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The New Age of Aquarius

The New Age of Aquarius

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    Now more than ever, savvy managers must work with colleagues at the local and state levels to demonstrate how their proposed project provides an environmentally sustainable infrastructure solution.

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    The next federal surface-transportation bill should include a weight-distance component that better reflects the impact of commercial vehicles, says U.S. Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn.), chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

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    Loan programs have decreased 66% since 1991. In 2006, the federal government provided just $1.9 billion, leaving local governments to come up with $85 billion — or 98% — of the total investment in wastewater treatment and 95% of the investment in water infrastructure.

The APTA proposes that the new federal transportation funding bill should double the allocation for public transportation to $123 billion, focus more on public-private partnerships, and allocate 20% of an increase in the federal gas tax to mass-transit accounts.