February 8, 2013 – For each penny of gas or diesel tax, Michigan gets about $45 million for transportation funding needs that include roads. Both fuel and sales tax increases are being offered up in Lansing as ways to find more money to repair Michigan roads. Which is better, and how it affects the public, is a mixed bag. Gov. Rick Snyder has called for shifting Michigan’s per-gallon gasoline and diesel tax to a percentage tax at the wholesale level, increasing registration fees and allowing local registration fees. A penny of Michigan sales tax brings in about $1.1 billion to $1.3 billion.
Link to Full Article: http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/02/what_does_an_additional_penny.html
February 8, 2013 – The Allegheny County Airport Authority on Friday approved a natural-gas drilling deal with Consol Energy that county officials say could generate about $500 million in revenue for the authority over the next two decades. The sum includes about $50 million in up-front payments, expected to be made in about a month when contracts are signed. The remaining $450 million would come from predicted royalties from up to 50 wells at Pittsburgh International Airport over the next 20 years.
Link to Full Article: http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/3450133-74/county-million-airport#axzz2KLd993mU
January 17, 2013 – The Delaware River Port Authority (A3 / 246348FP6) and PATCO administrative officers are lagging decades behind current technology, according to a third-party audit of the organization released late last week. The review, released Friday and discussed at the DRPA’s monthly meeting on Wednesday, also revealed that poor communication between officials has created a “negative perception” of new policies among employees, and that the authority’s budget controls fail to address efficiency or effectiveness. The auditors made more than 100 specific recommendations to the DRPA board.
Link to Full Article: http://www.nj.com/gloucester-county/index.ssf/2013/01/audit_report_delaware_river_po.html
January 15, 2013 – For at least four to six months, the Capitol City Freeway (I-80) in Sacramento has been devoid of painted lanes. I took this photo last week, driving West on I-80, near P. Street, and the Hwy. 99, Hwy. 50, interchange. This is what this section of freeway has looked like for months. I was on the freeway again over the weekend, and it looked the same. While Caltrans has been resurfacing this section of I-80 at a snails’ pace, drivers have had to fend for themselves. This resurfacing has taken months… probably six months at this point in time.
Link to Full Article: http://www.calwatchdog.com/2013/01/15/caltrans/photo-3/
January 11, 2013 – Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced today the formation of a seven-member expert advisory panel charged with overseeing the privatization of Midway International Airport. The committee will help explore a potential public-private partnership at Midway International Airport, according to a City Hall statement. Learning from former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s 2008 bungled parking meter deal, which leased the city’s parking meters for 75 years and approximately $1.2 billion, Mr. Emanuel wants a shorter lease and more restrictions for the Midway deal, stipulations that may not appeal to investors.
Link to Full Article: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20130111/NEWS10/130119948/emanuel-announces-midway-privatization-advisory-panel
January 11, 2013 – At least 200 projects are included in the draft border transportation master plan that officials said covers a binational region stretching from Presidio-Ojinaga to Santa Teresa-San Jeronimo. Included on the U.S. side of the plan are 48 road and interchange projects, three rail projects and 32 ports of entry projects. On the Mexican side of the border, the plan includes 80 road and interchange projects, seven rail projects and 30 ports of entry projects. Jolanda Prozzi, an expert with the Center for Transportation Research at the University of Texas in Austin, said the draft plan is the culmination of many organizations and agencies that have a stake in transportation matters as well as public input gleaned at previous meetings.
Link to Full Article: http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_22352289/road-rail-port-projects-us-part-border-plan
January 10, 2013 – Under pressure from complaints they were rushing a $3 billion street repair bond issue to the May 21 ballot, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday pushed off the proposal for a week until a plan on public outreach can be developed. Two key groups of neighborhood council leaders – the Los Angeles Alliance of Neighborhood Councils and the Neighborhood Councils Budget Advocates – said they want 60 days to examine the proposal, which would have the effect of keeping it off this year’s ballot. In a presentation to the City Council, Nazario Sauceda, director of the Bureau of Street Services, said the problem of street repair has been escalating over the years as the city neglected maintenance from the 1950s through the 1990s.
Link to Full Article: http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_22343047/l-city-council-delays-vote-3b-street-repair