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Modest 2015 Growth for U.S. Transportation Infrastructure Market,
ARTBA Chief Economist Says
ARTBA NewsLine 12.8.14
The U.S. transportation construction market is expected to grow 3.1 percent from $185.9 billion in 2014 to $191.7 billion in 2015, according to a forecast model released December 3 by ARTBA Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black. This is slightly above anticipated growth in the overall economy …

Congress Works to Deliver Funding Package as Government Shutdown Looms
ARTBA NewsLine 12.8.14
Members of the House and Senate reportedly made progress last week on producing a package to fund most of the federal government for the remainder of FY 2015. The current short-term funding measure that has kept federal agencies operating since October 1 expires December 11 …

September U.S. Automobile Travel Data Released
ARTBA NewsLine 12.8.14
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recently released its ninth monthly report for 2014 on U.S. automobile traffic volumes, which indicates road travel is up 2.3 percent (5.6 billion vehicle miles) at 246.6 billion vehicle miles traveled (VMT) for September 2014, compared to 241 billion VMT in September 2013 …

EPA Proposes Stricter Ozone Standards
ARTBA NewsLine 12.8.14
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) November 26 proposed tightening the federal Clean Air Act (CAA) standard for ozone from the current 75 parts per billion (ppb) to between 65 and 70 ppb, with the option of going as low as 60 ppb. Consequences of this proposal would …

President Obama Comments on Gas Tax
ARTBA NewsLine 12.8.14
Responding December 3 to a question by Fred Smith, Chairman & CEO of FedEx Corporation during a quarterly meeting of the Business Roundtable on whether or not Congress and the Administration could work together to raise the federal gas tax before the end of the year, President Obama said …

ARTBA Work Zone Safety Event at 2015 World of Asphalt
ARTBA NewsLine 12.8.14
The ARTBA Foundation-managed National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse will host a free "Power Workshop" in conjunction with the World of Asphalt, March 16-17, 2015, in Baltimore, Md. Safety leaders from across the U.S. will …

Still Time to Register for Dec. 10-11 ARTBA Northeastern Meeting
ARTBA NewsLine 12.8.14
U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) will be the featured speaker for a December 11 luncheon held in conjunction with ARTBA's Northeastern Regional Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Washington. The lunch is being hosted by …

EMSEAL and Transurban Take Top Honors in Innovation Award Contest
ARTBA NewsLine 12.8.14
EMSEAL JOINT SYSTEMS and Transurban were named winners of the 2014 ARTBA TransOvation™ Awards Program. The awards seek to recognize innovative products, services and technologies that provide a high return-on-investment by improving transportation safety …

Pope & 2015 ARTBA Convention Intersect in Philly:
Make Travel Plans Now
ARTBA NewsLine 11.24.14

The Vatican announced last week that Pope Francis is scheduled to be in Philadelphia next year from Friday, September 25 until Sunday, September 27. Part of his visit will overlap with ARTBA’s National Convention at the Hyatt Regency Penn’s Landing, which begins on …

Key Transportation Committee Leadership Posts Named
ARTBA NewsLine 11.24.14
House members finalized last week what has long been expected—current House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) will continue to lead the panel when the 114th Congress convenes in January, and Representative Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) will be the committee’s top Democrat.

TransOvation Attendees Develop "Big" Plans for
Transportation Infrastructure at Microsoft HQ

ARTBA NewsLine 11.24.14
More than 70 transportation and technology professionals gathered at Microsoft Headquarters in Redmond, Wash., last week to address how big data will impact transportation infrastructure in the near future during the ARTBA Foundation’s 4th Annual “Dr. J. Don Brock TransOvation™ Workshop …

ARTBA & Allies Urge Senators to Block Controversial Wetlands Rule
ARTBA NewsLine 11.24.14
ARTBA—as part of a coalition of 46 industry trade associations—November 19 urged members of the Senate Committee on Appropriations to use the annual appropriations process that provides funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers (Crops) to block a proposed rule from the agencies that would extend federal wetlands jurisdiction to non-navigable bodies of water, including roadside ditches …

ARTBA Chairman's Highway Trust Fund Op-ed Hitting Intended Targets
ARTBA NewsLine 11.24.14
In a series of post-election opinion pieces in the hometown newspapers of key Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee, ARTBA Chairman Nick Ivanoff, president and CEO of Ammann & Whitney, has been urging Congress to “make good on their campaign promises by tackling some of the real problems facing our country …

"Wall Street Journal" Poll Finds Strong Public Support
for Increased Highway Investment

ARTBA NewsLine 11.24.14
A new “Wall Street Journal”/NBC News poll finds that 75 percent of Americans support action Congress could take next year to “increase spending on road/highway projects.” The poll, detailed in a Nov. 20 “Wall Street Journal” (WSJ) article, revealed …

The Jockeying Begins:
ARTBA NewsLine 11.10.14

With members of the House and Senate returning to Washington, D.C., later this week to vote on party leadership positions, members on both sides of Capitol Hill are looking for opportunities to move up …

Election Results Impact Transportation on Capitol Hill & in the States
ARTBA NewsLine 11.10.14

In addition to changing the balance of power on Capitol Hill and the make-up of key transportation-related committees charged with addressing the Highway Trust Fund crisis …

ARTBA Praises Policy Encouraging Voluntary Agreements for Species Protection
ARTBA NewsLine 11.10.14

ARTBA expressed support November 6 for a draft policy released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) which gives credit to state agencies, private landowners and other parties …

Duke Study Urges Long-Term Federal Infrastructure Investment
ARTBA NewsLine 11.10.14

Washington’s fragmented approach to transportation investment has cost the U.S. 900,000 jobs, according to a study by Duke University released October 15 …

Henry Sherlock (1926-2014)
A tribute to the remarkable 37-year tenure of our first Executive Director.
Since its inception, CIRI has navigated through the gamut of economic cycles and political climates, while our member companies have literally transformed Rhode Island’s transportation infrastructure …

2014 RI General Assembly poses multiple challenges.
CIRI Legislative Committee was effective advocate for highway and heavy construction.
On a yearly basis, the 113 legislators in the Rhode Island House and Senate introduce numerous new pieces of proposed legislation. Accordingly, the key benefits we provide to members include …

2014 Henry J. Sherlock Scholarships awarded.
Renamed to honor CIRI's legendary executive director.
Marking the fourth year of its scholarship program, CIRI has awarded $2,500 each to four students to apply to their college studies. The recently-renamed awards are now known as…

Convening to focus on the state of transportation.
2014 Spring Dinner Meeting was opportunity to share perspectives and remembrances.
For CIRI members, the annual Spring Dinner Meeting is a valuable opportunity to discuss the latest industry developments on the local and national levels. This year’s meeting was …

Encouraging students to build a career in construction.
CIRI continues to support RI Construction Career Days.
Across the nation, the average age of a worker in the skilled trades is 48 years old. Many are in the baby-boomer age group that is now reaching retirement …

CIRI is active member of new RI Construction Coalition.
Group dedicated to identifying ways to boost the industry and the RI economy.
In 2013, the construction industry is said to have generated $29 million in personal income tax revenues for the State of Rhode Island. Additionally, $156.6 million in non-income-tax revenues …

CIRI continues co-sponsorship of annual Rhode Island Transportation Forum.
27th annual event will take place at URI on October 31.
The annual Rhode Island Transportation Forum is a valuable opportunity to explore industry trends and innovations. Again in 2014, CIRI will co-sponsor this event with URI .…

Dramatic RI pay-as-you-go boost is key achievement.
Long-term solution created for transportation funding.
For years, RIDOT and RI’s transportation industry leaders have called for a more consistent and predictable financing mechanism for road and bridge improvements in the Ocean State …

House approves Highway Trust Fund patch.
Long-awaited extension keeps fund solvent through May 2015.
On July 15, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014 (H.R. 5021) was overwhelmingly approved by a vote of 367 to 55 in the U.S. House. If approved by the Senate, the act will …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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