Friday, July 27, 2012

Commuter Rail Evolves: The RAIL #30 Editorial Discussion

RAIL Magazine Editors Scott Bogren and Rich Sampson — along with Brent Riddle, Senior Program Officer for Urban and Regional Policy at the German Marshall Fund — discuss the editorial development of the latest edition of RAIL, and the commuter rail themes that emerged as the edition progressed. Don't miss this discussion of New Mexico's Rail Runner, Orlando's SunRail, Denver's FrontRunner and Minneapolis-St. Paul's NorthStar, among others.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Burgess Everett, Politico Transportation Reporter

With much of the capitol press corps turning its attention in late June to the surface transportation bill, Burgess Everett's coverage of the surface transportation reauthorization process for Politico provided the latest breaking news from Capitol Hill. In this edition of the CT Podcast, Everett provides insight into how the conference committee suddenly gained traction and how Congressional leadership looked to the key negotiators and said, "Get this done." He talks about the surprising addition of a second year of funding and reveals how important suburban legislators were in keeping transit in the trust fund. It's a behind-the-scenes look at the making of MAP-21 that you won't want to miss.

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Transportation Lobbyist Jason Pavluchuk

Jason Pavluchuk, principal with Pavluchuk and Associates, discusses the passage of MAP-21 and its implications. Who won and who lost in MAP-21? What exactly happened that took the conference committee from being mired in seeming stalemate to overwhelmingly bi-partisan vote totals? What were the big issues that MAP-21 leaves to another day? Take a listen to an insider's perspective on the new surface transportation law that broke a 1,000 day SAFETEA-LU extension

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