May 29, 2020
  • 1:06 pm COVID-19 Will Create Long-Term Impact on State DOT Revenues
  • 12:58 pm States Fine-Tune Performance Targets for Highway Safety
  • 12:54 pm TRB Looks at How Transportation May Change Due to COVID-19
  • 12:50 pm Paper Extols Virtues of ITS for Reducing Traffic Congestion
  • 12:47 pm FHWA to Provide Short-Term FMV Exceptions

State departments of transportation continue to grapple with significant revenue reductions due to the COVID-19 pandemic – reductions that many expect will be long-term in nature. [Above photo by the Georgia Department of Transportation.] Julie Lorenz, secretary of the Kansas Department of Transportation, said in a May 8 letter that her agency is expected to […]

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Establishing achievable safety performance targets so states can successfully implement and meet Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) criteria established by the Federal Highway Administration four years ago is no easy task – but not in the way many might think. [Above photo by the Montana DOT.] During the annual meeting of the American Association of […]

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What will transportation in the United States look like as precautions designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are lifted? Will air travel and public transit ridership return to pre-pandemic levels? Will commuters opt to ride bicycles more often? Or will driving become more prominent instead? [Above photo by the Federal Transit Administration.] Those are […]

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A new research paper published on May 21 finds that intelligent transportation systems or ITS can help manage and reduce traffic congestion in several ways. [Above photo via Wikimedia Commons.] That paper – entitled Mitigating Traffic Congestion: The Role of Intelligent Transportation Systems, co-authored by Paul Pavlou, dean of the C.T. Bauer College of Business […]

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The Federal Highway Administration plans to consider short-term exceptions to the fair market value (FMV) requirement for the temporary use of sidewalks and public parking areas in the highway right-of-way as additional restaurant seating or retail space; an initiative aimed at supporting state efforts to safely reopen their economies while adhering to COVID-19 social distancing […]

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The Federal Highway Administration has extended the deadline for submission of Surface Transportation System Funding Alternatives or STSFA grants from June 15 to July 10. [Above photo by the Georgia DOT.] That grant money comes through a notice of funding opportunity for the STSFA program FHWA issued in August 2019 that provided a total pool of […]

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In a letter to Congress on May 26, Amtrak requested an additional $1.475 billion in supplemental funding needed fiscal year 2021 so the national passenger rail operator can maintain minimum service levels across its network and continue with planned capital investments in spite of severe ridership declines due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [Above photo by Amtrak.] This is in addition […]

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The Federal Railroad Administration disbursed $302.6 million in grants via its State of Good Repair Program to fund 12 projects in nine states. [Above photo via Wikimedia Commons.] The FRA noted this program funds capital projects to repair, replace, or rehabilitate publicly- or Amtrak-owned or -controlled railroad assets, to reduce the state of good repair […]

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The Federal Transit Administration made two pools of grant funds available on May 28; one to support transit services for American Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages in rural areas and the other to support the development of “innovative technologies and designs” for improving the state of good repair for transit agencies. [Above photo by […]

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The U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security plan to provide 15.5 million cloth facial coverings to transportation workers across the United States. [Above photo by the Maryland Transit Administration.] Those facial coverings – secured by the Federal Emergency Management Agency – will be sent out over the coming weeks through […]

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