ON THE STREET – NEWS FROM THE SIC (3/17/17)

Bill Gilmore, PE (HDR/ICA) / March 17, 2017

The following items may be of interest to our readers. NCSITE takes no official position on these articles or items; however, you are encouraged to read and stay abreast of what is taking place in our profession and discuss with your colleagues.

NATIONAL

President’s proposed $54 billion in defense spending which has to be offset by a decrease in non-mandatory programs which may affect certain transportation programs. Below is a high level summary of the impacts and total nationwide financial impacts to transportation programs.  These are the results of what’s being referred to as the “skinny budget” in which the President proposes to increase the Defense Fund by $54 billion which has to be offset by reductions in other non-mandatory federal programs.  The expected date for the full budget is sometime in May, which will include detailed information at an individual account level for all parts of the federal government.

  • Eliminate new grants under the New Starts, Small Starts, and Core Capacity programs, which fund major new lines and renovations ($1.1 billion)
  • Eliminate the TIGER program, which offers smaller grants to many different types of transportation investments ($0.5 billion)
  • Eliminate federal support for long-distance Amtrak routes (0.6 billion)
  • Eliminating all Essential Air Service Subsidies ($0.2 billion)
  • Shifting Air Traffic Control from FAA to non-governmental organizations (n/a)

This is a link with additional information.

The Trump administration has made development of an infrastructure plan and its implementation a high priority. A key issue appears to be finding the funds.  Read more here.

NORTH CAROLINA

Secretary Trogdon has been at the NCDOT helm for several weeks pending a “challenged” senate and house confirmation process. As expected, the Secretary is highly respected in the House, Senate and was the pick of the Governor. The following article “cements” our new Secretary in place. Read more here.