and integration of passenger rail service in California. While the California High Speed Rail train was an...more

Congressional Panel Explores Industry's Views on Public-Private Partnerships

On Wednesday, March 5, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Special Panel on Public-Private Partnerships held a hearing entitled "Overview of Public-Private Partnerships for Highway and Transit Projects" to review the...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

White House Backs the $2.2 Billion Purple Line

On Tuesday, March 4th federal officials recommended the Maryland Transit Administration’s Purple Line Public-Private Partnership Project ("Purple Line") to receive $100 million in federal construction money as part of the...more

Major Court of Appeals Decision Allows Construction of $5 Billion Transit Rail Project in Honolulu to Proceed

On the front page of Nossaman's website, we report on the result of decisions by the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii that allow the...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

Developments in EU Transport Law - Febuary 2014

Air - European Commission adopts new guidelines for state aid to airports and airlines - The European Commission adopted on 20 February 2014 new guidelines on how Member States can support airports and airlines in line...more

$5 Billion Honolulu Rail Transit Project Gets Green Light

In a decision of national importance for rail transit and highway projects, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected NEPA and Section 4(f) challenges to the 20-mile Honolulu Rail Transit Project. HonoluluTraffic.Com v....more

There is an amendment to Railroad Law that could boost the market

Last Tuesday, House of Representatives approved a bill to amend the Law for Railroad Service in order to open competition, and to keep up with the upcoming train projects in Mexico. According to the Minutes of the...more

Three Crisis Management Mistakes from Christie’s Bridgegate

It’s not hard to imagine that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s still-unfolding Bridgegate scandal could have taken a different turn. Lacking evidence, the allegations aired shortly after the George Washington Bridge closure...more

Commuting in California May Just Get a Bit Easier

The California Transportation Commission allocated $138 million to 32 projects around the state at its January 29th, 2014, meeting. As Caltrans director Malcolm Dougherty put it...more

Taxing Bike Share Programs

A bike share program allows a customer to rent a bicycle at Point A, use it for a short amount of time, and then return it to one of many other spots in the same city. Most commonly these programs are in big cities such as...more

City of Benicia Moves Forward with Potential Eminent Domain for Bus Hub Project

The City of Benicia recently secured funding to build the Benicia Industrial Park Bus Hub, a project that has been on the City's drawing board for years. But there are still some hurdles to construction. The City will need...more

Perspective: Refining RRIF To Include Commuter Rail

Famed French writer Victor Hugo said, "There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come." Repurposing the Railroad Rehabilitation Improvement Financing program (RRIF) is an...more

The new Italian Transport Authority becomes operative

On the 15 January 2014 the new established Italian Transport Authority (ITA) - Autorità di Regolazione dei Trasporti - became operative. The main task of the ITA is promoting and protecting competition in the transport...more

Four Teams Short-listed for the Maryland Purple Line P3

On January 8, 2014, the Maryland Department of Transportation and the Maryland Transit Administration announced that four teams were short-listed to submit proposals to design, build, construct, finance, operate and maintain...more

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