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Policy Studies


ARCTIC PROMISE: Challenges and Opportunities in Realizing the Next Generation of U.S. Arctic Infrastructure

(February 2017) America’s Arctic regions need increased infrastructural development, especially as the Arctic’s thinning sea ice creates new shipping routes and increased summer navigability – providing new economic opportunities and furthering U.S. strategic imperatives. These needs range from healthcare facilities, roads, bridges, deep-water ports and transshipment centers, to high-speed broadband internet and access to modern health- care services for Alaska’s Native populations. It is also critical to the United States’ national security and geopolitical interests, that we develop the region further and invest in a eet of modern icebreakers – the vessels that break up ice to provide other ships access to open waters – to keep pace with Russia, which has taken a commanding position in the Arctic by investing billions of dollars on infrastructure, including a large eet of at least forty icebreakers.

There are a number of proposed Arctic infrastructure projects that would address these economic and strategic needs and which collectively con- stitute an estimated $6.3 billion in necessary investment into the region. And yet despite a growing alignment of challenges and opportunities, the signi cant capital outlay necessary to deliver them will likely remain sidelined until investors have con dence that markets of scale will develop, to make each nancially viable.

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(May 2016) Waterborne commerce generated an estimated $4.6 trillion of economic activity in 2014, accounting for 26 percent of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) in that year. Additionally, seaport activities accounted for $41 billion in federal, state, and local tax revenue in the same year. These statistics are not surprising considering “more than 95 percent (by volume) of overseas trade produced or consumed by the U.S. moves through our ports.” Numerous U.S. industries rely on ports to find markets, both domestically and internationally, including…

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The Jones Act: Protectionism V Global Trade

(January 2016) United States trade policy has evolved to meet the challenges and opportunities of international markets since the nation’s founding. Over the years, innovation has provided new outlets for accessing the global markets, but one law has fostered an inconsistent and inefficient standard for how goods move by water, and who carries them. The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, or The Jones Act, is a protectionist law that safeguards the domestic shipping industry from foreign competition. It was also originally intended to bolster national security by ensuring domestic sealift capability during times of war. By requiring that trade between U.S. ports be carried on a U.S.-built ship that is U.S. owned, flagged, and operated by a crew of 75 percent U.S. citizens, the trade policy bans effective competition within the United States…

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Back on Track: Bringing Rail Safety Into the 21st Century

(August 2015) Freight trains on tracks: Click here to read the report The nation’s bedrock infrastructure is aging, and railroads are no exception. Tracks and rail beds are not equipped to handle the demands of growing traffic. From the 4,400 percent growth of oil train shipments to the recent devastations in commuter rail incidents, the…

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The Highway Trust Fund: A History, Analysis, Discussion, and Assessment for Improving Solvency

(May 2015) America’s crumbling roads, bridges, and highways are far more than an eyesore – they are a safety hazard and a detriment to the economy. In 2013, The Road Information Program (TRIP), a national transportation research group, estimated the average driver spends roughly $377 per year in additional vehicle repairs and operating costs because of poor conditions of the roads. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) estimated in 2010 that, “deficiencies in America’s surface transportation systems cost households and business nearly $130 billion” in 2010…

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Policy Research


HOUSE WATER INFRASTRUCTURE BILL INCLUDES CRITICAL HARBOR MAINTENANCE TRUST FUND FIX

(25 May 2016) The U.S. House of Representatives’ (House) Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I Committee) passed The Water Resources Development Act of 2016. The T&I Committee’s bill summary highlights many of the bill’s provisions, including: • Authorizing appropriations for port, channel, lock, dam and other infrastructure projects; …

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FEDERAL IMPEDIMENTS TO P3 MARKET GROWTH

(27 May 2016) By Shane Skelton, Executive Director The U.S. Public Private Partnership (P3) market is beginning to gain steam. As we pointed out in our Policy Brief, “Innovation in the P3 Marketplace,” states and localities across the country are becoming more creative in the types of infrastructure projects P3s are being used…

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HIGHWAY TRUST FUND OUTLOOK IMPROVED, BUT STILL NOT SOLVENT, ACCORDING TO THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE

(25 Apr 2016) By Shane Skelton, Aii Executive Director Last month, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its most current Highway Trust Fund (HTF) baseline projecting that the fund would suffer a $107 billion cumulative shortfall by 2026. By almost any measure, this is bad news, but compared to other recent estimates,…

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AII BOARD MEMBER, CHRIS KILGORE, FEATURED IN WASHINGTON POST

(07 Mar 2016)  Originally posted on the Washington Post. Even before the Coast Guard helicopter got airborne that morning, the crew could see the glow from the fire on the horizon, 40 miles away. Two ships, one of them a fully loaded oil tanker, had collided in the Gulf of Mexico near Galveston, Texas…

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CONGRESS BEGINS WORK ON WRDA REAUTHORIZATION

(24 Feb 2016) By Shane Skelton, Aii Executive Director On February 24, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure held a hearing titled, “A Review of United States Army Corps of Engineers Reports to Congress on Future Water Resources Development and Chief’s Reports.” The hearing was held in anticipation…

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AII LATEST REPORT HIGHLIGHTS JONES ACT POLICY AS OUTDATED

(19 Jan 2016) Read the full report here. Aii released a new report today, “The Jones Act: Protectionism v Global Trade,” calling the Jones Act outdated and inconsistent especially as the United States is entering new global markets and removing longstanding barriers to trade. The Jones Act, also known as the Merchant Marine Act…

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AII EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR PUBLISHED IN PUBLIC SECTOR DIGEST

(15 Jan 2016) By Shane Skelton, Read full article here. Aii’s Executive Director, Shane Skelton was published in this month’s issue of Public Sector Digest. The article titled, “Tackling the Infrastructure Deficit: Using Private Dollars for Public Projects,” proposes alternative methods for funding the nation’s crucial infrastructure projects…

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THE FAST ACT: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

(10 Dec 2015) By Chanil N. De Silva; Director of Policy at Nouveau Inc. President Obama signed a five-year, $305 billion, surface-transportation funding bill into law on Friday December 4th. The bill, known as the FAST Act (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act) is the first long-term transportation-funding bill since 2005. The…

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TRANSPORTING CRUDE OIL BY WATER HIGHLIGHTED AT RECENT CONFERENCE

(20 Nov 2015) By Ashley Vanbuskirk: INFONEX’s Crude-by-water and Crude export conference took place this week in Houston, Texas, on November 17-18th. The event hosted many influential experts in the oil and energy industry, including Aii’s Chairman, Brigham McCown who updated attendees on the crude oil export ban reform process. The annual conference is considered a…

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WILL HYPERLOOP’S EVER BE A REALITY?

(20 Nov 2015) By Ashley Vanbuskirk: What if you could get from Los Angeles to San Francisco, or from Washington, DC to Columbus, OH in 30 minutes, moving comfortably at up to 800 miles per hour[1], all without parking at an airport, waiting in a long security line, or leaving your water bottle and toiletries behind?…

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THE INFRASTRUCTURE SCORECARD: PRESIDENTIAL RACE 2016

(27 Oct 2015,) Infrastructure is the backbone of the American economy. Roads, bridges, railways, pipelines, and airports alike connect America, permitting the free flow of people and goods across the continent. The state of the nation’s infrastructure has been in the spotlight recently due to a variety of unfortunate incidents, ranging from bridges…

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BUILDING A BETTER FUTURE

(30 Sep 2015) A well built, well maintained, modernized infrastructure network is a key component of a strong economy. The state of U.S. infrastructure has been in decline in recent years, and is nowhere near the envy of the world as it once was. While only tangentially related, the U.S. economy has also…

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DIVERTING DERAILMENTS: WORKING TOGETHER FOR RAIL SAFETY

(31 Aug 2015) The Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure is hosting a rail safety event this Thursday at the George Town Club in Washington, D.C. The roundtable discussion will cover topics related to safety on the nation’s rails related to both passenger and commodity networks. The basis of the discussion is a…

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NEW TECHNOLOGIES MEAN SAFER RAIL CROSSINGS

(11 Aug 2015) Higher standards and better safety technology have helped reduce the danger of railroad crossings over the half-century. Every safety improvement gets closer to an accident-free system, but track crossings remain inherently risky. With crossing related fatalities on the decline throughout the 21st century, the nine percent uptick in deaths in…

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INFRASTRUCTURE FIX LOOKS TO INTERNATIONAL FUNDING

(20 Jul 2015) By Breanne Kincaid: Global wealth is increasing, and so too are the growing number of international elite looking to emigrate from their native country in search of their next opportunity. The U.S. EB-5 Visa Program offers a win-win solution for both wealthy foreign investors interested in living stateside, and…

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BUILDING NEW SOURCES OF FUNDING FOR THE NATION’S INFRASTRUCTURE

(13 Jul 2015) It has been two years since The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) infamously slammed the quality of US infrastructure with a D+ grade. Transportation infrastructure – the highways, mass transit, aviation, water, and railways traversing the country – have traditionally received the majority of their funding from the public…

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PREVENTING TRAIN ACCIDENTS IN THE 21ST CENTURY

(24 Jun 2015) Freight trains on tracks: Train accidents happen. It’s why so many independent bodies exist to drive the rail industry towards constant improvement. But even with the less than 16 accidents per million miles travelled in 2014 reported by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), every incident carries the possibility of loss of life, disruption of…

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