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The reduced availability of funds for the expansion of cities’ roadway network has hindered many cities from upgrading infrastructure to meet increasing travel demands resulting from new growth. One method to alleviate this funding issue is for a city to collect impact fees from new development to help fund expansion of the network. What is unique and perhaps controversial about impact fees is that they often finance roadway improvements that are outside the development itself. However, when considering traffic implications created from a system standpoint, impact fees provide a means by...

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) published a Notice of Funding Availability for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program. This grant program is providing $500 million in funding for transportation projects that have a significant impact on the nation, a metropolitan area or region. Projects can include highways, bridges, public transit, rail intermodal facilities, and marine and port investments.


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Texas Central Partners, the private company developing the high-speed rail line between Dallas and Houston, has posted alignment maps on its website. The maps, which can be magnified to show individual parcels, were made available in response to requests from landowners and are the most detailed maps available to the public. View the maps

Freese and Nichols is teamed with an international rail firm to be the...

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Congratulations to Tanner Griffin, Construction Services, Austin, who became a Certified Construction Manager (CCM). Tanner passed a five-hour exam to receive the certification, which is issued by the Construction Management Association of America. Freese and Nichols now has 13 CCMs.

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The Norman Comprehensive Transportation Plan ​received an Honor Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Oklahoma last Thursday. 

The project was one of five in the state to receive the honor. In his cover letter for the entry, Norman Public Works Director Shawn O'Leary praised the public outreach and said, "We are already seeing the fruits of the community's labor as we advance several key initiatives."

Pictured: Account Director Jennifer Wasinger...

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Freese and Nichols welcomes Sandip Faldu, P.E., to join our Dallas office as a senior engineer with the Transportation Planning Group. Sandip’s considerable expertise in transportation planning, traffic engineering and project management for municipalities, counties and transportation authorities, including the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), will enhance the services currently offered to our transportation partners.

For the past 12 years,...

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Congratulations to David Paine, Transportation, Austin, who passed the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) exam. 

AICP is the American Planning Association’s professional institute that provides education and certification for professional planners in ethics, professional development, planning education, and the standards of planning practice. To become a certified planner...

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Earlier this fall, the Dallas/Fort Worth American Society of Plumbing Engineers (DFW ASPE) hosted a highly attended Plumbing Product Exhibition. The October 15 event was held in the Grapevine Convention Center and included 44 exhibitors. Professional development classes offered surrounding the exhibition included:

  • Plumber's Continuing Education
  • Code Compliance Discussions with Local Inspectors
  • Chimney Design and Combustion/Ventilation Air Requirements for Gas Appliances
  • Advanced
  • ...

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