March 28, 2020
  • 1:38 pm State DOTs Work to Keep Transportation System Open
  • 1:32 pm Federal Coronavirus Rescue Bill Includes Transportation Funding
  • 1:30 pm Coronavirus Tanking Economic Growth, Creating Infrastructure Finance Risks
  • 1:24 pm USDOT Sec. Chao Praises Transit Workers, Truckers in Conference Calls
  • 1:14 pm AASHTO Gains Comment Period Extension from FCC

Outgoing Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Penn., released a 108-page “infrastructure proposal” on July 23 that he hopes can serve as a “discussion draft” that is intended to “further the national conversation about the current state of America’s infrastructure and highlight some of the major roadblocks to funding and improving our transportation network.” In a three-page “vision […]

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The broad infrastructure proposal unveiled July 23 on Capitol Hill by Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Penn., chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, also serves to underscore a long-running debate over how to return the Highway Trust Fund to solvency. “The HTF is in serious trouble,” he noted in the “vision statement” that accompanied his […]

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Oft-delayed legislation sponsored by Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota, designed to promote broader adoption of connected-autonomous vehicles or CAVs, may be attached to an updated version of the Senate’s Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill – an effort that is encountering pushback from a number of safety advocacy organizations. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and […]

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Roger Millar, secretary of the Washington Department of Transportation, sees many challenges ahead for state DOTs – especially as pressure on existing capacity keeps rising while the funding required to keep the state’s transportation network ship-shape continues to shrink. “We like to talk about traffic congestion as an issue, but it is actually a symptom […]

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Katie Thomson, a former Obama-administration U.S. Department of Transportation official who now serves as vice president and general counsel for Amazon’s transportation and logistics operations, offered her perspective on some of the future transportation challenges and opportunities facing America during a speech at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials 2018 Joint Policy […]

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The expansion of e-commerce activity is changing delivery methods and freight patterns, which is adding “complexity” to the design of transportation networks, according to Leslie Richards, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. “Freight transportation is a major public policy issue and one that is becoming more visible to the general public,” she noted in […]

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The economic impact of Trump administration tariffs imposed on a number of goods, but especially steel and aluminum, continues to generate growing concern – especially regarding the cost of infrastructure projects. The American Institute for International Steel, for example, noted that U.S. steel-using manufacturers are encountering product price increases of 50 percent or more and […]

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Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced during a press event in Nebraska on July 3 that USDOT will officially launch a long-awaited pilot program to permit 18 to 20 year olds who possess the U.S. military equivalent of a commercial driver’s license or “CDL” to operate large trucks in interstate commerce. Chao was in Nebraska to […]

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Two recent polls conducted by insurance firm Esurance indicate that even though a large percentage of motorists remain uninterested in giving control of the steering wheel over to self-driving or connected and autonomous vehicles – called CAVs for short – the potential savings of doing so could amount to several thousand dollars per year, along […]

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This week, March 23-27, is National Work Zone Awareness Week, a time when national and state transportation agencies and associations try to spur greater attention to driving safely through highway work areas. That may sound simple, but it clearly isn’t. About 600 people die each year from roadway crashes in work zones, when high-speed vehicles […]

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