December 9, 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 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 31,720 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes during the first nine months of 2021, an increase of approximately 12 percent from the 28,325 fatalities initially projected for the first nine months of 2020. [Above image by the Virginia DOT] The agency noted in a statement that […]

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A February 2 hearing on Capitol Hill examined the potential role connected and automated vehicles or CAVs could play in terms of improving transportation safety, equity, and sustainability. Scott Marler (seen above), director of the Iowa Department of Transportation, was one of eight witnesses testifying before the Highways and Transit Subcommittee of the House of […]

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The Biden administration released what it touts as the “first edition’ of a guidebook on January 31 to help state, local, tribal, and territorial governments “unlock the benefits” from the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act or IIJA signed into law in November 2021. [Above image via the White House] The administration added that its guidebook […]

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Registration is now open for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials 2022 Washington Briefing, held this year from March 1-4 at the Hilton Washington D.C. Capitol Hill hotel. [Above photo by AASHTO] This annual meeting gives attendees the opportunity to collaborate with transportation leaders from state departments of transportation, members of Congress, […]

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The Federal Highway Administration issued new guidance for its signature highway safety programs on February 2 to help manage what the agency calls a “substantial” influx of new funding from the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act or IIJA signed into law in November 2021. [Above photo by the Oregon DOT] The agency said […]

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The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials sent a five-page letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency on January 27 to provide feedback on floodplain management standards for land management and use; a key part of FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program or NFIP. [Above floodplain graphic via FEMA] Developed with the assistance of […]

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The U.S. Department of Transportation published a notice of funding opportunity on January 28 for $1.5 billion in Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity or RAISE discretionary grants. [Above photo by the USDOT] Formerly known as the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development or BUILD program under the Trump administration and the Transportation Investment […]

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This episode of the Environmental Technical Assistance Program or ETAP Podcast discusses ways state DOT cultural resources programs within state departments of transportation are exploring to identify and preserve homes built in the 30 years following World War II that may have potential historical significance. [Above photo of Levittown, NY, circa 1948] At the end […]

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The U.S. Department of Transportation issued a free “toolkit” on February 2 to help rural communities take full advantage of the $7.5 billion in federal funding set aside in the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act or IIJA to build out a national network of 500,000 for electric vehicle or EV charging stations. [Above photo by […]

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Drones offer the potential to help provide disaster relief, assist in firefighting missions, and provide supplies to hard-to-reach areas during emergency events: and NASA, through its Advanced Air Mobility or AAM project, plans to map out those capabilities in further detail. [Above image via NASA] NASA noted in a blog post that it has already engaged […]

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