May 20, 2022
  • 12:50 pm NHTSA: 2021 Crash Fatalities Highest in 16 Years
  • 12:47 pm USDOT Issues 180-Day ‘Buy America’ Waiver
  • 12:43 pm USDOT Makes $1B in Local Road Grants Available
  • 12:41 pm State DOTs Supporting National Bike Month
  • 12:38 pm FRA Formally Establishes Corridor ID Program

A draft bill issued March 1 and being debated by the Washington State legislature would increase the motor vehicle fuel tax by 6-cents per gallon and boost vehicles registration fees – especially for electric vehicles. [Above photo of the Washington State capital building by SounderBruce.] If passed, the fuel tax hikes and higher fees would […]

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The Oregon Department of Transportation released its 2018 Traffic Performance Report for the Portland area on March 4, which indicates that hours of congestion are up 13 percent since 2015, with the daily cost of congestion in Portland now stands at $2 million. [Above photo by Oregon DOT.] The agency said in its report that Portland’s […]

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Kentucky Transportation Cabinet highway crews started engaging in an annual effort at the beginning of March to control the spread of invasive plant species that can damage transportation infrastructure as well as interfere with motorist “line-of-sight.” The agency said in a March 4 statement that its crews are targeting a variety of different invasive plants […]

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Gov. J. B. Pritzker (D) has named Omer Osman (seen above) to serve as secretary of the Illinois Department of Transportation, pending confirmation by the state legislature. Osman, according to a Feb. 22 statement from the Governor’s Office, most recently served as deputy secretary for the office of project implementation for the agency – responsible […]

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According to the “Rebuild Alabama Infrastructure Plan” unveiled by Gov. Kay Ivey (R) on Feb. 27, the state’s fuel tax would increase 10 cents per gallon over the next three years and be indexed to inflation. She noted that Alabama currently imposes a flat excise tax of 18 cents-per-gallon on gas and 19 cents-per-gallon on […]

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) (seen above) and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) announced a plan on Feb. 26 to reorganize the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which oversees mass transit in the Big Apple, while implementing congestion pricing for the city as well – all in an effort to increase funding for the agency. […]

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An eight-page report issued in mid-February indicates Massachusetts faces an estimated $8.4 billion transportation funding gap over the next 10 years to keep the state’s bridges, roads, and public transit infrastructure in a state of good repair. [Above photo by the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism.] That report – issued by the business advocacy […]

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A 20-page study issued by the urban research and advocacy organization known as Regional Plan Association in mid-February found that a shutdown of a 110-year old, two-track train tunnel under the Hudson River would cost the U.S. economy $16 billion over four years, with more than half of that cost coming from the time lost […]

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Build America Bureau is providing up to a $605 million Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act or TIFIA loan to the Grand Parkway Transportation Corporation in Houston. [Above photo of Houston via Wikimedia Commons.] The loan will help finance the addition of 43.6 miles to the Grand Parkway; a 184-mile […]

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Major General Luke Reiner – currently Wyoming’s Adjutant General in charge of the 3,000-member Wyoming Military Department – is set to become the next director of the Wyoming Department of Transportation, following his formal appointment by Gov. Mark Gordon (R) on Feb. 20. [Above photo by First Lt. Christian Venhuizen, Wyoming National Guard.] He began […]

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