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RCTC Secures TIFIA Funds for Important Highway Infrastructure Project - BB&K Advised on $152.2 Million TIFIA Loan

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Best Best & Krieger LLP was part of a team that advised and counseled the Riverside County Transportation Commission in its successful effort to secure a $152.2 million loan from the U.S. Department of Transportation through...more

Mid County Parkway Freeway Infrastructure Project Prevails for Second Time - BB&K Attorneys Represent RCTC; Defeat Environmental...

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For the second time, a judge has sided with Best Best & Krieger LLP environmental attorneys in a dispute over a freeway infrastructure project in Riverside County. A CEQA challenge to the project was dismissed by a Riverside...more

DOT Rebrands and Expands FAST Act Grant Opportunities for Infrastructure Projects

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Yesterday, the Department of Transportation announced a discretionary grant program called the Infrastructure Rebuilding America Grants program. The program is a rebranding and expansion of the FASTLANE program, which stems...more

NEPA Victory for Freeway Infrastructure Project in Riverside County - BB&K Team Represents RCTC in Mid County Parkway Project...

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Best Best & Krieger LLP environmental attorneys successfully defended a freeway infrastructure project in Riverside County from a series of challenges brought under the National Environmental Policy Act. Partners Michelle...more

Trillion Dollar Infrastructure Investment Watch: “Parameters,” But Not Full Plan to be Released this Month

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Despite bi-partisan agreement on the urgency to invest in the nation’s infrastructure to meet fast growing demands on our roads, railroads and waterways, there has yet to materialize a bi-partisan framework for funding and...more

Ninth Circuit Upholds Forest Service’s Construction of New Roads in Grizzly Bear Habitat

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On May 17, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a ruling by the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana and upheld the U.S. Forest Service’s (Forest Service) decision to construct 4.7 miles...more

I-85 Bridge Collapse: Business Interruption Coverage Issues

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In the wake of the March 30 collapse of the I-85 bridge in Atlanta, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency calling for closure of both the northbound and southbound lanes of I-85 in Fulton County. A copy...more

Appellate Court Rejected EIR That Found Insignificant Traffic Impacts, Despite Consistency With Infill-Promoting General Plan...

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The Court of Appeal of the State of California, Third Appellate District, overturned an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) prepared under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The appellate court rejected the EIR's...more

Wait, How Many Trucks? Ash Pond Closure by Removal

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Utilities around the country have developed preliminary closure plans for surface impoundments storing coal ash, gypsum, and other coal combustion residuals (CCR). Some ash ponds are already in the process of closing. To...more

Constitutional Use of Toll Revenue the Subject of Recent Federal Court Decision

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Public agencies with toll-setting authority should take note of a recent federal court decision relating to the uses of user fees and toll revenue, as well as the stated goals of the plaintiff in that case. The U.S....more

Court Rejects NEPA, Section 4(f) Challenges to Arizona South Mountain Freeway Project

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In a decision of national importance to the transportation community, the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona rejected National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) challenges and Section 4(f) challenges to the 22-mile...more

Structuring Successful Broadband P3s

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Public entities have recently been looking for new ways to harness right of way (ROW) for broadband public-private partnership (P3) projects. Last year, the city of Santa Cruz made history by entering into a roughly $50...more

Electric-Vehicle Infrastructure: Fertile Ground for P3’s

by Bilzin Sumberg on

In 2006, the documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car?” hit the theaters. Ten years later, there remains substantial disagreement on the answer to that question, but one truth has emerged: the electric car lives again. As...more

Will Hillsborough County Adopt Mobility Fees in April?

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Part of the years-long transportation funding debate appears to be reaching a conclusion. On March 24, Hillsborough County held a well-attended public workshop regarding implementing mobility fees, which are described as...more

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

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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

More Managed Lanes For California

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California has long been a transportation innovator, whether battery powered cars, high speed rail or the home of the first managed lanes facility in the United States—the SR91 Express Lanes. The SR91 Express Lanes opened in...more

Amtrak Panel’s Plan to Fix Chicago Rail Gridlock

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An Amtrak Blue Ribbon Panel formed in 2014 that included Nossaman partner Linda Morgan has released a report recommending how to fix the congestion plaguing Chicago’s rail network. As the hub of the U.S. rail network, the...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

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Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. July State Revenue Over Projection - Due to higher than anticipated revenues generated by...more

NIST Guide Highlights Cybersecurity Considerations for Utilities and Manufacturing Companies

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In 2013 alone, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) responded to more than 256 cyber-incident reports—more than half of them in the energy...more

Toll Road Use on the Rise

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Drivers in the U.S. are seeing the benefits of toll roads, according to a new report published by the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA). The 2015 Report on Tolling in the United States (June 30,...more

Transit Dis-Oriented Development?

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Over the last decade-and-a-half, Massachusetts, particularly eastern Massachusetts, has begun to truly embrace the tenets of transit oriented development (TOD). After some fits and starts, our state, once viewed as somewhat...more

Congress divided on length of extension for transportation programs

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On May 31, funding for highway and transit programs is set to expire. With only a few legislative days remaining, House and Senate leaders continue to discuss an extension to keep funds flowing. While nearly everyone agrees...more

Take My Home, Please: In Wake of Court Decision, N.C. General Assembly Seeks to Repeal "Map Act"

The Map Act -- also known as Chapter 136, Article 2E of the General Statutes of North Carolina -- allows the N.C.D.O.T., local governments or other governing bodies to file with the local register of deeds an official...more

Valuing Rail Corridors

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In the aftermath of last year’s Rails-to-Trails Decision, Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States, 572 U.S. ___ (2014), the valuation of rail corridors may become increasingly necessary.  Typically there are three...more

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