Asset recycling – a concept that taxpayers need to understand!

While the $1 trillion Trump Infrastructure Plan was being touted last week by the president and transportation officials, those of us at the annual meeting for the Association for the Improvement of American Infrastructure (AIAI) in New York were giving considerable attention to one particular aspect of that plan – “asset recycling.” Often misstated, misinterpreted […]

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Move over, Smart Cities…you’ve got company!!

Snohomish County in the state of Washington is about to be the second county in the United States to become designated a Smart County. Durham County, in North Carolina, was the first. Municipal leaders cornered the market on being recognized as they launched initiatives to combine data, communication and information technology for the benefit of […]

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Interested in rail projects? If so, here’s something of immediate interest!

An abundance of rail safety projects are about to be launched. That’s because commuter and intercity passenger railroads must meet a federally mandated December 2018 deadline to implement Positive Train Control (PTC) systems. And, it’s also because the federal government just awarded millions to help transit agencies throughout the U.S. meet that deadline. Additionally, cybersecurity […]

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Budget woes create even greater need for transportation collaboration

Hand-wringing and soul-searching are an integral part of budget decisions being made by government officials. Across the U.S., 31 states faced budget shortfalls at the beginning of 2017.  Legislators in Texas last weekend sent a budget bill to the governor that includes a $1 billion withdrawal from the rainy day fund and an accounting scheme […]

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Holdup of FTA investment program funds could threaten transit projects

A letter was sent recently to the U.S. Department of Transportation and the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) urging the administration to release of $2.4 billion in funds for federal transit projects.  The funds were previously allocated by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for light rail, heavy rail and commuter rail, streetcar and […]

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Cities and counties – large new marketplace for public safety technology

We live in a world where, unfortunately, disasters have become a way of life. We watch weekly as first responders and emergency personnel race to all kinds of emergencies. In those moments, we are reminded of how critical it is to have good emergency communication systems. Few cities and counties are pleased with their emergency […]

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