Oberstar’s Transportation Unveiling Moved to Thursday

Through a post on his Twitter feed, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Jim Oberstar (D-MN) reveals that his release of an outline for the next federal transportation bill has been pushed back by a day.

The informal betting pool on the date that legislative language will emerge continues apace …

Late Update: It seems there are two briefings to unveil Oberstar’s draft: one tomorrow and one on Thursday. We’ll keep you posted.


Could Congress Let States (Start to) Lose $8.7 Billion in Road Money?

The short answer: Maybe. (Photo: USGS.gov) As Congress rushed to give itself one more month to break the House-Senate stalemate over federal transportation policy, one matter was left unattended — the $8.7 billion in un-obligated highway aid that’s scheduled to start evaporating on Thursday unless lawmakers act to correct the matter. Sen. Jim Inhofe (OK), […]

A National Infrastructure Bank By Any Other Name …

The House transportation committee’s new $450 billion bill provides for a national infrastructure bank intended to "maximize the limited resources available for our surface transportation needs," as the panel’s early outline puts it. (Photo: National Association of Water Cos.) This sounds a lot like the infrastructure bank proposed by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and 35 […]

Oberstar’s Bill Praised by Mayors, Engineers

The U.S. Conference of Mayors and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) are out with statements this afternoon hailing House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Jim Oberstar’s (D-MN) new federal transportation proposal. The mayors like Oberstar’s creation of a dedicated metropolitan-area program, while the engineers are most concerned with getting a higher level of reliable […]