December 3, 2021
  • 6:37 pm AASHTO Names Lee Deputy Director-Chief Policy Officer
  • 8:59 am Biden Signs Infrastructure Bill, Outlines Implementation Priorities
  • 8:58 am AASHTO Prepping IIJA Framework for State DOTs
  • 8:43 am Video: 2021 America’s Transportation Awards Winners
  • 8:40 am USDOT, State DOTs Tout IIJA Investment Opportunities

The USDOT chose five semi-finalists on Oct. 26 for its Solving for Safety Visualization Challenge, which seeks “innovative analytical visualization tools” to help improve safety on U.S. road and railroad systems. [Above photo by Oregon DOT.] “These advanced applications show the potential for data-driven safety solutions that the Department wants to support,” noted Under Secretary of […]

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The Federal Transit Administration participated in two ceremonies in late October to highlight the impact of 2018 grants aimed at improving transit bus services in Kansas City, Missouri, and Blooming, Illinois. [Above photo by the FTA.] FTA’s Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams attended a groundbreaking ceremony on Oct. 25 as construction got underway on the […]

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The USDOT has officially issued a 131-page final rule to amend Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration regulations regarding the implementation of National Environmental Policy Act or NEPA requirements along with other environmental protocols – steps the agency believes will “accelerate” transportation project delivery times. [Above photo by NCDOT.] Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said […]

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The USDOT’s Build America Bureau is going to provide a $5.95 million Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing or RRIF loan to the Port of Everett in the State of Washington to help fund its Marine Terminal Rail Improvements Phase II Project. The Bureau, which administers the RRIF credit program, functions as a “one-stop shop” to […]

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The latest research updates for an annual study overseen by the Accessibility Observatory at the University of Minnesota estimates the impact of traffic congestion on access to jobs indicates that Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco are now the top three U.S. metropolitan areas for “loss in job accessibility” due to traffic congestion. [Above […]

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The U.S. Census Bureau unveiled a new data visualization tool on Oct. 17 that allows the general public to explore the connections between higher education and job-training programs to subsequent employment and earnings. [Above photo by Utah DOT.] The agency said it is building such data sets via its Post-Secondary Employment Outcomes pilot program project, through which […]

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A “feasibility study” conducted by global infrastructure firm Black & Veatch reportedly “verifies” that the first long-distance route proposed by the Virgin Hyperloop One company for its high-speed passenger and freight transport system along the Interstate 70 corridor through Missouri is “safe and sustainable.” [Above photo by Virginia Hyperloop One.] “We worked collaboratively with stakeholders […]

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The Federal Transit Administration noted in a statement on Oct. 22 that the California Public Utilities Commission – responsible for seven different public transit agencies – and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation obtained federal certification of their rail transit State Safety Oversight or SSO programs. The California Public Utilities Commission is responsible for providing safety oversight […]

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Tom Everett (seen above) will step into the role of executive director of the Federal Highway Administration on Oct. 22; a longtime agency veteran who is considered a “national authority” on developing and implementing highway infrastructure policies and performance standards. He replaces Cheryl Walker, FHWA’s acting executive director since June 1, who took that role […]

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According to a new survey by infrastructure firm HNTB, a majority of Americans believe traffic congestion on their roads and highways has worsened since 2017 and that they are willing to pay higher taxes and tolls to fund infrastructure maintenance or new construction to help reduce that congestion. [Above photo by VDOT.] The results of […]

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