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Report: Infrastructure Needs $163B

About $163 billion will be needed each year—for the next six years—to fix the aging U.S. surface transportation system, a new report calculates.


Contractor Pleads in Worker's Death

The contractor on a Canadian subway project has been fined $400,000 after pleading guilty to violating safety measures in the death of one worker and permanent injury of another.


Storm-Damaged Tunnels Need $689M

Amtrak tunnels in New York City will require $689 million to repair corrosion and cracking caused by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, according to a new engineering report.


Prison, Massive Fines in Historic Fraud

Two former executives of a Pennsylvania bridge concrete manufacturer are headed to prison in what authorities call the largest Disadvantaged Business Enterprise scam in U.S. history.


Boston Bridge Replaced in One Weekend

A bridge replacement project outside of Boston that normally would have taken close to three years to complete was done in less than three days, state transportation officials announced.


Putting the Brakes on $1M Bus Stop

Public outrage over a million-dollar bus stop built by the Washington, D.C., transit agency has prompted the facility owners to audit the project and slap a hold on future stops.


Standoff Grips $120M Problem Project

Not so fast. That's the word from Montgomery County, MD, which has advised Washington, D.C.'s transit agency that it cannot simply bail out of a troubled $120 million project that it ...


Agency Wants Out of Botched $120M Hub

Already $80 million over budget and more than two years behind schedule, a $120 million Maryland transit center will not be used as planned because its structural flaws are too expensive to ...


Artistic Bus Plan Spawns Bid Request

A local Alaskan transit agency has issued a fishy request for proposals—specifically, the development and application of a salmon-themed graphic design, infused with Northwest Coast Native a...


Deadly Sandy Spurs Backups, Shutdowns

With Hurricane Sandy on the march in the U.S. Northeast, infrastructure officials were taking unprecedented precautions and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission was beefing up inspection at pla...


DOT to Release $473M in Unspent Aid

Use it or lose it. That’s the order from the Department of Transportation to states that are sitting on nearly a half-billion dollars in unspent earmark funds.


DOT Budget Plan Built on Infrastructure

President Obama has unveiled a 2013 transportation budget proposal that would nearly double infrastructure spending over the next six years and step up the federal investment in pipeline saf...


MA Rail Operation Fights OSHA Case

A commuter railroad in Massachusetts is contesting 22 federal health and safety citations and a $130,800 fine related to working conditions at a maintenance facility.


Bids Invited for $60M PA Tunnel Rehab

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will open bids Dec. 15 for the long-awaited rehabilitation of Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill Tunnel—a project estimated at up to $60 million.


DOT Awards $928.5M for Transit Repair

More than 300 public transportation projects across the country will benefit from nearly $1 billion in federal grants to repair, rebuild and modernize the nation’s transit infrastructure.


NY Concrete Test Execs Accused Of Forging Thousands of Reports

One year after officials at a major New York concrete testing company were convicted of falsifying reports, including many involving public works projects, employees of another such company ...


Hardhat Sinatra Keeps Site Well Tuned

Transit agencies have tried everything to tame the tempers of the public during construction. Now, a Frank Sinatra sound-alike may have the answer: a little work-site serenade.


2nd ‘Big Dig’ Official Suspended; DOT Culture of Secrecy Alleged

A second Big Dig tunnel official may lose his job after discussing pressure within his agency to avoid documenting the Boston project’s problems, such as that of a coatings failure that has ...


Obama Infrastructure Plan Draws Rare Friends, Foes

The ink was scarcely dry on President Obama’s record $3.2 billion proposal to overhaul the nation’s infrastructure, when friends and foes began lining up—and in some unusual ways.


Obama to Propose Infrastructure Bank

President Obama will propose a new National Infrastructure Bank to fund large-scale public works projects in the 2012 budget he unveils Monday (Feb. 14), Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner ...


NY Reports Transportation Infrastructure Crisis

The State of New York can no longer afford to maintain its 150,000 miles of highways and railroads; 17,400 bridges; and seven-million-passenger transit systems—and has “no credible strategy ...


‘Grand Central Station of the West’ Kicks Off

The nation’s first high-speed rail station —“one of the most important and transformational public transportation projects in America,” according to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation—is o...


Calatrava’s Liège Station Unveiled

Santiago Calatrava’s new TVG Railway Station in Liège, Belgium, was unveiled with considerable fanfare.


 
 
   

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