February 18, 2020
  • 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
  • 11:32 am President’s FY 2021 Budget Proposes $1T of Total Infrastructure Investment
  • 11:31 am Safety, Reliability Key Issues at Autonomous Vehicle Hearing
  • 11:26 am Improving Railroad Crossing Safety Focus of House Hearing
  • 11:22 am Trump Administration Issues PNT Policy for Critical Infrastructure
  • 11:19 am FTA Offering New Grant Funding for Transit Bus, Ferry Projects

Days before formally becoming Speaker of the House of Representatives for the second time, Nancy Pelosi tapped Rep. Kathy Castor, D-FL, to be the chair of the new Select Committee on the Climate Crisis – a committee that played a role in the creation of the 2007 energy act and the 2009 stimulus act, which included $90 billion in […]

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Build America Bureau provided the Dallas Area Rapid Transit or DART system with a $908 million Railroad Rehabilitation & Improvement Financing or RRIF direct loan on Dec. 21 to help finance the Cotton Belt Corridor Regional Rail Project. [Above photo by Jeffrey Beall.] The Cotton Belt Corridor Regional Rail Project […]

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An analysis of employee drug tests conducted by Quest Diagnostics indicates that U.S. workforce drug use has increased each year – and by double-digits over two years – between 2015 and 2017 in five of 16 major U.S. industry sectors, with the largest increase in “positivity rates” occurring in transportation and warehousing. [Above drug testing […]

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The U.S. Department of Transportation opened second round of the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America or INFRA discretionary grant program via a Notice of Funding Opportunity or NOFO issued Dec. 21. [Above photo by Colorado DOT.] The agency said in a statement that it expects to offer a pool of grant money totaling between $855 million […]

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Some 37 of the 41 railroads covered by the Positive Train Control or PTC technology implementation mandate either gained approval from the Federal Railroad Administration for “alternative” compliance schedules for a two-year compliance extension or awaiting said approval from the agency. [Above photo of Metrolink by Clay Gilliland.] Concurrently, the FRA awarded more than $46 […]

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Up to $60 million in federal grant monies is being offered by the U.S. Department of Transportation to fund projects aimed at testing what the agency calls the “safe integration” of automated driving systems or ADS technology with the country’s road network. [Above photo by Ford Motor Co.] USDOT said in a statement on Dec. […]

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Colorado, Michigan, and New Mexico nominated new department of transportation leaders as 2018 drew to a close, while outgoing Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) named an acting transportation secretary and Hawaii re-nominated its current transportation department director. All of them now await confirmation by their respective state legislatures. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) nominated Shoshana […]

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The California Air Resources Board issued a new rule on Dec. 14 that sets a “statewide goal” for its 200 public transit agencies to gradually transition to 100 percent zero-emission buses by 2040; a changeover that affects 12,000 units across the state. [Above photo by Proterra.] The agency noted in a statement that its Innovative […]

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The Arizona Department of Transportation is adding 25 new “high-tech” snow plow trucks to its fleet of 200 units; trucks equipped with lighter, more flexible 12-foot plow blades that can be adjusted from inside the cab. The agency added that those new trucks are being used almost exclusively on wider interstate highways, including I-17 and […]

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On Friday night, Jan. 11, the Alaskan Way Viaduct in downtown Seattle – also known as State Route 99 – will be permanently shut down; marking the start of roughly three weeks of intensive construction work to move traffic into the new $3.3 billion, 2-mile-long SR 99 tunnel. [Above photo by WSDOT.] In a Dec. […]

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