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Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On February 12, 2018, the White House unveiled its 55-page proposal for infrastructure investment, the Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure. The sweeping proposal seeks to inject funding into several key areas...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

Legal report on electromobility

by DLA Piper on

This report prepared within our DLA Piper Electromobility Team in Poland presents a number of issues concerning the development of electromobility and the applicable legal framework in six European countries: Germany,...more

The Western States’ Plan for EV Charging Infrastructure – Lessons Learned and Things to Watch

On October 4, 2017, the Governors of a number of western states signed a memorandum of understanding (“MOU”) to lay the foundation for work on a regional electric vehicle (“EV”) infrastructure development plan called the...more

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

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

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

2017 Minnesota Legislature Adjourns But After Special Session

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Minnesota lawmakers used every last minute available to them to try and complete their work prior to the deadline for the 2017 legislative session, but it was not enough time. At 12:01 a.m. early last Tuesday morning,...more

U.S. Senate Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Innovative Solutions for Infrastructure

by Nossaman LLP on

On Tuesday, May 16, 2017 the Senate’s Committee on Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure will hold a hearing titled “Leveraging Federal Funding; Innovative Solutions for...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. UPCOMING REFERENDUM QUESTIONS – This week, we report on Maine ballot Question 5 regarding...more

Status of Public Private Partnerships in Texas

In recent years, the state of Texas jumped headlong into public-private partnerships in a variety of different arenas. Often called PPP, 3P or P3, this delivery method has rapidly become the go-to avenue for delivering...more

Louisiana Amends P3 Legislation Granting Authority to DOTD

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The State of Louisiana has passed a public-private partnership (P3) law to help alleviate a $12.7 billion backlog in highway and bridge maintenance and construction needs across the state. The law authorizes the Louisiana...more

Renewable Energy Update - March 2015 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus: Carbon Emissions Stop Rising for First Time in 40 Years - Renewable Energy World - Mar 16: Global emissions were unchanged last year. This was the first time in four decades that emissions...more

Best Practices on “Best Value” Discussed by the National Cooperative Highway Research Program

by Nossaman LLP on

The National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) released its latest installment of its “Synthesis of Highway Practice” on March 5, 2015, discussing specifically practices for developing transparent “best value”...more

Transit Oriented Development Critical to Metropolitan Growth

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Urban Development: Faster Greener Commutes Key to Sustained City Growth, a report released in October 2014 by Cushman & Wakefield, provided insight into Transit Oriented Development as it explored “the consequences of rapid...more

San Diego MPO's Analysis Of RTP's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rejected

by Nossaman LLP on

In a decision with implications for all transportation projects in California, the California Court of Appeal held that the analysis of greenhouse gas emissions from transportation projects in a metropolitan transportation...more

41 Projects Get Funding at CTC December Meeting

by Nossaman LLP on

The California Transportation Commission met in Riverside on Wednesday. On the agenda was the allocation of $254 million in funding for transportation projects throughout the state. You can read Caltrans’ press release...more

Transportation Policy In The 114th Congress

by Mintz Levin - ML Strategies on

After their overwhelming success in the 2014 mid-term elections, Republicans are preparing to assume their new majority in the Senate, while their House colleagues have secured an expanded majority that exceeds their World...more

Eminent Domain Begins for County of Sacramento Road Projects

by Nossaman LLP on

As traffic continues to increase and roadways become more congested, California’s transportation infrastructure needs to keep up. While there has been a concerted focus on alternative methods of transportation (such as rail,...more

Transportation Projects Get A Lot Of Deference in Demonstrating Compliance With Air Quality Standards

In a decision late last month, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals made clear just how much deference agencies can get under the Supreme Court decisions in Chevron and Auer. The question in NRDC v. USDOT was whether, in...more

If it doesn’t matter, pay up! The High Court keeps a broad interpretation of Section 54

by DLA Piper on

Maxwell v Highway Hauliers Pty Ltd [2014] HCA 33 - The High Court today handed down a decision concerning Section 54 (1) of the Insurance Contracts Act. The decision is important for many insurers, particularly those...more

Secretary Foxx Holds Virtual National Town Hall, Addresses Transportation Policy

by Nossaman LLP on

Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx chaired a “virtual” town hall meeting, entitled “Moving from Uncertainty to Long-Term Transportation Investment,” on August 6, 2014. The town hall was open to the general public, as...more

Guidance for Managing NEPA-Related Risks and Other Risks in Project Delivery - National Cooperative Highway Research Program...

by Nossaman LLP on

In This Issue: - AUTHOR'S ACKNOWLEDGMENTS - GUIDANCE FOR MANAGING LEGAL RISKS IN THE NEPA PROCESS ..Early Identification and Assessment of Legal Risks ..Methods for Managing Legal Risks ..Legal Risk...more

Senate MAP-21 Reauthorization Bill

The Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee released a bipartisan six-year surface transportation bill late yesterday evening. The bill, titled the MAP-21 Reauthorization Act, will be marked up by the committee on...more

Federal Surface Transportation Reauthorization: The Road Ahead

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

With the expiry looming of the current federal authorization for US surface transportation funding, the Obama Administration recently submitted a bill to Congress (the “Grow America” Act) proposing a four-year reauthorization...more

President Obama Delivers Transportation Authorization "GROW AMERICA" Act to Congress

by Nossaman LLP on

On April 29, 2014, President Obama delivered a draft of "Generating Renewal, Opportunity, and Work with Accelerated Mobility, Efficiency, and Rebuilding of Infrastructure and Communities throughout America" or "GROW AMERICA"...more

Bipartisan Budget Agreement Offers Little Holiday Cheer for Transportation Funding

by Nossaman LLP on

Don’t let anyone tell you the Bipartisan Budget Agreement (BBA) enacted this week by Congress and President Barack Obama is good for transportation. The BBA rolls back the sequester of discretionary spending scheduled for...more

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