August 17, 2018
  • 11:44 am Finding the Future Workforce for State DOTs Becoming Tougher
  • 11:40 am GHSA Report Examines ‘Human Interaction’ Issues with CAVs
  • 11:38 am Debate Continues Over Potential Benefits of CAVs
  • 11:33 am Brookings Institution: View Infrastructure as an ‘Economic Anchor’
  • 11:32 am October TRB Summit will Examine Ways to Boost Infrastructure Resiliency

With the unemployment rate hitting an 18-year low of 4 percent this July and “Baby Boom” generation workers now retiring at roughly 10,000 per day, industries across the United States are finding it harder to recruit and retain workers. A study released by consulting firm Korn Ferry in May predicts that a growing “skilled talent” […]

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A new 41-page report on connected-autonomous vehicles or CAVs by the Governors Highway Safety Association and funded by insurance company State Farm discerned several “human-interaction” issues with the technology in the near future. Authored by Dr. Jim Hedlund, a former senior official with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the report examined current market trends […]

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As the population of active autonomous vehicles is expected to rise sharply over the next eight years – a recent white paper by Juniper predicts that by the end of 2026, there will be more than 10 million autonomous vehicles on U.S. roads, with more than 50 million on the road worldwide – some infrastructure experts believe […]

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Political leadership at the local level should be encouraged to view infrastructure projects ranging from water treatment plants, power plants, seaports, airports, to transit networks in both large cities and rural areas alike as “key economic anchors,” according to recent blog post published by the Brookings Institution. Joseph Kane, senior research associate and associate fellow […]

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Above: Members of the 163d Security Forces Squadron of the California Air National Guard working a traffic control point in support of civil authorities during the Mendocino Complex Fire in Lake County, California. Photo: U.S. Air National Guard Master Sgt. Ronald Brovetto The Trump administration declared on Aug. 5 that “a major disaster exists” in […]

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Photo: Missouri DOT In a blog post on Aug. 6, USDOT Secretary Elaine Chao highlighted the ongoing “multi-modal” efforts being made at the Federal level to fight human trafficking and increase awareness about the problem. “For decent people, it is unbelievable to learn that in this day and age something so horrible as slavery still […]

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The U.S. Senate voted to approve a more than $154 billion “minibus” funding bill – H.R. 6147 – on Aug. 1 by a vote of 92 to 6; a bill that wrapped together four separate spending bills into a single package, including the fiscal year 2019 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development or THUD bill approved […]

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The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency are seeking to “freeze” light vehicle fuel economy standards via a new rulemaking effort, according to a joint proposal issued Aug. 1. The agencies plan to “lay out” eight options for a single national fuel-economy standard for model years 2021 through 2026, with USDOT and […]

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Photo: Vice President Mike Pence As part of a daylong “cybersecurity summit” held by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on July 31 in New York City, Vice President Mike Pence stressed in a speech that “America’s digital infrastructure is under constant cyberattack” and that “our digital foes are targeting every facet of our society,” […]

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State department of transportation executives participated in a three-hour, 10-mile long “mobile workshop” on July 17 led by the Washington State DOT, the City of Spokane, and transportation technology firm Iteris during the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ 2018 Joint Policy Committee in Spokane, Washington. The workshop, which explored strategies for increasing […]

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