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Trump Infrastructure Plan Will Limit Regulations, DOT Exec Says

Trump Infrastructure Plan Will Limit Regulations, DOT Exec Says

Transport Topics
Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 10, 2018 3:30 PM, EST

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump’s infrastructure plan will include a concerted effort to limit the regulatory checkpoints projects must pass through, according to a leading U.S. Department of Transportation official.

James Ray, special adviser to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on infrastructure matters, said one of the White House’s goals is to reduce the amount of regulations that can sometimes stymie initiatives. He said the administration wants to solve the “two for one problem,” which refers to when two new regulations are set up after one is eliminated. Ray delivered the keynote address at the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting luncheon Jan. 10.

Ray said that typical highway projects can involve as many as 10 federal agencies, but will oftentimes not identify a single point of contact to serve as a liaison. He cited one bridge project that involved consultation with 55 agencies and required nearly as many permits... FULL ARTICLE

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