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Nov. 5, 2009
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Highway Investment Hits $20 Billion
from U.S. Department of Transportation
The Federal Highway Administration crossed the $20 billion mark in approved obligations for highway, road and bridge projects, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recently announced. Of the $26.6 billion available for federal highway and bridge projects under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, more than 75 percent has now been obligated. More
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Top U.S. Senate Democrat Floats Plan to Boost Highway Funding
from Easy Bourse
The Senate's No. 2 Democrat floated a recent proposal to bring forward a large chunk of federal spending on highway repairs in 2010 in a bid to get "the most bang for the buck" on job creation. More
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Stimulus Saved or Created 640,239 Jobs
from Reuters
The Obama White House said the $787 billion economic stimulus plan approved early this year had saved or created 640,329 jobs so far. The stimulus package of spending and tax measures, pushed through the U.S. Congress in February by President Barack Obama's Democrats, has been heavily criticized by Republicans because it has done little to stop U.S. unemployment from rising to its current 9.8 percent. More
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Transportation Bill Isn't Moving Over Priorities, Funding Issues
from Investors
As the jobless rate nears 10 percent and Washington weighs more measures to lift the economy, idled digging machines descended on Capitol Hill to push for action on a new transportation bill. But with Democrats still facing plenty of heavy lifting as they try to enact a near $1 trillion health care package, they have little time or extra money for highways. More
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Stop Texting-Drivers - Or Lose Highway Funds
from Business Week
The Senate should pass the ALERT Drivers Act of 2009 (known in long form as the "Avoiding Life-Endangering and Reckless Texting by Drivers Act"), which would require states to adopt penalties against people who text while driving - or forfeit 25 percent of highway financing. Pro or con? More
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FCC, DOT Team Up for High-tech Cure to Distracted Driving
from Computer World
The Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Department of Transportation are teaming up to develop what they called high-tech solutions to the growing problem of distracted or inattentive drivers. More
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How Can We Promote Greater Awareness of Transportation Safety?
from National Journal Transportation
Recently, both the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Senate Commerce Committee held hearings on the increasingly deadly problem of distracted driving, which Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood calls a "serious and ongoing threat to safety." More
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Does Road Improvement Decrease Greenhouse Gas Emissions?
from Transportation Research Board
The Institute of Transport Economics of the Norwegian Centre for Transport Research has released a report that explores whether or not greenhouse gas emissions would be reduced if improvements were made to Norway's road network. More
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Durability of Fiber-Reinforced Concrete in Florida's Environment
from Transportation Research Board
The Florida Department of Transportation has released a report that examines the durability and degradation of fiber-reinforced concrete produced with four fiber types exposed to simulated Florida environments for 27 months. More
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