December 7, 2019
  • 2:34 pm Committee Leadership Comes into Focus for 116th Congress
  • 2:22 pm Interstate System Report Calls for More Funding, Tolling, VMT Fees, and Cybersecurity
  • 2:15 pm In Memoriam: President George H. W. Bush, ISTEA, and Transportation
  • 1:56 pm Growth Projected for Transportation Projects, but Costs a Challenge
  • 1:35 pm FAA Reshuffles Executives, Plans Drone Identification Rulemaking in Spring 2019
  • 1:28 pm Predictive Technology Helps Reduce Crashes on I-15 Corridor in Las Vegas
  • 1:14 pm Video Report: MoDOT Produces Multi-Lingual Safety Message
  • 1:11 pm PennDOT Nears Completion of Rapid Bridge Replacement Project
  • 1:08 pm Infrastructure Grants Awarded to “Smaller” South Dakota Communities
  • 1:00 pm AASHTO Highlights Safety, Formula Funding at Freight System Hearing
  • 12:53 pm FCC’s 5.9 GHz Reallocation Plan Debated at House Hearing
  • 12:46 pm Lack of Reauthorization Could Imperil Future Transportation Infrastructure Spending
  • 12:42 pm USDOT Releases ‘Rule for Rules,’ Codifying Reforms
  • 12:39 pm FTA Awards $423M in Transit Infrastructure Grants

Five transportation-related cases before the U.S. Supreme Court may bear the imprimatur of newly-appointed Associate Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who was officially sworn in by President Trump on Oct. 8. [Above photo from the Collection of the U.S. Supreme Court.] Research conducted by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials notes that these five […]

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In a report issued Oct. 18, credit agency Fitch Ratings said that airports, toll roads, and ports are all facing “potential increases in borrowing costs” should the Federal Reserve continue to increase interest rates – and it has already increased interest rates three times in 2018 alone and eight times since 2015. [Above photo by […]

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A final rule to be issued in the Federal Register by USDOT on Monday Oct. 29 aims to streamline National Environmental Policy Act or NEPA requirements along with other key environmental rules to speed up and ensure “greater consistency” in the permitting of surface transportation projects. This effort will also reduce duplicative environmental reporting efforts […]

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A proposal by the Federal Communications Commission on Oct. 23 to open up the 6 gigahertz communication channel to more “unlicensed usage” is drawing strong pushback from a variety of transportation industry groups, which seek to preserve the full 5.9 GHz band within that spectrum for transportation safety use. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the […]

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President Trump asked for a 5 percent across-the-board budget cut from each federal department during a cabinet meeting on Oct. 17; a budget cut intended to stem the rise of the federal deficit. [Official White House photo above by Shealah Craighead.] “I’m going to ask each of you to come back with a 5 percent […]

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A new study issued by TRIP Inc. claims that driving on deteriorated urban roads costs U.S. motorists an average of $1,049 annually in additional vehicle repair needs, extra maintenance, higher fuel consumption and tire wear, plus accelerated vehicle deterioration and depreciation. [Above photo by VDOT.] “Drivers are paying a hefty price for our nation’s crumbling […]

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Two recent studies, one by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the other by the Highway Loss Data Institute, showed that motor vehicle crashes are up by as much as 6 percent in Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, which have all legalized marijuana for recreational use, compared to neighboring states that have not. [Above […]

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To help combat human trafficking in the United States, the USDOT recently established a new 15-member advisory committee comprised of a variety of a transportation industry “stakeholders” that includes anti-trafficking advocacy organizations, law enforcement groups, trucking companies, and state departments of transportation. [Above photo by Arizona DOT.] David Lorenzen, chief of the Iowa Motor Vehicle […]

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Deputy Federal Highway Administrator Brandye Hendrickson announced on Oct. 12 that Tom Everett will be FHWA’s next executive director, with his tenure starting on Oct. 22. The agency said in a statement emailed to the AASHTO Journal that Everett will “oversee the day-to-day operations and management of FHWA and work directly with leadership in establishing […]

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The Florida panhandle took the brunt of Hurricane Michael’s 155-mph winds and storm surge as it came ashore on Oct. 9; a hurricane that, as it travelled inland and dissipated, brought high winds, heavy rain, and renewed flooding to North and South Carolina as well as Georgia; states still recovering from Hurricane Florence, which struck […]

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