LA-to-Vegas HSR, Inglewood Transit Connector Win IIJA Grants

Two southern California rail P3s are each a step closer to financial close after receiving discretionary IIJA grants from the Biden Administration. First, the Brightline West High-Speed Rail Project, an effort to connect the 218-miles between Las Vegas and suburban Los Angeles via privately-operated high-speed trains, received a $3 billion federal grant. The project may […]

The IIJA Turns Two

David Leonhardt’s recent essay in The New York Times titled Longer Commutes, Shorter Lives is, in parts, a thorough indictment of American transportation infrastructure progress over the last half century. Between the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in 1869 and the first transcontinental passenger flight in 1959, American transportation experienced one revolution after another. […]

Public-Private Partnerships and Other-People’s Money

“Will the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) be good or bad for the US P3 industry?” Two years ago, that was the hotly contested debate in this niche industry, and PWF hosted perspectives arguing both sides in the weeks before and after the historic infrastructure legislation passed into law.

The IIJA and Social Equity on Megaprojects: A Case Study on the LAX APM Project

We are in the middle of an historic investment in America’s infrastructure. After years of promises by previous administrations, multiple iterations, and halting, inconsistent progress, Congress passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) with bipartisan support and President Biden signed it into law on November 15, 2021. The $1.2 trillion legislation provides a five-year […]

Biden CEQ Publishes Phase 2 NEPA Permitting Guidance for Public Comment

In late July, the Biden Administration published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that contained many detailed edits to the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) guidance for implementing the National Environmental Protection Act of 1970 (NEPA). The new regulations are in small part intended to adapt to the permitting reform legislation, which Congress passed earlier this […]

Applications Open for New Round of IIJA Grants for Transport Projects

The Department of Transportation has published its 2023 Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Multimodal Project Discretionary Grant (MPDG) program. This year public sponsors will be able to apply for more than $5.5 billion in federal discretionary infrastructure grants through the program, or roughly double the amount advertised in fiscal 2022.

Infrastructure Development by Emergency Declaration

When the highway overpass on I-95 north of Philadelphia came down last month, it wasn’t due to the usual poor maintenance or political dysfunction that are often blamed for America’s crumbling infrastructure. A gasoline truck lost control and crashed into the underpass, and the ensuing fire brought the short bridge down. All of a sudden, […]

Permitting Pork and the Debt Ceiling Deal

Permitting reform is not exactly a topic that you would expect to be wrapped up in the middle of last month’s federal debt ceiling negotiations, but there it was. The fact is that there are factions in both parties who support reforms to the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) and a handful of other tweaks […]