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Preparing for the Future – SCAG Adopts 2016 RTP/SCS

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

Montgomery County Subdivision Staging Policy Revamped

The Montgomery County Planning Board of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (“Planning Board”) is updating the Subdivision Staging Policy (“SSP”). We anticipate practical and innovation changes will be...more

$2 Billion In Unused Earmarks Now Available for Transportation Infrastructure Projects

Eligible transportation projects in need of funding now have the opportunity to access roughly $2 billion in previously earmarked federal transportation under recently released guidance from the U.S. Department of...more

Surprise! Minnesota Budget Forecast Delivers Bad News

Just a few days before the beginning of the 2016 legislative session, legislative leaders received some unexpected bad news: A previously healthy $1.2 billion budget surplus projection had dropped by $300 million to $900...more

Después de que el polvo se asienta: Efectos sobre el desarrollo continuo en el sur de la Florida

Decir que el mercado inmobiliario del sur de la Florida está “en auge” sería una sutileza. El masivo interés en el desarrollo por todo Miami y las ciudades que la rodean sigue aumentando. Para graficar cuán grande es este...more

USDOT Announces $500 Million in New Round of TIGER Funding

The United States Department of Transportation (“USDOT”) announced Tuesday that it will provide $500 million for an eighth round of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery competitive grant program (the...more

FAST Act Nationally Significant Freight Program to Direct Billions to Priority Corridors

Earlier this month, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx distributed a letter and fact sheet to transportation stakeholders regarding the newly established Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects (NSFHP)...more

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

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

OPR Releases Revised Proposed CEQA Guidelines Amendment To Implement SB 743 Traffic Analysis Mandates

The evolution of CEQA traffic impacts analysis from level of service (LOS) methodology to a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) analysis continues apace. The latest step in this revolutionary paradigm shift was the January 20, 2016...more

Office of Planning and Research Proposes Revisions to State CEQA Guidelines

Comments Sought by Feb. 29 on the Transition from LOS to VMT - The California Office of Planning and Research has issued proposed revisions to the State CEQA Guidelines implementing Senate Bill 743 (2013). SB 743...more

Menlo Park Grade Separations – On Track

The City of Menlo Park is proceeding with two transportation projects. The first one, an undercrossing to separate bicycles and pedestrians from rail traffic at Middle Avenue, received the green light from the City Council...more

Congress Enacts Federal Permitting Improvements to Speed Infrastructure Projects

Congress enacted the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015, also known as the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (the FAST Act) on December 4, 2015. A part of the FAST Act, Title XLI—Federal...more

Environmental Provisions of the FAST Act

On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed into law the “Fix America’s Surface Transportation Act,” Public Law 114-94 ("FAST Act"). As finally enacted, the FAST Act exceeds 400 pages in length. This paper reviews those...more

Will FAST Act Make Permitting Faster? Streamlining Offered for Infrastructure Projects

The new federal highway funding legislation, the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), signed into law by President Obama on Dec. 4, 2015, provides long-term funding certainty for surface transportation...more

After the Dust Settles: Implications of Continued Development in South Florida

To say South Florida’s real estate market is “booming” would be an understatement. The massive interest in development throughout Miami and its surrounding cities continues to increase. To quantify just how large this...more

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

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

DoT Announces “Smart City” Challenge to Increase Infrastructure Efficiency in Urban Areas

On December 7, 2015, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for “Beyond Traffic: The Smart City Challenge,” the first in a two-part solicitation for a federally funded...more

U.S. Department of Transportation Smart Cities Challenge Funding Opportunity

This week, the Department of Transportation announced a $40 million funding opportunity entitled Beyond Traffic: The Smart City Challenge. This award will be given to one mid-sized city that puts forward bold, data-driven...more

House and Senate Conference Committee Reports Out Five-Year Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill

The House and Senate conferees have agreed on a compromise $305 billion five-year surface transportation authorization: the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The bill should be headed to the White House in...more

Study on Tired Truckers Part of New Transportation Legislation

A bill approved by federal lawmakers Dec. 3, 2015 calls for a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration study on truck drivers’ long commutes and the safety hazards they present. The $305-billion Fixing America’s...more

Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill Looks to Be Moving Forward

We’ve been following the status of highway and transportation funding for quite some time, previously noting that Congress kept kicking the can down the road without agreeing on a long-term solution. Finally, that is no...more

Highlights of H.R. 22: Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act

On December 1, a conference committee unveiled the FAST Act, which would authorize approximately $305 billion for highway, transit, rail and safety spending for the next five years, until September 30, 2020. The Act would...more

A Little Bit of Something for Everyone in New Surface Transportation Bill

The “FAST Act” (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation) that will likely pass Congress this week and be signed soon thereafter by President Obama contains a veritable potpourri of funding, permitting, safety, and innovation...more

Blog: FAST Act Passes House

Reuters reports: “In a show of Congressional bipartisanship, the House of Representatives voted 359 to 65 to send the $305 billion legislation [the FAST Act] to the Senate. It is widely expected to be approved and forwarded...more

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