December 8, 2022
  • 1:12 pm Senate Committee Approves Bhatt FHWA Nomination
  • 1:10 pm AASHTO Urges Congress to Pass Full Appropriations Bill
  • 1:08 pm Addressing Transportation Insecurity through Equity
  • 1:04 pm Where State DOTs, Broadband, and Infrastructure Meet
  • 1:00 pm EPW Hearing Highlights IIJA Benefits, Challenges

The U.S. Department of Transportation introduced a new comprehensive National Roadway Safety Strategy or NRSS during a press event at the agency’s Washington D.C. headquarters on January 27. USDOT Secretary Buttigieg (seen above) said during that event that the NRSS provides “concrete steps” for the agency to address an “alarming rise” in roadway fatalities via […]

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A coalition of 67 public and private sector stakeholders in the transportation industry – including the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials – sent a four-page letter to Congressional leadership on January 24 to urge passage of full-year appropriations for fiscal year 2022. [Above photo by AASHTO] That is because the Continuing Resolution […]

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The state departments of transportation making up the Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials are working to establish common emergency divisible load or EDL truck weights to expedite deliveries of disaster-relief supplies. [Above photo by the Wisconsin DOT] “We learned the importance of working regionally during the [COVID-19] pandemic and are using those lessons […]

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The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials provided feedback to the Federal Highway Administration in a 10-page comment letter on January 25 regarding the agency’s “Request for Information” on guidance for developing electric vehicle or EV charging infrastructure. [Above photo by the Colorado DOT] AASHTO noted that while state departments of transportation “readily […]

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The U.S. Department of Transportation is providing more than $1.2 billion to the Appalachian Development Highway System or ADHS to help complete designated roadway corridors in 11 states across the Appalachian region. [Above photo by the FHWA] As part of the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act signed into law in November 2021, annual […]

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In oral arguments before the D.C. Circuit Court on January 25, lawyers for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and Intelligent Transportation Society of America reiterated the need to preserve the entire 5.9 GHz wireless spectrum band for transportation communication needs – largely to help reduce vehicle crashes and improve safety on […]

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Federal Highway Administration published a notice of funding opportunity on January 24 offering up to $17.8 million in grants over five years to re-establish seven Tribal Technical Assistance Program or TTAP Centers nationwide. Applications are due by March 25. [Above photo by the Oneida Nation] The FHWA said it would use those TTAP Centers as […]

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The Federal Transit Administration recently awarded some $11 million in grants to 20 projects in 12 states as part of its Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development or TOD pilot program. [Above photo by the MBTA] FTA noted its TOD pilot program supports local planning and strategies to increase transit access and encourage ridership through mixed-use and mixed-income […]

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The Maryland Board of Public Works unanimously approved a modification to the now $9.2 billion Public-Private Partnership or P3 agreement for the 16.2-mile, 21-station Purple Line project – with that $9.2 billion representing the entire cost of building, financing, and managing that light rail project. [Above photo by the MTA] The modified agreement makes Maryland […]

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Governor Gavin Newsom (D) (seen above) has introduced a $6.1 billion zero-emission vehicle or ZEV fiscal support package to accelerate the state’s transition to ZEVs and “fight climate change” in the process. [Above photo by the California Governor’s Office] Combined with a $3.9 billion ZEV investment package signed into law in September 2021, California would ultimately […]

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