The Economic Impacts of High-Speed Rail on Cities and their Metropolitan areas

A review of the Conference of Mayors’ report on the economic benefits of high-speed passenger rail on cities and their metropolitan areas. Is the report overly ambitious in its analysis of the potential economic benefits considering that high speed rail carries obstacles that might take years to address?

Minneapolis bridge victims seek punitive damages

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Victims of the deadly 2007 Minneapolis bridge collapse took legal steps Monday to seek punitive damages against an engineering firm that evaluated the bridge’s structural integrity before it fell.

The Bridge Collapse…Two Years Later. What Do We Know?

Carol Metzner of CivilEngineering revisits the Minneapolis Bridge Collapse news item from two years ago and discusses what has been done as a result.

Is the Stimulus Working for the Transportation sector?

A discussion about the $787 billion stimulus package which included $48 billion for transportation. Six months after, have you seen the results?

Support Wastewater, Drinking-Water Infrastructure Investments

The Senate is set to consider a bill next week that would authorize $38.5 billion for wastewater and drinking-water infrastructure over the next five years. S. 1005, the Water Infrastructure Financing Act, could come to a vote in the Senate as early as Monday, July 27.

Schwarzenegger: US Infrastructure “Like a Developing Country”

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger advocates for a high-speed rail system to modernize US infrastructure, which he considers to be on par with that of a developing country. He says, “Our trains go the same speed today as they were 100 years ago,” Schwarzenegger says. “So where is the progress?”

FAA Bill on the House Floor

Authorization of the Federal Aviation Administration expired in September 2007. Since then, the FAA – including aviation infrastructure programs – has been operating under a series of short-term extensions. The House is tentatively scheduled to vote on reauthorization legislation (H.R. 915) Thursday, May 21.

Obama’s new proposal: 1.5 Billion dollar cut in construction

Discussion on President Obama’s new proposal to cut $1.5 Billion in Construction.

USDOT’s Secretary Ray LaHood letter to Nation’s Governors about ARRA fund use

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood requests action by the Nation’s Governors to make certifications and other assurances that the funding made available under the Recovery Act will be spent for worthy infrastructure projects. Certification is necessary to permit the timely release of funds.

A Crumbling Infrastructure Cannot Support a Healthy Economy

“A Crumbling Infrastructure Cannot Support a Healthy Economy”- American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE)