Jim Watts

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Tax Credits Drive Trump's $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan
October 28, 2016 Donald Trumpís $1 trillion infrastructure plan relies on tax credits to attract private funding.

Road, Transit Requests on November Ballots to Top Record $250B
October 27, 2016 More than $250 billion of local and regional transportation proposals will be on Nov. 8 ballots.

DART Transit Developments Drive Dallas Economy
October 26, 2016 Property developments around DARTís light rail stations are important factors in the strong North Texas economy.

Maryland Tries Again for Federal Rail Tunnel Grant
October 25, 2016 Maryland will seek a federal grant for subsea rail tunnel in Baltimore after striking out in the first round.

$3.3B Expansion of Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel to Include Bonds
October 24, 2016 A $3.3 billion project to expand a subsea tunnel system at Hampton Roads, Va., will be financed with a combination of bonds,...

Virginia Road Requests Overwhelm State Funding
October 20, 2016 Virginia road planners will evaluate local requests for $9 billion of state funding.

Virginia's I-66 P3 Toll Plan Draws Investor Bids
October 19, 2016 Two groups submit acceptable financial plans for Virginiaís $2 billion P3 plan to expand I-66.

Gateway Rail Plan Gets on Environmental Fast Lane
October 18, 2016 The Transportation Department fast-tracked the Hudson Tunnel replacement portion of the $24 billion Gateway Program.

Manufacturers Seek $1 Trillion Infusion for Infrastructure Revival
October 17, 2016 Manufacturers group wants new president to go bold with $1 trillion infrastructure plan.

Red Line Restart: Rail Advocates Want Project Revived
October 14, 2016 Transit advocates see Baltimore's proposed Red Line as key part of multi-state rail link.

Poll Position: Race Tightens for Austin's $720 Million Bond Plan
October 12, 2016 Two voter opinion polls differ on the likely outcome of Austin's $720 million mobility bond referendum.

Coalition Presses Candidates for Road Funding Plans
October 11, 2016 A transportation coalition is asking presidential campaigns for details on long-term plans to fund federal highway programs.

Hawaii Motorists Could Receive Mock Bills in Road Fee Test
October 7, 2016 Hawaii's test of a road user revenue plan may involve sending motorists mock mileage bills that highlight the potential fees.

Tennessee Governor To Seek Gas Tax Hike
October 6, 2016 Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam will propose a highway funding plan to the 2017 General Assembly that includes a gas tax hike.

S&P Proposes Using Corporate Tax Reform to Fund Infrastructure
October 5, 2016 S&P Global says U.S. could rebuild its public infrastructure through the repatriation of overseas corporate earnings.

Tunnel Vision: Funding Sought for Hartford's $10 Billion Project
October 4, 2016 A House Democrat from Connecticut wants to use federal funds to construct a proposed $10 billion system of interstate highway...

Environmental Approval Revives Controversial Virginia Road Project
October 3, 2016 Virginia has the environmental clearance to go ahead with a highway project originally earmarked for P3 funding.

Low State Funding Drives Charleston Road Tax Vote
September 30, 2016 Charleston County, S.C., officials cite low state road funding in asking voters for sales tax increase.

Up, Up and Away: Planners Focus on Austin's Proposed Aerial Tramway
September 29, 2016 DALLAS Ė The Texas A&M Transportation Institute will look into the feasibility of an eight-mile aerial tramway system in...

Transportation Grants Promote High-Tech Gridlock Solutions
September 28, 2016 Technology-driven transportation projects will be funded with $15 million of new federal Smart Cities grants.

Manhattan Institute senior fellow Nicole Gelinas discusses the many challenges facing New York regional transportation with The Bond Buyer's Paul Burton and Andrew Coen. Topics include capital funding, Port Authority and MTA megaprojects and alternative funding to counter the L subway line shutdown.

The private sector might be willing to carry risk the public sector doesn’t want, or provide capital sooner than the public sector capacity allows, but these benefits come at a cost, and sometimes that cost is hard to measure.

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