June 5, 2020
  • 4:04 pm EPW Hearing: Infrastructure Vital to Economic Recovery, Social Equity
  • 5:05 pm House T&I Releases Five-Year $494B Surface Transportation Bill
  • 1:06 pm COVID-19 Will Create Long-Term Impact on State DOT Revenues
  • 12:58 pm States Fine-Tune Performance Targets for Highway Safety
  • 12:54 pm TRB Looks at How Transportation May Change Due to COVID-19

A hearing by the Senate’s Committee on Environment and Public Works delved into how transportation infrastructure funding not only can help the United States recover from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic but provide more “social equity” by helping uplift communities through expanded access to better schools and better paying jobs. [Above photo by […]

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The five-year, $494 billion surface transportation bill released by the Democratic majority within the House of Representatives’ Transportation and Infrastructure committee on June 3 aims to direct monies from the Highway Trust Fund to a spate of new formula and discretionary grant programs. Dubbed the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface […]

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State departments of transportation continue to grapple with significant revenue reductions due to the COVID-19 pandemic – reductions that many expect will be long-term in nature. [Above photo by the Georgia Department of Transportation.] Julie Lorenz, secretary of the Kansas Department of Transportation, said in a May 8 letter that her agency is expected to […]

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Establishing achievable safety performance targets so states can successfully implement and meet Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) criteria established by the Federal Highway Administration four years ago is no easy task – but not in the way many might think. [Above photo by the Montana DOT.] During the annual meeting of the American Association of […]

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What will transportation in the United States look like as precautions designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are lifted? Will air travel and public transit ridership return to pre-pandemic levels? Will commuters opt to ride bicycles more often? Or will driving become more prominent instead? [Above photo by the Federal Transit Administration.] Those are […]

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A new research paper published on May 21 finds that intelligent transportation systems or ITS can help manage and reduce traffic congestion in several ways. [Above photo via Wikimedia Commons.] That paper – entitled Mitigating Traffic Congestion: The Role of Intelligent Transportation Systems, co-authored by Paul Pavlou, dean of the C.T. Bauer College of Business […]

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While the debate over the “Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions” or HEROES Act passed by the House of Representatives on May 15 continues, state departments of transportation continue to call for $50 billion to maintain their operations for the next several months due to the severe falloff in motor fuel tax revenues and […]

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During a virtual panel discussion hosted by the International Bridge, Tunnel, and Turnpike Association on May 21, toll road executives from across the country noted that they plan to reduce if not suspend capital investments this year and possibly into 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. [Above photo via the Pennsylvania Turnpike.] Mark […]

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During the annual meeting of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Committee on Safety – held virtually from May 11 through 14 due to the COVID-19 pandemic – a panel discussion focused on how changing human behaviors is one key to the success of the Toward Zero Deaths program. [Above photo by […]

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Build America Bureau is providing up to a $120.1 million Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act or TIFIA loan to the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority to help finance the Gilcrease Expressway West project. [Above photo by the Ohio Turnpike Authority.] That project consists of a five-mile four-lane divided tollway that includes […]

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