Public Transportation

Obama Administration Official Exceeds Authority in Pushing Local Governments to Mandate Project Labor Agreements

0 July 18, 2011  Federal Construction, Transportation & Infrastructure

“I encourage you to read this guidance and to make use of project labor agreements whenever possible.” Is this an excerpt from a letter written by a top construction union official promoting anti-competitive and costly government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs)? Believe it or not, it is the concluding inspirational thought in a “Project Labor Agreement […]


UPDATED: California’s Top Construction Union Officials Love the State’s $100 Billion High-Speed Rail Project

8 January 12, 2011  State & Local Construction, Transportation & Infrastructure, Uncategorized

The November 27 Bakersfield Californian newspaper includes an opinion piece written by Bob Balgenorth, head of the California State Building and Construction Trades Council, promoting construction of the state’s proposed $98.5 billion High-Speed Rail as a better alternative to construction of freeways and airports: Bob Balgenorth: Airport, highway expansion impractical; HSR better option. He also […]


Maryland Transit Administration Recognizes PLAs As Potential Source Of Cost Overruns

1 January 27, 2010  State & Local Construction, Transportation & Infrastructure

In a document circulating around the blogosphere (Hat tip to Baltimore Brew), the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) listed the top 10 potential risks to cause cost overruns on the proposed Red Line light rail construction project.  This expansion of public transportation opportunities in Baltimore is much anticipated by many residents. The only problem is MTA’s […]