December 1, 2022
  • 12:10 pm AASHTO Files ‘Buy America’ Waiver Comments with USDOT
  • 12:06 pm Video: AASHTO’s Jim Tymon Talks IIJA Implementation
  • 12:00 pm States DOTs, USDOT Highlight Crash Responder Safety Week
  • 11:55 am FRA Issues ‘Priority’ Rail Project List for Northeast Corridor
  • 11:52 am AASHTO Offers Feedback on Vulnerable Road Users

A bill proposed on April 30 hopes to free-up $9.3 billion in revenue “sitting idle” in the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund to pay for a variety of port maintenance needs. [Above photo by the Washington State Dept. of Transportation.] That bill – H.R. 2396, dubbed the Full Utilization of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Act […]

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The annual May 1 “Member Day Hearing” held by the House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee generated a broad range of commentary on everything from multi-year reauthorization of surface transportation funding to workforce development tactics and the need for the Essential Air Service program to keep rural airports active and operational. [Above screen capture […]

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Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-Calif., and Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., introduced H.R. 2381, the Modern, Clean, and Safe Trucks Act of 2019, on April 30 that would repeal the current 12 percent federal excise tax or FET on heavy commercial trucks and trailers. Though monies generated by the FET tax goes into the Highway Trust Fund, Rep. […]

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A panel discussion hosted by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation on April 24 at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C., examined the case for switching from motor fuel taxes to road user charges or RUCs to provide monetary support for the Highway Trust Fund. Moderated by ITIF President Robert Atkinson, the panel […]

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The Federal Aviation Administration awarded its first air carrier certification for commercial drone operation to Project Wing, a division of Alphabet, on April 23. The company will start making food deliveries in Blacksburg, VA – home to the Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, which along with the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership, participated with Wing in […]

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A Brookings Institution blog post on April 16 shined a light on an issue that’s becoming a growing problem for state departments of transportation: replenishing and expanding the infrastructure workforce. [Above photo by the South Carolina Department of Transportation.] “Just as our physical infrastructure systems are aging and in need of attention, so too are […]

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced plans to meet with President Donald Trump next week to discuss infrastructure legislation, as state departments of transportation continue to refine their policy focus on what should be encompassed in the next surface transportation legislation and how to pay for it. [Above: President Donald Trump, joined by Vice President […]

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In a White House press briefing on April 12, President Trump committed his administration to “freeing up as much wireless spectrum as needed” to speed up the build out 5G wireless networks; a move that could open the 5.9 GHz transmission band, currently reserved for transportation communication needs, for other commercial uses. [Above: Official White […]

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A memorandum of understanding signed between the Federal Highway Administration and the Arizona Department of Transportation on April 16 allows the state to assume decision-making and legal responsibilities for meeting National Environmental Policy Act requirements for federal highway projects. [Above photo by the Arizona DOT. At left: FHWA Deputy Administrator Brandye Hendrickson. At right: Arizona […]

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According to a 37-page report compiled by the American Public Transportation Association, U.S. public transit ridership decline by 2 percent to 9.9 billion trips in 2018 compared to 2017. However, certain regions of the country witnessed a year-over-year uptick in ridership, the group noted, along with several specific transportation modes – such as commuter rail, […]

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