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Conservatives lay out wish list for Trump infrastructure plan
The Hill – May 11, 2017
A coalition of conservative groups has laid out a wish list for what they want in President Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure package — and it could spell trouble for the key White House policy effort…

How the Humble Gas Tax Became an American Bogeyman
Wired – May 9, 2017
…And even as inflation does its thing, cars grow more efficient, and the federal government’s transportation network expands, widens, and, yes, breaks, legislators steadfastly refuse to hike the thing. Now the Department of Transportation estimates the entire system will take at least $84 billion to maintain, not improve, each and every year…

South Carolina Senate and House Override Governor’s Roads Bill Veto
ABC Columbia – May 10, 2017
By a vote of 95 to 18 in the house and a vote of 32 to 12 in the Senate, the he roads bill passed overwhelmingly Wednesday, just a day after Governor Henry McMaster vetoed the bill, saying our state would have plenty of money for roads if the department of transportation was reformed…

Increased cycling infrastructure leads to 75 per cent crash rate decrease in some U.S. cities, says study
Cycling Weekly – May 10, 2017
The research found that 10 cities across the U.S. significantly reduced fatalities and severe injuries with proper infrastructure.  The United States still needs massive improvements to its cycling infrastructure in order to encourage more bike commuters and improve safety, according to a recent report released by researchers from Rutgers and Virginia Tech universities…

Ports and Waterways Get Attention from Congressional Lawmakers
Route Fifty – May 9, 2017
As the Trump administration develops its plan for new investment in U.S. infrastructure, discussion on Capitol Hill on Tuesday turned toward ports, waterways and flood control projects.  Lt. General Todd Semonite, commanding general and chief of engineers with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said the White House has reached out to his staff to ask questions about budget challenges and projects that would be well served by additional funding…

Raleigh city leaders tour new $100 million transportation hub
CBS North Carolina – May 9, 2017
Raleigh city leaders on Tuesday toured the construction site for the new $100 million transportation hub in downtown called Union Station.  Union Station has been in the makings for years, and finally, it is expected to open in January…

Those red flowers along the highway? Here’s what they mean
News & Observer – May 8, 2017
The red poppies that are blooming along North Carolina highways were planted by N.C. Department of Transportation crews, and they have a special meaning. The flowers were planted in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entering World War I and are in memory of servicemen and women killed during the war…

Lawmakers in Budget Accord Reject Transportation Program Cuts White House Sought
AASHTO Journal – May 5, 2017
Congress in its budget agreement for fiscal 2017 rejected a number of cuts in transportation programs that the White House had urged lawmakers to implement, cuts that President Trump has also said he will pursue in his budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1…