Transportation

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Indiana Fourth District U.S. Representative Todd Rokita says the federal highway bill recently passed by Congress provides reliability in funding and eliminates stress for states and contractors as they plan to upgrade and maintain roads.

 

 The bill provides five years of funding with more than $5 billion for Indiana.

 Rokita, a member of the House Transportation Committee, says the federal highway bill is paid for without gimmicks, relying mostly on the gasoline tax, with some alternative revenue streams that include funds from the Federal Reserve. 

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Gasoline prices are once again plummeting across the nation, and in the Hoosier State, the average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline is sitting at $1.79.  

Jet fuel prices have been dropping as well. However, airline fares haven’t seen as drastic of a price drop.

About 30 percent of airlines’ operating costs are fuel. With the large dip in fuel prices, you might expect to see a dip in ticket prices, but that is not where the money has gone.

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Gasoline prices are down again, and with increasing oil reserves, an industry analyst says it appears they will stay that way.

GasBuddy's Patrick DeHaan says that the United States continues to set records with a massive oil surplus.

"We now stand at a 100 million-barrel surplus compared to just a year ago, and if you can wrap your mind around this, total U,S, petroleum inventories now are over 2 billion barrels," he says. "That's only the third time in history that's happened."

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Governor Mike Pence says he welcomes House Democrats to the road funding conversation but believes their $2 billion infrastructure proposal could bankrupt the state.  

Pence still doesn’t have an answer for how local communities fit into his own roads plan.

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Indiana House Democrats this week unveiled their proposal to solve some of the state’s road maintenance issues.  The Minority Leader says it goes further than the governor’s plan by providing help to local communities.

The House Democrats’ plan would divert sales tax revenues on gasoline and special fuels to road maintenance.  Minority Leader Scott Pelath says that would have generated $525 million this year and, under the Democrats’ proposal, would have been split between state and local roads, with 53 percent to the state and 47 percent to locals.

USDOT To Assess Indianapolis' Transportation Efficiency

Oct 29, 2015
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The U.S. Department of Transportation is gathering input in Indianapolis for a 30-year assessment of urban transit needs.

Indy is one of 11 stops on a tour by Transportation Department officials who are assembling the department's "Beyond Traffic 2045" report. The department says a growing population and an increasing number of cargo shipments mean the nation needs a long-term plan for increasing capacity, creating transit options for low-income Americans, and paying for it all.

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A new report says freight in Indiana is going to double by 2035, and it offers a multi-pronged strategy to strengthen Central Indiana's logistics industry.

The Conexus Indiana Central Regional Logistics Council released its strategic plan Wednesday. The 30-year plan identifies dozens of infrastructure projects and public policy and workforce strategies needed to aid firms that specialize in hauling freight by road, rail, water or air.

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INDOT is testing something new on State Road 37 in Morgan County -- signs along that road that tell you how fast to go if you want to make the next green light.

As of now the signals are only located leading up to the State Road 144 intersection near Waverly.

INDOT spokesman Harry McGinity says the concept is rooted in safety and convenience, but that's only if drivers are willing to utilize it.

INDOT claims the signs make traffic more efficient by cutting down the number of drivers waiting for a light.

INDOT Investigating Work On Almost 200 Road Projects

Sep 29, 2015
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INDOT says a demand that a Fort Wayne contractor replace or pay for allegedly substandard asphalt isn't necessarily a sign of similar cases to come.

INDOT is testing asphalt on nearly 200 road projects performed by 44 different contractors, including additional projects by Brooks Construction of Fort Wayne.

INDOT Orders Construction Company: Repair Roads Or Pay Up

Sep 28, 2015
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The Indiana Department of Transportation is asking a former contractor to either repave a stretch of Indiana highway that’s prematurely deteriorating or else reimburse the state the amount it paid the company in 2012. The demand comes as the agency looks into nearly 200 completed projects it suspects could contain subpar asphalt.

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