February 7, 2023
  • 1:19 pm AASHTO Joins “First Movers” Roadway Safety Partnership
  • 1:15 pm FRA to Expand Passenger Rail Grant Amount
  • 1:10 pm Amtrak: Entering ‘Exciting Time’ for Passenger Rail
  • 1:08 pm AASHTO Asks FMCSA for Emergency Exemption Clarifications
  • 1:05 pm ETAP Podcast: NYSDOT Details Transportation Resilience Efforts

The Federal Railroad Administration announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity on Sept. 12 for at least $46 million in Positive Train Control or PTC Systems grants. This NOFO represents the balance of the $250 million PTC Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements or CRISI program grants that remained after FRA made its initial selections in late […]

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The Federal Highway Administration initiated $8.4 million in Accelerated Innovation Deployment or AID demonstration awards to nine state departments of transportation on Sept. 7 to fund a variety of what the agency called “innovative” highway projects, focused on improving the safety and operational efficiency of roads and bridges using “cutting-edge” pavement materials, engineering techniques, and […]

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The Governors Highway Safety Association elected Darrin Grondel, director of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, to serve a one-year term as the organization’s chair during the group’s annual meeting in Atlanta in late August. [Grondel can be seen above, standing in the middle between FMCSA’s Ray Martinez on the left and the Insurance Institute for […]

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On Sept. 10, the Oklahoma Transportation Commission approved “updated infrastructure plans” submitted by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation that call for nearly $6.5 billion in “planned work” on state bridges and highways for the next eight years. The commission also approved a County Improvements of Roads and Bridges or CIRB five-year work plan that will […]

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Energy utility Pepco Holdings filed a request with the public service commission of the District of Columbia on Sept. 7  to implement a “suite of programs” aimed at spurring the use of electric transportation options among the district’s residents. Pepco’s proposed $15.2 million program would provide customers with reduced electric rates, credits, rebates and other […]

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While still working to fix the damage caused by Hurricane Lane in late August, the Hawaii Department of Transportation is now preparing to handle the impact of Tropical Storm Olivia, which made landfall on Sept. 12. The agency said in a pre-storm statement that it paid close attention to safeguarding Hawaii’s commercial harbors (seen above […]

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The Rhode Island Department of Transportation released a second set of data from the state’s tractor-trailer/truck-only tolling program on Sept. 13 that shows a higher than expected volume of commercial truck traffic is being tolled. The agency said its latest data covers from July 11 through August 10 and tallies the number of transactions and […]

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The House of Representatives’ Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit elicited insight concerning a wide array of emerging technologies during a Sept. 5 hearing that “have the potential to improve the safety and productivity” of the U.S. surface transportation system, according to  Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., the subcommittee’s chairman (seen above). “The population […]

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Kirk Steudle, Michigan’s transportation director for 12 years and a 31-year veteran of the Michigan Department of Transportation, announced he will be retiring effective Oct. 31, though he will continue as interim CEO and president for the American Center for Mobility – a position he took on in mid-August – until that group’s board of […]

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As the Council on Environmental Quality sorts through 12,514 comments submitted for its advanced notice of proposed rulemaking issued June 20 aimed at updating the “procedural provisions” of National Environmental Policy Act or NEPA reviews for transportation projects, the main focal points from state departments of transportation and related organizations is on how to “streamline” […]

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