March 29, 2020
  • 1:38 pm State DOTs Work to Keep Transportation System Open
  • 1:32 pm Federal Coronavirus Rescue Bill Includes Transportation Funding
  • 1:30 pm Coronavirus Tanking Economic Growth, Creating Infrastructure Finance Risks
  • 1:24 pm USDOT Sec. Chao Praises Transit Workers, Truckers in Conference Calls
  • 1:14 pm AASHTO Gains Comment Period Extension from FCC

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials filed an 11-page comment letter on March 9 with the U.S. Department of Transportation regarding possible changes to National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS) as part of a notice of proposed rulemaking issued by the Federal Highway Administration in late 2019. [Above photo by the Kentucky Transportation […]

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During the Transportation Research Board’s 2020 annual meeting held in January in Washington, D.C., Victoria Sheehan – commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Transportation and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials 2019-2020 vice president – moderated a panel discussion on the growing importance of asset management in the transportation industry. She […]

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As the coronavirus continues to spread across America, state departments of transportation are being tasked with a variety of duties as part of both state- and federal-level response efforts to the disease. Formally known as COVID-19, the coronavirus is a “newly discovered” organism that has not been previously detected in animals or humans that causes […]

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The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials warned the Federal Communications Commission in a March 2 letter that permitting unlicensed devices to operate 5.9 gigahertz (GHz) wireless communication spectrum is “wrong and misguided” and will “put future safety and mobility improvements” at risk. [Above photo via NHTSA.] “Paramount to state DOTs is both […]

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The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials filed a comment letter on March 4 with the Council on Environmental Quality in regard to proposed changes to National Environmental Policy Act or NEPA regulations put forth by the Trump administration in January. [Above photo via FHWA.] “As NEPA regulations have not been comprehensively updated […]

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Seasoned transportation industry veteran William Flynn will become Amtrak’s president and CEO on April 15 as the national passenger railroad’s current chief executive, Richard Anderson, plans to step down. Anderson will remain with Amtrak through the end of 2020 as a senior advisor to Flynn to complete his three-year chief executive commitment, Amtrak noted. Flynn, […]

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In a five-page letter submitted to the U.S. Department of Transportation on February 10, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials provided a range of policy recommendations to help craft a National Freight Strategic Plan or NFSP. [Above photo by VDOT.] “AASHTO believes that the safe and efficient movement of freight by air, […]

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The U.S. Department of Transportation issued a notice of funding opportunity on February 19 for $1 billion worth of fiscal year 2020 funds offered through the agency’s Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development or BUILD discretionary grant program. The deadline to submit an application is May 18. For this round of BUILD Transportation grants, the […]

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New research issued by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety on February 18 finds that older male adults who give up driving are facing “lower levels of social support” when it comes to advice, suggestions, and information regarding alternative transportation options. [Above photo via AAA.] “When it comes to older drivers, data from our study […]

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A report issued by the Federal Highway Administration on February 5 shines a light on a variety of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and the potential roles they can play in Transportation Systems Management and Operations or TSMO applications. The report said that “traditional problems” AI technologies can address in the TSMO space include: reasoning, knowledge […]

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