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Autonomous Cars are Here to Stay, but are Cities ready for them?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Without question, autonomous cars and autonomous systems are here to stay. As automotive manufacturers, suppliers, and new entrants to the industry dive headfirst into the autonomous vehicle sector, questions remain as to how...more

Land Use Update: Los Angeles Approves Density Increases for Transit Oriented Communities

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

The Los Angeles’ Department of City Planning has just released the final guidelines for the Transit Oriented Communities Affordable Housing Incentive Program (“TOC Guidelines”). These guidelines were required under the...more

Auto 2.0 Is More Than Just About the Automobile – From Shuttles to Logistics and More

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The introduction of near autonomous vehicles to public roadways is set to completely revolutionize the way humans and goods navigate cityscapes in the coming years. Although Tesla’s autopilot feature has become the early...more

Eighth Circuit Rejects Sovereign Immunity Defense to FCA Qui Tam Action

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Last month the Eighth Circuit considered and rejected an Eleventh Amendment sovereign immunity defense to a qui tam action under the False Claims Act. In United States ex rel. Fields v. Bi-State Development Agency, No....more

Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District Begins Revenue Passenger Service

by Nossaman LLP on

The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (“SMART”) District kicked off passenger rail revenue service in Sonoma and Marin counties last week. The 43-mile rail line includes ten stations from the Sonoma County Airport to Downtown...more

FTA Proposes Rule Waiving Regulatory Burdens on Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) for Public Transportation Projects

On July 31, 2017, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register, for a proposed regulation that would establish new, experimental procedures to encourage use of...more

DOT Announces $226 Million in Grant Funding for Buses and Bus Facilities

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The Federal Transit Administration released a Notice of Funding Opportunity for approximately $226 million in grant funding under Section 5339, which covers the Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment...more

New Oregon Payroll Withholding Tax

by Stoel Rives LLP on

As part of its major transportation bill (HB 2017), the Oregon legislature last week adopted a new statewide payroll tax, starting July 1, 2018, to fund public transit projects throughout the state. Every employer will be...more

Little Action During Presidential "Infrastructure Week"

by Clark Hill PLC on

President Trump declared an “Infrastructure Week” but did not accompany it with specific actions to increase infrastructure expenditures. President Trump campaigned on promises to increase infrastructure spending. If this...more

Social Links: Instagram’s new tool to denote paid posts; the world’s 1st autonomous-vehicle public transportation system for the...

Instagram is now allowing a limited number of users to identify branded content with a “paid partnership” subhead instead of using hashtags like #ad and #sponsored to identify sponsored posts. The platform says it plans to...more

District Court Again Orders FTA To Provide An SEIS for Purple Line Expansion Project

In an interesting decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on May 22, the District Court again held that metro-300x200a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) must be provided by the...more

What De Blasio’s Land Use Agenda Means for Brooklyn Real Estate Development

by Cozen O'Connor on

Even with all the development of the last 20 years, Brooklyn, the most populous of New York City’s five boroughs, now approaching 2.7 million residents, continues to attract strong interest from developers, each scouring the...more

Indonesia's Infrastructure Financing Deficit—ABS to the Rescue?

by Jones Day on

Indonesia's considerable infrastructure financing deficit is a hot topic in the project finance market. A likely outcome of this infrastructure gap is the growth of alternative financing instruments, such as asset-backed...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: House, Senate Roll Out Transportation Funding Packages

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

With policy committee deadlines out of the way, legislators turned their attention to omnibus finance and tax bills. Finance and tax committees in both the House and Senate spent the week compiling bills, taking public...more

Renewable Energy Update - March 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - PG&E expands renewables portfolio - Solar Industry Magazine - Mar 16 - Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) has announced that 69.3% of the electricity delivered to its customers...more

Gov. Haslam Expands His IMPROVE Act

Gov. Haslam expanded his IMPROVE Act this week. He amended the act to allow local referendums on surcharges to existing local taxes as a means to pay for public transit projects. The new surcharge options apply to local...more

News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap - The House of Representatives and Senate Appropriations Committees began budget hearings this week to examine Governor Wolf’s proposed 2017-2018 Fiscal Year budget. Monday was a state Holiday, but on...more

The Texas Supreme Court Clarifies “Common Carrier” Status Criteria

Client Alert Takeaways Background This article is a supplement to our previous note discussing the regulatory regime for the transportation of CO2 across public and private land in the United States and the procurement of...more

2017 B.C. Budget: Infrastructure Spending to Get 19 Per Cent Boost Year-Over-Year

The Province of British Columbia released its 2017 budget (Budget) on February 21, 2017. Although the Budget mainly focuses on the reduction of Medical Services Plan premiums and increased investment in education and social...more

Thanks to Governor, T Runs Better but Confident Riders Are Hard to Find

by PretiFlaherty on

An interview with Steve Kadish, Charlie Baker’s chief of staff, by CommonWealth magazine’s Michael Jonas appeared online January 10. Headlined “Governor Fix-It’s fix-it man,” the Q&A was heavy on the details of Baker...more

Transportation Demand Management Program Takes Effect in SF: How Will Your Project Comply?

On February 7th, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the implementing ordinance for San Francisco’s Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Program. Pending the Mayor’s approval, the TDM Program will...more

THE LATEST: DOJ Trial Machine is Staffed Up, Fired Up

by McDermott Will & Emery on

WHAT HAPPENED: ..The DOJ Antitrust Division scored another trial win — this time in a real estate foreclosure bid rigging case...more

"Trump Infrastructure Plan May Open Opportunities for Projects"

After nearly two decades of widening concern over the declining state of U.S. infrastructure, it was not surprising that infrastructure became a central theme in the 2016 election cycle. Improving our nation’s transportation,...more

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

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

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

by Nossaman LLP on

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

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