August 15, 2020
  • 1:18 pm State DOTs Still Seeking Emergency Funding from Congress
  • 12:38 pm AASHTO Transitions to a Virtual Annual Meeting
  • 12:36 pm FHWA Proposes Right-of-Way Rule for Broadband Installation
  • 12:28 pm FTA Awarding $464M in Transit Infrastructure Grants
  • 12:23 pm White House Seeks to Boost PNT System Resilience
 

The White House’s Council on Environmental Quality formally implemented a final rule on July 15 aimed at updating and modernizing National Environmental Policy Act or NEPA regulations. [Official White House photo above by Joyce N. Boghosian.] “The final rule will make the NEPA process more efficient and effective, ensure consideration of environmental impacts of major […]

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The House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure advanced the Water Resources Development Act of 2020 or WRDA 2020 by voice vote on July 15. It could see a House floor vote next week. Also known as H.R. 7575, the WRDA 2020 bill authorizes construction of 34 projects studied and approved by the U.S. […]

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A new 43-page report indicates that the U.S. interstate highway system faces increasing congestion, unprecedented levels of travel – particularly by large trucks – and insufficient funding to make needed repairs and improvements. [Above photo by the Missouri DOT.] That report – entitled Restoring the Interstate Highway System: Meeting America’s Transportation Needs with a Reliable, […]

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With non-essential travel largely ground to a halt due to COVID-19, the ability of various transportation segments – airports, the cruise line industry, and toll roads – to maintain revenues and passenger traffic volumes will be “an increasing challenge,” according to a new report issued by Fitch Ratings on July 14. [Above photo by the […]

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The focus and attention of the top U.S. Department of Transportation Officials was on pedestrian safety on Wednesday, July 8. U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao kicked off the first of three online forums dubbed “USDOT Summit on Pedestrian Safety – Virtual Series” by noting that pedestrian fatalities reached a peak in 2018, at a […]

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A virtual meeting of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Council on Highways and Streets examined the fiscal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the different approaches applied by state departments of transportation to handle the ongoing needs of the nation’s surface transportation network. (Photo above courtesy Michigan DOT) “One […]

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The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed its $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill H.R. 2, known as the Moving Forward Act, by a mostly party-line vote of 233 to 188 on July 1. This package was built primarily around the $494 billion INVEST in America Act surface transportation reauthorization bill adopted by the House Transportation and […]

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The steep drop in traffic volumes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is pushing the Highway Trust Fund closer to insolvency faster than projected, according to comments made during a Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works hearing on July 1. That decline in traffic volumes also significantly reduced motor fuel tax and toll receipt revenues, […]

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On June 22 the House of Representatives released the text of the Moving Forward Act that seeks to make $1.5 trillion worth of infrastructure investments across a number of U.S. economic sectors, such as transportation, energy, education, housing, and healthcare, among others. That legislation includes within it the INVEST in America Act surface transportation reauthorization […]

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Effectively managing a state transportation department is hard enough. Leading a state DOT through a crisis is tougher. But what about when two disasters hit simultaneously? [Above photo by the Louisiana DOTD.] Dr. Shawn Wilson, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, actually had four simultaneous disasters on his plate on Friday, June […]

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