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Government decides on “infrastructure mortgage” - (the roadmap for developing public-private partnership tools)

by Dentons on

After the President of Russia, speaking at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in 2017, announced the mechanism of “infrastructure mortgage” to support priority growth rates of Russia’s economy, business and the...more

Northern Lights Express Proposed Passenger Rail Service Receives Federal Environmental Approval

by Nossaman LLP on

The Northern Lights Express intercity rail proposal, connecting Minneapolis and Duluth, Minnesota with a stop in Superior, Wisconsin, advanced forward following a Finding of No Significant Impact (“FONSI”) from the Federal...more

Contract Awarded for GO Transit Improvements in Scarborough and Unionville

by Nossaman LLP on

Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx have awarded a fixed-price design-build-finance $245.5 million contract to upgrade Agincourt, Milliken, and Unionville GO stations on the Stouffville GO corridor. ...more

California Approves Regulations for Driverless Autonomous Vehicles

by Jones Day on

On February 26, 2018, the California Office of Administrative Law ("OAL") approved the California Department of Motor Vehicles' ("Cal DMV") proposed regulations allowing the testing and deployment of fully autonomous vehicles...more

10-in-10 Infrastructure Series: Federal Agency Efforts to Streamline Permitting

by WilmerHale on

This is the second issue of WilmerHale's 10-in-10 Infrastructure Series. In this series, our attorneys share insights on current and emerging issues affecting infrastructure project developers in the United States....more

Dockless Disruption: Maximizing Opportunities Through Smart Regulations - BB&K's Gregory Rodriguez and Steven DeBaun Discuss...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

As communities seek to decrease car use and promote alternative forms of transportation — like biking — cities have launched pilot projects around “dockless” bikeshare programs. Dockless bikeshare, offered by companies like...more

Federal Infrastructure Outline Released - Details Local Agencies Need are Included

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Today, the White House released a legislative outline that, for the first time, provides details on the $1.5 trillion infrastructure package discussed by President Trump in recent weeks. ...more

White House Unveils Infrastructure Plan: Funding Questions Remain

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The American Infrastructure Initiative (infrastructure plan) released by the White House last week aims to stimulate more than $1.5 trillion in new investment over the next decade, shorten the process for approving projects,...more

Proposed CEQA Guideline for Highway Projects Promises Flexibility In the Measurement of Traffic Impacts, But Delivers Ambiguity

by Nossaman LLP on

In response to material opposition from many of the transportation agencies in the State, the California Natural Resources Agency has proposed to provide transportation agencies with the discretion to determine the metric...more

A Peek Inside the Trump Infrastructure Plan: What Local Government Agencies Should Know - The State of the Union Address and a...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

In President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union Address last night, he touched on infrastructure by discussing a proposed plan to direct at least $1.5 trillion toward infrastructure investment over the next decade. To...more

White House Releases Final Proposal to Streamline Infrastructure Permitting

by Perkins Coie on

On February 12, 2018, the White House released a set of proposals to streamline the federal environmental review process for infrastructure projects. The 55-page “Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America”...more

Private Activity Bonds Under President Trump's "Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America"

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The White House released a 53-page framework on Tuesday setting forth its legislative goals for rebuilding America's infrastructure (the Infrastructure Plan)....more

White House Releases Roadmap for Nation’s Infrastructure; Congress Takes the Wheel

by Nossaman LLP on

The White House released its long-awaited infrastructure proposal to Congress this morning, along with the President’s fiscal year 2019 budget proposal. While elements have been hinted at and leaked before, the 55-page...more

Maintain Your Lanes

by Harris Beach PLLC on

An increase in bike paths and lanes could lead to an increase in claims against municipalities. Bike riding may have many benefits for the rider and for the environment. However, as recently reported in The Los Angeles...more

New Funding Source for Mass Transit under the SMART Plan

by Bilzin Sumberg on

We have previously written about the need for new funding solutions for public transportation, including mechanisms that capture the added value of mass transit on adjacent properties. ...more

Autonomous Vehicles and Ride Sharing Will Reshape Our Buildings, Our Cities, and Our Lives

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

When the first automobile hit roadways in the early 1900s, developers, planners, and city officials had to completely re-think the design and planning of cityscapes, both new and old. The era of narrow streets, communities...more

Three Reasons Why Infrastructure Probably Won’t Happen in 2018 —and Three Reasons Why It Might

For a year now, the administration and leaders on both sides of the aisle on Capitol Hill have talked about their interest in advancing an infrastructure package. Now that tax reform is behind us, and the health care fight...more

A Path to Federal P3s for Infrastructure? ABA Subcommittee Suggests Changes to OMB Budgetary Scoring

by Nossaman LLP on

Much has already been said already about President Trump’s call to “rebuild our crumbling infrastructure,” in his first State of the Union address. The President asked Congress to advance a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan...more

Private funds key to Trump's infrastructure plans

by Hogan Lovells on

In his first State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress, President Donald J. Trump made investing in infrastructure a cornerstone of his vision for America....more

Infrastructure Policy Developments in Year One of the Trump Administration

Despite campaign promises of a $1 trillion infrastructure investment plan during the first 100 days of the Trump administration, no infrastructure bill materialized in 2017. While President Donald Trump continues to state...more

Port of Long Beach Approves Pier B On-dock Rail Facility, Allowing Faster and Greener Ship to Rail Cargo Movement

by Nossaman LLP on

On January 22, the Port of Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners approved construction of an on-dock rail facility that will allow the faster movement of cargo with lower environmental impacts, port officials said in a...more

Infrastructure Investment Is Republicans' 2018 Priority

by Hogan Lovells on

Congress has returned from the holiday recess with renewed focus on passing a major infrastructure package in 2018. Passage of a massive tax reform bill punctuated the president's first year in office with a major victory,...more

Stormwater Utility Ordinance: U.S. District Court Addresses Whether Assessment Violates Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory...

A United States District Court (Western District Virginia)in a December 26th Memorandum Opinion (“Opinion”) addressed a challenge to a stormwater utility ordinance assessment. See Norfolk Southern Railway Company v. City of...more

NC Department of Transportation Condemnation: What Do They Mean By Permanent Utility Easement?

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

When the North Carolina Department of Transportation ("DOT") exercises its power of eminent domain, in addition to taking private property in fee simple, it will often take various easements, including Permanent Utility...more

STB Preempts a City's Effort to Force a Railroad to Reinstall a Grade Crossing

by Nossaman LLP on

In a recent preemption decision, the Surface Transportation Board (“STB”) rejected a city’s attempt to mandate that a railroad reinstall a grade crossing. The STB’s order appears to call into question the enforceability of...more

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