Transportation bill gets big supporter

Governor Corbett would be willing to support a transportation funding proposal that exceeds what’s already been proposed, according to a PennDOT worker quoted by CBS Philly.

In plenty of public appearances, Corbett has been making no mistake about the fact that the state’s infrastructure needs dramatic help.

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RTD opens northwest commuting study with telephone town hall

A telephone town hall next week will launch a long-range study of the transportation needs of the northwest Denver suburbs.

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Sen. Marshall proposes gas tax to fund infrastructure projects

Senator Robert Marshall (D-Wilmington West) introduced a bill on Wednesday that would increase Delaware’s gas tax by 10 cents a gallon. That money would go into what he’s calling the Delaware Works Trust Fund in order to bankroll public works projects…

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Transportation Group Wants New Illinois Gas Tax

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Texas Senate tackles transportation funding

Lawmakers tried several different approaches to find transportation funding, such as raising the gas tax at the pump, increasing fees for vehicle registration, or allocating sales tax from the sale of vehicles or vehicle parts to transportation.

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Td Council Eyes Gas Tax Increase

Anderson replied that revenue generated from the gas tax would be used to accomplish work on a project list that had been posted on the city’s website. He said the funds would not be used for improvements on streets that had been identified as eligible …

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Markell considers $80 million in new taxes, fees

There is no specific bill drafted yet to fund the projects, Markell said today, but a range of options presented to lawmakers to consider, including raising the gas tax from 23 cents to 28 cents, upping document fees charged when Delawareans purchase a …

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US 36 Closed in Two Locations Tonight for Bridge Work – June 12, 2013 – TRAFFIC ADVISORY – Denver Metro Colorado/CDOT Region 6 – BROOMFIELD – Tonight, June 12, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will pour half of the deck…

The work will require a full closure of east and westbound US 36, from Wadsworth Parkway to Church Ranch Boulevard, 10 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. The second half of the deck will be poured on June 19, requiring the same closure. To view the detour, go to

The Uptown Avenue bridge is one of five bridges that are being completely rebuilt on the project. Three more are being widened to accommodate additional lanes on the highway.

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Cherry Hills, Greenwood Village see 2 CDOT projects

A CDOT road sign on South Colorado Boulevard warns drivers about construction at the approaching intersection on Hampden/285. Photos by Tom Barry

The summer construction season has arrived, as the Colorado Department of Transportation has two major projects slotted for Cherry Hills Village and Greenwood Village. It has been said by many in the past, there are two seasons in Colorado, winter and summer road construction.

Our asphalt goes through a lot of abuse each year, with the millions of vehicles that drive over the blacktop road surface each year. Asphalt requires a lot of regular and costly maintenance. On the other hand, while concrete is considerably more expensive initially, the surface holds up significantly better with…

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CT Lawmakers Shield Transport Fund from General-Fund Raids

Bipartisan support will dedicate the Special Transportation Fund to fund roads and transit beginning July 2015 in the state with the fourth highest fuel taxes…

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HPTE Board Considering Adjusted Morning Peak Period Toll Rates for I-25 Express Lanes – June 10, 2013 – TRAFFIC ADVISORY – Statewide Transportation Plan – DENVER—On June 19, 2013, the High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE) Board will act on a resolution to adjust toll rates…

If the resolution is passed, the new toll rates will be $4.00 for ExpressToll customers for the full peak period, effective July 1, 2013.

The toll adjustment is required by the intergovernmental agreement with the Regional Transportation District (RTD). Per the agreement, the I-25 HOV/tolled Express Lanes peak period toll cannot be any less than the express bus fare for that route. All other toll rates would remain the same for now during other time periods.

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LaHood Announces 568 Applications for Latest TIGER Grants

Continuing demand for TIGER grants highlights need for transportation investment

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Minor repairs underway on Castle Creek Bridge

Colorado Department of Transportation maintenance crews are making some repairs to the Castle Creek Bridge on SH 82 tomorrow and likely Wednesday. Specifically, crews will repair a “bladder,” or rubber seal at the bridge’s joint on the west-end (or down-valley side) bridge abutm …

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Council gives final OK to $300M spending plan, bus funding

The Metro Council gave final approval Tuesday to Mayor Karl Dean’s $300 million capital spending plan, which includes $7.5 million for engineering work on his proposed bus rapid transit system, The Tennessean reports.

The funding will allow for final engineering and design work on the bus system, known as The Amp. The money will only be spent if the federal government selects Nashville for additional funding.

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Metro expected to end 2013 with $20 million surplus

Metro is expected to end the year with as much as $25 million in surplus, the Washington Examiner reported.

The transit agency likely will finish the fiscal year that ends on June 30 with a “positive position” of $20 million to $25 million, according to a report slated to be presented to its Board of Directors on Thursday. That money likely will go back to the taxpayers via the communities that subsidize the agency.

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US Energy Dept.’s online fuel calculator touts electric vehicles over gas

“As you move to those energy efficient vehicles , which can be great for the environment, you’re not paying into the gas tax, which is how we maintain our roadways,” Lewis said. “If there’s no money going into the roadways, that will mean maintenance …

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Editorial: RTD on right track with moving Fitzsimons light rail line

The tremor over light rail trains disturbing sensitive research equipment at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus appears to be ending well.

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Gas Tax 101: 1932 – 2013

We hear arguments that it should increase (I make many of them) or that it should remain where it is (largely because it would be political suicide to raise it). But this Forbes piece is a short, succinct summary of the Federal gas tax from its first…

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