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U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces $79 Million TIFIA Loan for Chicago’s 95th Street Bus and Rail Project

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced the closing of a $79 million Transportation Infrastructure Finance Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan to the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) for the 95th Street Bus and Rail project.

Meet Wayne

I want to introduce you to some of the people I am meeting on our bus tour.  I’ve always believed transportation is more than steel, concrete, and asphalt; it’s ultimately about the people across America – those who work to build it and those who use it (all of us).
 
Yesterday, I met Wayne Cupp, the International Union of Electronic, Electrical, Salaried, Machine, and Furniture Workers – Communications Workers of America (IUE-CWA) Local 84765 President at the Siemens motor plant in Norwood, Ohio.

Photo of Secretary Foxx with Wayne Cupp

Efficient freight operations on display at UPS Worldport

After visiting the Ohio River Bridges project, I headed to UPS Worldport in Louisville, where I had a great conversation with Scott Davis, Chairman and CEO of UPS, and business leaders from around the region.

What they made clear to me is the scope of the challenge we’re facing when it comes to transportation in America. 

By 2050, we’re going to have to haul an additional 14 billion tons of freight around this country. Needless to say, without new investment, supply chains will fall apart, hindering job growth and harming retailers, manufacturers, and the millions of American consumers who need their goods to be transported efficiently and affordably.

That’s why we’re working so hard to spread the message that investments in infrastructure are absolutely crucial to the health of our nation’s economy.

After our roundtable discussion, I had a chance to tour the Worldport facility with Scott Davis.  It’s a great operation – processing an average of 1.6 million packages a day.  In fact, I learned that the average package spends only 13 minutes inside the facility!  We have one of the best freight systems in the world – but we need to continue investing to stay that way.

Photo of Secretary Foxx touring UPS Worldport

 

American innovation on display at Siemens Norwood Motors manufacturing facility

My final stop of the day on my week-long “Invest in America, Commit to the Future” bus tour was a visit to Siemens’ Norwood Motors Manufacturing Facility.

This plant was built at the turn of the 19th century, when railroads symbolized the nation’s revolution in technology. 

And thanks to companies like Siemens, rail is helping once again to lead a new era of American innovation.

National Online Dialogue for MAP-21 Section 1305 - Programmatic Approaches

Welcome to FHWA and FTA’s National Online Dialogue webpage for MAP-21’s Section 1305 rulemaking on expanding the use of Programmatic Approaches in environmental decision-making!

MAP-21 Section 1305 requires FHWA and FTA to initiate a rulemaking to allow for the use of programmatic approaches that are consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other applicable laws to conduct environmental reviews.  FHWA and FTA are conducting outreach to these stakeholders through a national online dialogue and targeted listening sessions. Following completion of the outreach process, the Agencies will initiate a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that provides interested parties with the opportunity to comment on proposed new and/or modified Agency regulations.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Outlines Transportation Vision Focused on Overcoming Infrastructure Deficit

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx today outlined his top priorities for the Department of Transportation, highlighting America’s infrastructure deficit and identifying ways for the Department to use innovation and improved planning to stretch transportation dollars as effectively and efficiently as possible. Secretary Foxx also discussed his vision for multimodal transportation providing greater economic “ladders of opportunity” to all Americans and reiterated the Department’s commitment to safety.

Transportation Awards honor Every Day Counts innovations

Now more than ever, we're being asked to stretch every transportation dollar as far as possible. One of the most effective ways we're doing that at the Federal Highway Administration is through our Every Day Counts initiative, which is saving State DOT's millions of dollars and delivering the benefits of road and bridge projects to travelers much more quickly.

If you want to see the future of project delivery, just take a look at the winners of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 America's Transportation Awards Competition and the states that made them happen. These two projects delivered the benefits of better roads, bridges, and highways sooner and more efficiently, using Every Day Counts innovations promoted by the Federal Highway Administration.


Utah's I-15 Corridor Grand Prize-winning project

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