July 26, 2021
  • 10:07 am AASHTO, NRDC Urge Congress to “Go Big” on Transportation
  • 9:59 am AASHTO Seeks Flexible Use of ARP Funds for State DOTs
  • 9:46 am AAA: Road Travel Dropped Drastically during COVID-19
  • 9:42 am Microtransit Could Help Expand Traditional Transit Service
  • 9:35 am FHWA Providing AID Demonstration Program Grants

The Federal Aviation Administration is awarding more than $845 million in fiscal year 2021 Airport Improvement Program grants to support projects at 388 airports in 49 states plus the District of Columbia. [Above graphic via the FAA] The agency said in a statement that those grants are to help fund projects that seek to “mitigate environmental impacts, increase accessibility, and […]

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Austria-based technology firm SWARCO AG and San Francisco-based micromobility provider Lime are jointly testing a system to reduce the risk of crashes between motor vehicles, e-scooters, and bicyclists at intersections controlled by traffic signals. [Above photo by Lime] The joint pilot project seeks to “optimize” SWARCO’s adaptive traffic light management algorithms in concert with Lime’s […]

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The Federal Aviation Administration and Skyward, a Verizon-owned company, recently signed a three-year memorandum of agreement or MOA to test cellular-connected drones. [Above photo by Skyward] The testing involves using software developed by Skyward to guide cellular-connected drones in urban environments in beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), universal traffic management (UTM), and so-called “one-to-many” operations. Officially entitled […]

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a Standing General Order on June 29 requiring manufacturers and operators of vehicles equipped with SAE Level 2 advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) or SAE Levels 3-5 automated driving systems (ADS) to report crashes that occur on U.S. public roads. [Above photo by Google] NHTSA’s reporting requirements include the following […]

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The Ray – a corporate venture devoted to roadway technology testing – added vehicle maker Kia, supported by the Hyundai America Technical Center or HATCI, as an “OEM Partner” to its vehicle-to-everything or V2X infrastructure development project on The Ray Highway along Interstate 85 in West Georgia. [Above graphic by The Ray] With the inclusion […]

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The Federal Transit Administration issued a notice of funding opportunity on July 1 for $16.3 million in competitive grants for transit projects that help lift communities out of poverty. Applications are due to the agency by August 30. [Above photo collage by the FTA] FTA said that its Areas of Persistent Poverty Program supports planning, engineering and technical […]

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As forecasters predict a particularly active hurricane season for 2021, state departments of transportation from Texas to New Jersey are preparing for worst-case scenarios to help citizens get out of town if a big storm ends up heading their way. [Above photo by the Louisiana DOTD] The Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1 and […]

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According to a new 38-page report, as the U.S. Interstate Highway System reaches age 65, it is increasingly congested – particularly by large trucks – and is deteriorating due to a lack of “adequate funding” to make needed repairs and improvements. [Above photo by the Virginia DOT] The report – entitled “America’s Interstate Highway System at […]

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The Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Air Force signed an agreement June 15 aimed at eliminating “red tape” governing commercial space activities at ranges operated by the U.S. Space Force, while at the same time re-emplacing safety standards to protect the public. [Above photo by the U.S. Space Force Command] The agreement recognizes common safety standards for […]

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A national resin shortage alongside a global aluminum shortage are affecting a variety of state department of transportation operations across the country. [Above photo by the Maine DOT] The Maine Department of Transportation said that resin shortage – caused mainly by a catastrophic winter storm in February that shut down key Texas petrochemical plants – […]

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