As the deadline draws nearer for passing a new surface transportation bill—or at least approving another extension—lawmakers are seeking ways to augment the shaky Highway Trust Fund. Highway and transit programs have been operating under short-term measures for nearly 20 months because Congress has been unable to produce a new, multiyear authorization. The latest stopgap measure expires on Sept. 30. Another deadline is looming sometime around fall 2012, when spending from the trust fund's highway account is projected to start exceeding its income. The Senate Finance Committee, which oversees the trust fund, “has already started to think creatively” about transportation
The 2016 Summer Olympics boating and swimming events have put an international spotlight on what has been a long-running problem in Rio de Janeiro—untreated sewage and trash are clogging up major bays and waterways.