March 29, 2020
  • 1:38 pm State DOTs Work to Keep Transportation System Open
  • 1:32 pm Federal Coronavirus Rescue Bill Includes Transportation Funding
  • 1:30 pm Coronavirus Tanking Economic Growth, Creating Infrastructure Finance Risks
  • 1:24 pm USDOT Sec. Chao Praises Transit Workers, Truckers in Conference Calls
  • 1:14 pm AASHTO Gains Comment Period Extension from FCC

Transportation analytics and connected car service provider INRIX said Americans now lose 99 hours a year due to traffic congestion, costing them nearly $88 billion or an average of $1,377 per year. From 2017 to 2019, INRIX said the average time lost by American drivers has increased by two hours as economic and urban growth […]

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A House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure hearing on March 4 delved into the growing needs of the nation’s freight and passenger rail systems, with Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore. – the committee’s chair – calling for more federal investment in the nation’s railroad networks. “The freight rail industry packs a punch, operating across […]

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A new AAA survey on automated vehicles reveals that only one in 10 of the 1,301 U.S. drivers it polled – just 12 percent – would “trust riding in a self-driving vehicle,” while another 28 percent of those polled said they “don’t know how they feel” about the technology. [Above photo via Google.] According to […]

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The Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) recently unveiled a motion prediction system to enhance the pedestrian detection of autonomous vehicles; a system based on a “computer vision tool” that uses a “deep learning algorithm” to predict motion via real-time observations of a person’s pelvic area to determine directional changes. [Above photo by SwRI.] “For instance, if […]

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The Federal Transit Administration issued $64.2 million worth of Capital Investment Grants or CIG program grants on February 28 to three projects in Florida and Texas, followed by an opportunity activated on March 2 to apply for $8.5 million in new Helping Obtain Prosperity for Everyone or HOPE program grants. [Above photo by FTA.] As part […]

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The U.S. Maritime Administration issued a notice of funding opportunity on March 5, making $9.5 million worth of grants available through the America’s Marine Highway Program or AMHP. Applications for AMHP grants are due by 5:00 p.m. EST on April 10, the agency noted. [Above photo by the Missouri DOT.] The AMHP supports the increased […]

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued $562 million in grants to Offices of Highway Safety in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and U.S. territories on February 13 to help fund a variety of highway safety programs. [Above photo by NHTSA] “We know that most of the 36,560 […]

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The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs hearing on surface transportation funding issues focused on the fiscal needs of transit systems across the United States and also how those systems help buttress the nation’s economy. [Above photo via the Senate Banking Committee.] “State departments of transportation remain committed to assisting Congress in the […]

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The Federal Highway Administration awarded $653.2 million in Emergency Relief or ER funds on February 27 to help 37 states – as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands – repair roads and bridges damaged by storms, floods, mudslides, wildfires, and other severe weather events over the past several […]

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A new report issued by the Governors Highway Safety Association on February 27 projects that 6,590 pedestrian fatalities occurred in 2019; an uptick of 5 percent from 2018. The GHSA said that prediction is based on the number of pedestrian fatalities reported by state highway safety offices for the first six months of 2019, with that raw […]

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