Infrastructure Funding en Senator Casey Pushes Short-Term Highway Funding Patch <p>According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there could be a shortfall in the highway trust fund (HTF) as soon as mid-July.</p><p>For much of the country, that could mean a halt to construction on bridges and roads.</p><p>“What we’re facing in transportation is the transportation equivalent of a government shutdown, it is that simple, but it is that stark and disturbing if folks don’t start (to) surrender some of their predispositions on what should happen next,” U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) said.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:29:06 +0000 Jessica Nath 31646 at Pittsburgh Receives Latest Act 47 Recovery Plan <p>Pittsburgh’s Recovery Coordinators have submitted a <a href=",_Articles,_Commentary/Commentary/City%20of%20Pittsburgh%20-%202014%20Amended%20Recovery%20Plan.pdf">new plan</a> – the third since the city has been under distressed Act 47 oversight – to get the city into solvent financial shape.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 21:23:17 +0000 Irina Zhorov 30270 at Amendment Aims to Fund Water Infrastructure Projects <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. House has passed an amendment by Representatives Mike Doyle (D - PA - 14) and Tim Murphy (R - PA - 18) that could mean funding to remedy sewer overflows in Allegheny County.</span></p><p>The amendment - the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) - aims to finance the creation or renovation of water and wastewater infrastructure through low interest rate federal loans, loan guarantees and possibly grants.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 19:57:43 +0000 Jessica Nath 29627 at Stressing the Importance of Transportation Funding <p>Pittsburgh is sometimes known as the <a href="">city of bridges</a>, but without additional funding, bridges in disrepair are likely to be weight-restricted and mass-transit systems will have to scale back projects.</p><p>This month, legislative leaders are reportedly continuing discussions about transportation funding in the commonwealth and hope to map out a proposal that could be voted on by mid-November. Tue, 05 Nov 2013 21:10:35 +0000 Nick Frost 19304 at Stressing the Importance of Transportation Funding House Appropriations Committee Explores Infrastructure Investment in Pittsburgh Hearing <p>How to fund transportation improvements hit a traffic jam this summer.</p><p>House Republican leaders wanted to spend less than the $2.5 billion the Senate passed, and neither can agree on where to get the money.</p><p>To try to break the gridlock, the House Appropriations Committee hosted a hearing in Pittsburgh Wednesday to explore how investments in infrastructure can generate economic growth.</p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 21:54:36 +0000 Jessica Nath 15220 at