April 9, 2020
  • 7:13 am AASHTO Asks Congress for $50B Fiscal Backstop for State DOTs
  • 2:18 pm Transportation Investment Touted for Post-Coronavirus Recovery
  • 1:00 pm NHTSA, EPA Roll Out Final Fuel Economy Rule
  • 12:57 pm New Study Pinpoints Transportation Outreach Tactics
  • 12:54 pm AASHTO Committee Offers Virtual COVID-19 Panels

On April 2, the Federal Transit Administration released an allocation plan for divvying up a total of $25 billion in Federal funding to help the nation’s public transportation systems deal with the impact of COVID-19; money included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or CARES Act passed on March 27. [Above photo by CTtransit.] FTA […]

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The Transportation Security Administration issued a new final rule on March 23 that requires “higher-risk” surface transportation providers –  including certain railroads, public transportation systems and over-the-road buses – to provide security training for certain employees. [Above photo by the Maryland Transit Administration.] In special consideration of ongoing challenges to the surface transportation industry in […]

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is changing the terminology it uses to describe the burgeoning urban air mobility market to reflect a “more comprehensive view” of the technology, systems, and practices on the horizon. [Above graphic by NASA.] “To be clear, in this move we’re primarily talking about updating the words we are using […]

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The U.S. Department of Transportation is seeking applications for a new round of more than $4.9 million in grants to fund four new Tier 1 University Transportation Centers or UTCs. “Our UTCs are not only the seeds of our future transportation system, they serve as living labs, bringing research to reality,” explained Diana Furchtgott-Roth, USDOT […]

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The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials requested a 90-day comment period extension from the Federal Communications Commission in regards to its notice of proposed rulemaking, which seeks to reallocate significant portions of the 5.9 gigahertz (GHz) wireless communication spectrum due to the impact of the Coronavirus or COVID-19 outbreak. [Above photo of […]

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The Federal Railroad Administration plans to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking “in the near future” that seeks to measure the performance and service quality of intercity passenger train operations – defining Amtrak intercity passenger train on-time performance, and would set forth an average minimum on-time performance standard of 80 percent. [Above photo by the […]

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To help fill transportation gaps created by the Coronavirus, ride-hailing firm Lyft is coordinating with public health entities, local governments, nonprofits and community organizations to not only donate tens of thousands of essential travel rides to low-income seniors, doctors, and nurses – among others – but also helping deliver medical supplies and other goods during […]

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a simulation system to train driverless vehicles how to navigate a host of “worse-case scenarios” before cruising down real streets. [Above graphic by MIT.] Called a Virtual Image Synthesis and Transformation for Autonomy or VISTA, the training program – developed in conjunction with the Toyota Research Institute – […]

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The Federal Transit Administration expanded eligibility of federal assistance via it Emergency Relief Program on March 13 to help transit agencies coping with the Coronavirus in states where the governor has declared an emergency. [Above photo by MBTA.] This includes allowing all transit providers – including those situated in large urban areas – to use […]

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a notice of proposed rulemaking on March 17 to modernize numerous Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards while “clarifying ambiguities” in current occupant protection standards for vehicles equipped with automated driving systems or ADS that are designed without traditional manual controls. [Above photo by Waymo.] NHTSA said its NPRM […]

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