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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

Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District Begins Revenue Passenger Service

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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

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

STB Jurisdiction Over Intrastate Passenger Rail

by Nossaman LLP on

In Florida, All Aboard Florida, a private entity, is about to launch passenger rail service from Miami to West Palm Beach, with future service extending to Orlando. In California, the California High-Speed Rail Authority is...more

DOT Announces $226 Million in Grant Funding for Buses and Bus Facilities

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The Federal Transit Administration released a Notice of Funding Opportunity for approximately $226 million in grant funding under Section 5339, which covers the Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment...more

DOT Rebrands and Expands FAST Act Grant Opportunities for Infrastructure Projects

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Yesterday, the Department of Transportation announced a discretionary grant program called the Infrastructure Rebuilding America Grants program. The program is a rebranding and expansion of the FASTLANE program, which stems...more

Kuala Lumpur Singapore High Speed Rail Project 2017 - Update 2

by Hogan Lovells on

Background - This note serves as an update to two earlier notes dated August 2015 and January 2017 on the landmark Kuala Lumpur – Singapore High Speed Rail (the “HSR”). The HSR - In 2013, Singapore and Malaysia...more

New hope for Atlanta traffic in driverless cars

by Dentons on

The world came to know Atlanta at the height of the civil rights struggle as “the city too busy to hate.” Now, in spite of vigorous efforts by civic and political leaders to remedy the constellation of red tail lights that...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

Trillion Dollar Infrastructure Investment Watch: “Parameters,” But Not Full Plan to be Released this Month

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Despite bi-partisan agreement on the urgency to invest in the nation’s infrastructure to meet fast growing demands on our roads, railroads and waterways, there has yet to materialize a bi-partisan framework for funding and...more

110th Tennessee General Assembly Session Ends for 2017

The Tennessee Legislature completed its first session of the 110th General Assembly this Wednesday. The flag flying over the Capitol, signifying the body is in session, was taken down. The General Assembly will reconvene on...more

Deadline Extended for D.C. Comprehensive Plan Amendment Proposals

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The District of Columbia Office of Planning (OP) has extended the deadline for individuals and groups to submit proposed amendments to D.C.'s Comprehensive Plan, which guides future growth and development in the District. OP...more

PAC Upholds Municipality’s Denial of Request for FOIA Fee Waiver

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The Public Access Counselor recently issued a non-binding opinion holding that public bodies have the discretion to decide whether to waive or reduce copying fees associated with the production of documents responsive to FOIA...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

ML Strategies Alert - FY2018 Massachusetts Budget Update: House Ways and Means Budget

On Monday, April 10th, the House Ways and Means Committee proposed a $40.3 billion budget for FY2018 that calls for increasing spending by 3.8 percent, or about $1.47 billion, above FY2017 levels. The spending increase is...more

EPA's WIFIA Program to Provide Credit Assistance for Water Infrastructure Projects - Construction Executive

With the Trump administration in full gear, hopes are high the new president and Congress will enact legislation supporting and expanding investment in U.S. infrastructure. While the two political parties may disagree on the...more

Gov. Haslam's IMPROVE Act (Tax Cut Act of 2017) Heads to TN Senate & House for Vote - Legislative Update - Tennessee General...

A gas (tax) explosion was diverted this week in the House Finance Committee. If you will remember, last week House Speaker Beth Harwell announced she was working on an amendment to the transportation plan. Well, Rep. David...more

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