The federal gas tax is no longer collecting enough revenue to fund infrastructure in the US, and the White House's infrastructure plan would allow for heavier reliance on tolling, Justin Fox writes. The federal gas tax has remained essentially the same since 1993, and inflation and better fuel mileage have caused revenue from the tax to decline, Fox writes.
A resolution approved by the Yonkers City Council requests that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo end toll collections on Interstate 87 near the city, as officials say people avoiding the toll are causing traffic congestion in Yonkers. Removing tolls in the past has reduced the New York State Thruway Authority's revenue by millions of dollars.
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Ireland's Kingspan Group is one example of a company willing to do the hard work to realize the benefits of still-evolving building information modeling technology. The manufacturer of high performance insulation and building envelope solutions is now taking a major next step in BIM with a $10 million investment in Invicara, a cloud-based data-management platform to help owners and partners use BIM to create data-rich digital buildings.
The Los Angeles Community College District, the largest such district in the US, mandated a building information modeling approach for the third phase of its $6 billion campus-modernization project. Bentley's BIM systems were used to create a collaborative 3D environment and enhance project coordination, helping save millions of dollars on complex and sustainable construction.
President Donald Trump has expressed support for raising the gas tax, but opponents and supporters are uncertain about his conviction, given his ability to "flip positions on a dime." Many in the business community support an increase, but many conservatives oppose it.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey approved a $364 million project to repair the Holland Tunnel, with work to begin next year. The tunnel was damaged during Superstorm Sandy, and the project will improve the tunnel's resiliency.
US Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao notes that a national discussion on infrastructure has been needed for a long time and that President Donald Trump's plan brings such discourse to the forefront. She highlights the I-4 Ultimate Project, a public-private partnership project in Florida, as an example of a model that can work in other areas of the country because it uses public and private money.
If solar panels were added to every viable rooftop in the US, including homes, it would cover 8 billion square meters and produce 1400 terawatt hours of electricity annually, accounting for about 40% of the country's electricity needs, according to a study from the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory. California, the study shows, could meet 74% of its electric power needs under this scenario.