July 31, 2021
  • 10:42 am Senate Moves $1.2T Infrastructure Package Forward
  • 10:39 am AASHTO Provides USDOT with Transportation Equity Data Insight
  • 10:35 am Senate Committees Examine Cyber Threats to Infrastructure
  • 10:28 am CTAA Paper Makes Post-COVID Transit Recommendations
  • 10:26 am Survey: Older Adults ‘Trust’ Self-Driving, Ride-Hailing Services

The COVID-19 pandemic “flattened” roadway congestion to levels not seen in 40 years, according to the 2021 Urban Mobility Report  compiled by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, yet that respite turned out to be short-lived. [Above photo by the Texas DOT] When the COVID-19 economic shutdown began in the spring of 2020, daily commuter traffic […]

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The Federal Transit Administration issued roughly $182 million on June 25 to fund the acquisition of low- and no-emission buses and to support the facilities that maintain those buses. The agency originally posted a notice of funding opportunity for this grant money in February. [Above photo collage by the FTA] Some 49 projects in 46 states […]

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President Joe Biden (seen above at right) and a group of 21 senators – comprised of 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats – agreed to an eight-year, $1.2 trillion infrastructure investment “framework” on June 24 that includes roughly $579 billion in new funding for roads, broadband internet, electric utilities, and other “traditional” infrastructure projects. [Above photo […]

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Traffic crash fatalities disproportionately affect Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), according to a new report by the Governors Highway Safety Association. [Above photo via Wikimedia Commons] The group’s study, entitled “An Analysis of Traffic Fatalities by Race and Ethnicity,” analyzed data for the five-year period from 2015-2019 and is the first national analysis […]

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The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation approved its $78 billion five-year Surface Transportation Investment Act by a vote of 25 to 3 following its markup session, with 50 amendments approved and added to the bill. The committee’s bill – introduced on June 10 – provides $36 billion for railroad infrastructure investment, $27.8 billion for […]

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The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials co-signed with 68 other organizations a June 14 letter urging Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to schedule “floor time” for the 2021 Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act or STRA before Congress adjourns for its annual “state work period” in August. “Investing in infrastructure remains a transformational opportunity […]

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After working through more than 200 proposed amendments to a proposed five-year, $548 billion surface transportation reauthorization bill dubbed the INVEST in America Act, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed the measure 38-26, with only two Republicans votes in support. House leaders quickly announced the bill will be considered by the full House during […]

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The House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure unveiled its five-year, $547 billion surface transportation reauthorization bill on June 4. Dubbed the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America or INVEST in America Act, the committee plans to markup the bill on June 9. [Above photo by the […]

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The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and the Intelligent Transportation Society of America are suing the Federal Communications Commission in federal court to stop the agency’s plan to reallocate swaths of the 5.9-gigahertz (GHz) wireless communication spectrum to non-transportation uses. [Above photo by the District of Columbia Circuit Court] ITS America and […]

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The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works passed a five-year, $303.5 billion surface transportation reauthorization bill on May 26 by a unanimous vote of 20-0. Entitled the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act of 2021, the bill boosts total highway funding from fiscal year 2022 to 2026 by 34 percent over the baseline established by the […]

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