Archinect - News 2017-04-30T09:02:06-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149983672/elaine-chao-wants-speedier-approvals-for-dot-s-infrastructure-projects Elaine Chao wants speedier approvals for DOT's infrastructure projects Julia Ingalls 2016-12-22T16:22:00-05:00 >2016-12-23T08:28:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p3/p3au7tzovzk69kgh.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Nominee for Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao laid out her vision for DOT should the senate confirm her, and it's heavy on lifting regulations while breezing past funding issues. According to <a href="http://www.politico.com/tipsheets/morning-transportation/2016/12/chaos-agenda-for-dot-217978" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Politico</a>:</p><p><em>Chao said she wants to reduce "regulatory burdens when appropriate." And she hopes to speed up project approvals regardless of whether infrastructure programs get a funding boost. &ldquo;With or without a new infusion of funds, it is necessary to look at the existing processes for infrastructure development and find more efficient ways to address bottlenecks in planning and permitting,&rdquo; Chao said. That response indicates Chao isn&rsquo;t assuming Congress will pass a large infrastructure spending package.</em></p><p>For more on Trump's political cabinet of curiosities:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149981644/5-housing-experts-offer-opinions-about-ben-carson-s-direction-as-hud-head" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5 housing experts offer opinions about Ben Carson's direction as HUD head</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149980853/trump-nominates-elaine-chao-for-secretary-of-transportation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trump nominates Elaine Chao for Secretary of Transportation</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149982839/former-texas-governor-rick-perry-nominated-as-secretary-of-u-s-department-of-energy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Former Texas Governor Rick Perry nominated as Secretary of U.S. Department of Energy</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145806465/the-u-s-just-got-4-billion-to-spend-on-self-driving-cars The U.S. just got $4 billion to spend on self-driving cars Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-15T12:47:00-05:00 >2016-01-19T00:13:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3c/3ccda3010a3c6636f398c6cf1701118d.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the government would remove hurdles to developing autonomous vehicles and set further guidelines for them within six months. [...] The government&rsquo;s new support includes a request in President Obama&rsquo;s proposed budget for the next fiscal year for $4 billion, to be spent over 10 years, to finance research projects and infrastructure improvements tied to driverless cars.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This is the first time the federal government has actively engaged in the regulation and implementation of driverless vehicles. State governments had previously been putting forth their own standards &ndash; see this handy wiki from Gabriel Weiner and Bryant Walker Smith at Stanford University, "<a href="http://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/wiki/index.php/Automated_Driving:_Legislative_and_Regulatory_Action" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Automated Driving: Legislative and Regulatory Action</a>".</p><p>More on the road (ahem) to driverless vehicles:</p><ul><li><a title="Think driverless cars will reduce traffic? Not so fast." href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141511613/think-driverless-cars-will-reduce-traffic-not-so-fast" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Think driverless cars will reduce traffic? Not so fast.</a></li><li><a title='"In LiDAR We Trust" &ndash; Poking the subconscious of autonomous vehicles with special guest Geoff Manaugh, on Archinect Sessions #43' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141436229/in-lidar-we-trust-poking-the-subconscious-of-autonomous-vehicles-with-special-guest-geoff-manaugh-on-archinect-sessions-43" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"In LiDAR We Trust" &ndash; Poking the subconscious of autonomous vehicles with special guest Geoff Manaugh, on Archinect Sessions #43</a></li><li><a title="California Legalizes Driverless Cars" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/58027971/california-legalizes-driverless-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California Legalizes Driverless Cars</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/79396202/the-park-over-the-highway-is-now-underway The "Park Over the Highway" is now underway Justine Testado 2013-08-14T09:55:00-04:00 >2013-08-22T10:03:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yg/yg92rvqourhtqh35.jpg" width="650" height="867" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Officials from the U.S. Department of Transportation announced the start of the aptly named&#8203; &#8203;"&#8203;Park O&#8203;ver the Highway" plan in St. Louis, Missouri earlier this month. The plan's objective is to connect the iconic Gateway Arch grounds and Downtown St. Louis by building a park over the Interstate-70, which has divided the city from the Mississippi waterfront for the past 50 years. Last month, the <a href="http://modot.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Missouri Department of Transportation </a>(MoDOT) awarded <a href="http://kciconstruction.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KCI Construction Company</a> $26.4 million to begin construction. The project is expected to be done by Fall 2015.</p> <p> As depicted in the rendering above, the extensive renovation project also involves re-routing roads, laying groundwork pedestrian and bike paths, and general enhancement of the landscape&#8203;.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r8/r82nj3j9f2h5pxur.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Funds for the entire $380 million plan came from public sources like federal grants and a voter-approved local sales tax as well as private contributions from major supporters like the <a href="http://www.cityarchriver.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CityArchRiver</a> foundation.</p> <p> <br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8v/8v9ruq4ubroskgh0.jpg" title=""><br><br> U.S. Transportation ...</p>