May 16, 2021
  • 1:47 pm Treasury Offers Transportation Spending Guidance for ARP Funds
  • 1:43 pm State DOT CEOs Talk Transportation Equity at Hearing
  • 1:42 pm AASHTO Urges FHWA to Move Forward with MUTCD Revision
  • 1:37 pm FAA Issues Nearly $900M in Airport Improvement Program Grants
  • 1:26 pm State DOT Panel Examines Workforce Recruitment, Retention Issues

Photo: Arizona DOT. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration plans to revise four specific areas of current hours-of-service or HOS rules governing commercial trucking operations in the United States – change that could impact state department of transportation fleets, especially if those fleets use the 100 air-mile short-haul exemption clause within those regulations. The agency […]

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Photo: Wildlife Highway Crossing Structure/Jeff Burrell A study conducted by scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society and Oregon State University using Wyoming Department of Transportation crash data confirmed that efforts to protect migrating pronghorn deer by installing eight “crossing structures” in combination with 8-foot-high roadway fencing along a nearly 12.5-mile long stretch of U.S. Highway […]

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The winning team, left to right: Mehdi Zamanipour, National Research Council; Joseph Vincent, University of Kansas; Britton Hammit, University of Wyoming; Rachel James, University of Texas. The National Operations Center of Excellence and the USDOT Intelligent Transportation System Joint Program Office co-sponsored a first-ever “transportation technology tournament” at the Institute of Transportation Engineers 2018 annual […]

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Photo: Uber. A poll of 1,250 U.S. consumers conducted by research firm Vital Findings on behalf of Cox Automotive found that self-driving vehicles are now viewed as “less safe” compared to a similar survey conducted two years ago,  with 49 percent of those polled saying they would “never buy” a fully-autonomous Level 5 vehicle, up […]

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Photo: Embark. According to a new report commissioned by the American Center for Mobility and conducted by Michigan State University with support by Texas A&M Transportation Institute, “significant numbers” of fully-autonomous vehicles are not projected to be deployed until the latter half of the 2020s. At that point, “some displacement” of passenger car-based driving jobs […]

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The USDOT’s Office of the Inspector General announced on Aug. 20 that it would audit the Federal Aviation Administration in terms of its compliance with the Buy American Act and FAA-specific “Buy American” provisions when purchasing manufactured goods and equipment, steel, and other construction supplies in the United States. The OIG said this audit comes […]

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Louis Gambaccini (above) who helped create the NJ Transit agency and served as its first chairman during a transportation career that spanned over five decades, died at his home in Skillman, New Jersey, on Aug. 19. He was 87 years old. “Lou Gambaccini’s dedication to transportation was in a class by itself,” noted New Jersey […]

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From Aug. 14 through Aug. 15, work crews from railroad companies Amtrak and CSX Transportation rebuilt four railroad “diamond” crossings at Wayne Junction near Wayne, Michigan – crossings jointly owned by the Michigan Department of Transportation and CSX. The agency said it paid 25 percent of the cost to replace those crossings – used by […]

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Photo: Illinois DOT. The Illinois Department of Transportation issued a formal request for information on Aug. 22 to private sector firms interested in partnering with the state to replace its aging highway lighting infrastructure with energy-efficient equipment that includes “smart technology. The Illinois DOT said that its proposed public-private partnership or P3 is also in […]

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To save money for the Idaho Transportation Department – and for taxpayers – to renovate two highway buildings stationed on U.S. 12 along remote portions of the Lochsa River, Roy Hill, District 2 structures and fleet manager for the agency, decided to get “creative” with the bidding process and form what he described in a […]

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