May 7, 2021
  • 11:08 am Trottenberg, Sununu Headline AASHTO Spring Meeting
  • 11:06 am Bill Seeks $500M Yearly for Railroad Crossing Safety
  • 11:01 am Senators Unveil $73B ‘Clean Transit for America’ Plan
  • 10:58 am TSA Extends Facemask Mandate to September 13
  • 10:52 am Video Celebrates Asian-American/Pacific Islander Month

Governor Christopher Sununu (R), (above at right) New Hampshire’s 82nd governor, will officially open the 2021 spring meeting of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials on May 11, with Polly Trottenberg (above at left) – the deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation – providing the keynote speech. The registration portal […]

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Key members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation introduced legislation on April 29 that seeks to provide $500 million annually for five years to improve safety and reduce congestion at railroad crossings. That bill – authored by Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., (above at right) the committee’s chair, and Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo. […]

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Two key Senate Democrats introduced a $73 billion plan on May 4 to transition the nation’s transit buses and vans to Zero Emission Vehicle or ZEV platforms. The “Clean Transit for America” plan – introduced by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., (above at left) the senate’s majority leader, and Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, (above at right) […]

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The Transportation Security Administration is extending its facemask requirement for individuals using all U.S. transportation – including at airports, onboard commercial aircraft, on over-the-road buses, as well as commuter bus and rail systems – through September 13. [Above photo by the TSA] TSA added that its initial facemask requirement went into effect on February 1 […]

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To support “the fastest pace of economic growth in this country in nearly four decades” and help America compete better against “China and other countries to win the 21st Century,” President Joe Biden (seen above) re-emphasized his call for beefed up infrastructure investments. [Above photo via the White House] “Throughout our history, public investments and […]

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Jim Tymon (seen above) – executive director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials – discussed the need for significant investment in U.S. infrastructure during an interview this week on C-SPAN’s public affairs program Washington Journal. “We’ve clearly been underinvesting in infrastructure for a number of years,” he explained. “Meanwhile, state and […]

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Reducing the amount of wireless communication spectrum available to vehicle-to-everything or V2X technology “seriously undermines” efforts to reduce the number of annual traffic injuries and fatalities occurring on U.S. roadways while also short-circuiting efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve transportation equity. [Above image by NHTSA] That is the argument the American Association of […]

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The Federal Highway Administration and state departments of transportation across the country participated in a variety of events designed to support National Work Zone Awareness Week, held April 26-30. [Above photo by the Arizona DOT] The FHWA noted that 842 people died in highway work zone crashes in 2019 – the most recent year for […]

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Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., (above at left) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., (above at right) reintroduced four bills on April 26 designed to improve automotive and traffic safety across the United States – bills they want included in an infrastructure funding package and surface transportation reauthorization legislation. “Every year on average, over 36,000 people are […]

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Legislation recently proposed by Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works would seek to “reconnect and revitalize” areas harmed by the construction of the Interstate Highway System over the past six decades. [Above photo by the Massachusetts DOT] Dubbed the “Reconnecting Communities Act,” Sen. Carper’s bill would establish […]

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