Daily News Briefs, May 4, 2021

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A Status Update On Infrastructure Bill Discussions

The Hill reports, “GOP lawmakers on Sunday made it clear that they were not satisfied with President Biden’s proposed $2.3 trillion infrastructure bill as members of his administration advocated for the measure as a necessary investment.”

The Hill also reports, “Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said [yesterday] that he expected no Republicans would support President Biden‘s sweeping infrastructure package, indicating GOP lawmakers are open to a roughly $600 billion bill. ‘I think it’s worth talking about but I don’t think there will be any Republican support — none, zero — for the $4.1 trillion grab bag which has infrastructure in it but a whole lot of other stuff,’ McConnell said in a press conference in Kentucky.” (TRN added emphasis and removed links.)

The Washington Post reported over the weekend that “President Biden and top Democrats are signaling privately they are willing to make concessions over Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan, or break it into chunks, if that will attract even a handful of Republican votes and allow them to notch a bipartisan win, people familiar with the strategy say.”

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PANYNJ Celebrated Its Centennial Anniversary On Friday

NJ.com reports, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey officials presided over a commemoration of the bistate agency’s one-hundredth anniversary last Friday. Speakers celebrated the accomplishment of massive projects in the past and looked ahead to the anticipated US infrastructure renaissance. With help from Robert Alwell, PANYNJ’s longest-serving employee, a time capsule was embedded in a stone vault constructed in the shadow of the latest World Trade Center building project.

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Commentary: America Needs To Rethink Tactics For Curing Urban Traffic Congestion

“Governing” contributing editor Alan Ehrenhalt maintains that the urban traffic congestion solutions currently in vogue — including highway widening and express lane construction — are demonstrably ineffective and actually create more problems. “Urban transportation needs many things,” he argues, “but it doesn’t need more asphalt. We should all understand that by now. It’s common sense.” Ehrenhalt acknowledges that highway demolition is a radical approach to managing volume and improving urban landscapes, but cites examples of its success in New York City and San Francisco.

Congestion Pricing Express Lanes New York City San Francisco Bay Area (CA)

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

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