|May 14, 2010|
News HeadlinesKerry, Lieberman Introduce Climate Change Bill
The American Power Act (APA), introduced May 12 by Sens. John Kerry (D-MA) and Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), would create new pollution fees on gasoline and diesel fuel but would direct nearly 80 percent of that revenue away from transportation, capping the annual transportation investment at $6.25 billion. This includes $2.5 billion annually for the Highway Trust Fund—not enough to keep the
Highway and Mass Transit accounts solvent.
U.S. DOT Releases Proposed Strategic Plan
This week U.S. DOT released its proposed 2010-2015 Strategic Plan for public review and comment. Its goals include improving transportation safety, ensuring a state of good repair for transportation infrastructure, and advancing environmentally sustainable transportation policies.
FTA Updates FY 2010 Apportionments Information
The FTA on May 13 issued its Supplemental Fiscal Year 2010 Apportionments and Allocations and Corrections Notice, which updates transit funding information for the remainder of the calendar year, to reflect the extension of the current surface transportation authorization bill. The document also provides apportionment tables to reflect 100 percent of the FTA's grant programs for FY 2010.
Save the Date
Register now for the 2010 APTA Rail Conference in Vancouver, featuring the latest on rail technology, regulations, management, safety, and other aspects of the industry--as well as unparalleled opportunities to make valuable connections. If you can't attend, you can still participate in two live 90-minute sessions being webcast from the conference: “A New Era of Transportation Choices: Linking
Transportation, Land Use, and Sustainability,” at 3:30 p.m. EST on June 7, and “Fact or Myth: The Return on Investment of a National High-Speed and Intercity Rail Program” at 11 a.m. EST on June 9.
In the Media
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood took a ride on the fastest passenger train in the world during a visit to Tokyo, The New York Times reported.
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