Category Archives: Infrastructure

The Nation’s Transportation Future Is Increasingly Local

This post originally appeared in Law360. Reprinted with permission.

traffic jams in the city, road, rush hourThere is no debate that the gridlock in Congress has impacted national transportation policy. It was good news in December of 2015 when, after 36 short-term extensions, Congress passed and President Obama signed into law the “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act” (or, the FAST Act, Public Law 114-94). The law contains some changes in federal law that will drive policy,… More

Value Capture – The Beginning of the State-Local Transportation Match

Next week, Governor Baker’s economic development bill will begin to emerge from the Legislature now that versions of his original bill have  passed both branches of the legislature and are headed for a conference committee.  Those who follow transportation policy trends will be watching for the outcome of the value capture amendment, sponsored by Representative Bill Straus, Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Transportation. … More

Big Changes With LIttle Fanfare: The FHWA Proposes to Use GHG Emissions as a Performance Measure

This week, the Federal Highway Administration issued a Noticed of Proposed Rulemaking to promulgate performance measures to be used in evaluating federal funding of transportation projects.  The requirement for performance measures stems from the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, aka MAP-21.  MAP-21 requires the FHWA to establish performance standards in 12 categories, one of which is “on-road mobile source emissions.”  MAP 21

The NPRM addresses this criterion,… More

MassDEP and CZM Propose Changes to Chapter 91 Regulations

DEP-CZMMassDEP and the Commonwealth’s office of Coastal Zone Management recently proposed draft changes to the Designated Port Area and Facility of Public Accommodation regulations under the Chapter 91 program. The draft for public comment, including a summary of the changes and redlines of the regulations, can be found here. Information on submitting public comments can be found here. Comments are due by Monday,… More