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Infrastructure: President Trump Turns the Ignition as Congress Prepares to Take the Wheel

Highlighting the need to rebuild America’s “crumbling” infrastructure, President Donald Trump pushed Congress to approve a sweeping infrastructure renewal plan in his State of the Union address this week. While the...more

The Trump Administration’s Automated Vehicles Guidance Hits the Gas Pedal on Innovation

Further accelerating federal regulation of automated vehicles, last week the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) announced highly anticipated new guidance for the...more

House Green Lights Autonomous Vehicle Legislation

A major milestone on the road to establishing a regulatory framework for highly automated vehicles (“HAVs”) was reached earlier this week with the passage of the first significant legislation on the subject by the House of...more

Funds Should Gear to Tap into U.S. Infrastructure Growth

Last week, investors from all over the world gathered in Washington for the annual SelectUSA Investment Summit. Despite what were sometimes pessimistic headlines, the message they heard was clear: America is open for business...more

Trump Administration Seeks Input on Red Tape to Cut to Speed Infrastructure Projects

The U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT” or “Department”) is seeking input from stakeholders on the regulatory and administrative burdens that impede transportation infrastructure projects. According to a notice published...more

Infrastructure “Recycling”: An Innovative Approach to Infrastructure Finance Gains Traction with the Trump Administration

What if a solution to America’s infrastructure funding challenges were right under our feet? That’s the idea behind “infrastructure recycling,” a concept popularized in Australia that encourages governments to fund...more

Timely Response to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Notice Critical for Water Resources Development Projects

Stakeholders with a water resources development project they would like modified or studied need to submit requests to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“USACE”) in a timely fashion and should pay close attention to a notice...more

A WIIN for Water Infrastructure

On December 16, 2016, the President signed into law the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (“WIIN”) Act (S. 612), legislation negotiated by both parties, and overwhelmingly passed by Congress on December 10th,...more

NHTSA Pushes For Smartphones to Incorporate Automatic Pairing and Driver Mode in New “Guidelines”

New guidelines proposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) earlier this month would encourage manufacturers of a variety of portable electronic devices to include technologies aimed at combating...more

Both Chambers Pass WRDA Bills: Race Is on to Complete WRDA Work in 2016

The Senate and House both passed Water Resources Development Act (“WRDA”) bills in September, bringing Congress two major steps closer to returning to a regular, biannual process of authorizing projects and activities related...more

NHTSA Guidelines Drive Toward an Autonomous Vehicle Future

Describing autonomous vehicles as potentially the “greatest personal transportation revolution since the popularization of the personal automobile,” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Tuesday...more

White House Initiatives Look Toward the Future of Civilian Drone Technology

The policy debate in Washington, D.C., regarding the future regulation of unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”) continues to evolve rapidly, marked most recently by several significant announcements in advance of an August 2...more

Is the Rapidly Evolving Landscape for Vehicle Technology About to Hit Regulatory and Legal Speedbumps?

In a nation with over 250 million vehicles, accidents occur daily, and many of those result in injuries and fatalities. Rarely do they receive national attention. Yet, an incident involving a vehicle in early May has...more

New Commercial Drone Rules Take Flight: Understanding Implications, Opportunities, and What’s Next

America’s skies will be open for business as a result of new rules released by the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) regarding the commercial operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (“sUAS”), or “drones.” (See our...more

President Obama Signs Pipeline Safety Law: Significant Additional Mandates for PHMSA and Potential for More Rulemakings to Come

On June 22, 2016 the President signed into law the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (“PHMSA”) reauthorization bill, the Securing America’s Future Energy: Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines...more

New Era of Commercial Drone Operations Cleared for Takeoff

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its highly anticipated and long-awaited final rules for commercial operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), or “drones,” on June 21, 2016. The new rules represent...more

Timely Response to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Notice Critical for Stakeholders Interested in Securing Congressional...

Stakeholders with an interest in securing potential Congressional authorization for water resources development projects in future Water Resources Development Act (“WRDA”) legislation should pay close attention to a notice...more

Two Visions for UAS Policy, Two Opportunities to Shape the Future Regulatory Landscape

The explosive growth of the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) category has challenged the aviation industry’s existing regulatory paradigms. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bills advanced by the House...more

Congress Working Aggressively to Pass a Bipartisan WRDA in 2016

Both chambers in Congress are working aggressively to pass bipartisan Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (“WRDA 2016”) legislation this year. Now is the time for entities interested in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers...more

House and Senate FAA Bills Take Diverging Flight Paths Toward Reauthorization

With the authorization for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) set to expire on July 15, the clock is ticking for Congress to enact legislation to ensure that FAA programs and funding continue without interruption....more

FHWA Proposes Bold Transportation Performance Measures to Reduce Carbon Emissions

Perhaps only by coincidence, on April 22—“Earth Day”—the Federal Highway Administration (“FHWA”) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) that, for the first time, would set performance measures for greenhouse gas...more

“A Lot of Ingredients” in This Year’s WRDA

As Congress works to complete a Water Resources Development Act for 2016 (“WRDA 2016”) before the summer Congressional recess, stakeholders with an interest in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“USACE”) civil works projects,...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

A “FAIR” Chance for Infrastructure P3s in Obama Administration’s Final Budget Request - President Unveils Financing America’s...

In his final State of the Union address, President Obama acknowledged that “because it’s an election season, expectations for what we will achieve this year are low.” However, the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget...more

Shake-Ups Planned for Pipeline Safety Regulation

The federal agency responsible for regulating the safety of natural gas and hazardous liquids pipelines has been in the spotlight recently as both chambers of Congress focused on reauthorizing the Department of...more

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