November 21, 2018
  • 1:20 pm NTSB Investigation Blames ‘Design Errors’ for FIU Pedestrian Bridge Collapse
  • 1:19 pm GAO Issues Reports on Railroad Grade Crossing Programs, Inland Waterway Funding
  • 1:14 pm FHWA Proposed Rulemaking Would Give States ‘Greater Flexibility’ to use Proprietary or Patented Materials
  • 1:12 pm NHTSA’s King Stresses Educational Needs of Automated Vehicle Technology in Speech
  • 1:09 pm Benefits of Traffic Incident Management Highlighted During FHWA meeting

As part of its National Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week efforts, the Federal Highway Administration held a traffic incident management or TIM program meeting on Nov. 13 at USDOT’s Washington, D.C., headquarters with executives from groups aligned with FHWA’s national TIM outreach efforts. [Pictured above, left to right: Wyoming DOT’s Bill Panos, FHWA’s Mark Kehrli, […]

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The results of a recent survey conducted by AAA discerned that there is a “gap” in “consumer understanding” of partially automated driving systems based on the names given to the technology. [Above photo via AAA.] The group found that 40 percent of the 1,003 adult U.S. drivers it polled expect partially automated driving systems – […]

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The Federal Highway Administration recently released a new “workbook” designed to illustrate 13 strategies that have been successfully used to accelerate “multimodal” projects. [Above photo by the Seattle DOT.] The agency said its Strategies for Accelerating Multimodal Project Delivery workbook is designed to address the “growing demand for an integrated transportation network” while recognizing that […]

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The Federal Railroad Administration issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity on Nov. 16 for that will make $272 million in grants available via its “State of Good Repair” program, which funds capital projects aimed at repairing, replacing, or rehabilitating publicly owned railroad assets and to improve intercity passenger rail performance. [Above photo by Union Pacific.] […]

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With the global electric scooter market expected to increase from roughly $16 billion today to more than $37 billion by 2024, according to one study, bigger companies – particularly automobile manufacturers – are starting to make bigger investments in this segment of the “micro-mobility” industry. Yet the rapid growth of scooter usage is also sparking […]

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Uber issued a 70-page safety report in early November to help it win approval for restarting self-driving vehicle pilot tests it suspended in March following a fatal accident during nighttime tests in Tempe, Arizona, which killed a pedestrian. [Above photo by Uber.] “We recognize the importance of earning the trust and confidence of both the […]

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The American Traffic Safety Services Association is seeking the submission of names to be included in its 2019 National Work Zone Memorial; a memorial that honors those who were killed in highway work zone crashes, including: roadway workers; non-impaired motorists; pedestrians; law enforcement officers; and first responders, such as firefighters and paramedics. The deadline for […]

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On Nov. 6 the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the Vision Zero Network released what they dubbed the “first‐ever” definition of “Core Elements” for Vision Zero efforts to eliminate highway fatalities in three areas: leadership and commitment; safe roadways and safe speeds; data driven approaches, with transparency and accountability. “ITE is committed to reducing the number […]

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Analysis of 2017 fatality data by the National Transportation Safety Board indicates that highway crashes accounted for 95 percent of the 38,958 people who died in transportation-related accidents in 2017. [Above photo by NTSB.] NTSB’s analysis, released on Nov. 1, noted that 712 fewer people died in transportation accidents in 2017 compared to 2016, with […]

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A survey of nearly 75,000 electric scooter users by the Portland Bureau of Transportation – part of the Oregon city’s 120-day e-scooter pilot program – is providing what the agency described as a “wealth of information” about how people use this new transportation option, particularly as a replacement for car travel. [Above photo by Luis […]

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