March 2, 2021
  • 12:18 pm USDOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg: “Some Sort of Road Usage Levy Necessary”
  • 12:14 pm AASHTO President Sheehan Testifies Before Senate EPW Committee
  • 12:13 pm Cedric Richmond: Infrastructure Bill is the Next Order of Business
  • 12:10 pm Congressional Members Provide Surface Transportation Reauthorization Outlook
  • 12:08 pm Federal Modal Leaders Stress Synergy, Equity as Key Transportation Priorities

The National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE) – a partnership of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the Institute for Transportation Engineers, and ITS America, with support from the Federal Highway Administration – recently named the winners of its 2021 Transportation Systems Management and Operations or TSMO Awards competition. NOCoE said in […]

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In recognition of Black History Month, a new video from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials highlights the considerable contributions made by African Americans to the U.S. transportation system through innovation and resiliency. Included in the video are the stories of Elbert R. Robinson, Garret A. Morgan, Granville T. Woods and Carmen […]

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The Senate confirmed Peter Buttigieg as the 19th secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation on February 2 by a vote of 86 to 13. [Above photo by Gage Skidmore.] The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation approved the nomination of the former 2020 Democrat presidential candidate and mayor of South Bend, IN, to […]

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The Centers for Disease Control began implementing provisions of President Biden’s Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel on February 2. [Above photo by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.] As a result, the CDC mandated the wearing of masks by all travelers into, within, or out of the United States, on airplanes, […]

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Jeffrey Bennett (seen above), who leads transit delivery division for the Office of Project Delivery within the District of Columbia Department of Transportation, discusses the role in transportation plays in Black History Month as part of this episode of the Environmental Technical Assistance Program or ETAP Podcast. “The railroads were the first mechanism for national […]

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The Federal Highway Administration extended the comment period for proposed Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices revisions to May 14; a 60-day extension that the agency said allows for additional public participation in the MUTCD’s first major update in more than 10 years. [Above photo collage by the American Traffic Safety Services Association.] “This important document […]

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The Federal Communications Commission recently joined with the National Science Foundation and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to support NSF’s Spectrum Innovation Initiative – an effort launched in 2020 to seek ways to expand the electromagnetic spectrum for wireless communications. [Above photo via Pixabay.] Jessica Rosenworcel, the FCC’s acting chairwoman, characterized this “memorandum of […]

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A DePaul University report indicates the “prognosis” for the intercity bus sector remains “uncertain” due to its weakened financial condition from the COVID-19 outbreak alongside “unanswerable questions” about the pace of recovery from the pandemic. [Above photo by the Colorado DOT.] The 26-page report also shows that, despite those COVID-19 related challenges, “signs of optimism” […]

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Across the country, from Florida to Alaska, governors proposed significant transportation investment efforts for 2021 and beyond in their yearly state-of-the-state addresses. [Above: Alabama Governor Kay Ivey. Photo via the Alabama Governor’s Office.] In Florida, the $96.6 billion “Florida Leads” state budget issued by Governor Ron DeSantis (R) on January 28 proposes $10.4 billion in […]

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Georgia Trend magazine recently named Russell McMurry (seen above) – Georgia Department of Transportation commissioner and secretary/treasurer of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials – to its 2021 list of “Most Influential Georgians.” [Above photo by the Georgia DOT.] This is the fourth consecutive year the magazine recognized McMurry with this designation. In 2018, […]

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