March 8, 2021
  • 1:05 pm ASCE Report: U.S. Transportation Infrastructure Needs Investment
  • 12:59 pm Drop in VMT Coincides with Spike in Motor Vehicle Fatalities, Injuries
  • 12:56 pm House T&I Plans to Add Earmarks in Surface Reauthorization Legislation
  • 12:52 pm FAF Five-Year Benchmark Shows Spike in Freight Transportation
  • 12:49 pm Leveraging Policy, Funding to Improve Infrastructure Resiliency

The U.S. Department of Transportation and Transport Canada issued a joint statement on February 25 committing both agencies to “reinvigorate our bilateral cooperation” to fight climate change and limit the environmental impacts from their respective national transportation networks on land, air, and sea. [Above photo: Transport Canada’s Omar Alghabra at left, USDOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg […]

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Six energy utility companies are joining forces to build a seamless network of electric vehicle or EV charging stations connecting major highway systems from the Atlantic Coast, through the Midwest and South, and into the Gulf and Central Plains regions. [Above photo of EV recharging station by Walmart.] The Electric Highway Coalition – made up […]

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International bicycle sharing service Lime Bike is planning to invest $50 million in new electric-powered bicycles or “e-bikes” as well as an expansion of its network in the United States to 25 additional cities in 2021. [Above photo by Lime Bike.] “As we build out the Lime platform to serve any trip under five miles, […]

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The Federal Aviation Administration tapped five airports to host tests aimed at evaluating technologies and systems that could detect and mitigate potential safety risks posed by unmanned aircraft. [Above photo by Huntsville International Airport.] This effort is part of the agency’s Airport Unmanned Aircraft Systems Detection and Mitigation Research Program. The FAA said in a […]

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State governments moved forward with nearly 111,000 federal-aid highway and bridge projects during the past five years due to funding provided by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation or FAST Act, according to new research by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association. [Above photo by the Georgia DOT.] Compiled from Federal Highway Administration data, ARTBA […]

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The Governors Highway Safety Association issued the first report from the Behavioral Traffic Safety Cooperative Research Program – a collaboration between GHSA, the Transportation Research Board, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that seeks to increase understanding of behavioral traffic safety topics and propose practical solutions. [Above photo by Caltrans.] This new report – […]

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Key Congressional Democrats reintroduced the Generating Resilient, Environmentally Exceptional National or GREEN Streets Act on February 23: legislation aimed at establishing “national goals” to reduce greenhouse gas or GHG emissions from the National Highway System and help states adapt their transportation systems to counteract the “adverse effects of climate change.” “When we look at building […]

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The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate is collaborating with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York City to study how simulated airborne droplets carrying the COVID-19 virus – droplets known as “aerosols” – travel through buses and train cars. That research aims to help develop better disinfection and other viral mitigation methods […]

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The Federal Aviation Administration recently provided $76 million worth of grants through its FY2021 Airport Improvement Program to fund three infrastructure projects at the Chicago O’Hare International, Dallas-Fort Worth International and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International airports. [Above photo via DFW Airport.] Those three airports are receiving AIP funds under the terms of Letters of Intent previously issued by […]

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The Accessibility Observatory at the University of Minnesota is moving into the second phase of a multi-year national pooled-fund study to measure access to destinations, such as jobs, education, and health care as a way to guide transportation investments and land-use planning. [Above photo by the Minnesota DOT.] “Measuring access to destinations gives us the […]

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