September 19, 2020
  • 1:51 pm Western States Battling Wildfires Get Recovery Funds
  • 1:50 pm Southeastern States Start Recovering From Hurricane Sally
  • 1:38 pm States Continue Receiving FHWA Redistribution Funds
  • 1:32 pm NTIA Encourages FCC to Open 5.9 GHz Spectrum
  • 1:29 pm USDOT Issues $1B in BUILD Grants
 

The Federal Highway Administration recently issued two packets of “quick release” Emergency Relief or ER funds to California and Oregon agencies to pay for repairs to transportation infrastructure damaged by wildfires raging across several western states. [Above photo by the Oregon DOT.] The FHWA issued $5 million in ER funds to the Oregon Department of […]

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Hurricane Sally made landfall on September 16 near the Alabama and Florida border: a Category 2 storm that trigged “catastrophic flooding,” heavy rainfall, damaging storm surge and strong winds that even affected inland areas across the Southeast in Georgia, the Carolinas, and into Virginia. [Above photo by the Department of Defense.] According to news reports, […]

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The Federal Highway Administration began redistributing more than $4.76 billion in obligated federal highway funds on August 28. This “redistribution” occurs when federal programs funded through the Highway Trust Fund or HTF do not fully use their allocated dollars in a given year; money that is subsequently redistributed to state transportation agencies across the country. [Above […]

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The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) encouraged the Federal Communications Commission in a September 8 letter to “expand commercial use” of the 5.9 gigahertz (GHz) wireless communication spectrum band: allowing the 5.9 GHz spectrum to be opened to non-transportation use. [Above graphic via NHTSA.] In its letter, NTIA supported the FCC’s proposed rulemaking – […]

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The U.S. Department of Transportation is providing $1 billion in infrastructure grants to fund 70 projects in 44 states through its Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development or BUILD program: noting that with this round of funding it has awarded nearly $4 billion in BUILD grants to support road, bridge, transit, rail, port or intermodal […]

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The Federal Transit Administration recently provided funds to the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, knowns as BART, and the Metropolitan Council of Minneapolis via its Capital Investment Grants or CIG program to support two major transit projects. [Above photo by the Southwest Light Rail Transit Project.] The FTA issued a $1.2 billion grant […]

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The North Carolina Department of Transportation recently kicked off two safety initiatives: one to install new directional signage to guide motorists around major incidents on Interstate 26 and the other a campaign aimed at improving the safety of motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists when they interact on state roads. [Above photo by the North Carolina DOT.] […]

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The Indiana Department of Transportation is preparing to make available $68 million in matching funds as part of the next round of 2020 grants funded by its Community Crossings program. [Above photo by the Indiana DOT.] That program part of the state’s Next Level Roads program, which is a 20-year plan established in 2017 to […]

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The Iowa Department of Transportation recently released an update to the Iowa Public Transit Long Range Plan to tackle changes to the operating environment and current needs of Iowa’s public transportation system – particularly for rural residents. Meanwhile, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation is working with the Wisconsin Department of Administration to disburse $18 million in grants […]

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The New Jersey Department of Transportation recently opened the grant solicitation period for its Local Bridges Fund and Local Freight Impact Fund programs; two programs that are offering $47.3 million and $30.1 million, respectively, worth of grant monies provided through New Jersey’s Transportation Trust Fund. [Above photo by the New Jersey DOT.] The Local Bridges […]

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