February 4, 2023
  • 1:19 pm AASHTO Joins “First Movers” Roadway Safety Partnership
  • 1:15 pm FRA to Expand Passenger Rail Grant Amount
  • 1:10 pm Amtrak: Entering ‘Exciting Time’ for Passenger Rail
  • 1:08 pm AASHTO Asks FMCSA for Emergency Exemption Clarifications
  • 1:05 pm ETAP Podcast: NYSDOT Details Transportation Resilience Efforts

The Federal Highway Administration recently unveiled two new efforts established by the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act or IIJA enacted in November 2021 that aim to help create economic opportunities and open the door to building generational wealth for disadvantaged entrepreneurs and workers across the country. [Above photo of FHWA Administrator Shailen Bhatt […]

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A new report issued by the National Transportation Safety Board calls on federal and state agencies engage in “new actions” to address the continuing problem of impaired driving, including from alcohol, cannabis (seen above), and other drugs, as well as well as multiple drug use. [Above photo by Elsa Olofsson] That report – issued in […]

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The chief executives of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and Philadelphia-centered Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) signed a “reciprocity agreement” on January 9 that would allow historically underutilized businesses or HUBs to work for both agencies via a single small business enterprise (SBE) certification. [Above photo by AASHTO] That agreement took place under the auspices […]

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 31,785 people died in traffic crashes in the first nine months of 2022 according to its latest projections, which is a 0.2 percent decrease as compared to the 31,850 estimated fatalities during the same time in 2021. [Above photo by the Delaware DOT] Preliminary Federal Highway Administration data […]

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With control of the House of Representatives shifting to the Republican Party following the results of the November 2022 elections, the leadership of committees that impact the transportation industry is changing. [Above photo by AASHTO] Though Democrats still control the Senate, changes are being made by both parties to the leadership structure of several key […]

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The Federal Transit Administration has issued a new notice of funding opportunity to help improve transit in areas experiencing what the agency calls “long-term economic distress.” [Above photo by FTA] The $20 million in competitive grants offered via that NOFO comes through the FTA’s Areas of Persistent Poverty or AoPP program, which provides resources to underserved and disadvantaged communities […]

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In this episode of the Environmental Technical Assistance Program or ETAP Podcast, Lee Smith – interim traffic operations division director at the Tennessee Department of Transportation – and Professor Dan Work from Vanderbilt University discuss the I-24 Motion test bed. [Above image via the Tennessee DOT] Formally known as the I-24 Mobility Technology Interstate Observation […]

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The U.S. Department of Transportation recently released a research plan for fiscal years 2022-2026 that will guide $5 billion worth of funding provided via the $1.2 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act or IIJA enacted in November 2021. [Above photo by the USDOT] Unveiled January 11, the new research plan aims to “support, foster, and safeguard […]

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The Federal Highway Administration has issued the first round of large bridge project grants from the Bridge Investment Program established by the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act or IIJA enacted in November 2021. [Above photo by the Connecticut DOT] FHWA noted that its Bridge Investment Program will provide nearly $40 billion over five […]

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The Federal Railroad Administration recently issued a notice of funding opportunity that makes nearly $9 billion in grants available to upgrade and expand passenger rail services along the Northeast Corridor or NEC. Funding applications are due by March 27. [Above photo by NJ Transit] The FRA said in a statement that those funds will flow […]

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