April 23, 2021
  • 11:45 am Joint Letter to Congress Calls for ‘Generational’ Infrastructure Investment
  • 11:44 am EPW Hearing Focuses on Highway Trust Fund Solvency Solutions
  • 11:43 am President Biden’s Preliminary FY 2022 Federal Budget Released
  • 11:41 am House T&I Republicans Issue Infrastructure Modernization Bill
  • 11:38 am USDOT Making $1B in Grants Available via RAISE Program

A roundtable discussion held during the Transportation Research Board’s 2021 annual meeting explored how state department of transportation executives are adapting to the “dislocations” caused by the COVID-19 pandemic so they can continue to improve the quality of life and economic opportunities for all people. [Above photo by the Louisiana DOTD.] “It goes without saying […]

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Jim Tymon (seen above), executive director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, appeared on the first Institute of Transportation Engineers podcast for 2021 to provide a look back at the challenges faced by the transportation industry in 2020, as well as a look forward on the Biden-Harris administration’s effort to advance […]

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An executive order issued by the Biden-Harris administration on January 27 mandates federal agencies to “procure carbon pollution-free electricity and clean zero-emission vehicles.” [Above photo via the White House.] “We’re talking about national security and America leading the world in a clean energy future,” President Biden noted in remarks made before signing that executive order. […]

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After hitting a four-year low in 2020, the Energy Information Administration predicts that retail prices for diesel and gasoline will increase in 2021 and 2022 as the U.S. economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic – fueling increased transportation demand. [Above photo by Errant Knight.] The EIA said national average motor gasoline and diesel prices in […]

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The Governors Highway Safety Association, in partnership with Ford Motor Company Fund, released a new report that examines the significant role speeding plays in teen driver fatalities. [Above photo via IIHS.] That report found, from 2015 to 2019, teen drivers and passengers aged 16 to 19 accounted for a greater proportion of speeding-related fatalities (43 percent) than […]

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To help the homeless be safer around railroad tracks, as well as provide children with more information regarding railroad safety, Operation Lifesaver Inc. is launching to new outreach campaigns. The first targets individuals experiencing homelessness with information aimed at helping them make safe choices around railroad tracks and trains. To that end, OLI said its Respect […]

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The Center for Transportation and the Environment recently released a 63-page report to provide suggestions for expanding the adoption of zero-emission buses in the U.S. transit industry. The report – entitled Transit Vehicle Innovation Deployment Centers/TVIDC Advisory Panel Overview and Conclusions and published by the Federal Transit Administration – is the culmination of discussions held by the […]

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Ridesharing firm Uber recently issued a 52-page whitepaper detailing the opportunities and challenges facing the public transportation sector, especially as transit agencies seek to recover ridership reductions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [Above photo by Uber.] “Globally, more people rely on public transportation than they do on personal vehicles,” Uber noted in its paper. “Efficient […]

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The Maine Department of Transportation released the 2021 edition of its three-year work plan on January 25: a plan that includes all capital projects and programs, maintenance and operations activities, planning initiatives, and administrative functions for calendar years 2021 through 2023. [Above photo by the Maine DOT.] Altogether, the agency said its three-year work plan […]

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New interim leaders for the Massachusetts and District transportation departments this week after the heads of those two agencies left to take on new roles within the Biden-Harris administration. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R) appointed Jamey Tesler as acting secretary and CEO of the Massachusetts DOT after Stephanie Pollack – the agency’s former secretary and […]

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