Daily News Briefs, November 16, 2021

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President Biden Signs The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Into Law

The New York Times reports on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) signing ceremony held at the White House yesterday.

The Times notes that, “[f]or more than an hour . . . , President Biden enjoyed the kind of political moment he had eagerly sought and long promised, surrounded by a bipartisan cast of lawmakers on the South Lawn of the White House for the signing of landmark legislation forged through compromise at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue. But after completing the signing ceremony . . . , Mr. Biden returns to a much harsher reality.”

The White House released a transcript of the president’s remarks during the ceremony.

Vox looks at the challenges the federal government now faces in distributing IIJA funds.

Infrastructure Investment Trends US Gov't Transportation Funding US Highway Trust Fund US Infrastructure Funding And Financing Initiatives


CTRMA's Delayed MoPac South Project Is Moving Forward Again

KXAN reports, “Long-delayed plans to extend the express lanes on MoPac Expressway through south Austin are picking up speed. The lanes would run from Cesar Chavez to Slaughter Lane. The Central Texas Mobility Authority and the Texas Department of Transportation are resuming the environmental study needed to move the [MoPac South] plan forward. CTRMA is considering adding one or two lanes in each direction.” KXAN reminds viewers that CTRMA and TxDOT will host a virtual open house from next Monday, November 22, through January 7, 2022, to advance their environmental study of the plan.

Austin (TX) Metro Area Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) Environmental Protection Policies Procedures And Initiatives Express Lanes Texas Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)


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

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