January 27, 2021
  • 6:54 am Safety, Infrastructure Touted at USDOT Secretary-Designee Hearing
  • 6:52 am Biden-Harris Administration Crafting COVID-19 Relief, Infrastructure Plan
  • 6:49 am AASHTO Sets 2021 Transportation Policy Priorities
  • 6:42 am Biden-Harris Administration Announces USDOT Appointees
  • 6:39 am ACI Report: COVID-19 Pandemic Will Cost Airports Billions
 

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials recently analyzed the $10 billion in emergency aid provided to state departments of transportation as part of the $900 billion COVID-19 relief measure signed into law on December 27 along with the appropriations package for all of fiscal year 2021. [Above photo by the West Virginia […]

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The Reverend Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., and Jon Ossoff, D-Ga., both won narrow U.S. Senate runoff election victories in Georgia on January 5, splitting the U.S. Senate 50-50 between the Democratic and Republican parties – making incoming Vice President Kamala Harris the key tie-breaking vote in the upper chamber of Congress. With the runoff victories in […]

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The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials sent two comment letters to the U.S. Department of Transportation on December 22, 2020: one concerning the July 2020 overhaul of National Environmental Policy Act or NEPA regulations and the other responding to proposed changes to highway design standards. AASHTO’s 10-page NEPA letter relates to the […]

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On January 5, the White House issued a 36-page National Maritime Cybersecurity Plan that sets forth how the federal government will defend the nation’s economy via enhanced cybersecurity coordination, policies and practices, aimed at mitigating risks to the maritime industry – promoting prosperity through information and intelligence sharing, and preserving and increasing the nation’s cyber […]

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The Federal Railroad Administration announced on December 29, 2020, the full operation of positive train control or PTC technology on all 57,536 required freight and passenger railroad miles mandated by Congress in the Rail Safety Improvement Act (RISA) of 2008. [Above photo via the FRA.] FRA said it also certified – as required by RISA […]

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State departments of transportation are getting $10 billion in long-awaited emergency aid from a $900 billion COVID-19 relief measure passed by Congress late on December 21 as part of a final year-end legislative package. The House of Representatives passed the legislative package that included the COVID-19 rescue bill by a vote of 359 to 53, […]

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To fight the spread of COVID-19 infections as millions of Americans travel this holiday season, the nonprofit firm AIP Foundation – which employs disabled workers – manufactured and donated 60,000 disposable facemasks to urban clinics in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, and to rural transit providers in Oregon and New Mexico. [Above photo via the […]

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According to the 2019 traffic fatality data report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on December 18, traffic deaths decreased by 2 percent in 2019 compared to 2018, even though vehicle miles traveled or VMT increased by 0.8 percent. [Above photo by the Virginia DOT] As a result, the fatality rate for 2019 dipped […]

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The U.S. Department of Transportation recently launched a new $5 million demonstration program via a notice of funding opportunity that aims to establish several Regional Infrastructure Accelerators across the country. [Above photo via the USDOT] Those “accelerators,” to be managed by the USDOT’s Build America Bureau, are entities designed to help deliver transportation infrastructure projects […]

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President-elect Joe Biden nominated Pete Buttigieg (seen above) – former 2020 Democratic candidate for president and mayor of South Bend, Indiana – to serve as the 19th U.S. Secretary of Transportation. [Above photo by Gage Skidmore.] First elected South Bend’s mayor at age 29 – in which he served for eight years – Buttigieg plans […]

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