Land Transportation – NFL And Trust http://nflandtrust.org/ Mon, 29 Nov 2021 22:12:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://nflandtrust.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-5-138x136.png Land Transportation – NFL And Trust http://nflandtrust.org/ 32 32 Authorities innovate to extend Howard Street tunnel in Baltimore https://nflandtrust.org/authorities-innovate-to-extend-howard-street-tunnel-in-baltimore/ Mon, 29 Nov 2021 21:45:00 +0000 https://nflandtrust.org/authorities-innovate-to-extend-howard-street-tunnel-in-baltimore/ Governor Larry Hogan and transportation officials inaugurated the Howard Street Tunnel Extension Project on Monday. The inauguration is the result of seven years of negotiations between the state, CSX and the Federal Railroad Administration. The overhaul of the 126-year-old tunnel, along with 21 other locations, will allow double-stacked containers to travel by train to and […]]]>

Governor Larry Hogan and transportation officials inaugurated the Howard Street Tunnel Extension Project on Monday. The inauguration is the result of seven years of negotiations between the state, CSX and the Federal Railroad Administration. The overhaul of the 126-year-old tunnel, along with 21 other locations, will allow double-stacked containers to travel by train to and from the Port of Baltimore. The governor said the project would have a huge impact on the state’s economy, improve the flow of goods and generate thousands of jobs. The work will be complicated. “It’s called notching. So you lower the rails where you can and notch the top of the tunnel where you can to make sure it’s safe and set it up with today’s code. “said Greg Slater, Maryland Transportation Secretary. said. The project will boost the activities of the Port of Baltimore by 160,000 containers each year. Officials said it would generate more than 14,000 jobs. “We recognize the future of this port, which has many advantages because we are inland and have a great location, but we had a bottleneck here because we couldn’t overtake stack, and we needed to get that fixed, “said US Senator Ben Cardin, D-Maryland. | RELATED: Maryland stands to gain from the infrastructure deal. green available ticks all the boxes of everything everyone’s talking about, “said Jim Foote, CEO of CSX. The project comes with a $ 466 million price tag paid by state, federal and CSX. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is helping to improve the clearance of 10 bridges between Baltimore and Philadelphia, said construction will be completed in phases, and 2024 is the estimate for completion and start-up of dual-stack service.

Governor Larry Hogan and transportation officials inaugurated the Howard Street Tunnel Expansion Project on Monday.

The inauguration is the result of seven years of negotiations between the state, CSX and the Federal Railroad Administration.

The overhaul of the 126-year-old tunnel, along with 21 other locations, will allow double-stacked containers to travel by train to and from the Port of Baltimore. The governor said the project will have a huge impact on the state’s economy, improve the flow of goods and generate thousands of jobs.

“It’s an absolute change, not just for Maryland, but for the entire region,” Hogan said.

The work will be complicated.

“It’s called the notch. So you lower the lanes where you can and notch the top of the tunnel where you can to make sure it’s safe and set it up with today’s code. hui, ”said Maryland Transportation Secretary Greg Slater.

The project will increase the activity of the Port of Baltimore by 160,000 containers each year. Officials said it would generate more than 14,000 jobs.

“We recognize the future of this port, which has so many advantages because we are inland and have a great location, but we had a bottleneck here because we couldn’t double the stack, and we had to fix that, ”said US Senator Ben Cardin, D-Maryland.

| RELATED: Maryland stands to gain from infrastructure deal

Officials said the tunnel extension offered a cost-effective way to move goods, reduce congestion along the Interstate 95 corridor and deliver environmental benefits with fewer emissions.

“By providing them with new, modernized infrastructure and encouraging the use of the most environmentally friendly type of ground transportation available, all the boxes are ticked on everything everyone is talking about,” said Jim Foote, CEO of CSX.

The project comes with a price tag of $ 466 million paid by the state, the federal government and CSX. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is helping to improve the clearance of 10 bridges between Baltimore and Philadelphia.

“It’s not about numbers on a page. It’s about the difference it makes in everyday life,” said Deputy Administrator to Federal Railways Administrator Amit Bose .

Authorities have said construction will be completed in phases, and 2024 is the estimate for the completion and start of dual-stack service.

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ARTA, PNP catches 2 alleged license repairers; probe 3 clerk LTO – Manila Bulletin https://nflandtrust.org/arta-pnp-catches-2-alleged-license-repairers-probe-3-clerk-lto-manila-bulletin/ Sun, 28 Nov 2021 03:09:00 +0000 https://nflandtrust.org/arta-pnp-catches-2-alleged-license-repairers-probe-3-clerk-lto-manila-bulletin/ Two people suspected of upgrading the professional driver’s license were arrested by authorities in Quezon City on Friday, November 26, the Anti-Red Topic Authority (ARTA) reported on Sunday morning. Joint elements of the Anti-Red Rubric Authority (ARTA) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) clean up two suspected professional driver’s […]]]>

Two people suspected of upgrading the professional driver’s license were arrested by authorities in Quezon City on Friday, November 26, the Anti-Red Topic Authority (ARTA) reported on Sunday morning.

Joint elements of the Anti-Red Rubric Authority (ARTA) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) clean up two suspected professional driver’s license repairers in Quezon City on November 26 2021. (ARTA screenshot)

In a statement, ARTA said the suspect who was only identified as a certain “Vill” was arrested with her accomplice inside a private building along Magalang Street in Barangay Pinyahan by police officers. joint elements of ARTA and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG). of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

The arrest was made right in front of the Authority’s newly installed ARTAmbayan outpost along Magalang Street after receiving the marked money from the undercover ARTA agent posing as a driver of the Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) Friday afternoon.

According to ARTA, the operation was carried out on the basis of a lot of advice they received and the surveillance they carried out.

The Authority said “Vill” demanded a total of P 4,500 from the undercover agent in exchange for quickly upgrading his driver’s license from non-professional to professional with a “safe pass” system on the examination. The normal rate for such a service is usually only less than half of the aforementioned amount.

The agent, meanwhile, said he was told to contact a certain “Val” from the Land Transportation Office (LTO) Quezon City Licensing Center to facilitate his transaction. “Val”, who serves as an assessor at that office, asked him to go to the examination site.

During the test, he claimed that the two supervisors, one of whom was holding a stick, appeared to modify his responses on the computer. As promised by the Fixers, his results came out as a “pass” despite not responding correctly to several items.

With that, ARTA Director General Jeremiah Belgica and the rest of the ARTA team trooped to ARTA Headquarters the same day to convey their findings to the Deputy Chief Secretary of the ARTA. ‘ARTA, Edgar Galvante.

The LTO staff allegedly involved, all of whom are under work order status, denied the charge. Galvante turned the matter over to ARTA for further investigation.

Meanwhile, the two arrested fixers are already in CIDG custody for investigative proceedings and could be charged with violating the Ease of Doing Business Act.


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Shuangliu International Intermodal Port Sea-Rail Intermodal Train From China To Southeast Asia Begins Maiden Voyage https://nflandtrust.org/shuangliu-international-intermodal-port-sea-rail-intermodal-train-from-china-to-southeast-asia-begins-maiden-voyage/ Fri, 26 Nov 2021 11:32:00 +0000 https://nflandtrust.org/shuangliu-international-intermodal-port-sea-rail-intermodal-train-from-china-to-southeast-asia-begins-maiden-voyage/ CHENGDU, China, November 26, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Enabled 23 november, the Intermodal Sea-Rail Train Chengdu (Shuangliu) International air-rail intermodal port, Sichuan province, China To South East Asia via Qinzhou port to Guangxi begin. In total, 1,540-foot containers were transported by train. The client is a local pharmaceutical company. In the past, the company […]]]>

CHENGDU, China, November 26, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Enabled 23 november, the Intermodal Sea-Rail Train Chengdu (Shuangliu) International air-rail intermodal port, Sichuan province, China To South East Asia via Qinzhou port to Guangxi begin.

In total, 1,540-foot containers were transported by train. The client is a local pharmaceutical company. In the past, the company had to send the goods to the river port, ship the goods to the Shanghai port, then load the goods onto sea vessels. In the case of the dry season of the river, it will take up to more than half a month to reach Shanghai. While by the sea-rail intermodal train, the economic cost is a third lower than that of the old route, taking only a quarter of the time it used to take.

“The opening of this train indicates that the intermodal port has achieved the organic integration of international air routes, international rail networks and international sea routes, and has achieved improvement of the multimodal transport system of” air transport, rail , road and maritime, “” said Zheng Shuangli, deputy general manager of Chengdu Airport Modern Service Industry Development Co., Ltd. The intermodal port will provide diversified logistics solutions to export-oriented companies.

Shuangliu is located in the hinterland of China and is the location of Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, from China fourth aviation hub. In the past, high-end biomedicine, electronic information, and other high-value-added products were sent to the world through Shuangliu’s aviation channels. Today, sea-rail intermodal trains can carry relatively low value-added, short-term goods to Qinzhou Port, Guangxi, then to The Philippines by sea, with a total transport time of 5-7 days. Although it is a little longer than the old mode of road transport for the entire trip, the cost is reduced by more than two-thirds.

On the other hand, from a ‘carbon emissions’ point of view, transporting goods by rail rather than the existing long-distance motorway through the airport’s international intermodal port can effectively reap the full benefits. significant aspects of the railway, such as environmental protection, energy conservation and efficiency, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the source.

Air-rail intermodal transport is not a new concept. The enhancement of the southbound canal is the reason why Shuangliu “Air-rail International Intermodal Port” is innovative.

“We have closely linked aviation resources to the new western land-sea corridor,” Zheng Shuangli said. Among the national cities participating in the construction of the New Western Land-Sea Corridor, Chengdu Shuangliu has pioneered seamless connection and transport and rail. In this field, Shuangliu entered the upper echelon of the country.

In recent years, Shuangliu has fully exploited its advantages of the double railway hubs of the international airport and the complete bonded area, constantly explored and developed air-rail mutual aid and a complete three-dimensional opening system, and attracted a large number of leading international supply chain companies such as 4PX Express, SF Express, etc. to set up in Shuangliu.

The opening of the sea-rail intermodal train will also provide new logistics solutions for the transport of raw materials and finished products between other companies in the Integral Bonded Zone and South East Asia, and form a stable international channel to guarantee the supply chain between the processing companies in the complete bonded zone and the production and manufacturing plants in South East Asia.

At January 1st next year, RCEP will come into effect. By focusing on supply chain movement between local businesses in Chengdu and companies in Southeast Asia, Chengdu (Shuangliu) The international air-rail intermodal port will study in depth the global configuration of business supply chains, provide multimodal transport solutions for supply chain-based businesses and strive to become a service node important in global supply chains and an international logistics distribution hub with regional reach.

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Jeepney drivers start receiving 1 billion pesos in fuel subsidies https://nflandtrust.org/jeepney-drivers-start-receiving-1-billion-pesos-in-fuel-subsidies/ Wed, 24 Nov 2021 21:42:00 +0000 https://nflandtrust.org/jeepney-drivers-start-receiving-1-billion-pesos-in-fuel-subsidies/ An Olongapo town police officer inspects a passenger jeepney to ensure health protocols are being followed. (Photo courtesy of the Olongapo City Information Center) MANILA, Philippines – More than 136,000 valid utility jeepney (PUJ) franchise holders across the country will receive a one-time fuel subsidy per vehicle to help them cope with soaring fuel prices, […]]]>

An Olongapo town police officer inspects a passenger jeepney to ensure health protocols are being followed. (Photo courtesy of the Olongapo City Information Center)

MANILA, Philippines – More than 136,000 valid utility jeepney (PUJ) franchise holders across the country will receive a one-time fuel subsidy per vehicle to help them cope with soaring fuel prices, said Wednesday the Ministry of Transport (DOTr).

Using an allocation of 1 billion pesos from the Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC), the DOTr and the Land Transport Franchising and Regulation Board (LTFRB) will begin distributing fuel cards to beneficiaries. Pantawid Pasada Program (PPP) charged with 7,200 pesos of credit. .

The DOTr said jeepney drivers can use the cards to purchase fuel only at participating petroleum retail outlets or gas stations.

Using the card to purchase other products besides fuel “will automatically disqualify the card owner” from the program.

This was not the first time the government offered fuel subsidies to struggling transport workers. The PPP program was initially implemented in 2018 and 2019 in accordance with the provisions of Republic Law No.10963 or the Tax Reform Law for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN).

Active cards

At a press briefing on Wednesday, LTFRB National Capital Region Director Zona Tamayo said the fuel subsidy would be directly distributed to beneficiaries with valid and existing PPP cards issued by the Land Bank of Philippines.

Some 85,000 beneficiaries have active PPP cards and can immediately redeem their fuel subsidy at branches of nine participating gas companies, Tamayo said.

Landbank uploaded the fuel subsidy to the PPP cards of 78,000 beneficiaries as of Tuesday, she added.

For beneficiaries without a PPP card, the LTFRB said the fuel subsidy would be deposited into the beneficiaries’ Landbank accounts once opened.

Recipients can then claim their PPP cards from designated Landbank branches.

Tax suspension bill

Successive increases in the prices of gasoline, diesel and kerosene last month have prompted transport groups, public vehicle drivers and operators to demand a corresponding increase in tariffs. Lawmakers have also introduced bills to suspend excise duties on petroleum products, citing the domino effect of high petroleum prices on the cost of food and other commodities.

But while oil prices have trended downward for the past three weeks, there is still a need to pass the House bill suspending and reducing excise duties on fuel for six months, the Minister said. Quezon City Representative Jesus Suntay.

Suntay, the deputy majority leader in the House, is one of the authors of Bill 10488 which aims to reduce the excise duties on diesel, kerosene and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to zero. Under the bill, taxes on low-octane gasoline, which is often used by trike riders, will be reduced to 4.35 pesos per liter. For premium gasoline, the excise duty is P 7 per liter.

Can still go up

“We still have to move forward… Whether oil prices go down or not, that doesn’t mean we have to stop approval of the measure, which is now at second reading,” Suntay said during a briefing. online press release on Wednesday.

“Although prices have come down in recent weeks, in my opinion, oil prices may rise further, especially as winter is about to begin in America and Europe,” he said. .

Prices for petroleum products have trended downward over the past three weeks, with declines of up to 1.20 pesos per liter for diesel and 85 pesos per liter for gasoline this week. But lawmakers noted that even with the series of setbacks, Dubai’s crude oil price has yet to drop to $ 65 a barrel.

HB 10488 says fuel excise will revert to the normal rate once Dubai crude oil hits $ 65 per barrel.

A similar measure, Senate Bill 2445, was recently introduced by Senator Grace Poe.

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OOIDA Calls on Federal Authorities to Open More – Our Latest Podcast https://nflandtrust.org/ooida-calls-on-federal-authorities-to-open-more-our-latest-podcast/ Tue, 23 Nov 2021 02:24:06 +0000 https://nflandtrust.org/ooida-calls-on-federal-authorities-to-open-more-our-latest-podcast/ Land line now, November 22, 2021. Click the play button to listen to our latest podcast. OOIDA wants the transportation secretary to use the money from the infrastructure bill to open more truck parking lots – even if Congress left it out. I. Today’s news with Scott Thompson Canada will soon require truckers crossing the […]]]>

Land line now, November 22, 2021.

Click the play button to listen to our latest podcast.

OOIDA wants the transportation secretary to use the money from the infrastructure bill to open more truck parking lots – even if Congress left it out.


I. Today’s news with Scott Thompson

Canada will soon require truckers crossing the country to be doubly vaccinated. “Nuclear verdicts” grab the headlines, but study says smaller settlements could increase your insurance premiums. And the FBI is following a new lead in the search for Jimmy Hoffa.


II. Provide meals for 18 wheels

It is difficult to be away from family on vacation, and many truckers find themselves on the road rather than at home. But Thanksgiving dinner may still be in their future, thanks to Meals for 18 Wheels. In addition, each year, a group of truckers helps families of truckers in need. It’s called the Truckers Christmas Group – and they’re already gearing up for their annual effort.


III. Land Line Magazine Preview

Land Line Magazine is a bit like a mule in the sense that it’s business in the front and a party in the back. After reading the hard news, the staff like to lighten things up with fun features at the end of the magazine.


IV. Truck parking: OOIDA calls on federal authorities to pave more

OOIDA is asking the transportation secretary to use money from the recent infrastructure bill to open more truck parking lots – even though Congress has left it out.


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  • Highways in British Columbia hit by a storm last week are slowly reopening. You can keep track of what’s open, what’s closed, and what’s open for essential travel only, here.
  • Starting Tuesday, Marty Ellis and the Spirit of the American Trucker will be at the TA in Barstow, Calif., At Exit 178 off Interstate 15. Find upcoming Spirit stops here.
  • If you or a truck driver you know needs a meal, message the Meals for 18 Wheels group through their Facebook page. Anyone wishing to volunteer can register on the same page.
  • Learn more about the Truckers Christmas Group on their website.
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  • Don’t forget to check out the new Fighting for Truckers website. And remember, it’s never too late to contact your legislators. You can do this through the website or by calling 202-224-3121.
  • OOIDA has an online resource to provide access to the information needed to operate in the coronavirus pandemic. Click on the COVID-19 menu at the top of the Land Line Media website page.


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Barack Obama wishes US President Joe Biden “friend and brother” on his 79th birthday https://nflandtrust.org/barack-obama-wishes-us-president-joe-biden-friend-and-brother-on-his-79th-birthday/ Sun, 21 Nov 2021 11:40:00 +0000 https://nflandtrust.org/barack-obama-wishes-us-president-joe-biden-friend-and-brother-on-his-79th-birthday/ As United States President Joe Biden celebrated his 79th birthday on Saturday, former President Barack Obama took to the microblogging platform Twitter to wish him a happy birthday. In a tweet, Obama wrote: “Happy Birthday to my friend and brother @POTUS!”. Throughout the eight years at the helm of Obama, Biden has been his vice […]]]>

As United States President Joe Biden celebrated his 79th birthday on Saturday, former President Barack Obama took to the microblogging platform Twitter to wish him a happy birthday. In a tweet, Obama wrote: “Happy Birthday to my friend and brother @POTUS!”. Throughout the eight years at the helm of Obama, Biden has been his vice president, while working together in their political careers for years.

Additionally, in his post, Obama highlighted the approval of the bipartisan infrastructure bill, which is seen as a great victory for the Biden administration. “Thank you for giving us all the gift of better infrastructure. I am grateful for all you are doing to rebuild this country for the better,” Obama added.

Biden signed $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure plan

According to The hill, Biden has now deferred his efforts on the Build Back Better Act after enacting the country’s infrastructure bill. The report adds that it is highly unlikely that Republicans will approve of the plan. On Monday, Biden had signed a $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure plan that is expected to fix the country’s outdated transportation and telecommunications networks. It will also support the development of the country’s infrastructure.

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, according to the White House, will re-authorize ground transportation projects for five years, until fiscal year 2026. It will authorize water, electricity and broad-based infrastructure programs. tape, as well as emergency distribution. additional allowances.

Meanwhile, the Congressional Budget Office provided a price estimate for Biden’s plan on Thursday, estimating it would add $ 367 billion to the country’s debt over ten years.

US officials wish President Biden his birthday

Besides Obama, Vice President Kamala Harris, who had served as Acting President the day before Biden’s regular colonoscopy, shared a photo and wished, “I wish you a good and happy day, @POTUS. birthday !”

Additionally, US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg also wished Biden his birthday and wrote, “Happy Birthday, @POTUS! Thank you for your long-standing commitment to the American people and for keeping your promises to #BuildBackBetter. Grateful to serve under your direction.

Alongside Buttigieg, US Representative Gabrielle Giffords wished the US President while sharing a video of the two nudging and wrote, “Happy Birthday, @JoeBiden! Your compassion and integrity in the Oval Office is what our country wants. Thank you for being the #GunSafetyPresident we need. “

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Wasco receives $ 24 million to upgrade State Route 46 for bullet train https://nflandtrust.org/wasco-receives-24-million-to-upgrade-state-route-46-for-bullet-train/ Sat, 20 Nov 2021 01:04:32 +0000 https://nflandtrust.org/wasco-receives-24-million-to-upgrade-state-route-46-for-bullet-train/ WASCO, Calif. (KGET) – The United States Department of Transportation has awarded the California High-Speed ​​Rail Authority $ 24 million to rebuild State Route 46 to safely build the bullet train in the region. “High-speed rail connects Californians and our diverse communities,” said Brian Kelly, CEO of the Authority. “As we build this transformative system, […]]]>

WASCO, Calif. (KGET) – The United States Department of Transportation has awarded the California High-Speed ​​Rail Authority $ 24 million to rebuild State Route 46 to safely build the bullet train in the region.

“High-speed rail connects Californians and our diverse communities,” said Brian Kelly, CEO of the Authority. “As we build this transformative system, we continue to work and collaborate with communities across the state to create jobs, spur economic development and improve quality of life. “

The grant is made possible through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program.

The money will be used for:

  • Lower State Route 46 to properly accommodate trucks passing under the track to approximately 16’6 ”clearance and extend approximately 0.4 miles in a four-lane cross section;
  • Improve ADA accessibility by constructing a new sidewalk, ramps, stormwater improvements, and a utility corridor south of State Route 46;
  • Build an efficient roundabout to improve safety on the freight corridor;
  • Improve adjacent properties affected by the project and work with the City to prepare them for better land use and economic development.

“This funding will solve a huge financial burden for the City and help us move our community forward with confidence,” said Scott Hurlbert, City Manager of Wasco.

This grant supports work on the specified rail to begin in the Central Valley given the region’s economic disadvantage and poor air quality compared to the rest of California, according to the Authority. Merced to Bakersfield is the backbone of the California high-speed railroad and the entire state-wide passenger system, the authority said.

The agency also said it has created more than 6,000 construction jobs along the 119 miles currently underway in the Central Valley and 7,100 trees have been planted to suck up emissions. In addition, crews recycled 95% of construction waste, which equates to 196,000 tonnes of waste that is not in a landfill today, and officials say they have protected more than 3,000 acres of farmland in order to ” achieve these goals.


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Guiding Moses Lake in planning for growth https://nflandtrust.org/guiding-moses-lake-in-planning-for-growth/ Thu, 18 Nov 2021 09:13:37 +0000 https://nflandtrust.org/guiding-moses-lake-in-planning-for-growth/ Greetings to the community of Moses Lake and the stakeholders in Moses Lake. It has been an intense fall season. The public processes, which included the adoption of the new comprehensive city plan and a very competitive election that affected four of our seven city council members, created an important conversation in the community. As […]]]>


Greetings to the community of Moses Lake and the stakeholders in Moses Lake.

It has been an intense fall season. The public processes, which included the adoption of the new comprehensive city plan and a very competitive election that affected four of our seven city council members, created an important conversation in the community. As with the “phone game”, history can change and therefore with this relationship to the community, I will give you the point of view of your city manager.

I am very happy that our city council has taken steps to adopt the new comprehensive city plan. The city hasn’t had this holistic conversation for 20 years. Our community has changed over time, and ideas and values ​​have been brought forward through an extensive community input process which resulted in a city map that reflects the type of community Moses Lake could become if the plan is implemented, starting with a new vision: “Moses Lake is a diverse, connected and supportive community of innovation and opportunity that values ​​its namesake lake, its small town vibe, its thriving arts and culture scene. growth, abundance of sun and outdoor activities.

The vision is supported by the objectives set for the city:

• Foster greater confidence in city government

• Work with partners to improve the quality of the lake water

• Fight homelessness and affordable housing

• Fight against sprawl which puts a strain on the transport network

• Respond to the vitality of the city center and the overall aesthetic of the community

• Improve the tourist economy

• Work to improve the job offer, especially for young people.

As your city manager, I get involved in the work of the city. To meet the above goals, our city strives to increase our transparency and community engagement. These relationships with the community are an example. We are excited about the work of the Watershed Council and we are actively working with it on lake health issues. Housing is a major concern of our community as it has become increasingly unaffordable, especially given the fact that 49% of our population has a family income of less than $ 50,000 per year. And our feedback has shown a desire for a range of housing types.

Our new housing action plan identifies ways the city can have a direct impact on affordable housing and builds on our work with the Sleep Center and an improved shelter to tackle homelessness. The current development code update will address many of the strategies of the housing action plan which has been adopted as part of the overall comprehensive plan.

The city uses accommodation tax funds to support the tourism economy and has invested in the Larson Recreation Center to improve facilities. A very exciting new project is the effort to develop a creative neighborhood in Moses Lake. This will foster the revitalization of our downtown and connect many of our citizens, who can also be artists and artisans, with resources and opportunities downtown and in our local farmers market. With the work of the Creative District, the Downtown Moses Lake Association managed to receive (thank you) a T-Mobile grant to develop an incubator based on creative businesses. It will also help us recruit jobs in Moses Lake that will bring families seeking these quality of life characteristics in their community.

I left the more difficult goals until the end. First, a brief overview of the city’s planning process under the Growth Management Act (GMA) is helpful.

The Washington State Legislature passed the Growth Management Act (RCW Chapter 36.70A, the “GMA”) in 1990 in response to concerns: “Uncoordinated and unplanned growth, along with a lack of targets commons, expressing the public interest in the conservation and use of our lands, pose a threat to the environment, sustainable economic development and the health, safety and high quality of life enjoyed by the residents of this state.

The GMA requires Grant County and its cities to complete comprehensive development plans and regulations to guide future growth, which includes a mandate to manage and direct growth to urban areas where utilities and facilities can be provided on more effectively, to protect farms and rural character, to protect critical environmental areas and to conserve land rich in natural resources. The GMA requires the city to review and, if necessary, revise its comprehensive plan and bylaws every eight years to ensure they remain compliant.

“Comprehensive planning identifies community or ‘public’ interest through a public and political process. The resulting plans reflect the political compromises necessary to forge consensus for a community plan. While not everyone is happy with the end result, the overall plan as adopted should address the many conflicting forces that shape a community. This is not the goal of a comprehensive plan to eliminate conflict. Rather, it provides the framework for examining and resolving conflicting issues in the community. (Washington State Department of Commerce Growth Management Services Local Planning Short Course Guidebook, Version 5.3, 2017)

The Comprehensive City Plan addresses the central question of how we will balance and resolve competing demands on our public facilities and resources. We are mandated to ensure that the facilities and utilities necessary to support the development will be adequate to serve the development at the time the development is available for occupancy and use without reducing current service levels below minimum locally established standards.

The GMA planning process imposes a strong requirement for citizen participation from which the values, needs, goals and objectives of the community are expressed in the overall land use plan. The city embarked on a broad citizen engagement process, which began in July 2020 and culminated in December 2020. The public outreach process included mailouts, an online story map that yielded insights meaningful responses, interviews with stakeholders and public meetings. The names of stakeholders were brainstormed at the first meeting of the working group on July 16, 2020, to ensure broad participation.

In our community outreach, we heard many comments about urban sprawl, pressure on the transportation network, and the inability to focus our city’s limited resources. Because our growth exceeded our ability to serve, City Council retained the services of professional consultants to assess our comprehensive plan with particular attention to capital assets, housing and transportation items, as well as size and location. the shape of our urban growth zone. The analysis that was presented was an in-depth analysis that actually opened our eyes and those of city council members to the fact that the city is woefully behind in its planning.

The city is required to design an UGA to include areas and densities sufficient to allow the urban growth expected to occur in the city for the next 20-year period, based on our population projection assigned by the Washington State Office. of Financial Management. To ensure growth, the city needed a thorough understanding of the land that could be realistically developed, available, and suitable for growth within our community. Analysis of our UGA revealed that it was oversized and unsustainable.

Here are the words of the Ministry of Transportation: “The new analysis of the city’s land capacity is quite remarkable and is a fundamental part of strong community planning. As other state agencies have noted, development decisions have long-term impacts on the transportation system, other capital assets, municipal budgets, and the quality of life of your residents. Adjusting to projected growth in a compact land use model with appropriate market-based contingencies is a key step in minimizing initial investment costs and ongoing O&M costs for all components of a multimodal transport system. Accordingly, the WSDOT supports the recommendation to “identify those parts of the unincorporated AMU (urban growth area) where it will be difficult to expand urban services during the planning period and consider expanding urban services. remove these areas from the UGA ”.

And they identify further analysis that needs to be done: “The WSDOT appreciates the inclusion of information from various transportation planning efforts, including ongoing studies for Mae Valley and Yonezawa Boulevard. However RCW 36.70a.070 (6) specifies broader content requirements for the transport element, including the following:

• “Estimation of traffic impacts on state-owned transport facilities resulting from land use assumptions…

• Specific actions and requirements for the compliance of locally owned transport facilities… which are below established service standards…

• Traffic forecasts over at least ten years on the basis of the development plan adopted… ‘”

Due to state GMA requirements, the overall plan identifies a number of areas where we are deficient and further planning is needed. plan for growth and how it will be financed.

This community knows we struggle to balance competing demands on our public facilities and resources. The Love’s project illustrates the impacts of growth. We have heard your voices, and the city council has made the very difficult decision to support a downsized UGA to allow the city’s infrastructure and resources to catch up with growth, and so we know how we will finance future growth without impact levels of service to current residents.

The numbers in our capital plan are revealing: Staff identified $ 298 million in planned capital costs over the next 20 years, but the city’s projected revenue over that same period is less than $ 218 million. of dollars. We have our work cut out for us.


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LTFRB allows entry of new transport companies https://nflandtrust.org/ltfrb-allows-entry-of-new-transport-companies/ Tue, 16 Nov 2021 16:00:00 +0000 https://nflandtrust.org/ltfrb-allows-entry-of-new-transport-companies/ Emmanuel Tupas – The Filipino Star November 17, 2021 | 00h00 MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has lifted the moratorium on the entry of transportation network companies (TNCs) into the ride-hailing industry. In a circular memorandum dated November 12, he said he decided to give other companies the opportunity […]]]>
Emmanuel Tupas – The Filipino Star

November 17, 2021 | 00h00

MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has lifted the moratorium on the entry of transportation network companies (TNCs) into the ride-hailing industry.

In a circular memorandum dated November 12, he said he decided to give other companies the opportunity to apply to invite healthy competition among TNCs in the market for transport network vehicle (TNVS) services.

“By uniformly applying existing board policies, while giving new entrants the opportunity to apply, thus inviting healthy competition among TNCs, the moratorium on accepting applications for accreditation as TNCs is lifted. “said the LTFRB.

LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra III and board members Joel Pernito and Sherwin Mylil Begyan signed the circular memorandum.

The transport regulator suspended the acceptance of new TNC requests on August 10, 2018 after receiving a “considerable number of requests”.

However, it decided to lift the moratorium after finding that a single TNC, which it did not name, “dominated the market in terms of bookings and ridership” while other companies “appeared not to. be operationally capable of assuming responsibilities as a TNC.

Applicants must pay an accreditation fee of P 30,000. Approved applications will last for two years and may be suspended if the TNC violates LTFRB policies.


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Lack of preparations for the rainy season – ARAB TIMES https://nflandtrust.org/lack-of-preparations-for-the-rainy-season-arab-times/ https://nflandtrust.org/lack-of-preparations-for-the-rainy-season-arab-times/#respond Thu, 11 Nov 2021 19:26:09 +0000 https://nflandtrust.org/lack-of-preparations-for-the-rainy-season-arab-times/ WhatsApp Facebook Twitter E-mail Messenger Citizens criticize MPW’s indifference KUWAIT CITY, November 11: Social media created a buzz this week with a number of complaints from citizens who expressed their anger at the low level of preparedness of the Ministry of Public Works ahead of the rainy season. They posted short videos of the loopholes […]]]>





Citizens criticize MPW’s indifference

KUWAIT CITY, November 11: Social media created a buzz this week with a number of complaints from citizens who expressed their anger at the low level of preparedness of the Ministry of Public Works ahead of the rainy season. They posted short videos of the loopholes they encountered, Al-Qabas reports daily. One of the citizens posted a video of the rainwater drainage near his house, located in Salwa, block 7.

Despite its maintenance the day before, the bitumen that was poured was not put in place, which means the recurrence of the phenomenon of flying gravel. He said he wondered about the situation in case of rain, if it is the situation of the bitumen after a day of spreading. The citizen expressed his fear that this will cause damage to lives and property in the coming days.

At the same time, another citizen Fadhel Asad posted a video of the cracks on the bridge connecting the Maghreb highway and the fifth ring road located near the control center of the Ministry of Electricity and Water.

The video showed the presence of large concrete blocks due to the deterioration of the separator, which forced the videographer to retrieve them and put them on the side of the road so that no one was injured, or their belongings were left behind. not damaged. He underlined the need to empower officials of the Ministry of Public Works and the Public Authority for Road and Land Transport (PART).

In addition, a number of citizens have complained about the presence of numerous potholes on various highways, which cause continued damage and threaten to repeat the recent disaster related to the death of a Kuwaiti citizen when a party of a manhole exploded and struck it. Regarding the latest complaint, the Ministry of Public Works announced, via its official social media account, that it will repair the defect in the bridge joints and prepare the place as required after receiving the complaint.







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