August 17, 2018
  • 11:44 am Finding the Future Workforce for State DOTs Becoming Tougher
  • 11:40 am GHSA Report Examines ‘Human Interaction’ Issues with CAVs
  • 11:38 am Debate Continues Over Potential Benefits of CAVs
  • 11:33 am Brookings Institution: View Infrastructure as an ‘Economic Anchor’
  • 11:32 am October TRB Summit will Examine Ways to Boost Infrastructure Resiliency

The Resilience Innovations Summit and Exchange being held Oct. 9-10 in Denver, Colorado, will seek to gather together transportation experts, elected officials, and others to share ideas and tactics for designing, building, and operating infrastructure that can better withstand the impact of natural and man-made disasters – everything from wildfires, hurricanes, floods, and snowstorms to […]

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A recent naturalistic driving study conducted by the University of Toronto found that more than half failed to make vital “visual scans” for bicyclists and pedestrians when making right turns at intersections – a problem based on “attention failures,” blocked line-of-sight, and road infrastructure design. The study’s researchers used eye-tracking equipment to assess where drivers […]

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According to a new survey by the American Public Transportation Association, 34 percent of the 30 or so commuter railroads in the United States are testing, demonstrating, or fully operating their equipment using positive train control or PTC systems; technology that must be installed by Dec. 31 this year and fully in use by Dec. […]

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A new report issued Aug. 15 by Consumer Energy Alliance expressed concern that recent “geopolitical turmoil” and “global oil price instability” could negatively affect both U.S. consumers and the nation’s transportation sector going forward. Despite a report from the Energy Information Administration in July that projected a decline in gasoline prices for the rest of […]

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In a new report issued by global consulting firm McKinsey & Company, wider adoption of electric vehicles or EVs is not projected to put significant additional demand on the word’s current energy grid structure, but it will re-shape the industry’s “energy load curve” over time. “Using information from Germany as an example, EV growth is […]

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The Federal Transit Administration noted on Aug. 16 that the Michigan Department of Transportation officially received federal certification of its rail transit State Safety Oversight or SSO program for the Detroit People Mover automated guideway and the Q Line streetcar systems. With this certification, 22 of 30 states and the 31 SSO programs covered by […]

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Photo: Tesla New research conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety on “semi-autonomous” advanced driver assistance systems now available on a variety of light vehicle models – research conducted both in controlled test-track environs and on public roads – determined that the technologies “aren’t robust substitutes” for human drivers as of yet. Jessica Jermakian, […]

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Photo: Waymo Self-driving system developer Waymo announced on July 31 a partnership with Valley Metro, the regional public transportation authority for the area surrounding Phoenix to see if its driverless vehicles could provide better “travel connections” with the city’s existing bus and light rail services. “Public transportation is an integral part of our cities, providing […]

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The Maritime Administration awarded more than $4.8 million in grants Aug. 8 to help fund six “marine highway” projects serving ports in Louisiana, Virginia, New York, and Connecticut, while also supporting the development of new container-on-barge services in Kentucky and Rhode Island. The agency noted that the marine highway program “supports the expanded use of […]

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The Federal Railroad Administration issued $1.26 million in what it called Special Transportation Circumstances or STC grants on Aug. 6 to fund rural area rail capital projects in Alaska and Wyoming. Those funds, made available by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, will aid in the deployment of the Terminal Wireless Communications Positive Train Control […]

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