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Transportation & the 113th Congress:
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Market Outlook for California, Florida, and Texas Q&A with Top Senate & House Transportation Leaders D.C. Streetcar: Delivering Opportunity
2013 Regulatory Challenges
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It’s the start of a new year and a new congress! In this special issue of “TB,” we offer a preview of the transportationrelated issues to be addressed in the legislative and regulatory arenas in 2013, including a Q&A with the four top congressional transportation leaders on page 22. We introduce you to the new members of the House & Senate transportation committees.
On page 23 ARTBA Vice President of Environment and Regulatory Affairs Nick Goldstein explains why it will be a busy year on the regulatory front.
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As an example, ARTBA has once again taken the lead role in opposing some of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) proposed changes to the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program.
MAP-21, DBE & YEDP: ARTBA Leads on Multiple Fronts This column is about leadership. Since 1902, ARTBA has been the nation’s strongest advocate for federal investment in transportation infrastructure. Many legislative battles, including last year’s on MAP-21, have been fought and won in the halls of Congress thanks to the efforts of this association and its outstanding volunteer leaders. These achievements are widely known throughout our industry. What is not always known are the regulatory oversight efforts ARTBA undertakes on our behalf. While not attracting the same media attention as the legislative activities taking place on Capitol Hill, regulatory decision making can have profound consequences for our businesses and organizations.
Let me be clear that my fellow contractors and I understand the stated purpose of the program and welcome efforts to promote the viability of emerging businesses. Unfortunately, though, this latest proposal would be a “one-size-fitsall” mandate for the states and lead to increased project costs, more frequent delays and unrealistic DBE goals, while doing little to advance the interests of DBE firms. ARTBA recently filed extensive comments with the DOT and is staying in contact with the department, Capitol Hill and our chapters about this important issue. You can read ARTBA’s comments at: www.artba.org/advocacy/regulatory/. And this is just one of 30 sets of comments ARTBA filed last year before federal regulatory agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the Army Corps of Engineers. Whether it’s fighting regulatory overreach, or protecting the transportation construction market, ARTBA truly does have your back. Yet, an association is only as good as its members. We are the lifeblood this organization, and our willingness to stand up and voice our opinions when decisions are being made in Washington is critical to the industry’s future.
Now in its in 18th year, the YEDP has prepared over 400 transportation design and construction professionals from across the nation to take on leadership roles within the industry. I am proud—and humbled—to be the first YEDP graduate elected as chairman. The 2013 YEDP is June 3-6 in Washington, D.C., and will feature sessions on highway/transit financing, safety and economics, environmental issues, innovation and public-private partnerships. As always, it will be held in conjunction with ARTBA’s Federal Issues Program, allowing participants to visit Capitol Hill and meet with their elected officials in Congress. I strongly encourage you to nominate someone from your company or organization. The process is extremely competitive. Those chosen will earn up to 30 professional development hours and will be recognized at the ARTBA National Convention in Milwaukee this fall. A 2013 YEDP application can be found on page 8 of this issue. We have an exciting year ahead of us, and I look forward to working with all of you as we tackle the challenges that lie ahead, both legislative and regulatory. Together, as leaders, we will continue to be a strong voice for the transportation design and construction industry in the Nation’s Capital.
That’s why I am such a big supporter of the ARTBA Foundation’s Young Executive Development Program (YEDP)—a four-day “boot camp” designed to introduce the next generation of leaders to federal legislative and regulatory issues, and the association’s role in shaping transportation policy.
2013 YOUNG EXECUTIVE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM Helping Shape the Transportation Design & Construction Industry Leaders of Tomorrow The ARTBA Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF) will conduct its 18th Annual Young Executive Development Program (YEDP) June 3 - June 6, 2013, in Washington, D.C. Designed to develop future transportation design and construction industry leaders, it gives “up-and-coming” young executives an intensive introduction to the legislative and regulatory processes that affect the industry. The YEDP curriculum features sessions on highway/transit financing, economics, environmental, regulatory and legal issues, public-private partnerships and industry innovation. Participants are introduced to the role of trade associations in the policy-making process and how leadership in their trade association can benefit their industry, and their careers. The program is held in conjunction with the ARTBA Federal Issues Program and Transportation Construction Coalition’s Fly-In, allowing for participants to meet with their congressional delegation about pending transportation issues. Applications are welcome from any sector of the transportation design and construction industry, including private sector firms, government transportation agencies, and colleges and universities. ARTBA membership is not required to participate.
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Admission is competitive. Applicants should be under 40 years of age, although exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis. Applicants also should have at least three years of industry experience, have made a significant contribution to the work of their firm or organization, and shown evidence of strong leadership potential for the industry.
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Due to special recognition that will take place, YEDP participants are expected to attend the 2013 ARTBA National Convention to be held September 8-10 in Milwaukee, Wis. A FEW WORDS FROM PROGRAM GRADUATES: “The ARTBA YEDP provided a thorough insight into the legislative process concerning our industry. The diversity and quality of participants added great perspective and value to the program.” “Absolute eye-opener. Great investment of time and money.” “YEDP made me aware of [industry government relations] needs and gave me clear direction as to how to contribute to our common objective.”
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our chances at that point, but as is so often the case in sports and business, momentum is a key driving force. While the Ravens waited in their locker room, the rest of us sat through the super-sized half-time show, with all the pyrotechnics and celebrities. Nonetheless, my fears about “momentum interruption” seemed misplaced when the Ravens’ Jacoby Jones returned the opening kick-off for a touchdown, putting us up by 22.
It’s Only “Half-time” for Federal Transportation Investment!
n talking about federal surface transportation reauthorization and the new Congress, I can’t help but use a sports metaphor that is very dear to me and my fellow Baltimore natives. You probably saw Super Bowl XLVII on February 3. Maybe you were only watching for the multi-million dollar commercials, or the broadcast was background for a get-together with family and friends. But for me, as a Ravens fan from Day 1—as I was for the dear departed Baltimore Colts before them—it was obviously the ultimate in exhilarating sports experiences…more so because I was able to attend the game in person and with my son. After the usual pre-game hoopla, the Ravens got off to a fast start, leading 21-6 at the half. I couldn’t have felt better about
Game over, right? Not so fast. First there was perhaps the most bizarre incident in Super Bowl history, a nearly 35-minute power outage. Then it seemed our worst fears were realized, as the 49ers scored again and again, eventually cutting the Ravens’ margin to two points. Fortunately, though, the Ravens came through with a clutch field goal to lengthen the lead, then made a final goal-line stand to keep San Francisco from breaking through and going ahead with seconds remaining. Now that the Super Dome has emptied and the championship parade has run its course through Charm City, I’ve been thinking about the lessons we can learn.
declaring “America is one big pothole!” This all reminds me of the Super Bowl half-time show (lots of fancy sounds and fury signifying nothing?). And while there are surely more distractions and political power outages ahead, we must keep our focus on the “second half ” and the need for long-term, increased federal transportation investment. This could come through comprehensive federal tax reform, the MAP-21 reauthorization bill, or some other unexpected vehicle. You can be assured that ARTBA is keeping the ball moving down the field every day. However, we need you to do your part. Please take a close look at the overview of the new Congress in this issue, beginning on page 16. Get in touch with your members of Congress now and let them know that MAP-21 was only the “first half.” Like the Ravens, we need to keep fighting until the clock runs out and we can hoist that trophy!
It occurs to me the transportation construction industry is now positioned like the Ravens at half-time. Yes, we played a major leadership role in helping pass MAP-21 last year, which included a number of landmark policy reforms. So we’ve put some serious points on the board. But we haven’t won anything yet! They don’t hand out the Lombardi Trophy to the team that has the lead at half-time. Similarly, we still have a lot of work to do on Capitol Hill before we can drop the confetti and balloons. We just welcomed the new Congress to the Nation’s Capital and saw President Obama sworn in for his second term. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced he is moving on after
Mixed Outlook for Planning & Design Market in California, Florida & Texas New ARTBA Reports Helping Industry Firms Make Smart Business Decisions by Dr. Alison Premo Black The 2013 outlook for the planning and design market in three key states is mixed, according to the findings in a new series of comprehensive studies created by ARTBA’s expert economics and research team. Together, the three represent nearly 25 percent of the national market. The good news is that consultant awards will remain stable in California and Texas in 2013 and beyond, with some potential for growth based on local market activity. The not-so-good news is that although we expect a bump in Florida consultant awards this year, the increase is only temporary. Future awards are expected to drop back to pre-2012 levels. The reports, which are already being purchased by industry firms to aid in making key business decisions, include a five-year forecast for highway, bridge and major airport construction, and detailed information about the consultant and planning and design market.
California—Stable Through 2016
California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) consultant contract awards are expected to be flat while in-house spending for capital outlay support—such as environmental reviews, design and engineering and right-of-way, among other things, is expected to grow. Caltrans mainly uses consultants for construction engineering and inspection (31.6 percent of awards), design-build projects (18.5 percent) and storm water, groundwater and hydrology services (12.3 percent). The average contract ranges from 10
FDOT spending on highways and bridges will show significant growth in 2013, driven by design-build work, before returning to 2011-2012 levels in 2015. The overall outlook for Florida is improving as the state economy continues to recover from the 2008 recession.
Texas—Returning to Historic Levels TEXAS OUTLOOK FOR HIGHWAY, BRIDGE, AIRPORT & TRANSPORTATION CONSULTANT MARKET NOVEMBER 2012
14 months for design-build projects to as long as 48 months for project development and management work. Although Caltrans spending for highways and bridge construction will remain flat, future growth will be driven by the local market—our analysis shows that highway and bridge capital spending in the top nine counties will increase over 20 percent between 2012 and 2016. A number of these counties have approved local tax measures in the last decade to increase funding for transportation construction, providing additional revenues for local investment.
Florida—A Spike in 2013
Design-build work and turnpike projects will drive a jump in consultant contract awards in 2013 before returning to lower levels in 2014 and beyond. Although the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) does do some in-house design, planning and environmental projects, most work is contracted out. Consultant awards for preliminary engineering are expected to peak in 2013 and then drop nearly 45 percent in 2014, according to sources at FDOT. Consultant work for construction engineering inspection and planning, and environmental work will also decrease after a bump in 2013, but will still be near 2012 levels. The bright spot is traffic engineering consultant work, which is expected to grow steadily through 2016. Over 64 percent of the value of FDOT consultant projects are for engineering work, followed by 25 percent for construction engineering inspection.
Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) engineering expenditures are expected to show some growth in the next two years, but will return to current levels in 2015. TxDOT does approximately two-thirds of engineering work with in-house staff. Consultant contract awards will be flat though 2016. TxDOT uses contractors for a variety of services, including planning, specification and estimate work (34 percent of awards), surveying services and utilities (18 percent), environmental, schematic and traffic services (12 percent), and comprehensive development agreements (11 percent). TxDOT highway and bridge construction expenditures are expected to show modest growth through 2014. Revenues from transportation taxes and fees are expected to increase as the economy recovers, providing additional program support as funding from bonds and concession payments begin to decline in the next five years.
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ARTBA’s reports are the most comprehensive and concise business analysis of a state’s transportation planning and design market. Each utilizes key business indicators, source documents and personal interviews to provide trend and forecast information on the state’s economic health and demographics, bond ratings and capacity, innovative financing and procurement status, a long-range forecast of highway and bridge spending, planning and design work, major airport construction (broken down by work category) and key planning and design firms in the state. You can view a free sample in the “economics and research” section of www.artba.org, or contact me at ablack@ artba.org, to learn more how these reports can help your firm. Dr. Alison Premo Black is ARTBA chief economist: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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SAFETY SERIES Note from ARTBA’s SVP of Safety & Education Brad Sant: This begins a year-long look—in English and Spanish—spotlighting transportation construction safety “best practices.”
ISSUE: Safe Vehicle Entry Into and Exit from Work Zones Problem: Construction vehicles entering or exiting work zones can create significant speed differentials between themselves and normal traffic. Large speed differentials between traffic and construction trucks are dangerous and can lead to crashes. Access and egress considerations are particularly challenging in large-scale projects or on high-speed/limited access highways. Recently, the U.S. Federal Highway Administration issued a regulation, 23 CFR 630 Subpart K, to promote safety for workers and motorists in roadway construction zones. One section of the rule requires, “. . . safe means for work vehicles and equipment to enter and exit traffic lanes and for delivery of construction materials to the work space, based on individual project characteristics and factors.”
Solutions: Project planners and work zone designers should strive to anticipate conditions requiring work vehicles to merge in and out of high-speed traffic or work activities that will generate frequent delivery of materials, such as paving operations, bridge work and aggregate work). Planners must ensure adequate right-of-way is secured so construction trucks have lanes to move into and out of the work space. Depending on the work operation, consideration should be given for a location where vehicles waiting to deliver materials will be positioned so that they are not queued in active travel lanes. On some projects, access/egress points may need to be relocated from time to time. On other projects, access/egress points may be used during some phases, but not others. Warning signs should be covered or removed when work is not active. Appropriate strategies need to be in place during construction activities to ensure safe passage through access and egress points. Contractors should provide appropriate information to construction drivers so they know the safe locations to enter or exit the work zone, including subcontractors and independent truck drivers. Contractors should maintain clear/open areas around access/egress points where equipment or vehicles should not be parked and where workers should not perform activities that put them in danger.
FHWA: 23 CFR part 630, Subpart K (e) Work Vehicles and Equipment. In addition to addressing risks to workers and road users from motorized traffic, the agency processes, procedures, and/or guidance established in accordance with 23 CFR 630. 1006 should also address safe means for work vehicles and equipment to enter and exit traffic lanes and for delivery of construction materials to the work space, based on individual project characteristics and factors.
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SERIES SOBRE SEGURIDAD
TEMA: Seguridad en la Entrada y Salida de Vehículos en las Zonas de Construcción El Problema: La entrada y salida de vehículos de la zona de
construcción puede crear problemas significativos por la diferencia de velocidades entre los vehículos de construcción y el tráfico. La diferencia marcada de velocidades del tráfico y de los camiones de construcción constituye un peligro que puede ocasionar accidentes y colisiones. Los temas a considerarse para la seguridad en la entrada y salida de vehículos de la zona de construcción resultan un reto significativo en proyectos de gran escala o en autopistas de alta velocidad con acceso limitado.
Los contratistas deben proporcionar información adecuada a los conductores de camiones de construcción, subcontratistas y choferes de camiones independientes a fin de que conozcan los lugares seguros de entrada y salida de la zona de trabajo. Los contratistas deben mantener zonas despejadas alrededor de los puntos de entrada y salida en los que no deben estacionarse equipos ni vehículos, y en los que los trabajadores deben abstenerse de realizar actividades que los pongan en riesgo.
Recientemente, la Administración Federal de Carreteras de los Estados Unidos (FHWA) promulgó la norma 23 CFR 630 Subparte K con el fin de promover la seguridad de trabajadores y automovilistas en las zonas de construcción de carreteras. Una sección de la norma requiere “… medidas seguras para el ingreso y salida de vehículos y equipos de construcción, así como para la entrega de materiales de construcción en la obra, desde y hacia las vías de tráfico en base a las características y factores particulares del proyecto.
Soluciones: Tanto los planificadores de proyectos como los diseñadores de obra deben esforzarse en anticipar las condiciones que requieran que los vehículos de trabajo salgan y entren de las zonas de tránsito de alta velocidad o realicen actividades de entrega frecuente de materiales, como las operaciones de pavimentación, construcción de puentes y trabajos con agregados. Los planificadores deben establecer derechos de paso seguros de tal forma que los camiones de construcción tengan carriles acondicionados para entrar y salir de la zona de trabajo. Dependiendo de la naturaleza de la obra, debe considerarse el establecimiento de lugares de espera de vehículos para la descarga de materiales a fin de evitar que se ubiquen en vías de tráfico activo. En algunos proyectos puede que se requiera reubicar los puntos de entrada y salida cada cierto tiempo, en otros los puntos de entrada y salida podrían ser usados durante ciertas fases del proyecto pero no en otras. Se deben cubrir o remover las señales de advertencia cuando la obra esté paralizada. Se deben implementar estrategias adecuadas durante el trabajo activo para garantizar el paso seguro a través de los puntos de entrada y salida.
FHWA: 23 CFR part 630, Subpart K (e) Equipos y Vehículos de Construcción. Además de ocuparse de los riesgos de los trabajadores y automovilistas con relación al tráfico motorizado, la agencia procesa, crea procedimientos y/o establece lineamientos de acuerdo con la norma 23 CFR 630. 1006 también debe comprender medios seguros para que los vehículos y equipos de construcción entren o salgan de la zona de tránsito, y para la entrega de materiales de construcción en la obra, en base a las características y factores particulares de la zona de trabajo.
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Highway contractor Bill Cox wants all his employees on the road to safety.
That’s why Corman Construction relies on the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse to ensure employee and motorist safety and health in road construction zones. The world’s largest cyber library of educational webinars, best practices, laws and regulations, statistics, training information and more is available at www.workzonesafety.org.
Use It…Save Lives!
Information provided by the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse, award #DTFH61-06-H-00015, does not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, (FHWA) or the American Road & Transportation Builders Association-Transportation Development Foundation. References to specific products and services do not imply endorsement by the Clearinghouse or FHWA. Jan.-Feb. 2013
hile we begin a new year with a public policy narrative dominated by weighty topics such as immigration reform and gun safety, the actual logistics of governing have consumed much of the activity in the Nation’s Capital over the last month. As such, now is a good time to overview the players and issues that will impact the federal transportation programs over the next two years.
The beginning of President Obama’s second term brings a much expected re-shuffling of key Administration officials—of notable interest for the transportation construction industry is Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s decision to step down. Similarly, on Capitol Hill, the 2012 elections have delivered 87 new members of the House and Senate. In addition to new faces, another hallmark of the 113th Congress is new leadership at the helms of House and Senate Committees, including panels with jurisdiction over the federal transportation programs.
The personnel adjustments going on all over official Washington, however, do not change the simple fact the 2012 elections produced a largely status quo result. Republicans continue to have a comfortable governing majority in the House, Democrats expanded their majority in the Senate, and President Obama remains in the White House. Consequently, the overriding lesson from the last two years that bipartisan agreement is a must for any significant legislation is also unchanged.
2013-14 Transportation Radar Screen
by Dave Bauer
Even though the 113th Congress begins six months after the enactment of a multi-year reauthorization bill (MAP-21), Congress and the Obama Administration will have to address a host of transportation-related policy and investment matters over the next two years. The most immediate issue involves the automatic spending cuts that were scheduled to go into effect January 2, but were delayed
for two months. These cuts of eight to 10 percent in defense and non-defense spending are the result of a failure by members of Congress from both parties to reach an agreement on how to reduce the deficit by more than $1 trillion as required by 2011 legislation authorizing an increase in the U.S. Treasury’s borrowing limit. While most core federal transportation programs would be exempt from these cuts as currently structured, the transit capital program and aviation operation activities would be impacted. It should be noted, however, elected officials of both parties are working to mitigate the impacts of the cuts and there is no guarantee any future alternative approach will protect transportation investment. Congress must also complete the FY 2013 appropriations process to fund federal government operations, including the transportation programs, for the remainder of the year. Congress approved a six-month interim measure that kept all programs at their FY 2012 funding levels last in September of 2012. In so doing, the measure delayed the nearly $600 million highway investment increase provided by the MAP-21 reauthorization bill. The short-term bill expires March 27. ARTBA will be urging all members of Congress to ensure the final bill provides the fully paid for MAP-21 highway and public transportation investment levels. Shortly after concluding the FY 2013 funding process, members will be faced with the need to develop appropriation bills to fund these same activities in FY 2014—which begins October! It also appears that for the first time in a number of years there will be serious efforts in both chambers to push a reauthorization of the federal port and waterway programs. ARTBA recently entered into a formal partnership with the American Association of Port Authorities and will be very involved in supporting new water transportation infrastructure legislation. Members of Congress and President Obama continue to express interest in advancing a deficit reduction package that reforms the U.S. tax code. A comprehensive tax reform debate could serve as an opportunity to address the Highway Trust Fund’s long-term revenue outlook. While the 2012 surface transportation bill makes a number of ARTBA-supported policy reforms and temporarily stabilizes the trust fund, the fact remains that when the measure expires in October 2014, federal highway and transit investment will be facing the prospect of cuts in excess of 60 percent. Furthermore, continuing to supplement existing trust fund revenues with non-transportation related resources to prevent devastating investment cuts would add $140 billion to the deficit over the next 10 years. Certainly, the political will to establish a long-term trust fund revenue fix has been lacking in recent years. However, the MAP21 debate made clear to most members of Congress that this is not a situation that can be avoided without consequence (such as job losses or expanding the deficit). It is also noteworthy that for the first time in decades key congressional leaders of both parties and chambers are openly discussing the need to enhance the Highway Trust Fund’s revenue base. Jan.-Feb. 2013
Key Transportation Leaders on Capitol Hill
There are or will be new faces throughout Congress and the Obama Administration following the 2012 elections. A brief overview of the posts with particular significance for federal transportation policy and investment is below. •
U.S. Secretary of Transportation: as of this writing, a successor for Ray LaHood has not been announced.
House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee: Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) ascends to the chairmanship of the T&I Committee and Rep. Nick J. Rahall (D-W.Va.) continues to be the panel’s top Democrat. Rep. Tom Petri (R-Wis.) resumes the position he held nearly 10 years ago as chair of the T&I Subcommittee on Highways and Transit. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) remains as the subcommittee’s top Democrat. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.) will chair the Aviation Subcommittee and his Democratic counterpart will be Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Wash.).
Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee: Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) will continue to chair the Senate panel with jurisdiction over the federal highway and water infrastructure programs. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) will take over the top Republican post on the committee. The EPW subcommittee leadership assignments have not yet been announced.
Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee: Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) will continue to chair the panel that presides over the federal aviation, rail, and behavioral traffic safety programs. Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) is the new lead Republican on the panel. Subcommittee leadership posts for the Commerce Committee have also not been named.
No Time to Sit Back
The federal landscape certainly presents a number of challenges for the transportation construction industry in the coming year. At the same time, there are new opportunities to stabilize and grow federal surface and water transportation infrastructure investment unlike any we have seen in the last decade. As is always the case, however, the degree to which we can take advantage of these opportunities rests entirely on our ability and willingness to directly engage policymakers about the importance of federal transportation investment to the nation’s economy and long-term productivity. We look forward to working with you to meet our challenges head-on and produce solutions that enhance the U.S. transportation construct market for years to come. Dave Bauer is ARTBA senior vice president, government relations: email@example.com.
Full Committee Rosters (alpha order)
Transportation & Infrastructure
• Bill Shuster (R-Pa.)
Chairman, Full Committee
• Nick J. Rahall, II (D-W.Va.) Ranking Member
• Lou Barletta (R-Pa.)
Chair, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, & Emergency Management
• Timothy Bishop (D-N.Y.)
Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Water Resources & Environment
• Corrine Brown (D-Fla.)
Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines & Hazardous Materials
• Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.) • Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.)* • Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) • Michael E. Capuano (D-Mass.) • André Carson (D-Ind.) • Howard Coble (R-N.C.) • Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) • Eric A. “Rick” Crawford (R-Ark.)
Vice Chairman, Subcommittee on Water Resources & Environment
• Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) • Steven Daines (R-Mont.) • Rodney Davis (R-Ill.)
Vice Chairman, Subcommittee on Aviation
• Peter A. DeFazio (D-Ore.)
Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Highways & Transit
• Jeff Denham (R-Calif.)
Chairman, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines & Hazardous Materials
• John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.)
Vice Chairman, Full Committee
• Donna F. Edwards (D-Md.) • Elizabeth H. Esty (D-Conn.) • Blake Farenthold (R-Texas)
Vice Chairman, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Building & Emergency Management
• Lois Frankel (D-Fla.) • John Garamendi (D-Calif.)
Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation
• Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio)
Chairman, Subcommittee on Water Resources & Environment
• Sam Graves (R-Mo.) • Janice Hahn (D-Calif.) • Richard L. Hanna (R-N.Y.)
Vice Chairman, Subcommittee on Railroads, Piplines & Hazardous Materials
• Andy Harris (R-Md.) • Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.)
Chairman, Subcommitee on Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation
• Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) • Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.) • Rick Larsen (D-Wash.)
Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Aviation
• Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.) • Frank A. LoBiondo (R-N.J.)
Chairman, Subcommittee on Aviation
• Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) • Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) • Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) • Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) Mica (R-Fla.) 18 • John TransportationBuilder
• Michael H. Michaud (D-Maine) • Candice S. Miller (R-Mich.) • Gary G. Miller (R-Calif.) • Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) • Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) • Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.) • Richard M. Nolan (D-Minn.) • Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.)
NEW T&I MEMBERS Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) Bustos, a freshman
lawmaker, is a former investigative journalist and community activist. Her winding 17th District covers much of the western border of Illinois and parts of Springfield.
Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings & Emergency Management
• Scott Perry (R-Pa.) • Thomas E. Petri (R-Wis.)
“I’ll work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to fight for projects like a new I-74 Bridge, Amtrak service to the region, to protect Chicago Rockford International Airport and to make sure our region always has a seat at the table in Washington.”
Chairman, Subcommittee on Highways & Transit
• Trey Radel (R-Fla.) • Reid J. Ribble (R-Wis.)
Vice Chairman, Subcommittee on Highways & Transit
• Tom Rice (R-S.C.) • Albio Sires (D-N.J.) • Steve Southerland, II (R-Fla.)
Vice Chairman, Subcommittee on Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation
Rep. André Carson (D-Ind.) Before taking
• Dina Titus (D-Nev.) • Timothy J. Walz (D-Minn.) • Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) • Roger Williams (R-Texas) • Don Young (R-Alaska)
Environment & Public Works • Barbara Boxer
Chairman, Full Committee
• David Vitter (R-La.)
office in 2008, Carson served on the Indianapolis City-County Council and worked full-time in law enforcement. The 7th District includes much of the Indianapolis metro area.
“My membership on this committee will allow me to help modernize transportation in Indianapolis and throughout the country, while also spurring job creation for working families.”
Ranking Member, Full Committee
• John Barrasso (R-Wyo.)
Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Transportation & Infrastructure
• Max Baucus (D-Mont.)
Chairman, Subcommittee on Transportation & Infrastructure
• John Boozman (R-Ark.)
Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Water & Wildlife
• Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.)
Chairman, Subcommittee on Water & Wildlife
• Thomas R. Carper (D-Del.)
Chairman, Subcommittee on Clean Air & Nuclear Safety
• Mike Crapo (R-Idaho)
Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics & Environmental Health
• Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) • Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) • James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.)
Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Oversight
• Frank R. lautenberg (D-N.J.) • Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.)
Chairman, Subcommittee on Green Jobs & the New Economy
• Bernard Sanders (D-Vt.) • Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.)
Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Clean Air & Nuclear Safety
• Tom Udall (D-N.M.)
Chairman, Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics & Environmental Health
• Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)
Chairman, Subcommittee on Oversight
• Roger F. Wicker (R-Miss.)
Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Green Jobs & the New Economy
Rep. Steven Daines (R-Mont.) Daines once
worked as a project manager in his family’s construction business before going on to help lead a publicly traded software firm based in Bozeman. As an “at-large” congressman, Daines represents the entire state of Montana.
“The strength of our nation’s infrastructure affects Montana’s economy each and every day, and I welcome the opportunity to serve on subcommittees that will help strengthen our highways, protect our rivers and lakes, and impact the accessibility of air travel for Montanans.” Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) Davis represents
areas of central and southwestern Illinois, including in the capital of Springfield. He previously served as project director for Congressman Mike Shimkus (R-Ill.) for 16 years before winning election last fall.
“Both my committee and subcommittee assignments are perfect fits for the 13th District, a district heavy with agriculture and transportation. While there will be a lot of work to do…including the passage of a long-term farm bill and transportation bill, I’m confident that the results from our work will have a tremendously positive impact for our area, the state and the country.” Jan.-Feb. 2013
Meet the New Members Rep. Elizabeth H. Esty (D-Conn.) Esty, elected in November, is a Yale and Harvard-educated attorney who served in the Connecticut General Assembly. The 5th District spans much of northwest and central Connecticut.
“Whether redevelopment of downtown Meriden to protect from flooding, improvement and expansion of public rail in Danbury, addressing infrastructure badly damaged in the storms over the last two years, or easing congestion in Waterbury, investment in our aging infrastructure and transit corridors is critical to ensuring growth in new technologies and economic development.” Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.) Frankel is a freshman who served 14 years in the Florida legislature and as mayor of West Palm Beach. Her district runs along the Southeast coast from West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale.
“Transportation drives South Florida’s economy and that’s why I am so eager to work to: create jobs; invest in roads, bridges and transit; protect the Everglades and our shorelines; and address maritime transportation issues.” Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.) A member of
Congress since 2009, Garamendi served in several state-level political posts and was appointed deputy secretary of the U.S. Interior Department by President Bill Clinton in 1995. His district includes the state capital of Sacramento.
“I’m honored to serve as the ranking member of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, helping to oversee our ports and waterways, which are of vital importance to northern California’s agro-economy.” Rep. Janice Hahn (D-Calif.) Hahn is a former teacher, businesswoman and Los Angeles City Council member, first elected to Congress during a special election in 2011. The 44th District runs north from the Port of Los Angeles. Last year she helped form the Congressional PORTS Caucus.
“When our ports are strong, our country is strong…One of my central priorities is to ensure once and for all what is collected for the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund is spent on its true purpose for ports.”
Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.) A former city
attorney and member of the state legislature, Kirkpatrick is now in her second term representing Arizona’s 1st District, which includes Flagstaff and much of the northern and eastern half of the state. “In Arizona, and especially in our rural areas, we know firsthand the importance of modernizing our roads, bridges, pipelines, transportation corridors and water resources.” Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) Maloney is a freshman congressman from the Hudson Valley area of New York. An attorney, he previously served as a senior advisor to two New York governors and former President Bill Clinton, launching a high-tech startup company in between.
“I’m very happy that I’m on the Transportation and Infrastructure committee where I’ll really be able to sink my teeth into projects like the Tappan Zee Bridge that’ll also be critical to future job growth.” Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) Elected last November, Massie is an MIT-educated electrical and mechanical engineer and founder of a successful high-tech company. His district encompasses northern Kentucky along the Ohio River.
“These appointments grant me the opportunity to address the needs of the people of the 4th District, and I am excited to begin the important work of serving my fellow citizens.” Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) Meadows has been a small business owner for 27 years, first owning and selling a restaurant and later a development company. He is a freshman congressman whose 11th District makes up most of the far west corner of the state and includes Asheville.
“I will work to ensure that we have infrastructure components in the district to support industries that want to locate jobs in western North Carolina.”
NEW T&I MEMBERS, CONTINUED Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) Mullin is a
businessman and cattle rancher who won election last November and represents the eastern part of the state.
“We are a major artery for transportation yet Oklahoma remains a donor state, meaning we contribute more to the federal Highway Trust Fund than we get back to spend on transportation projects.” Rep. Richard M. Nolan (D-Minn.) Returning to Congress after 32 years in business and community work, Nolan represents Minnesota’s 8th District, which runs from the border with Canada down to the suburbs of MinneapolisSt. Paul.
“This committee assignment means we can move forward on day one with efforts to secure federal support for the Northern Lights Express high speed rail project...repair and rebuild our network of northern Minnesota roads and bridges, build capacity and traffic through the Port of Duluth…” Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) A freshman congressman representing York and Harrisburg, Perry is an Army National Guard Colonel, founder of a mechanical contracting firm and spent three terms in the state legislature.
“Whether ensuring that Pennsylvania and our region have the necessary transportation funding to help improve safety and promote economic growth...or promoting a robust and sensible foreign policy, these subcommittee assignments will help me to be a strong advocate for the people that I serve.” Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) Radel is a television
reporter and conservative radio host who won election in November. The 19th District includes Naples and Fort Myers.
“I don’t have any misconceptions that I’m going to come in and change the world, sponsor legislation that will be blessed by the Speaker and Democrats. But, what I can do is be a voice for my district, and like so much of the United States, it’s all about the economy, jobs.” Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.) New to Congress, Rice is a tax attorney and former county council chair. His district includes Myrtle Beach and most of South Carolina’s coastline.
“These [committee assignments] are a perfect fit for our district and give me a seat at the table to fight for our greatest infrastructure needs—I-73 and dredging of the Georgetown Port.” 20
Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.) Titus is returning to the T&I committee after losing her seat from Congress in 2010. She sent spent 34 years as a professor at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas and served in the state senate for two decades.
“So much was happening when I was here before and so little happened last session. I am hoping it will be somewhere in between.” Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) Webster, who represents the Orlando area, has a background in engineering and served as ranking member of the Transportation Committee in the Florida House before coming to Congress in 2010.
“I will seek to ensure that Florida’s ports are best positioned to receive new business when the expansion of the Panama Canal is complete.” Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas) A long-time Republican activist, Williams has owned and operated his family’s car business for 40 years. The freshman congressman represents parts of Austin and the Texas Hill Country.
“As a business owner, I know what it takes to balance a budget, and it’s time for the federal government to do the same. I also know how important infrastructure is for our economy.”
NEW EPW MEMBERS Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) Although new to
the Senate, Fischer is no stranger to infrastructure issues. In the state legislature she sponsored a bill that now directs a portion of Nebraska’s state sales tax to fund road construction. Fischer has a background in education and owns a family ranch.
“I will continue to work on innovative ways to improve and rebuild our nation’s aging roads and infrastructure.” Sen. Roger F. Wicker (R-Miss.) Wicker has been in the U.S. Senate since 2007 and currently serves as Deputy Republican Whip. Prior to the Senate, he served seven terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“These committees will provide opportunities to continue representing the interests of people across Mississippi. Stopping out of control federal spending is our number one priority.” Jan.-Feb. 2013
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Interviewed by ARTBA’s Beth McGinn
Beth McGinn: As leaders of the Senate EPW and House T&I Committees, what major transportation-related issues or pieces of legislation do you plan to advance during the new 113th Congress? Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.): One of
the first major pieces of legislation we will consider is the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which authorizes the Army Corps of Engineers’ projects and programs. This water resources legislation will boost the economy, help protect lives and property, and expand and maintain navigation routes for commerce. We will also begin to craft the next surface transportation bill, and we will focus on shoring-up the Highway Trust Fund, which is no longer collecting enough revenue to pay for the nation’s infrastructure needs. Fifty percent of our roads are in disrepair, and 70,000 of our bridges nationwide are structurally deficient. We can build on the bipartisan success of MAP-21 by working together to identify a long-term, dependable funding source for the Highway Trust Fund that allows us to adequately invest in our infrastructure and keep the nation’s transportation systems moving forward.
Sen. David Vitter (R-La.): The Water
Resources and Development Act (WRDA) is long-awaited and much needed, and is the committee’s top priority at the beginning of this Congress. A successful bill will include bipartisan concerns; in particular, we need to make major reforms at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to hold them accountable for the construction and operation of our waterways, dams, locks, and levees. The committee will also be focused on the implementation of MAP-21’s major reforms such as project streamlining and
performance measures that will work to protect taxpayer funds while expediting the delivery of the nation’s infrastructure needs. At the same time, we will begin to turn our attention to a new highway bill.
Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.): Our national transportation network is the foundation on which our economy and our way of life are built. I look forward to working in the 113th Congress to promote competiveness and economic growth and strengthen our nation’s transportation system. Guided by these goals, top priorities for the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure include reauthorization of the Water Resources Development Act, looking for more cost-effective and innovative approaches to delivering modern and efficient passenger rail service, and preparing for the next surface transportation bill. To achieve success on these important initiatives we must work together, listen to all ideas and opinions, and build a consensus on what is best for America and our future prosperity.
Senate EPW Chair Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)
Senate EPW Ranking Member David Vitter (R-La.)
Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.): Our
Committee has a great opportunity in this new Congress to help rebuild America, not only to address our critical infrastructure needs, but also to create American jobs, and increase our global competitiveness. Whether it be highway, transit, rail, port, inland waterway, wastewater, or airport infrastructure, we have a pressing responsibility to move forward on a variety of fronts. Our success in addressing these challenges though will hinge on our ability to put party politics aside and operate in the bipartisan fashion that has traditionally characterized this Committee. I sincerely hope we will be able to do so, and I look forward to working with Chairman Shuster and all members of our panel.
Beth McGinn is ARTBA director of public affairs & new media: email@example.com.
House T&I Committee Chair Bill Shuster (R-Pa.)
House T&I Committee Ranking Member Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.)
2013: Rollin’ Out the Regulations
by Nick Goldstein
EPA draft guidance redefining what is and is not a “water of the United States” has been awaiting review from the Office of Management and Budget. In 2013, EPA is expected to begin work on a proposed rule which, like the stalled guidance, will attempt to dramatically expand the types of water covered under the CWA. For transportation projects, this could mean placing roadside ditches under federal control—an action which would significantly increase the permitting burden on transportation projects. As in past years, ARTBA will continue to be active in opposing these efforts.
hile 2013 brings in a new Congress, the balance of power in Washington is the same. The House remains in Republican control and the Senate is in Democratic hands, and the partisan atmosphere seen during the last Congress persists. As a result, agreement on hotbutton legislative issues such as the environment are not likely, leaving the regulatory arena as the one place where the Obama Administration is most likely to advance its policy goals.
Another major decision expected from EPA involves whether or not to classify recycled coal ash as a “hazardous substance.” Coal ash is a byproduct of electric power generation which ARTBA members are able to use in building transportation projects. The material helps structures to last longer while also decreasing materials prices. While one might think this is a “win-win,” EPA’s efforts to label coal ash as hazardous could lead to transportation projects abandoning coal ash use altogether. In fact, an ARTBA study estimated the cost of a “hazardous” designation to the transportation industry to be almost $105 billion over the next 20 years. ARTBA has, and will continue to be, active on both the legislative and regulatory fronts in opposing efforts by the EPA to classify recycled coal ash as “hazardous.”
To illustrate the point, one simply needs to look back at the last Congress where no major pieces of environmental legislation were passed. The most significant change to national environmental policy came when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) joined together to establish historic new fuel economy standards.
There will be regulatory issues in other areas, such as Clean Air Act implementation and Endangered Species Act determinations. In addition, ARTBA will continue to actively participate in non-environmental regulatory discussions such as the recently proposed changes to the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program.
We expect more major regulatory decisions from the EPA in 2013. First among these is the agency’s effort to expand federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (CWA). For most of 2012,
But not all news is bad news when it comes to new regulations. The recently enacted surface transportation law, MAP-21, made a number of positive ARTBA-pushed reforms to the delivery
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process for transportation projects. However, these reforms will not be realized until DOT promulgates a number of regulations detailing exactly how MAP-21 will be implemented. ARTBA has already been active in this process, filing comments on MAP-21’s expansion of the use of Categorical Exclusions (CEs). A CE is used when impacts to the environment are minimal and involves less regulatory burden than more cumbersome reviews, such as environmental assessments (EA) or environmental impact statements (EIS). The difference in time involved in a CE as opposed to an EA or EIS is years, and can even be as much as a decade in some instances. If MAP-21’s provisions are implemented as ARTBA suggests, significant delays in the environmental review and approval process for transportation projects could be avoided. Over the last quarter century, ARTBA has been a consistent advocate for our industry in the regulatory arena. In 2012 alone, the association filed 30 sets of regulatory comments on a variety of environmental, contracting, labor and other issues, ensuring the voice of the transportation construction industry was heard by federal agencies including EPA, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA). The association will continue to be a vigilant leader because when it comes to regulatory issues, we’ve got your back.
Nick Goldstein is ARTBA vice president of environmental & regulatory affairs: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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D.C. Streetcar: Delivering Opportunity Washington, D.C.â€™s Streetcar Program Promises to be a Catalyst for Mobility and Prosperity
treetcars are making a comeback in a number of cities across the U.S and, after a half-century absence on District of Columbia streets, they are poised to make a profound revival. In announcing a 22-mile priority system last year, the District is currently pursuing the nationâ€™s most aggressive streetcar system. For District residents, commuters and other travelers, streetcars will provide a missing element of premium transit (i.e. rail or high quality bus service), boosting mobility and driving significant economic opportunity. Mayor Vincent Gray views the $1.5 billion investment as a down payment on the future and has directed my agency, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), to turn this ambitious vision into a functioning reality.
In partnership with a host of able contractors, the D.C. Streetcar program is off to a solid start. Working together, we will implement a growing network of streetcar lines that will be a primary means of getting around the city, while serving as a catalyst for high-quality, transit-oriented development that strengthens neighborhoods.
An Outstanding P3 Opportunity
Last summer, DDOT began exploring the feasibility of utilizing a public-private partnership (P3) for the 22-mile priority streetcar system as a means of accelerating service delivery. The first step was a Request for Information (RFI) that sought input from contractors to help guide our planning and development efforts. We were extremely pleased by the reaction. More than 20 responses came in from a variety of leading firms and teams in the transit
New tracks run down the busy H Street Corridor in Northeast D.C.
industry, both from within the U.S. and around the globe. Of those responses, seven were from complete or nearly-complete teams, while an additional five indicated their intent to form and lead a team if and when a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is issued. Based on the strong response, DDOT has opted to pursue procurement of a P3 entity. Once issued, the procurement will be the only streetcar P3 in the nation. We are currently concluding analyses to address the input provided by industry, which will be used to craft the RFQ as the first stage of a two-stage Request for Qualifications/Request for Proposals (RFQ/RFP) process to select a concessionaire (i.e. private partner).
Three lines will comprise the 22-mile priority plan: •
An east-west “One-City Line” connecting historic Georgetown to Union Station and neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River; A north-south line linking the southwest waterfront with the National Mall, downtown and neighborhoods along Georgia Avenue to the border with Maryland; and A second east-west line linking the southwest waterfront area across the Anacostia River to the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling military facility via the Capital Riverfront neighborhood along M Street.
What’s Old is New Again Originally drawn by horses and later powered by electricity, streetcars were a fixture in Washington, D.C., for precisely a century, from 1862 to 1962. As is projected to be the case with our 21st century streetcar system, the existence of streetcar lines helped shape the city’s urban fabric, as real estate developers built commercial and residential properties in close proximity to the streetcar lines. However, the popularity of streetcars declined after World War II, when the greater Washington, D.C., area experienced widespread suburban development and a huge surge in automobile ownership. The final blow for the original streetcar system occurred in the mid-1950s, when a charter transfer imposed a drastic requirement on the new owner: replacement of the streetcar fleet with buses.
New tracks run down O Street in the Georgetown neighborhood of D.C.
But vestiges of the old system remain. Last year, DDOT completed a complete rehabilitation of O and P Streets in Georgetown, relaying original streetcar tracks and cobblestones that for decades had been treacherously out of condition while also providing modern-day enhancements.
The Promise of Streetcars
The D.C. Streetcar system will accelerate a resurgence that is already underway. After several decades of decline, population is up nine percent since 1990, with more than 623,000 residents now calling the District home. Additionally, the District’s economy added nearly 61,000 jobs between 2000 and 2010 and now totals approximately 700,000 jobs. By 2030, the District’s population is forecasted to grow by more than 100,000. Its economy is slated to add 140,000 jobs. The number of “internal trips”—one-way journeys using one mode of transportation within the District—is also expected to increase 32 percent over the same period of time. The ultimate 37-mile planned system (of which the 22-mile priority system comprises the initial segments) is intended to help handle the additional demand and be a mainstay of the District’s balanced, multi-modal transportation network. According to a DDOT report completed in 2010, the D.C. Streetcar network is forecasted to provide more than 147,000 daily trips by 2030, improve travel times by up to 38 percent and reduce crowding on existing Metrobus lines by 27 percent in the corridors served by the new system. What’s more, by attracting new residents and employees, the complete network is anticipated to fuel more than $300 million in retail spending annually, according to a study issued in 2012 by the D.C. Office of Planning. Other benefits outlined in the report show it will bring an additional 72,000 households into walkable distance of premium transit, whereas currently only about 22,000 households are within reasonable walking distance—fully a third of District households will be within an easy walk. Solidifying real estate gains in the District over the past decade, the streetcar grid is forecasted to add between $5 and $7 billion to the value of existing property, and spark an additional $5 to $8 billion in new residential and commercial development within a decade after completion.
New D.C. Streetcar sits on display.
These major forecasted gains are borne out by the experiences of other cities that have built streetcar systems. For example, a streetcar line in Portland, Oregon is credited with catalyzing $3.5 billion in new investment, including 10,000 new housing units and 5.4 million square feet of office, institutional, retail and hotel construction. Streetcars in Seattle have attracted approximately $2.4 billion in investment, including 2,500 residential units and 12,500 jobs. These and other factors point to a bright future for the District of Columbia—a future that in no small measure will be riding on the streetcar.
Terry Bellamy is director of the District of Columbia Department of Transportation: 202.673.6813.
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