United for Infrastructure Week is Here, and Industrial Innovation Expert Hank Torbert Convenes Panel on Economic Returns

The United for Infrastructure full week of activities kicked off in Washington, DC yesterday, with virtual events that include an address from US President Joseph Biden.

In 2021, United for Infrastructure and its coalition of more than 540 Affiliates from business, labor, and governments across America are calling on our leaders in Washington to “Lead With Infrastructure,” with investments, policies, and reforms needed to keep people safe, to make families healthier, communities more resilient and equitable, and drive economic growth and prosperity.

One of the virtual events, which is free and open to the public, is a panel of experts

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Behind the Scenes: Electrification of North America’s Largest School Bus Operation

With plans to electrify its national fleet of 43,000 yellow school buses, contractor First Student pulled back the curtain on its partnership with NextEra Energy Resources to share how it proposes to achieve this feat.

The partnership between First Student, the world’s largest school transportation provider, and NextEra, the world’s largest wind and solar power generator, was discussed during the recent Green Bus Summit.

Claire Miller, First Student’s senior vice president of strategy, business development, marketing and communications, shared the challenges of the “multifaceted and complex” electrification process. For example, EV tech is currently expensive and experimental. Additionally, leveraging

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As Bicycle Riding Continues to Increase in Popularity, CDOT Expands “Learn to Ride” Program Offering Free Bike-Riding Classes for Adults


CHICAGO – The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced that in response to the growing  interest in bicycle riding, it is expanding its “Learn to Ride” educational program for adults by adding more opportunities through an advanced level course, and also launching a new feature that will help adults “Learn to Commute.” This year’s first “Learn to Ride” class will be held June 1, and the public can sign up now for free classes taught by CDOT’s Streets Are For Everybody (SAFE) Ambassadors that are scheduled at three locations through the end of August. 

“With the growth of our 350-mile

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Colorado transportation bill faces tension over highway expansion

A long-heralded transportation bill that would raise an estimated $3.8 billion over a decade from new fees on gas purchases, online deliveries and other items passed its first test Monday in the Colorado legislature.

But hours of testimony before the Senate Finance Committee underlined points of tension that remain within the broad coalition of interest groups that praised the bill’s introduction last week. Business leaders, environmentalists and local government leaders from both parties — including the mayors of Colorado Springs and Denver — had stood next to Gov. Jared Polis, hailing the months of difficult talks that resulted in the

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Remote Work Productivity Travel Commute Times

LOS ANGELES — As LA, and the rest of the world, shifted to telecommuting during the pandemic, there was a surprising side effect. Some workers got more done. A global survey that included 830 LA employees working from home during COVID found that Angelenos spent about 2% more time doing productive work. Those with commutes of 40 minutes or longer showed the most gains.

“People with longer commutes prior to COVID report being more productive,” said Joseph Sherlock, senior researcher with the Duke Center for Advanced Hindsight, which partnered with the LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority on the study. The

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Blackhawk Medical Transportation, Inc. d/b/a Vandenberg Ambulance

The decision issued on the date below was subject to a GAO Protective Order. No party requested redactions; we are therefore releasing the decision in its entirety.



Matter of:  Blackhawk Medical Transportation, Inc. d/b/a Vandenberg Ambulance

File:  B-419465.2; B-419465.3

Date:  May 3, 2021

Joseph G. Martinez, Esq., Eric P. Roberson, Esq., and Lisette S. Washington, Esq., Dentons US LLP, for the protester.
Shane J. McCall, Esq., Nicole D. Pottroff, Esq., Quinten R. Fisher, Esq., and Christopher S. Coleman, Esq., Koprince Law, LLC, for Freedom-Elite Joint Venture, the intervenor.
Steven Devine, Esq., and Brian R. Reed,

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