July 31, 2021
  • 10:42 am Senate Moves $1.2T Infrastructure Package Forward
  • 10:39 am AASHTO Provides USDOT with Transportation Equity Data Insight
  • 10:35 am Senate Committees Examine Cyber Threats to Infrastructure
  • 10:28 am CTAA Paper Makes Post-COVID Transit Recommendations
  • 10:26 am Survey: Older Adults ‘Trust’ Self-Driving, Ride-Hailing Services

Recent reports released by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and Florida Department of Transportation illustrate the critical role transportation infrastructure investment will play in helping the U.S. economy recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. [Above photo by the Florida DOT.] In his annual State of American Business speech on January 12, […]

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The Governors Highway Safety Association noted on January 13 that an uptick in traffic fatalities during the third quarter of 2020, despite a decline in vehicle miles traveled or VMT, is a “troubling trend” as traffic volumes return to normal. [Above photo by Tom Saunders for the Virginia DOT.] Early estimates issued by the National […]

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The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission on January 12 to express concern regarding the agency’s proposal to make “sweeping changes” to the 4.9-gigahertz (GHz) wireless communication band. [Above photo via Wikipedia Commons.] One of the main reasons behind AASHTO’s focus on the FCC’s plan […]

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Two recent reports issued by state departments of transportation in Alabama and North Carolina highlight the important economic role of airports; a view further illustrated in a webinar hosted by global energy firm Schneider Electric. [Above photo by Montgomery Regional Airport.] The Aeronautics Bureau within the Alabama Department of Transportation plans to release a full […]

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The U.S. Department of Transportation provided $40 million in grants on January 14 to five states seeking to improve highway-railway line crossing safety. [Above photo by the FRA.] The agency said that the Federal Highway Administration is issuing those grants in coordination with the Federal Railroad Administration and Federal Transit Administration to commuter rail authorities […]

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The Federal Transit Administration is disbursing $14 billion in federal funding allocations to continue supporting public transportation systems during the COVID-19 pandemic – money provided via $900 billion in COVID-19 emergency relief aid included in a year-end legislative package signed into law December 27. State departments of transportation received $10 billion in aid via that same measure. […]

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is seeking public comment on a draft of its revised Cybersecurity Best Practices for the Safety of Modern Vehicles published January 12 in the Federal Register – an update to its existing “best practices” document originally crafted in 2016. [Above photo by the Ford Motor Co.] “Vehicle cybersecurity has […]

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The National Transportation Safety Board issued several safety recommendations on January 13 to improve first responder safety when facing electric vehicle fires involving high-voltage lithium-ion batteries. [Above graphic by the NTSB.} Those findings are contained in Safety Report 20/01, which documents the agency’s investigation of four such EV fires. In three of those cases, the lithium-ion batteries ignited […]

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The Delaware state senate confirmed Nicole Majeski as secretary of the Delaware Department of Transportation on January 13. [Above image via the Delaware Governor’s Office.] Governor John Carney (D) nominated Majeski – who served as the deputy secretary for Delaware DOT since 2011 – to be the agency’s secretary following the retirement of Jennifer Cohan […]

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Jeff Marootian, the director of the District of Columbia’s Department of Transportation, is being tapped by the Biden-Harris administration to serve as special assistant to the President for climate and science agency personnel according to a statement. [Above photo by the District DOT.] Marootian – who currently serves on the U.S. Department of Transportation Agency […]

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