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LaHood, Mayors: Congress Must Act onTransportationBill U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood January 18 urged the U.S. Conference of Mayors to press Congress to pass multi-year surface transportation and aviation program reauthorization bills. LaHood said, “persuade your representative to pass the surface transportation bill and the FAA bill. Those two bills will do more to put Americans to work than anything else in
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ProjectManagement Academy Starts February 27 Stay Connected with and ARTBAtransportation infrastructure House Transportation investments and domestic Infrastructure Committee Thriving in today’s challenging Stay Connected with ARTBA energy exploration. As always, Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) transportation construction
ARTBA will conduct a full told reporters January 17 market requires industry analysis of the legislation once it that the long-awaited surface professionals to have fresh is released. transportation reauthorization project management skills ARTBA continues to work bill “should be in committee that will help them understand with all parties to pass a robust, the first week in February.” the latest industry tools and multi-year reauthorization We expect the proposal to be a innovations. The Project of the surface transportation five-year bill that links surface Management Academy (PMA) hosted by the ARTBA Foundation’s “Transportation Builder Institute” February 27March 2 in Washington, D.C. will Receive the latest news about grassroots, legislative and policy developments— help you get these skills. and to mobilize in support of ARTBA’s agenda. www.twitter.com/artba The intensive academy is built around an acknowledged,
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programs and urges both the House and Senate to continue moving forward with the legislative process. Thanks is due to all ARTBA members and state chapters that contacted their elected officials over the winter congressional recess. Your continued efforts are critical to our success.
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this room could do.” The remarks came as the mayors released a forecast for 2012 employment also calling on Congress to act on several job-creating measures, including finding agreement on infrastructure spending. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) said, “When Congress fails to reach necessary agreements on long-term debt reduction, short-term tax cuts and infrastructure spending, the public grows cynical and disillusioned. This is not good for our economy, our cities, or our local businesses. Obstruction might be good short-term politics, but it’s bad long-term economics.”
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Baltimore, Maryland, native and ARTBA President Pete Ruane and New England Patriots Super Fan and 2012 ARTBA Chairman Paul Yarossi did a little “trash talking” at The ARTBA Building on Jan. 20 in advance of Sunday’s AFC Championship game between the Ravens and the Patriots. Yarossi had the last laugh as the Patriots defeated the Ravens 23-20.
Products & Services “Construction Manager General Contractor” (CMGC) Webinar ARTBA’s three-hour educational webinar on the emerging procurement method CMGC is now available on-demand. Led by CMGC expert and 25-year industry veteran Jim McMinimee, it covers: • An overview of the CMGC process and anticipated benefits and risks; • Differences in the owner-contractor relationship between the three major contracting methods; • Favorable project parameters for applying CMGC; • CMGC selection and pricing options; and • Case studies of CMGC implementation and lessons learned.
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Overheard “If you believe that California will continue to grow, as I do, and that millions more people will be living in our state, this is a wise investment. Building new runways and expanding our airports and highways is the only alternative. That is not cheaper and will face even more political opposition.” California Governor Jerry Brown (D), arguing for building high-speed rail during his Jan. 18 “State of the State” address. “Obama set a goal of providing 80 percent of Americans access to highspeed rail within 25 years. But that lofty vision is yielding to the political gravity generated by high costs, determined opponents and a public that has grown dubious of government’s ability to do big things.” Michael Fletcher in a January 15 “Washington Post” story, “Plans for High Speed Rail are Slowing Down.”
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highly successful adult learning model—instruction from leading experts in the field, supported by peer-to-peer knowledge sharing. It covers eight management areas: safety, industry ethics, client relations, team-building, construction documentation, management
Legislative & Regulatory News On (Final?) Approach: FAA Deadline The 23rd short-term extension of the federal aviation programs authorization expires January 31. Reports late January 20 indicated leaders of both parties have reached an agreement to move forward with a multiyear reauthorization this week. More details are expected in the coming days and as always, ARTBA will keep you apprised of any developments.
Feds Weigh in on LightSquared’s GPS Interference U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation John Porcari wrote January 13 to the U.S. Commerce Department that the wireless broadband service planned by LightSquared Inc., would cause harmful interference to the majority of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) receivers. Porcari said that after testing the LightSquared technology, “there appear to be no practical solutions or mitigations that would permit the LightSquared broadband service, as proposed, to operate in the next few months or years without
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significantly interfering with GPS. As a result, no additional testing is warranted at this time.” The Federal Communications Commission is awaiting final word from the Commerce Department before making a final decision on the LightSquared proposal. Meanwhile, LightSquared executives January 18 claimed the “test parameters were chosen for failure” and that the results were “rigged” and “bogus.” GPS technology has become critical to improving the productivity, efficiency and safety on construction job sites. Increasingly, the technology is used to map and survey construction sites, including the
location of buried and overhead utilities, facilitate precision grading and enhance material application. It is also used to prevent theft of construction equipment, and provide realtime monitoring for equipment maintenance. ARTBA and its Transportation Construction Coalition colleagues wrote the U.S. Department of Transportation June 23, 2011, urging active engagement to protect GPS use in the construction and transportation sectors from signal interference.
Fostering Innovation TRB Newsletter: January 17, 2012
ARTBA is pleased to make available another service for members that highlights new research, technologies, industry best practices and information resources available to the transportation design and construction industry. This material comes from the Transportation Research Board. Read the most recent newsletter.
ARTBA Urges Corps of Engineers to Simplify Wetlands Permitting ARTBA presented the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) with specific recommendations January 17 to streamline and improve the wetlands permitting for transportation improvements. ARTBA supported improvements such as: time limits for permitting decisions; forgoing cumbersome regulations in instances where no environmental damage is done to wetlands; and removing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from permit decisions altogether. ARTBA’s suggestions came in response to a 2011 Executive Order mandating all agencies to review their existing regulatory programs. This is the fourth such review ARTBA has participated in, as the association has also offered suggestions on improving EPA, Department of Transportation, and Small Business Administration regulations. View ARTBA’s submission to the Corps as well as other regulatory review filings.
U.S. DOT Awards RITA Grants to 22 Universities U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood January 17 announced $77 million in grants to 22 University Transportation Centers (UTCs) to advance transportation research and education programs. The selected universities will research a wide range of transportation-related issues including shared rail corridors, innovations in multimodal freight and infrastructure, bridge inspection methods, and
reducing roadway fatalities and injuries. Each UTC will receive a $3.5 million grant, which it must match with funds from non-federal sources.
Deadline for Coalition Reauthorization Letter Jan. 24 If your organization is interested in signing the ARTBA vice-chaired Americans for Transportation Mobility Coalition reauthorization letter, there is still time! The deadline for collecting signatures has been extended to January 24. The letter, which currently has over 800 signatories, calls on Congress to “Make Transportation Job #1” and pass a robust multi-year surface transportation reauthorization bill. We are seeking the broadest possible coalition on this letter (companies, local associations, labor organizations, etc.). If your organization would like to sign on to this letter, email ARTBA’s Hank Webster.
Member News Several ARTBA Firms Among “100 Best Workplaces” CNN Money/Fortune has released its latest rankings of the top 100 places to work and once again several ARTBA members have been honored. Making the list are: NuStar Energy (15); Burns & McDonnell (26); PCL Construction (29); Balfour Beatty Construction (44); PriceWaterhouseCoopers (48); Ernst & Young (59); and KPMG (94). The results will be published in the February 6 issue of “Fortune Magazine.” Congratulations to all of this year’s honorees!
“Best Safety Practices” Guidance Available ARTBA and its FHWA Work Zone Safety Training partners are releasing a series of “Guidance Documents” to provide contractors, roadway owners, designers and others with industry “best practices” to improve safety and productivity during construction and maintenance operations. This week’s guidance, the fifth of nine, is “Guidelines on Motorcycle and Bicycle Work Zone Safety.”
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