Smitherman, Williams support Alabama public transportation trust fund legislation

February 7, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, Alabama Arise Citizens’ Policy Project held a press conference in support of legislation to advance public transportation. The legislation, Senate Bill 85 and House Bill 10, is sponsored by Sen. Rodger Smitherman, D-Birmingham, and State Rep. Jack Williams, R-Vestavia.

Alice Paris chairs Alabama Arise’s legislative committee. “Alabama is one of only five states that do not fund public transit,” Paris said. “The state loses out on millions of dollars of transportation dollars every day. We are supporting legislation this year by Senator Rodger Smitherman and Rep. Jack Williams.”

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Shelby announces $2.2 million for Mobile Airport improvements

May 23, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, May 22, 2017, US Senator Richard Shelby (R) today reported that the Mobile Airport Authority has been awarded a $2.2 million federal Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant awarded by the US Department of Transportation (DOT). The funding will service facilities at the Mobile Regional Airport.

“Airport infrastructure directly impacts safety and efficiency, as well as economic competitiveness in communities,” said Shelby, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “Mobile’s airport will see long-term benefits from this grant funding, which will improve aviation services that are important to businesses and residents of South Alabama.”
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Driver’s license committee continues work as USDOT reaches settlement

December 30, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Montgomery—An Alabama House Committee has been reviewing the process and procedure of obtaining a driver’s license in Alabama. The committee said in a statement that the agreement announced on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 between the State of Alabama and the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) underscores the important work undertaken by the House Interim Committee on Driver’s License Review. The committee is tasked with finding ways to reduce wait times and find methods for making driver’s license offices more accessible to all Alabamians. The committee has held meetings across the state since it was established by a House Resolution co-sponsored by 56 Republican members. Read More

USDOT ensures equitable access to driver license offices

December 29, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, December 28 2016, US Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that USDOT had reached an agreement with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) to ensure that driver licensing services in the state will be available to all residents, regardless of race, color or national origin, in compliance with Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. This follows a twelve month investigation by USDOT. Read More

Under STAARS Agencies Not Paid

July 25, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Once again, the Alabama Board of Adjustment (BOA) was forced to adjudicate payments from one State agency to another, due to the continued failure of the STAARS accounting system.

At the beginning of the last Legislative Session in 2015, Newton testified before a joint committee on budgeting, assuring lawmakers that STAARS was improving rapidly. Almost eight months later, STAARS continues to fail. The State’s $47 million dollar STAARS accounting software has reached “a new level of dysfunction,” according to State Auditor Jim Zeigler.
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Bentley Says that USDOT Discrimination Investigation is an Attempt to Politicize a Resolved Situation

December 11, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, December 9, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) on Wednesday issued a statement dismissing the US Department of Transportation’s announcement of an investigation into the closure of Alabama Driver License Offices as, “An ongoing attempt to politicize a resolved issue” and accused President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) of politicizing the situation.

robert-bentley2Gov. Bentley said, “In an ongoing attempt to politicize a resolved issue, the United States Department of Justice informed my office Tuesday of an impending investigation by the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) that is in its early stages and no findings have been made. Due to legislative budget cuts, in September 2015, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) reallocated driver license examination personnel back to the district drivers license offices on a full time basis. Prior to this budget decision, these examiners, who are state employees, were traveling to each county level probate office or courthouse once or twice a week to provide the service of examination.  I made the decision in October 2015 to ensure that an examiner report to each county level office at least once a month to continue providing this service.”
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Birmingham Gets $10 million TIGER Grant

June 20, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D) from Selma announced that the City of Birmingham was awarded a $10 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.  The money will be used to repair and complete a regional multimodal street network.

Rep. Terri Sewell said, “This is great news for the City of Birmingham and surrounding communities affected by last year’s devastating tornadoes. This exciting project will provide the necessary infrastructure that will connect residents with jobs, transit and commercial destinations. I applaud the collaborative efforts of all of our regional partners in working together to rebuild our community. This grant reflects the extraordinary outcomes possible when the public and private sector partners together to transform a community. The strength and resilience of Alabamians is a testament to what is truly achievable when communities work together.”
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Port of Mobile Gets $12 million TIGER Grant

June 20, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Representative Jo Bonner (R) from Mobile announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the Alabama State Port Authority (ASPA) a $12 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant.  The money will be used to develop the Garrows Bend Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF) better integrating shipping containers with the railroad.

Congressman Bonner said, “The award of this significant federal transportation grant to the Alabama State Port Authority will ensure the Port remains positioned for continued growth and expansion, with the improvements in rail connectivity expected to add more than 680 jobs over the next decade.”
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