February 9, 2023
  • 7:09 am FHWA Identifies $3.5B Highway Funding Discrepancy
  • 1:19 pm AASHTO Joins “First Movers” Roadway Safety Partnership
  • 1:15 pm FRA to Expand Passenger Rail Grant Amount
  • 1:10 pm Amtrak: Entering ‘Exciting Time’ for Passenger Rail
  • 1:08 pm AASHTO Asks FMCSA for Emergency Exemption Clarifications

A $3.5 billion discrepancy that dates back at least 18 years between the accounting systems used by the Federal Highway Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation could negatively affect federal highway contract authority provided by formula to the states. [Above image by Jericho via Wikimedia Commons] At issue is that FHWA tracks more comprehensive […]

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The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials recently joined a new national effort launched by the U.S. Department of Transportation to formally adopt the National Roadway Safety Strategy or NRSS in order to reduce fatalities and serious injuries on U.S. highways. [Above image by AASHTO] The NRSS – unveiled by USDOT in January […]

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Amit Bose (above), administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration, said his agency expects to more than double the amount of grant funding currently available for passenger and high-speed rail projects, as well as extend the application deadline for that funding to April 21. [Above photo by AASHTO] “We are publishing a revised notice of funding […]

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Roger Harris (above), president of Amtrak, believes passenger rail service in the United States is poised to greatly expand – especially in terms of long-distance routes – due in no small part to funding from the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act or IIJA enacted in November 2021. [Above photo by AASHTO] “As we […]

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The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials called on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to provide greater clarification regarding safety regulation waivers during times of emergencies. [Above photo by FMCSA] In a letter sent to FMCSA on January 26, AASHTO said it agreed with the agency’s rulemaking proposal issued in December 2022 […]

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Marie Therese Dominguez (above), commissioner of the New York State Department of Transportation, recently joined the Environmental Technical Assistance Program or ETAP Podcast to discuss how her agency is working to build a more resilient transportation system. [Above photo by the New York Governor’s Office] Dominguez talked about how her agency tries to strengthen her […]

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded nearly $1.2 billion from its new National Infrastructure Project Assistance or “Mega” discretionary grant program to nine projects across the country. [Above photo by the Ohio DOT] The five-year, $5 billion Mega grant program – created by the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act or IIJA, enacted in November […]

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The U.S. Department of Transportation recently issued $800 million to 510 projects across the country through its new “Safe Streets and Roads for All” or SS4A grant program. [Above photo by USDOT] The competitive grant program – established by the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act or IIJA, enacted in November 2021 – provides […]

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The Federal Highway Administration recently issued millions in tribal roadway safety grants while also launching two new efforts to help states, cities, and local governments improve road safety as well. [Above photo via the FHWA] First, FHWA issued 70 tribes some $21 million to support 93 projects that improve road safety on tribal lands. That […]

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The Federal Transit Administration recently issued a notice of funding opportunity for nearly $1.7 billion in discretionary grants to support state and local transit fleet modernization efforts as well as to support transit workforce development programs. Applications are due by April 13. [Above photo by FTA] This funding opportunity engages two major FTA programs, the agency […]

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