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LAWA Receives Technical Proposals from Three Teams for APM Project

by Nossaman LLP on

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) announced last Thursday that it has received three Technical Proposals in response to its Request for Proposals for the Automated People Mover (APM) project....more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Nov. 3rd, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our weekly OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending, Friday, November 3, is below. The week’s update features a variety of stories, including a potentially landmark purchase by Airbnb....more

Dude, Where’s My Car? San Francisco’s New Gross Floor Area Definition Furthers Sustainable Transportation Goals

by Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass on

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is considering minor modifications to the Planning Code definition of Gross Floor Area. The Planning Department characterizes these changes as “good government” measures to clarify the...more

PPP Canada Phased Out Pending Launch of Canada Infrastructure Bank

by Nossaman LLP on

The Canadian government is taking a new approach to P3s. By the end of 2017, PPP Canada will have ceased operations, and the Canada Infrastructure Bank (the “CIB”) will be launched....more

Past, Present, Future at P3 Bulletin’s Hub South Conference

by Nossaman LLP on

The United States has the largest emerging public-private partnership (P3) market in the world for infrastructure projects. Due to decreased tax revenue and shrinking budgets, many state and local governments in the southern...more

Cities Need Autonomous Vehicles Just as Much as Autonomous Vehicles Need Roads to Drive Down

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Slowly, in the background of our day-to-day lives, cities and their suburban counterparts have been gaining intelligence. Stoplights are timed and monitored by a suite of cameras and sensors; traffic patterns are tracked and...more

California’s Bullet Train Can’t Sidestep CEQA, Court Says

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

As physical signs of California’s $64 billion railroad project come into focus across the State, a potential faceoff with the federal government regarding its jurisdiction over state environmental laws, at least with regard...more

The Little Hoover Commission Issues Report on Special Districts

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The Little Hoover Commission released its highly anticipated report entitled “Special Districts: Improving Oversight & Transparency” last week. This was the Commission’s first look at special districts since it last studied...more

Fast Ferry Service to Seattle: An Encouraging First Step Toward Regional Growth

Seattle is geographically constrained by a narrow peninsula between Lake Washington and Elliott Bay. Growth can be painful when you have to fight your geography, as Seattle has done for over 100 years. However, new and...more

Los cambios propuestos en las regulaciones de adquisiciones pueden facilitar las P3

by Bilzin Sumberg on

El condado de Miami-Dade, la jurisdicción más grande del sur de la Florida, está evaluando actualmente asociaciones público-privadas (P3) para varios proyectos de infraestructura importantes. Estos incluyen mejoras...more

Proposed Changes to Procurement Regulations May Facilitate P3s

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Miami-Dade County, the largest jurisdiction in South Florida, is currently evaluating public-private partnerships (P3s) for several major infrastructure projects. These include multi-billion-dollar upgrades to the County’s...more

Local Drone Law Struck Down by Federal Preemption

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On Sept. 21, a federal court for the first time struck down local ordinance attempting to regulate the operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) within its jurisdiction. The United States District Court for the...more

Council on Environmental Quality Releases Initial List of Actions to Streamline NEPA Reviews

by WilmerHale on

Last week, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) released an initial list of actions to implement Executive Order 13807, which was intended to streamline the federal review of major projects under the National...more

Sky bridges are making a comeback in these pedestrian-friendly times

Younger workers, aged 18-34 years old (yes, Millennials), prefer walking as a mode of transportation by 12 percentage points over driving, prefer living within walking distance of shops and restaurants, and having short...more

Legislature May Expedite CEQA Review for Transportation Projects Connected to 2028 Olympic Games - Bill Introduced in Advance of...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

In a move that could have significant implications for Los Angeles’ efforts to prepare for the 2028 Olympics, California lawmakers recently introduced key legislation that would expedite California Environmental Quality Act...more

Obtaining Penndot Right Of Way As A Condition To Obtain Your Hop

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

If your development projects fronts on a state road, then it is likely that you will need a Highway Occupancy Permit (“HOP”) from PennDOT. If you need a HOP from PennDOT, then it is very likely that you will need to improve...more

The Little Hoover Commission Issues Report on Special Districts

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The Little Hoover Commission released its highly anticipated report entitled “Special Districts: Improving Oversight & Transparency” last week. This was the Commission’s first look at special districts since it last studied...more

Condemnation Risk Planning: Denial Is Not A Strategy

In the past, few Puget Sound property owners or their business tenants would have given a moment’s thought to identifying contingencies for the prospect of a condemnation. Today’s environment is very different. Sound Transit...more

Executive Order Set to Expedite Permitting and Authorization of Infrastructure Projects

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

During the campaign and thus far in the current administration, the President has prioritized the modernization of the Nation’s infrastructure and promised a $1 trillion investment plan to help fund that vision. There is rare...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

Executive Order Aims to Speed Up Environmental Reviews of Infrastructure Projects

by Perkins Coie on

President Donald J. Trump issued Executive Order 13807, on August 15, 2017, which is intended to accelerate the environmental review and permitting for infrastructure projects that require an environmental impact statement...more

Amid the Chaos, Trump Signs Executive Order Streamlining Environmental Permitting and Disbands Infrastructure Council

This past week, a couple of new developments took place at the federal level on infrastructure, although if you blinked, you may have missed it....more

Faceoff with Federal Government Possibly Looming Following California Supreme Court CEQA Ruling; Cal High Speed Rail Project Also...

In July 2017, the California Supreme Court determined the federal Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act of 1995 (49 U.S.C. § 10101 et seq.) (“ICCTA”) does not preempt the application of the California Environmental...more

New Executive Order on Infrastructure Ups the Ante on Streamlining the Environmental Review and Permitting Process

by Clark Hill PLC on

Since its earliest days, the Trump Administration has focused on eliminating delays in infrastructure projects, portraying environmental reviews and permitting as major choke points requiring change. On January 24, 2017, the...more

Denver City Council Approves Great Hall Project Development Agreement

by Nossaman LLP on

In the early hours of August 15, 2017, the Denver City Council approved a $1.8 billion development agreement between the City and County of Denver’s Department of Aviation and Denver Great Hall, LLC, a consortium led by...more

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