February 18, 2020
  • 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
  • 11:32 am President’s FY 2021 Budget Proposes $1T of Total Infrastructure Investment
  • 11:31 am Safety, Reliability Key Issues at Autonomous Vehicle Hearing
  • 11:26 am Improving Railroad Crossing Safety Focus of House Hearing
  • 11:22 am Trump Administration Issues PNT Policy for Critical Infrastructure
  • 11:19 am FTA Offering New Grant Funding for Transit Bus, Ferry Projects

President Trump signed a Senate and House of Representatives approved-measure on Dec. 7 that provides a temporary two-week government funding extension. [Above photo by Maria Pagan.] According to RollCall, that legislation extends current funding levels until Dec. 21, buying time to reach final agreement on outstanding spending issues, including President Donald Trump’s request for $5 […]

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A consensus study report issued by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on Dec. 6 recommends an annual investment of $57 billion in the U.S. interstate system, a near-term increase in federal fuel taxes indexed to inflation and accounting improvements in vehicle fuel mileage, plus a long-term changeover to tolling and vehicle miles […]

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The funeral service for President H. W. George Bush, held Dec. 5 in the nation’s capital, evoked many memories of the 41st president’s one term in office – especially his impact on transportation, via the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act. [Above photo by Master Sgt. Amaani Lyle, Air Force District of Washington Public Affairs.] On the […]

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Editor’s note: this story has been updated. A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Alaska on Nov. 30, centered about 7 miles north of Anchorage, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. [Above photo via Twitter.] The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities immediately deployed crews to inspect roads and bridges following the quake, while also placing its […]

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The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held an informational hearing on Nov. 28 that sought suggestions on how to generate funding to support U.S. surface transportation infrastructure needs now and into the future. [Above photo left to right: AASHTO’s Braceras, AGC’s Lanham, SACG’s Corless.] Carlos Braceras, executive director of the Utah Department of […]

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Motor vehicle safety standards, communication technology, and regulations governing the operation autonomous vehicles were among the key policy issues the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials addressed in three letters sent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Federal Communications Commission, and the USDOT’s Office of the Secretary, respectively, on Nov. 26. [Above […]

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A Nov. 28 meeting between President Trump and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) (seen above) produced positive headway on a number of infrastructure-related efforts, including the stalled Gateway Project, though the price tags for such efforts remained the main stumbling block in their conversation. “I think it’s fair to say that the meeting was […]

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The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and several other groups filed a joint letter with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the USDOT on Nov. 26 to request establishing a “consultation process” for developing “counter-drone technology” protocols as a necessary step towards preserving the jurisdictional rights of the state and local […]

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An investigative update issued by the National Transportation Safety Board Nov. 15 regarding the fatal Florida International University pedestrian bridge collapse on March 15 this year indicated that “errors” were made in the design of the 174-foot span, with the cracking observed prior to the bridge’s collapse “consistent” with those design errors. [Above photo by […]

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The Government Accountability Office issued two transportation-related reports in early November; one that called for “greater flexibility” in federal funding provided to the states for railroad grade crossing safety measures, with the other recommending that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers develop a way to measure the cost of “deferred maintenance” for inland waterways so […]

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