March 28, 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

Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, and Deputy Federal Highway Administrator Brandye Hendrickson officially awarded a $90.2 million grant to the Idaho Transportation Department during an Aug. 29 ceremony to fund its I-84 Karcher Interchange to Franklin Boulevard project between Nampa and Caldwell, west of Boise. The funding, originally provided through the USDOT’s Infrastructure for Rebuilding […]

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The Federal Transit Administration noted on Aug. 29 that the Illinois Department of Transportation and Tennessee Department of Transportation officially received federal certification of their rail transit State Safety Oversight or SSO programs for their respective railway systems. The Illinois DOT provides safety oversight for the Chicago Transit Authority heavy rail system and is jointly responsible with […]

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In a blog post on Aug. 24, Deputy Federal Highway Administrator Brandye Hendrickson touted the long-term benefits of the Interstate 11 project near Boulder City, Nevada, located southeast of Las Vegas. The Nevada Department of Transportation in partnership with the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada recently completed the “first phase” of I-11 construction, she […]

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The Federal Aviation Administration awarded $616.9 million in airport infrastructure grants on Aug. 24 as part of a total $3.18 billion in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding for airports across the United States that began being issued on June 8. This fourth increment of funding provides 242 grants to 226 airports and will fund 408 […]

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Photo: Arizona DOT. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration plans to revise four specific areas of current hours-of-service or HOS rules governing commercial trucking operations in the United States – change that could impact state department of transportation fleets, especially if those fleets use the 100 air-mile short-haul exemption clause within those regulations. The agency […]

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Photo: Wildlife Highway Crossing Structure/Jeff Burrell A study conducted by scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society and Oregon State University using Wyoming Department of Transportation crash data confirmed that efforts to protect migrating pronghorn deer by installing eight “crossing structures” in combination with 8-foot-high roadway fencing along a nearly 12.5-mile long stretch of U.S. Highway […]

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The winning team, left to right: Mehdi Zamanipour, National Research Council; Joseph Vincent, University of Kansas; Britton Hammit, University of Wyoming; Rachel James, University of Texas. The National Operations Center of Excellence and the USDOT Intelligent Transportation System Joint Program Office co-sponsored a first-ever “transportation technology tournament” at the Institute of Transportation Engineers 2018 annual […]

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Photo: Uber. A poll of 1,250 U.S. consumers conducted by research firm Vital Findings on behalf of Cox Automotive found that self-driving vehicles are now viewed as “less safe” compared to a similar survey conducted two years ago,  with 49 percent of those polled saying they would “never buy” a fully-autonomous Level 5 vehicle, up […]

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Photo: Embark. According to a new report commissioned by the American Center for Mobility and conducted by Michigan State University with support by Texas A&M Transportation Institute, “significant numbers” of fully-autonomous vehicles are not projected to be deployed until the latter half of the 2020s. At that point, “some displacement” of passenger car-based driving jobs […]

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The USDOT’s Office of the Inspector General announced on Aug. 20 that it would audit the Federal Aviation Administration in terms of its compliance with the Buy American Act and FAA-specific “Buy American” provisions when purchasing manufactured goods and equipment, steel, and other construction supplies in the United States. The OIG said this audit comes […]

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