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As gas prices drop, states under increased pressure to hike taxes to replenish transportation funds

Gasoline (At The Pump)

“Recently falling gas prices have made the situation more urgent. But state and federal coffers that pay for such projects have been moving deeper into the red for years as Americans drive less, vehicles are more fuel efficient and construction costs have increased.” See More . . . Source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/01/24/as-gas-prices-drops-states-under-increased-pressure-to-hike-taxes-to-replenish/By: FoxNews.com (The Associated Press contributed to this report)

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St. Petersburg pier committee eliminates only one of seven proposals

St Pete Pier Alt - Mod01

“In a few weeks, St. Petersburg residents 18 and older will get a chance to further cull the ideas by participating in a survey to pick their favorites. A pier working group earlier concluded that residents most wanted such amenities as observation and viewing areas, restaurants, transportation, cycling, jogging and walking paths, courtesy and transient docks and fishing.” See More …

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Biden pushes for infrastructure funding deal

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“An 18.4-cents-per-gallon gas tax is the primary source of revenue for funding transportation projects, and infrastructure supporters have been pushing to increase it for the first time since 1993, arguing the time is right now that drivers are paying less at the pump than they have in years.” See More . . . Source: http://thehill.com/policy/transportation/230489-biden-pushes-for-infrastructure-funding-dealBy: By Keith Laing

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San Francisco MTA to expand Muni rail service

Muni Metro Car (Muni rail service)

“The measure includes free Muni rides for moderate to low-income seniors and people with disabilities; additional funding for transit vehicle cleanliness; and the elimination of telephone and online computer transaction fees, SFMTA officials said in a press release.” See More . . . Source: http://www.progressiverailroading.com/passenger_rail/news/San-Francisco-MTA-to-expand-Muni-rail-service–43295By: Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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Lyft seeks new funding in battle against Uber

Lyft Logo

“Uber has expanded to more than 260 cities around the world, while Lyft is only in about 60 U.S. cities. In some of its more mature markets, Uber dwarfs not only competing apps such as Lyft and Sidecar, but reportedly the entire taxi industry.” See More . . . Source: http://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/blog/morning-edition/2015/01/lyft-seeks-new-funding-in-battle-againstuber.html?iana=ind_logtranBy: Marlize van Romburgh (San Francisco Business Times)

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Tampa port to host intermodal conference

“Economists, maritime transportation and government officials plan to also discuss how trade patterns and infrastructure needs could affect future movement of goods and support development of major transportation project investments, including the Panama Canal expansion.    See More . . . Source: http://www.thepacker.com/fruit-vegetable-news/–Tampa-port-to-host-intermodal-conference-289455551.html By: Doug Ohlemeier

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Pedestrians and interstate entrance make for dangerous mix

“Northbound scofflaws routinely make illegal U-turns to access the interstate entrance (which is supposed to be only for southbound vehicles), endangering southbound pedestrians who have already started to cross the entrance, and have no way of seeing this danger.” See More . . . Source: http://www.tampabay.com/news/transportation/roads/pedestrians-and-interstate-entrance-make-for-dangerous-mix/2214709By: LORRIE LYKINS, TIMES CORRESPONDENT

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TRB Coverage on TTV: State CEOs’ Concerns on Trust Fund, Sec. Foxx and More



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Strong U.S. Dollar and Cheap Oil Help to Boost World Economy: Bloomberg Poll

“With the U.S. Federal Reserve preparing to raise interest rates this year and the world’s largest economy picking up speed, the greenback last year rose against all 16 of its major rivals, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and ABN Amro Bank NV are among those predicting the dollar will rise to parity with the euro …

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Oil price and Russian politics

“Russia’s latest and most serious foreign adventure in Ukraine and its annexation of Crimea took place when the price of oil was still over $100 a barrel. But as the oil price fell Russia has not (so far) become any friendlier to the West nor to its neighbours. ” See More . . . Source: http://www.economist.com/blogs/freeexchange/2015/01/oil-price-and-russian-politicsBy: The Economist

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