September 18, 2019
  • 2:34 pm Committee Leadership Comes into Focus for 116th Congress
  • 2:22 pm Interstate System Report Calls for More Funding, Tolling, VMT Fees, and Cybersecurity
  • 2:15 pm In Memoriam: President George H. W. Bush, ISTEA, and Transportation
  • 1:56 pm Growth Projected for Transportation Projects, but Costs a Challenge
  • 1:35 pm FAA Reshuffles Executives, Plans Drone Identification Rulemaking in Spring 2019
  • 1:28 pm Predictive Technology Helps Reduce Crashes on I-15 Corridor in Las Vegas
  • 1:14 pm Video Report: MoDOT Produces Multi-Lingual Safety Message
  • 1:11 pm PennDOT Nears Completion of Rapid Bridge Replacement Project
  • 1:08 pm Infrastructure Grants Awarded to “Smaller” South Dakota Communities
  • 12:31 pm Coalition Letter Continues to Urge Repeal of Rescission
  • 12:25 pm Tolling, Congestion Pricing Debated at House Hearing
  • 12:22 pm Letter Argues AV Safety Must be “Paramount Concern”
  • 12:15 pm EPA, Dept. of the Army Formally Repeal 2015 WOTUS Rule
  • 12:12 pm INRIX Study Highlights Potential of Micromobility

A team of Purdue University engineers is using roadway sensors to compile data on “concrete maturity” during select highway patching and paving projects – a project that seeks to establish “evidence-based recommendations” on the optimal time to re-open highways to traffic once construction activity is completed. [Above Photo by Erin Easterling for Purdue University.] The […]

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A new report from British consulting firm Urban Transport Group indicates that the viability of mobility-as-a-service or MaaS as a global transportation strategy hinges on three key factors – one of them involving its ability to reduce traffic congestion. The MaaS concept focuses on combining and accessing on-demand transportation options, such as car-sharing, ride-hailing and public transit, via […]

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The Federal Transit Administration officially allocated $125 million to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority as part of the Bay Area Rapid Transit Silicon Valley Phase II project on August 28 – the first project to receive a funding allocation under the agency’s new Expedited Project Delivery pilot program. That program is designed to streamline […]

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The Federal Railroad Administration awarded more than $4.3 million to the Southern Rail Commission on August 28 to help restore intercity passenger rail service along the Gulf Coast. In 2005, Amtrak suspended its tri-weekly service between New Orleans and Orlando due to extensive damage caused by Hurricane Katrina to the stations and rail lines used […]

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Governor Gavin Newsom (D) appointed Adetokunbo “Toks” Omishakin to be the new director of the California Department of Transportation on September 3. He replaces Acting Director Bob Franzoia, who has held the position since former director Laurie Berman retired June 29 after a 36-year career with the agency. The governor noted in a statement that […]

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The five-member Texas Transportation Commission approved the $77 billion 2020 Unified Transportation Program or UTP submitted by the Texas Department of Transportation on August 29; a 326-page plan that will guide the agency’s transportation strategy over the next decade. The plan also contains more than $4 billion specifically targeted towards safety improvements, including an extra […]

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Starting November 9, the Washington State Department of Transportation will begin collecting tolls from motorists to use the two-mile-long State Route 99 tunnel that replaced the double-decker Alaskan Way Viaduct highway; a roadway now in the process of being demolished. [Side note: Demolishing a major highway in the middle of a major city is a large […]

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The Georgia Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers jointly agreed to update environmental Local Coordination Procedures on September 3 – a framework to improve consistency and streamline the permit process for Georgia DOT projects under Guidelines of the Clean Water Act. “LCP went into effect in 2002 […]

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The Kansas Department of Transportation launched a new program on September 3 designed to provide state funding for transportation projects while also leveraging local and private funding. The agency’s new Cost Share Program will provide up to $50 million in fiscal year 2020 funding to local entities for transportation projects that improve safety, support job […]

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Governor Doug Ducey (R) honored Arizona Highways – a magazine produced by the Arizona Department of Transportation – and Arizona State Parks and Trails with a “Good Government Award” for their collaborative efforts to promote travel and tourism around the state. The two agencies developed a promotion in mid-2018 that provided a one-year subscription to […]

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