October 30, 2020
  • 1:43 pm COVID-19 Creating Winter Challenges for State DOTs
  • 1:36 pm FCC Plans November Vote to Open 5.9 GHz Spectrum
  • 1:29 pm AASHTO to Examine Election Impact on Transportation at Annual Meeting
  • 1:28 pm Two Reports Offer COVID-19 Transit Recovery Advice
  • 1:22 pm Transportation Cases Await Newest Supreme Court Justice
 

Several state departments of transportation are facing winter operation challenges created by COVID-19 as the pandemic is leading to budget tightening as well as greater health and safety needs among their snowplow driver corps. [Above photo via the Michigan DOT.] “Over the years, maintenance workers at the state and local levels have handled everything winter […]

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Ajit Pai (seen above), chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, issued a draft of new rules on October 28 that would open up the 5.9 gigahertz or GHz wireless communication spectrum to unlicensed services such as Wi-Fi. He added that the FCC would vote on those new rules at its November 18 meeting. [Above photo […]

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The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Annual Meeting – held via a virtual format November 9-13 due to the COVID-19 pandemic – will focus on the potential ways the results of the 2020 national elections could affect the nation’s transportation policy agenda. As part of AASHTO’s annual meeting, the organization’s Transportation Policy […]

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Separate reports issued by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Transit Center advocacy group argue that there is a “fundamental alignment” between how transit agencies respond to the health and safety needs posed by COVID-19 and the measures they implement to improve sustainability, reliability, and cost to transit riders as the pandemic recedes. [Above photo […]

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Two transportation-related cases before the U.S. Supreme Court may bear the imprimatur of newly appointed Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett (at far left above) who officially took the oath of office on October 27. [Above photo via the White House.] Research conducted by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials notes that these […]

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Alan Stephenson Boyd (seen above), who served as the first U.S. secretary of transportation, died on October 18 at a retirement home in Seattle. He was 98. [Above photo via the Federal Highway Administration.] In November 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson selected Boyd to be secretary of the newly established U.S. Department of Transportation. The […]

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Automaker Audi of America, Applied Information, and Temple Inc., launched a joint effort on October 27 to develop two future connected vehicle applications that can help improve safety in school zones and around school buses when children are present: a project expected to wrap up in the first half of 2021. [Above photo via Audi.] […]

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The Federal Railroad Administration awarded more than $291 million to 11 intercity passenger rail projects in nine states on October 28 via its State of Good Repair Program, which aims to improve intercity passenger rail performance by funding capital projects to repair, replace, or rehabilitate publicly owned or controlled railroad assets. [Above photo via the […]

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The Oklahoma Department of Transportation, in partnership with the Oklahoma Transit Association, issued the state’s first-ever public transportation plan on October 23: a plan that seeks to unite urban and rural transit services by laying out mobility priorities for the next 20 years. [Above photo by the Oklahoma DOT.] The full plan is available to […]

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Minnesota Governor Tim Walz (D) signed into law a $1.87 billion Local Jobs and Projects Plan on October 21 that earmarks $627 million in funding for state transportation infrastructure projects, including local roads and bridges, along with $269 million for water infrastructure projects. [Above photo via the Minnesota Governor’s Office.] The bill also includes funds […]

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