Jim Watts

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Pence Touts Big Infrastructure Bill; Poll Finds Tolls Not Supported
January 18, 2017 VP-elect Mike Pence promises new Trump administration will propose an infrastructure bill that would fund large projects.

States, Localities Must Spend Over 1/3 More for 20 Years for Roads
January 17, 2017 Road report sees need for additional annual transportation capital spending to resolve growing infrastructure backlog.

Pact Paves Way for $1 Billion Loan to Chicago's P3 Rail Station Upgrade
January 13, 2017 Chicago will collaborate with federal officials to secure a $1 billion low-interest loan for Union Station upgrade.

Treasury: Funding Woes Hamper Top 40 Infrastructure Projects
January 12, 2017 Thirty-nine of 40 large infrastructure projects with significant economic paybacks face funding challenges.

Chao Says Trump Plans to Remove Obstacles to P3s
January 11, 2017 President-elect Trump has a “bold new vision” for infrastructure financing, according to Transportation Secretary-designate...

Trio of Lawmakers to Seek Tax Reform Revenues for Infrastructure
January 10, 2017 A bipartisan trio of lawmakers wants to fund infrastructure with revenues from international tax reform.

Chicago Latest Recipient of Last-Minute Obama Rail Grants
January 9, 2017 Chicago receives $1.1 billion of federal rail grants in final days of Obama administration.

Arkansans Would Rather Extend Sales Tax than Raise Gas Tax for Roads
January 6, 2017 Extending a temporary sales tax to keep Arkansas roads in good shape preferred by voters in new statewide funding study.

Indiana GOP Road Agenda to Raise Gas Tax
January 5, 2017 Indiana GOP House leaders offer $1.2 billion per year road funding plan fueled by gas tax hike.

Texas Bullet Train Eminent Domain Dispute Headed to Court
January 4, 2017 A Texas court will determine if a proposed high-speed rail line can use eminent domain to survey and acquire land.

Report Finds Interstate Tolls Could Solve Wisconsin's Road Shortfall
January 3, 2017 Wisconsin could net up to $41 billion of new road revenue by 2050 with tolls on its interstate highways.

OUTLOOK: Interstate Tolls Could Fuel Trump's P3 Plan
December 30, 2016 Tolls on interstate highways are seen as the only way to provide the revenue stream in President-elect Donald Trump's...

OUTLOOK: Trump's Infrastructure Plan Challenges Transportation Status Quo
December 29, 2016 Finding more revenue for transportation infrastructure will be elusive but obtainable in 2017.

What Infrastructure Projects Might Appeal to Trump?
December 23, 2016 Airports, high-speed rail, and roads, particularly in dense metropolitan areas, could be particularly appealing targets.

Purple Line P3 Viable Despite Metro's Woes
December 23, 2016 Latest estimates show declining ridership on Washington’s Metro won’t harm the $5.6 billion Purple Line P3 rail project.

Indiana, Other States Gear Up for Highway Funding Push
December 20, 2016 Interstate tolling and higher gas taxes are among state road funding proposals already on the table for 2017.

Illinois Considers P3 for $2.7 Billion Freeway Expansion
December 19, 2016 Illinois may opt for a public-private partnership to finance a $2.7 billion highway expansion project in Chicago.

Texas Rail Link Completes Funding With $499 Million Federal Grant
December 16, 2016 The grant from the Federal Transit Administration completes funding for $1 billion Texas rail line linking Dallas-Fort Worth...

How Donald Trump's Infrastructure Plan Could Be Financed
December 15, 2016 Direct pay bonds similar to Build America Bonds may wind up forming the backbone of Donald Trump’s proposed 10-year $1...

Maryland Gov. Hogan Vows to Get 'Road Kill' Law Repealed
December 15, 2016 Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan wants lawmakers to repeal a new law requiring statewide ranking of road projects.

What are the challenges of running a giant electric provider? Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) CEO Tom Falcone discusses his experience of leaving Wall Street after 13 years to run LIPA in the catastrophic wake of Hurricane Sandy. Hosted by Andrew Coen.

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