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

In nearly every nation, conventional rail service is the foundation for the development of successful high-speed rail service, argued William Flynn (seen above), chief executive officer for Amtrak, during a House of Representatives hearing on May 6. [Above photo by Amtrak] Furthermore, improvement or initiation of conventional rail service can occur much more quickly than […]

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Data compiled and analyzed for AAA Travel by INRIX indicates a “significant rebound” in the number of Americans planning to travel this Memorial Day holiday weekend versus the same weekend in 2020. [Above photo by the Arizona DOT] From May 27 through May 31, AAA expects more than 37 million people to travel 50 miles […]

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Throughout America’s history, Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders made substantial contributions to the nation’s transportation system through profound perseverance and self-determination. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials produced a video to highlight the stories of the Chinese Railroad Workers, Major Arthur Chin, and Norman Mineta – former secretary of the U.S. Department of […]

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Rep. Andy Levin, D-Mich. (above at right), and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. (above at left), reintroduced an updated version of the Electric Vehicle or EV Freedom Act on May 5 – a bill that aims to electrify America’s highway system and “take necessary and profound steps” to combat climate change. “The EV Freedom Act is […]

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The Federal Highway Administration recently observed the 50th anniversary of its National Bridge Inspection Standards or NBIS; the basis for the federal program that helps protect nearly 620,000 bridges across the country. [Photo by the South Dakota DOT] “For a half-century, NBIS standards have been at the core of federal infrastructure safety efforts,” noted Stephanie […]

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The Federal Highway Administration issued a guidance document on April 27 to provide “clarification” to both its division offices and state departments of transportation on leveraging highway right-of-way or ROW for “certain uses” such as climate change, equitable communications access, and energy reliability. [Above photo by the Missouri DOT] The agency added that its guidance […]

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According to data compiled by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, people who use both alcohol and marijuana are some of the most dangerous drivers on the road – significantly more likely to speed, text, intentionally run red lights, and drive aggressively compared to those who do not. [Above photo by the Virginia DOT] The […]

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In conjunction with the recent “Leaders Summit on Climate,” President Joe Biden (seen above) launched the U.S. Trade and Development Agency’s Global Partnership for Climate-Smart Infrastructure – an initiative between U.S. industry groups and key federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Transportation, to deliver clean energy and transportation solutions to emerging markets around the […]

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The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration plans withdraw its portions of the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient or SAFE I rule established in March 2020 that prevents states – especially California – from issuing their own greenhouse gas or GHG emissions standards and zero-emissions vehicle mandates. [Above photo by NHTSA] The agency said in a statement that […]

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The U.S. Maritime Administration recently issued $19.6 million worth of funding to 31 small shipyards in 15 states through its Small Shipyard Grant Program. [Above photo via MARAD] The agency said those funds would help awardees modernize, increase productivity, and expand local employment opportunities while competing in the global marketplace. MARAD added that its Small […]

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