August 17, 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
  • 12:26 pm Survey Finds Consumers “Lack Confidence” in Autonomous & All-Electric Vehicles
  • 12:22 pm AASHTO President: “Transportation Represents Freedom”
  • 12:19 pm Leadership Reset Underway for Several Transportation Agencies
  • 12:13 pm IIHS Study: Street-Level Protected Bike Lanes Need Improvements
  • 12:08 pm FRA Unveils NOFO for $244M in FY 2019 CRISI Grants

A pair of comment letters issued July 22 by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials address key regulatory and infrastructure issues regarding connected and autonomous vehicles or CAVs – especially where the operation of commercial motor vehicles are concerned. [Above photo by Waymo.] “While state departments of transportation do not have jurisdiction […]

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A new report issued by the U.S. Government Accountability Office on July 31 indicates that “vendor and software issues” are currently “major or moderate challenges” for Positive Train Control or PTC technology implementation, with more than half of railroads reporting that “interoperability” is also a “major or moderate challenge” that can be “complicated by software […]

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The Federal Aviation Administration awarded $478 million in airport infrastructure grants on July 31 to 232 airports in 43 states, including American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico – monies that come from a total of $3.18 billion allotted to the Airport Improvement Program, which provides grant funding to “selected projects” including runway […]

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The Federal Transit Administration awarded $84.9 million in grants to 38 projects in 38 states on July 26 via its Low- or No-Emission or “Low-No” program that funds transit bus projects centered around “advanced propulsion” technologies. Eligible projects include the purchase or lease of buses powered by technologies such as hydrogen fuel cells, battery-electric engines, […]

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The Nebraska Department of Transportation and Governor Pete Ricketts (R), along with other state and local officials, attended a ceremony on July 29 to mark the re-opening opening of Highway 281, which has been closed since March 13 due to heavy flooding that washed out a bridge spanning the Niobrara River. [Above photo by Jake […]

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Governor Charlie Baker (R) of Massachusetts filed a transportation bond bill on July 25 seeking $18 billion in additional capital authorization to invest in a variety of transportation endeavors, including: nearly $5.7 billion for Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority modernization efforts, $150 million to improve state road pavement conditions; $20 million to fund “Complete Street” infrastructure […]

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The California Department of Transportation issued $146 million from state’s Low Carbon Transit Operations Program on July 25 to fund 180 local mass transit projects that aim to “increase the convenience, capacity, and ridership of buses and trains” across California. [Above photo by the L. A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.] Bob Franzoia, acting director of […]

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On July 24, Gov. Jim Justice (R) personally delivered one of 10 new excavators as part of a press event designed to highlight his administration’s “commitment to provide more resources” to fix West Virginia’s secondary road system. “These roads didn’t get this way overnight,” Gov. Justice said in a statement. “I don’t say this to […]

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A now-completed $1 billion, four-mile-long widening of Interstate 15 between U.S. Highway 95 and Sahara Avenue in downtown Las Vegas is expected to reduce travel delays and improve air quality from less idle time and vehicle exhaust, according to the Nevada Department of Transportation – improvements the agency called “timely” as traffic through the corridor […]

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During a July 26 press event, Gov. Matt Bevin (R) and Kentucky Transportation Secretary Greg Thomas officially gave the go-ahead to start work on the final segment of the 20-year effort to revamp the 37-mile-long KY 30 corridor; a project expected to be completed by the end of 2022. KY 30 is the most direct […]

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