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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

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

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

TSA to Issue Final Rule for Security Training for Transit, Freight and Bus Employees Summer 2018

by Holland & Knight LLP on

It has been 14 years since the 9/11 Commission Report was issued, in which many recommendations were made to improve security in the U.S. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has still not yet implemented three of...more

U.S. Prepares for Autonomous Transportation with Request for Comment on Regulatory Barriers

by Holland & Knight LLP on

As the United States prepares to harness the innovation of autonomous technology in transportation, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is asking the public to identify regulatory barriers that can be removed to allow...more

Rail Inspection Firm Acquires Drone Services Company

American Rail Engineers Corp. (ARE), based in Irvine, California, recently acquired a New Hampshire drone services company, Media Wing, LLC (Media Wing), to conduct geographic information system (GIS) mapping and data...more

Air Enforcement: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Haverhill, Massachusetts School Bus Facility Operator Enter into Consent...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and Coppola Bus, Inc. (“CBI”) entered into a December 12th Consent Agreement and Final Order (“CAFO”) addressing alleged violations of certain Massachusetts Air...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

D.C. Circuit Upholds FTA Approval of Purple Line Light Rail Project

by Perkins Coie on

Reversing a district court decision that had delayed work on the $2.4 billion Purple Line light rail transit project in Maryland, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has held that the Federal...more

Mobile Sources (Title II)/Air Enforcement: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Curtiss, Wisconsin Refrigeration Transport...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and Abbyland Trucking, Inc. (“ATI”) entered into a December 21, 2017, Consent Agreement and Final Order (“CAFO”) addressing alleged violations of Section 203(a)(3)(A)...more

Bombardier and Metrolinx Make a Nice Recovery on Problematic Eglinton LRV Order

by Nossaman LLP on

Bombardier and Metrolinx announced that they have amended their Eglinton Crosstown LRV contract and settled their pending arbitration, showing how re-negotiation and compromise can preserve project schedule and quality,...more

Selection Process on Track for Malaysia-Singapore High-Speed Rail Project

by Jones Day on

In what will be the first project of its kind in South East Asia, the governments of Malaysia and Singapore have agreed to collaborate on a high-speed rail project connecting the two nations' capital cities. The bidding...more

Home Stretch for Toronto’s Finch West LRT Procurement

by Nossaman LLP on

Humber College students and Toronto West residents will soon be able to access Canada’s largest subway system in five years. The CA$1 billion Finch West LRT project is slated to open in 2022. The new dedicated light rail...more

New York MTA Approves $1.8B Design-Build Contract for the Long Island Railroad Expansion Project

by Nossaman LLP on

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (NYMTA) board has approved a $1.8 billion expansion project for another important milestone in Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s, comprehensive, interconnected plan to improve...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

Brightline Train Launches This Month in South Florida

The country’s first private high-speed train is set to roll out this month in South Florida. The proposed route will connect Miami to Fort Lauderdale in half an hour, and Miami to West Palm Beach in just one hour. ...more

When Proposed Public and Private Projects Collide

by Nossaman LLP on

Infrastructure projects take years to develop: the environmental review, funding, design, procurement, and construction of a public project is time consuming in any state, but even more so in California given the strict...more

Fourth Circuit Joins Three Others in Determining that the Federal Courts Have Concurrent Jurisdiction over ICCTA Claims

by Nossaman LLP on

On November 16, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit determined that claims arising from the Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act (“ICCTA”) can be litigated in the federal courts or at the...more

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

by Stoel Rives LLP on

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

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | October 2017 #4

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

Furans in Baby Food May Pose Health Risk, EFSA Reports - The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued an assessment of the risks of furans and related compounds 2- and 3-methylfurans, concluding that they pose a...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

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

New Bill Aims to Streamline LA Olympics Transit Projects & Clippers Arena

by Nossaman LLP on

According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, California lawmakers pitch a break from a key environmental law to help L.A. Olympic Bid, Clippers Arena, California lawmakers introduced Senate Bill 789 last week in an...more

China Introduces a New Class of Non-Truck-Owning-Carriers to Reduce Logistics Cost and Improve Efficiency

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

In line with PRC’s 13th Five-Year-Plan and “Internet+” initiative, the Ministry of Transport (MOT) launched the Non-Truck-Owning-Carrier program as a one-year pilot beginning December 2016. The goal of the program is to...more

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