Daily News Briefs, May 16, 2022

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Biden Administration Touts First Six Months Of IIJA Accomplishments

Associated Press reports, “Six months after the signing of President Joe Biden’s $1 trillion infrastructure package, the government said [today] there are 4,300 projects underway with more than $110 billion in funding announced — milestones the administration is publicly heralding as midterm politics intensify. White House senior adviser Mitch Landrieu . . . said the roads, bridges and other projects are laying ‘a foundation for tremendous growth into the future.’” AP adds, “Of the $110 billion announced so far, $52.5 billion is for federal highway funding this fiscal year and $20.5 billion for public transit. There is another $27 billion over five years for bridges, as well as money for safety, rural highways, airports, ports, drought resilience and other programs.” According to Landrieu, “the two biggest challenges of coordinating the spending have involved offering technical assistance to smaller governments and enabling workforce development to fill the jobs being created. There are 7.6 million construction jobs in the U.S., with employers advertising about 400,000 openings in the sector.”

Highway and Bridge Maintenance Highway and Bridge Safety (Including COVID-19 Impacts) Infrastructure Investment Trends US Department of Transportation (USDOT) US Gov't Transportation Funding US Infrastructure Funding And Financing Initiatives

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Illinois Tollway Event Promotes Technical Assistance Program For Businesses

Lake County Journal reports, “The Illinois Tollway, in partnership with Inner-City Underwriting Agency Inc., is promoting its expanded Technical Assistance Program in Waukegan to help small, diverse and veteran-owned firms learn how to succeed in doing business with the Tollway. The Tollway will host an open house for local businesses and community leaders to network with Technical Assistance providers and the Tollway from 3 to 4 p.m. [tomorrow] . . . in Waukegan. . . . The event will provide an opportunity for emerging and established transportation-related firms to learn about services available to help prepare to bid.”

An Illinois Tollway news release has additional information about the program and registration.

Illinois Illinois State Toll Highway Authority (IL Tollway) Infrastructure Leadership And Workforce Diversity Procurement of Tolling Equipment & Services

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Colorado DOT Plans Major Express Bus Service Expansion

Colorado Public Radio reports, “Bustang, which the Colorado Department of Transportation started in 2015 as a bare-bones bus service, will soon see a significant boost in service along Interstates 25 and 70 under an expansion proposal unveiled Friday. If the plan is approved by the Colorado Transportation Commission [this] week, CDOT will add two daily round trips to each of its main Bustang routes this summer. By 2024, buses will make as many as 15 daily trips between Denver and Grand Junction and 13 daily trips between major cities along the Front Range.” Another part of the proposed expansion involves initiation of an hourly passenger van service on I-70 between Denver and Eagle County. The vans, which are small enough to use the I-70 express lanes, would operate on weekends and holidays.

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These are just some of the toll industry developments TRN is following.

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