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The TIGER Comes Roaring Back: New Round of Federal Transportation Grants to Award $475 Million

Posted in Public-Private Partnerships, Transportation

By Marcus Lemon USDOT indicated yesterday that a 5th round of TIGER grant opportunities may be announced on Friday, April 19th, with $475 million in grants becoming available. TIGER (which stands for Transportation Grants Generating Economic Recovery), is a highly competitive program that provides matching grant money for transportation projects administered by state departments of… Continue Reading

Congress Passes Key Provisions on P3s

Posted in Public-Private Partnerships, Transportation

By Michael Wojnar On Friday afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate approved the final conference report on the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), legislation to reform and reauthorize surface transportation programs through 2014. MAP-21 finally replaces the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users… Continue Reading

The Ambitious Agenda of U.S. Mayors

Posted in 2012 Elections, Energy Policy, Health Policy, Infrastructure, Mayors, Trade, Transportation

By Rosalind Rubens Newell and Bandele McQueen The U.S. Conference of Mayors gathered recently in Orlando, Florida for its 80th Annual Meeting, hosted by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. This bipartisan organization serves as a bellwether for rising issues that are of importance to cities of varying sizes across the country. The programmatic theme for this year’s year’s annual… Continue Reading

Finalizing Public-Private Partnerships Legislation Will Lead To New Infrastructure

Posted in Infrastructure, Legislatures (State), Public-Private Partnerships, Transportation

By Frank Rapoport Two major conferences focusing on public-private partnership (P3) opportunities are set to take place in the coming weeks. The Urban Land Institute’s Global Marketplace Conference on June 7 in Philadelphia will bring together 500 real estate leaders and decision-makers to discuss what’s next in the world of real estate lending, development, planning, design and related services,… Continue Reading

The Northern Tiger: What the U.S. Could Learn From Canada

Posted in Budget, Canada-U.S. Relations, Cross-border Investment, Energy Policy, Infrastructure, Transportation

By Colin Robertson Today, the Aspen Institute‘s program on Manufacturing and Society in the 21st Century is releasing a timely new study focusing on how Canada has successfully addressed fiscal and competitiveness problems similar to those the U.S. is currently facing. With support from the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) and authored by Jeremy Leonard, the report describes how… Continue Reading

FY 2012 Requests for TIFIA Loans Outpace Amount Available 12-to-1

Posted in Budget, Transportation

By Mike Wojnar The TIFIA Joint Program Office at the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has announced that 26 potential applicants have submitted letters of interest requesting more than $13 billion in TIFIA loans for Fiscal Year 2012. With around $120 million available for TIFIA subsidies, USDOT can theoretically support about $1 billion in TIFIA loans. While this… Continue Reading

Congress Sends FAA Authorization to President

Posted in Legislation (Federal), Transportation

By Michael Wojnar 1,590 Days and 23 Extensions… No, it’s not a song title from a hit Broadway show; rather, it’s the length of time and effort it took lawmakers on Capitol Hill to complete their work on a long-term extension of the nation’s aviation programs. The House passed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) conference report last… Continue Reading

The Inaugural Post: Welcome to the Politics, Law and Policy Blog

Posted in 2012 Elections, Cybersecurity, Energy Policy, Government Ethics, Health Policy, Infrastructure, Political Law, Tax Policy, Transportation

By Eric Tanenblatt Happy New Year and welcome to the new Politics, Law and Policy Blog: Bipartisan policy insights and political intelligence. This blog is a forum led by members of the Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs practice at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, an international law and public policy firm with offices in nine… Continue Reading