Posts Tagged ‘transportation’

Infrastructure Plan May be 3 Small Plans

September 5, 2017

The Trump Administration has signaled that it plans to break up its $1 trillion infrastructure plan into three components.

White House director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney said last week during a conference of state transportation officials that most funding will be offered to projects that currently have private or local money secured.

However, the administration has suggested it will focus on a less ambitious $200 billion infrastructure plan, as opposed to the $1 trillion that President Trump campaigned on.

Details of the infrastructure plan have yet to be released, which has led some transportation officials to fear that the funding will be spread too thin and fails to provide adequate resources for projects.

Transportation officials have noted that the administration has said that its plan will cover a wide range of investments, including roads and bridges, broadband, energy, and veterans hospitals.

Some universities are seeking to have research labs included in the rebuilding effort.

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NTSB Names Acting Chairman

March 20, 2017

Bella Dinh-Zarr has been named as acting chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board after the term of incumbent Chairman Christopher Hart expired last week.

Hart remains a member of the five-member board and had served as chairman since March 2015.

He had served as acting chairman for nearly a year before being nominated by the Obama administration to be the permanent chairman.

Dinh-Zarr has served as vice chairman since March 2015. Before joining the NTSB, she served as director of the U.S. Office of the FIA Foundation, an international philanthropy organization that promotes safe and sustainable transportation.
NTSB members are nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate for five-year terms. By law, a board member is designated by the president to be the chairman while another is designated to be the vice chairman for two-year terms.

Transportation Infrastructure Needs Nearly $1B

January 17, 2017

Transportation infrastructure in the United States needs a $926 billion upgrade, the U.S. Department of Transportation says in a new report.

US DOTOf that, $26.4 million is needed per year to bolster the condition of rail and bus transit systems.

The report noted that transit route miles grew by more than 30 percent between 2002 and 2012

Light rail transit systems grew faster than any other mode of public transportation.

The report was given to Congress as part of DOT’s 2015 Conditions and Performance report, which is submitted on a biennial basis.

The last report, dated 2012, said that rail transit and bus systems needed a $17 billion per year upgrade.