The Michigan Senate adjourned for the week on Oct. 29 without making any progress on the House’s transportation funding proposal. With sessions scheduled Tuesday-Thursday for every week in October, lawmakers continue to hope they will reach a compromise. More
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation released a 10-year transportation infrastructure plan on Oct. 23 that will require an additional $1 billion in funding to complete. The plan is based off of the ‘RhodeWorks’ proposal announced May 27 by Governor Gina M. Raimondo (D) as a way to address the state’s critical transportation improvement needs. More
In anticipation of the Nov. 3 elections, the Seattle Department of Transportation released a nine-year, $930 million plan on Oct. 21 that would utilize funds being proposed on a city ballot measure for transportation infrastructure improvements. If approved by voters, the measure would increase property taxes in order to fund needed construction to improve the city’s mobility as well as improve safety. More
The Georgia Department of Transportation on Oct. 22 announced the postponement of 34 transportation projects, valued at $123 million, due to uncertainty of federal funding in light of the most recent short-term extension of the Highway Trust Fund. More
A Wisconsin Public Radio poll of state residents released Oct. 22 found that most respondents—48 percent—would prefer to increase fees rather than borrow money to close the transportation funding shortfall. That is an increase of 4 percent when compared to the organization’s spring poll, and 15 percent more than residents who prefer to borrow for road work. Read the question (#25) here and analysis here.
According to a recent report released by TRIP Oct. 28, fifteen percent of Maine’s bridges are structurally deficient. On Nov. 3, residents will vote on a proposed $85 million transportation funding bond, with $68 million allocated for bridge projects. Maria Fuentes, executive director of Maine Better Transportation Association, warned that the state could be facing a $40 million shortfall for the state Department of Transportation’s three-year plan if the ballot measure is not approved. More