Congress avoided a government shutdown while continuing to negotiate on a long-delayed 2017 budget, but approved a further one-week extension of 2016 spending levels to May 5 to give lawmakers more time to pin down an agreement for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1.
The House of Representatives voted 417-3 April 27 to pass a Senate-passed measure that would repeal a widely criticized rule from the last days of the Obama administration that would have required operational changes for many of the nation's metropolitan planning organizations.
Some transportation construction industry groups are joining a new effort to press Congress to include a long-term revenue fix to the Highway Trust Fund in any comprehensive tax reform legislation.
The American Public Transportation Association warned that the transit industry could lose 800,000 jobs nationwide if Congress were to fully implement President Trump's proposed cuts to public transportation funding in its budget for the 2018 fiscal year that starts Oct. 1.
Amtrak CEO Wick Moorman said the passenger railroad will quickly undertake a series of major track and switch upgrade projects in New York City's Pennsylvania Station, speeding up repairs but requiring track closures and schedule changes for all rail lines operating there.
The Environmental Protection Agency said it is soliciting diesel emission reduction project proposals through June 20, and expects to award at least $11 million in grants to help retrofit or replace diesel transportation and other industry equipment with cleaner-burning models.
The U.S. Department of Transportation unveiled a new regulation that spelled out the roles of several senior officials in the Office of the Secretary, and clarifies their policy authority over modal agencies.
The Indiana General Assembly approved a measure to increase fuel excise taxes and a wide range of user fees to eventually provide more than $1.2 billion a year for transportation infrastructure projects when it is fully implemented in 2024.
The Montana House of Representatives completed the Legislature's approval of a measure that would raise motor fuel taxes to generate about $30 million a year more for state and local transportation projects.
The Tennessee General Assembly finished work April 24 on a transportation funding package that will raise taxes on motor fuels and generate an extra $350 million a year for targeted state and local project needs, and Gov. Bill Haslam signed it into law April 26.
California lawmakers fast-tracked and approved a measure April 24 to authorize more than $900 million in specific transportation projects, the AP reported, and sent it to Gov. Jerry Brown.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo took President Franklin Roosevelt's 1932 Packard to the April 27 ceremonial opening of a new $555 million bridge – the first of two spans to replace the Kosciuszko Bridge in New York City that opened when FDR was in the White House.
The Idaho Transportation Board approved $150 million in bond funding against future federal allocations to repair and add lanes on Interstate 84 between Franklin Boulevard and Karcher Road in Nampa, saying the project would reduce congestion and improve safety.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said the State Transportation Commission approved $40 million in state assistance to 34 new freight rail projects.
The Nevada Department of Transportation has begun a $14 million, months-long project to rebuild about 2.5 miles of busy Glendale Avenue (State Route 648) in Reno and Sparks.
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