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Despite a massive backlog of road and bridge projects, the state will have soon diverted $418 million from its key transportation fund to State Police since 2005, officials said Tuesday.

Louisiana has a $12.3 billion backlog of transportation work, which state Transportation Secretary Sherri LeBas said will be “almost impossible” to eliminate amid an always expanding list of proposals.

The issue surfaced during a review of planned spending by the state Department of Transportation and Development by the powerful House Appropriations Committee.

The gathering came just weeks after the completion of work by a special state panel on how to address transportation needs.


Diesel’s pump price increase slowed as the fuel’s national average rose 0.8 cent to $2.944 a gallon, while gasoline’s increase also decelerated, the Department of Energy reported.

Gasoline gained 1.4 cents to $2.487 per gallon, the smallest increase of its six straight upturns, DOE said after its March 9 survey of filling stations.

The motor fuel has jumped 44 cents since January, although the price is $1.025 below the corresponding week last year, DOE said.

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The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority would need to spend about $6.7 billion to repair and modernize its trains, rails, and stations, a figure that is more than double the previous estimate, according to figures revealed by a T official on Tuesday.

The figures were announced a day before Governor Charlie Baker is expected to unveil his proposed spending plan for the next fiscal year, which would include about $1.17 billion to operate the T. Money for repairs or upgrades is included in a capital budget that has not been released yet.

Also Tuesday, members of the board that oversees the T expressed skepticism about issuing refunds for poor service during this winter’s snowstorms. Angry commuters have demanded reimbursement, but several board members said the agency’s need for repairs and upgrades took priority. Various proposals for refunds or discounts presented Tuesday would cost between $3.6 million and $10.5 million.


OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Senate has approved a $15 billion transportation revenue package that includes an incremental gas tax increase of 11.7 cents over the next three years.

TUnder the 16-year plan, the gas tax would increase in three stages: a 5-cent increase would take effect this summer, a 4.2-cent increase would follow next year, and then a final 2.5-cent increase would take effect the following year.he chamber passed the revenue bill Monday on a 27-22 vote and negotiations with the House will begin.



VASHON ISLAND, Wash. – Tom Langland looks outside his front window at the busiest road in town. That one with just a single stop light on a single two-lane highway.

The owner of the Vashon Pharmacy says it is just how he and his customers like it.

“I know (what) my clients want. They want to stay rural, funky and interdependent, and corporate America has no appeal out here,” said Langland.

Yet, it was not too long ago the state thought about replacing serenity with a super highway.


Two men with past connections to transportation systems in Louisiana appear to be finalists for the open Nevada Taxicab Authority administrator’s position.

Malachi Hull, a transportation consultant on for-hire transportation systems who formerly headed the taxi and for-hire bureau of the Department of Safety and Permits in New Orleans, and Dwight Brashear, a former executive with Keolis Transit America in Las Vegas and the former CEO of the Capital Area Transit System in Baton Rouge, La., were interviewed for the administrator’s opening Tuesday by the authority board.

Board members voted unanimously to postpone making a recommendation on the position until its March meeting.


As commuters forged through early morning congestion, top state officials used the vantage point of an overpass south of downtown Minneapolis Tuesday to push for the governor’s $6 billion transportation proposal.

Gov. Mark Dayton has proposed a revamp of the interchange at Interstates 494 and 35W if the Legislature agrees to fund it. The bottleneck, among the state’s most congested, carries about 290,000 cars on an average day, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.


San Francisco has a thriving night life economy, but it could be even better if it was easier and safer to get in and out of the city late at night. And not just for those who want to visit the city’s bars and restaurants, but for those who work there as well. A new plan was released on Monday that’s designed to do just that.

San Francisco considers itself a world class city, but Supervisor Scott Wiener says there’s something lacking late at night.

“Despite the fact that late night is such a critical part of our culture and economy, it seems sometimes like our transportation system doesn’t really match up,” he said.


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