March 2, 2021
  • 12:18 pm USDOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg: “Some Sort of Road Usage Levy Necessary”
  • 12:14 pm AASHTO President Sheehan Testifies Before Senate EPW Committee
  • 12:13 pm Cedric Richmond: Infrastructure Bill is the Next Order of Business
  • 12:10 pm Congressional Members Provide Surface Transportation Reauthorization Outlook
  • 12:08 pm Federal Modal Leaders Stress Synergy, Equity as Key Transportation Priorities

Photo: Tesla New research conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety on “semi-autonomous” advanced driver assistance systems now available on a variety of light vehicle models – research conducted both in controlled test-track environs and on public roads – determined that the technologies “aren’t robust substitutes” for human drivers as of yet. Jessica Jermakian, […]

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Photo: Waymo Self-driving system developer Waymo announced on July 31 a partnership with Valley Metro, the regional public transportation authority for the area surrounding Phoenix to see if its driverless vehicles could provide better “travel connections” with the city’s existing bus and light rail services. “Public transportation is an integral part of our cities, providing […]

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The Maritime Administration awarded more than $4.8 million in grants Aug. 8 to help fund six “marine highway” projects serving ports in Louisiana, Virginia, New York, and Connecticut, while also supporting the development of new container-on-barge services in Kentucky and Rhode Island. The agency noted that the marine highway program “supports the expanded use of […]

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The Federal Railroad Administration issued $1.26 million in what it called Special Transportation Circumstances or STC grants on Aug. 6 to fund rural area rail capital projects in Alaska and Wyoming. Those funds, made available by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, will aid in the deployment of the Terminal Wireless Communications Positive Train Control […]

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The Federal Highway Administration is now soliciting submissions for its 2019 Environmental Excellence Awards, which are due by Sept. 14 this year. The agency noted that this biennial award is an “opportunity to recognize states, projects or individuals” who are making a critical difference in ensuring that highways and bridges help yet not hurt the […]

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According to an analysis by the Auto Insurance Center of the most recent fatality data available from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, the United States averaged roughly one deadly crash related to road rage per day in 2016, with Indiana home to the most fatalities related to road rage and aggressive driving incidents, followed […]

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The Federal Transit Administration noted on July 25 that four more states – Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas and Wisconsin – have achieved federal certification of their rail transit State Safety Oversight (SSO) programs. With these four most recent certifications, 21 of 30 states and the 31 SSO programs covered by this rule are now in compliance, the […]

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The Federal Aviation Administration awarded $770.8 million in grants to 522 airports on July 27 to fund 949 infrastructure projects that include runways, taxiways, and terminals, as well as the acquisition of aircraft rescue, firefighting, and snow removal equipment. The agency said in a statement that this money is the “third increment” of grants issued via its […]

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The Trump administration nominated Joel Szabat to be the assistant secretary for aviation and international affairs within the U.S. Department of Transportation on July 31; a promotion from his current position as deputy assistant secretary for the office of aviation and international affairs. Szabat’s transportation career includes stints as executive director of the Maritime Administration […]

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A survey conducted by the Mineta Transportation Institute for the American Public Transportation Association indicated that 80 percent of those it polled would support using their tax dollars for creating, expanding, and improving public transportation in their community, with a further 74 percent wanting Congress to increase spending on public transportation. “Americans understand that investment […]

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