December 7, 2019
  • 2:34 pm Committee Leadership Comes into Focus for 116th Congress
  • 2:22 pm Interstate System Report Calls for More Funding, Tolling, VMT Fees, and Cybersecurity
  • 2:15 pm In Memoriam: President George H. W. Bush, ISTEA, and Transportation
  • 1:56 pm Growth Projected for Transportation Projects, but Costs a Challenge
  • 1:35 pm FAA Reshuffles Executives, Plans Drone Identification Rulemaking in Spring 2019
  • 1:28 pm Predictive Technology Helps Reduce Crashes on I-15 Corridor in Las Vegas
  • 1:14 pm Video Report: MoDOT Produces Multi-Lingual Safety Message
  • 1:11 pm PennDOT Nears Completion of Rapid Bridge Replacement Project
  • 1:08 pm Infrastructure Grants Awarded to “Smaller” South Dakota Communities
  • 1:00 pm AASHTO Highlights Safety, Formula Funding at Freight System Hearing
  • 12:53 pm FCC’s 5.9 GHz Reallocation Plan Debated at House Hearing
  • 12:46 pm Lack of Reauthorization Could Imperil Future Transportation Infrastructure Spending
  • 12:42 pm USDOT Releases ‘Rule for Rules,’ Codifying Reforms
  • 12:39 pm FTA Awards $423M in Transit Infrastructure Grants

A hearing held by the House Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment on April 10 explored ways to stem what Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., chair of the House T&I Committee, described as the “misuse” of harbor maintenance taxes. [Above photo by the Army Corps of Engineers.] “Because the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund […]

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The impact of autonomous vehicles on public policy is “not getting the attention it needs,” argued Jim Tymon, executive director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, during an April 2 roundtable co-hosted with the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators ahead of the annual Washington Auto Show in Washington, D.C. “How […]

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Ohio is the latest state to successfully raise its fuel tax, though the amount of the increase is lower than the 18-cent boost initially requested by Gov. Mike DeWine (R) in February. [Above photo by the Ohio Governor’s Office.] Following committee hearings and negotiations, Ohio legislators agreed to increase the state tax on gasoline by […]

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According to the latest annual bridge report issued by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, 47,052 bridges in the United States are classified as “structurally deficient,” down slightly from the 2018 edition. [Above photo by D. Allen Covey, VDOT.] ARTBA Chief Economist Alison Premo Black, wrote the report and conducted the bridge analysis based […]

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Eight state departments of transportation were among the recipients of $53.2 million in Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment or ATCMTD grants issued April 1 by the Federal Highway Administration. [Above photo via Pexel.] The agency also released $25 million in “quick release” Emergency Relief funds to Nebraska on April 4 to help the […]

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Questions regarding future surface transportation and Amtrak funding, infrastructure legislation, and Congressional earmarks were directed at U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao during her appearance before the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Subcommittee on March 27. While roughly half of the hearing revolved around the investigation of two Boeing 737 Max […]

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By a vote of 95 to one – with Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., the lone “no” vote – the U.S. Senate confirmed Nicole Nason (seen above) to be the next administrator of the Federal Highway Administration. Nominated by President Trump on Jan. 3 to lead the FHWA, Nason noted in her confirmation testimony that she […]

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Finding a bipartisan solution to funding surface transportation and other infrastructure needs remains a major challenge in Congress, according to the chair and ranking member of the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Highways and Transit. Speaking during the “Transforming Transportation” roundtable sponsored by Axios and Uber, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D, (seen in photo above […]

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Raising the passenger facility charges or PFCs added to airline tickets and increasing the amount of grant monies available through the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program were key topics discussed during House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing held on March 26. [Above photo via YouTube screen capture.] “Crippling congestion has become the […]

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A “bomb cyclone” that struck the Midwest in mid-March caused major flooding across Nebraska and parts of Iowa and Missouri, damaging highways, roads and bridges and causing in excess of $1 billion in property losses, according to news reports. [Above photo by Captain Ryan Hignight, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District.] The Nebraska Department […]

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