April 14, 2021
  • 11:47 am Rep. DeFazio: “We have to do a reauthorization by October 1.”
  • 11:44 am AASHTO Offers Perspective on Automated Driving System Safety
  • 11:36 am NTSB Updates ‘Most Wanted List’ of Transportation Safety Improvements
  • 11:33 am Report: Tonnage Rising Significantly at Cargo-Focused Hub Airports
  • 11:29 am Northwest Ports Commit to Emissions Phase-Out Plan

During a virtual infrastructure summit this week, Rep. Peter DeFazio (seen above), D-Ore. – chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure – reiterated his focus on passing a nearly $500 billion surface transportation reauthorization bill out of his committee by the third week of May. “We have to do a reauthorization […]

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The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials sent a five-page letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on April 1 outlining recommendations for that agency’s Automated Driving System Safety Framework, which was published in the Federal Register in December 2020. [Above photo by Google.] AASHTO noted in its letter that, “there is […]

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The National Transportation Safety Board unveiled its 2021–2022 “Most Wanted List” of 10 transportation safety improvements on April 6, with four of them focused on motor vehicle-related activity – including one that seeks to improve pedestrian, bicyclist, and motorcyclist safety. [Above image via the NTSB.] The NTSB noted in a statement that those improvements should: […]

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Business is booming at 14 major cargo-focused hub airports across the United States, according to a 12-page policy brief recently issued by the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University. [Above photo by the Chicago Rockford International airport.] That brief indicated that, based on an analysis of Bureau of Transportation statistics, tonnage increased at […]

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The Northwest ports of Seattle, Tacoma, and Vancouver, British Columbia plus the combined container operations of the Northwest Seaport Alliance are jointly committing to a new vision to phase out emissions from seaport-related activities by 2050. [Above photo by the Port of Seattle.] In a collaboration among the four ports, the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy seeks […]

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The Federal Transit Administration is providing a total of $187 million to help fund four bus rapid transit or BRT infrastructure projects in three Western states: California, Utah, and Washington State. [Above graphic by the FTA.] That funding – disbursed through the FTA’s “small starts” initiative within its Capital Investment Grants or CIG program – […]

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Governor Janet Mills (D) (seen above) recently signed an executive order accelerating Maine’s progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation by calling for the creation of a “clean transportation roadmap” this December to highlight how the state can increase the number of electric vehicles or EVs operating on its roads by 2030. [Above photo by the […]

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) and the Michigan Department of Transportation recently launched an online dashboard to track the status of road projects underway as part of the governor’s Rebuilding Michigan program and provide information about them to the public. [Above photo by the Michigan DOT.] “As we continue to invest in better roads and bridges under the Rebuilding Michigan program, this new dashboard will be […]

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In this episode of the Environmental Technical Assistance Program or ETAP Podcast, Shoshana Lew (seen above) – executive director of the Colorado Department of Transportation – discusses the critical role state DOTs are playing in helping electrify the nation’s transportation system. [Above photo by the Colorado DOT.] Prior to heading the Colorado DOT, Lew worked […]

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The Minnesota Governor’s Advisory Council on Connected and Automated Vehicles or CAVs released a 20-page annual report on April 5 updating the state’s readiness for CAV technology and highlighting its major CAV efforts in 2020. [Above image from the Minnesota DOT.] The Minnesota Department of Transportation, which co-chairs that council, noted in a statement that […]

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