May 27, 2022
  • 12:50 pm NHTSA: 2021 Crash Fatalities Highest in 16 Years
  • 12:47 pm USDOT Issues 180-Day ‘Buy America’ Waiver
  • 12:43 pm USDOT Makes $1B in Local Road Grants Available
  • 12:41 pm State DOTs Supporting National Bike Month
  • 12:38 pm FRA Formally Establishes Corridor ID Program

Over the past two weeks, state departments of transportation in different parts of the country held memorial ceremonies to honor workers who died in the line of duty. [Above photo by Caltrans] The California Department of Transportation held its 32nd Annual Workers Memorial on April 28 to remember and honor the 189 public servants who have […]

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In this episode of the Environmental Technical Assistance Program or ETAP Podcast, Leslie Aguayo and Jeff Allen discuss the need for ensuring “equitable access” to a national electric vehicle or EV charging network – especially for those without access to regular charging at home, people who live in apartments, and rideshare drivers who will need […]

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A hearing held on April 27 by the House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure examined construction workforce issues within the surface transportation sector. [Above photo by AASHTO] That hearing – held by the House T&I Subcommittee on Highways and Transit – featured testimony from state department of transportation leaders from Colorado and North […]

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Around the country, state departments of transportation conducted or participated in a variety of pollution mitigation efforts on April 22 in honor of Earth Day. [Above photo by KTRB] Some 30 employees with the Tennessee Department of Transportation helped clean up areas around Chickamauga Lake along the Tennessee River. The event – sponsored by the […]

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On April 14, more than 90 federal agencies as well as all cabinet-level agencies – including the U.S. Department of Transportation – released mandated “Equity Action Plans.” [Above photo of President Biden via the White House] Those plans established more than 300 “strategies and commitments” to address what the Biden administration terms “systemic barriers in […]

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The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials signed on to an April 20 letter that renews calls for Congress to provide more flexibility for previously allocated COVID-19 relief funds. [Above photo by the West Virginia DOT] “State and local transportation capital budgets were hit especially hard by the [COVID-19] pandemic, as changes in […]

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A new report from the General Accountability Office obliquely illustrates a key workforce issue suffered by state departments of transportation, largely as it relates to the hiring of engineering consultants due to a lack of internal staffing. [Above photo by the Louisiana DOTD] That report – based on a GAO-administered survey of state DOTs in […]

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The Federal Highway Administration officially unlocked $6.4 billion in formula funding for states and localities over the next five years via the new Carbon Reduction Program or CRP, created by the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act enacted in November 2021. [Above photo by the MBTA] Passage of a fiscal year 2022 omnibus appropriations package in March […]

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Across the country, state departments of transportation supported the 2022 National Work Zone Awareness Week or NWZAW safety campaign, held from April 11 through April 15, in a variety of ways. [Above photo by Virginia DOT] The annual NWZAW campaign, now in its 22nd year, is a national public outreach effort that coincides with the […]

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A new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association projects that U.S. motorists struck and killed 3,441 pedestrians in the first six months of 2021, an increase of 17 percent or an additional 507 fatalities compared to the first six months of 2020. [Above image via GHSA] This “troubling projection,” GHSA said, continues a “decade-long trend” of […]

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