May 24, 2019
  • 2:34 pm Committee Leadership Comes into Focus for 116th Congress
  • 2:22 pm Interstate System Report Calls for More Funding, Tolling, VMT Fees, and Cybersecurity
  • 2:15 pm In Memoriam: President George H. W. Bush, ISTEA, and Transportation
  • 1:56 pm Growth Projected for Transportation Projects, but Costs a Challenge
  • 1:35 pm FAA Reshuffles Executives, Plans Drone Identification Rulemaking in Spring 2019
  • 1:28 pm Predictive Technology Helps Reduce Crashes on I-15 Corridor in Las Vegas
  • 1:14 pm Video Report: MoDOT Produces Multi-Lingual Safety Message
  • 1:11 pm PennDOT Nears Completion of Rapid Bridge Replacement Project
  • 1:08 pm Infrastructure Grants Awarded to “Smaller” South Dakota Communities
  • 8:08 am FHWA’s Nason: Safety and Workforce Development Are Key Priorities
  • 8:00 am State DOTs Examining New Ways to Eliminate Traffic Fatalities
  • 7:51 am House Appropriations Committee Releases FY 2020 Transportation Funding Bill
  • 7:48 am Rep. Blumenauer Introduces Legislation to Raise the Federal Tax on Fuel
  • 7:46 am FTA Awards Medical Transit Grants, Highlights Workforce Training Initiatives

Congressional transportation committee leadership is poised to change come January following the results of the midterm elections on Nov. 6, which gave control of the U.S. House of Representatives back to the Democrats while keeping the Senate in Republican hands. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., will become chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, while […]

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A consensus study report issued by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on Dec. 6 recommends an annual investment of $57 billion in the U.S. interstate system, a near-term increase in federal fuel taxes indexed to inflation and accounting improvements in vehicle fuel mileage, plus a long-term changeover to tolling and vehicle miles […]

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The funeral service for President H. W. George Bush, held Dec. 5 in the nation’s capital, evoked many memories of the 41st president’s one term in office – especially his impact on transportation, via the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act. [Above photo by Master Sgt. Amaani Lyle, Air Force District of Washington Public Affairs.] On the […]

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The U.S. transportation infrastructure market is expected to grow 4.2 percent in 2019, according to the annual economic forecast released Dec. 5 by the American Road &Transportation Builders Association. Yet a report issued by Fitch Ratings, also on Dec. 5, cautioned that “external factors” such as “protectionist trade policies, rising interest rates and volatility in fuel […]

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As the Federal Aviation Administration prepares to issue a long-awaited rulemaking regarding the identification and tracking of unmanned aerial system or UAS devices, typically called drones, the agency is changing up its leadership ranks. [Above photo by Andrew Turner.] On Nov. 29, the FAA promoted Earl Lawrence to executive director for aircraft certification, succeeding Dorenda […]

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A pilot program that combines in-vehicle and city data with predictive analytics has reduced primary crashes by 17 percent along a key corridor of Interstate 15 in Las Vegas — without requiring any additional resources from state or local agencies,according to a statement by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada. [Above photo by Nevada […]

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The Missouri Department of Transportation recently tried something new to draw attention to its two-year-old Buckle Up Phone Down safety campaign that encourages drivers to buckle their seat belts every time they get in the car and to put their cellphones down or turn them off if necessary when driving: producing a two-and-a-half-minute video emphasizing […]

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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation noted in a Nov. 30 update that 511 of 558 “poor-condition” bridges statewide have now been replaced and opened to traffic via the state’s public-private partnership or P3 Rapid Bridge Replacement project. [Above photo by PennDOT.] “This unique project has been a large undertaking for PennDOT and the private sector […]

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On Nov. 30, the South Dakota Transportation Commission awarded $4.7 million in economic development grants for infrastructure improvements in “smaller” communities – grants aimed at improving roads leading to schools, main business areas, hospitals, grain elevators, and other economic areas in the communities. [Above photo by Collen Farley, South Dakota DOT.] The agency said the grants […]

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Nicole Nason, fresh from her recent confirmation as administrator of the Federal Highway Administration, stressed in remarks at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials 2019 spring meeting in Park City, UT, that safety and workforce development will be among her critical priorities during her tenure at the agency. [Above photo by the […]

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A greater emphasis needs to be placed on safety by state departments of transportation, according to a panel discussion held at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials 2019 spring meeting in Park City, UT. Mike Tooley (above right, with Julie Lorenz at left), director of the Montana Department of Transportation, moderated the […]

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The House of Representatives Appropriations Committee issued a draft of its fiscal year 2020 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies or THUD funding bill on May 22, which provides a total of $86.6 billion in funds to the U.S. Department of Transportation – $167 million above enacted FY 2019 funding and $3.7 billion […]

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Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., introduced the Rebuild America Act of 2019 on May 22, which would incrementally increase the federal tax on gasoline and diesel fuel by five cents a year over five years, index those taxes to inflation, and “establish Congressional intention” to replace those taxes with “a more equitable, stable source of funding” […]

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The Federal Transit Administration announced grants selections totaling approximately $9.6 million for 37 medical transit projects on May 22, while also highlighting workforce training programs initiated by SunLine Transit Agency that’s preparing its employees to manage future technologies, such as all-electric buses. [Above photo by TriMet.] The FTA noted that its Access and Mobility Partnership grants are focused on […]

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A new report issued by IBM Security on May 21 indicates that the travel industry and its customers are “increasingly the targets of cyberattacks” as criminals seek to monetize highly valuable travel data, while the transportation industry as a whole is now a “priority target” for cybercriminals as it now ranks as the second-most attacked […]

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Gov. Ned Lamont (D) released the working draft of a Transportation Infrastructure Investment plan on May 21 ahead of a proposed special legislative session that would focus solely on transportation and economic development. [Above photo via the Connecticut Governor’s Office.] The governor said in a statement that he believes his infrastructure investment proposal provides a “a solid […]

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On May 21, The California Department of Transportation awarded $40.5 million in grant monies to fund a range of local projects focused on reducing transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions. [Above photo by Caltrans.] That included $31 million in “sustainable communities” grants, with $18 million funding 53 local and regional multimodal transportation and land use planning projects, […]

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More than three-quarters of 698 New Hampshire residents polled in recent survey conducted by the Saint Anselm College Survey Center said they support expanding passenger rail from Boston, MA, to Nashua and Manchester, NH. The survey indicated 75.5 percent of residents support such rail expansion, with only 14.5 percent opposed and 10 percent expressing no […]

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Gov. Tom Wolf (D) presented a team made up of Office of Administration and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation employees a Governor’s Award for Excellence on May 20 today for creating a mobile application that will help increase PennDOT’s productivity by an estimated $7.5 million a year. [Above photo via Pixabay.] The mobile app streamlines and […]

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