October 21, 2021
  • 11:59 pm Federal, State Agencies Ramping Up Pedestrian Safety Efforts
  • 11:55 pm AASHTO Issues Connected, Automated Vehicle Policy Paper
  • 11:52 pm New Research Seeks to Improve Drone Navigation Capability
  • 11:48 pm Canadian Transit Agencies Test Anti-Bacterial Copper Coatings
  • 11:43 pm Illinois DOT Highway Worker Rescues Trapped Truck Driver

The Mississippi State University or MSU flight lab is researching how “agricultural aviation” flight patterns can help improve aerial drone navigation capability at low altitudes. [Above photo by Jenny Jones via Wikimedia Commons] Meanwhile, a North Dakota-based effort is gearing up to test new technology that improves the beyond-visual-line-of-sight or BVLOS of drones in search […]

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Antimicrobial copper coatings are being installed on high-touch transit surfaces on Ontario-based Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and British Columbia-based TransLink vehicles following a successful pilot phase that supports copper’s ability to kill up to 99.9 percent of bacteria on equipment surfaces. [Above photo by Translink] This new round of testing seeks to confirm those results […]

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In this episode of the Environmental Technical Assistance Program or ETAP Podcast, Joung Lee (seen above at podium) – director of policy and government relations for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials – discusses the potential benefits of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill being debated in Congress. The House of Representatives currently […]

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The Roadway Safety Foundation named seven recipients for its 2021 National Roadway Safety Awards, including four state departments of transportation. [Above photo via the RSF] Begun in 1999, this biennial program – sponsored by RSF and the Federal Highway Administration – honors projects and programs that cost-effectively help the nation achieve progress toward eliminating highway […]

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The Federal Transit Administration is seeking the input of transit industry personnel, researchers, contractors, government entities, transit users, and other interested parties to make the nation’s transit systems safer for transit workers. [Above photo by the MBTA] The FTA issued a Request for Information or RFI in the federal register to solicit public input on potential safety […]

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The Federal Aviation Administration recently awarded more than $479 million in additional infrastructure grants to support 123 projects at airports across all 50 states, American Samoa, and Puerto Rico. [Above photo via Boston Logan International Airport] The agency noted in a statement that those grants are in addition to the more than $3.1 billion in […]

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A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office encourages the Federal Highway Administration to share more corrosion-control “best practices” with state departments of transportation and other agencies responsible for bridge maintenance. [Above photo by the Wyoming DOT] GAO said it interviewed FHWA, five state DOTs in Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Rhode Island, and Wyoming, plus […]

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New research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety indicates many motorists may not fully grasp the danger districted driving poses to roadside workers – danger heightened if motorists do not obey “Move Over” laws. [Above photo by the Virginia DOT] AAA Foundation’s research found that 42 percent thought non-compliance with “Move Over” laws was […]

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The Transportation Research Board named Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. (seen above at right) – CEO of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority – and Shawn Wilson (above at left), secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, as chair and vice chair, respectively, of TRB’s 2022 executive committee. Their terms begin in January 2022. TRB also […]

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As part of an effort aimed at making aviation more sustainable, NASA transferred findings from an aviation management project to the Federal Aviation Administration for nationwide implementation, the two agencies announced at a media briefing Tuesday. [Above graphic by NASA] Over the past six years, NASA’s Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 or ATD-2 project demonstrated the […]

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