March 4, 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

State departments of transportation across the country battled back-to-back winter storms that hit during the week of February 15, hitting Texas particularly hard with snow, ice, and sub-zero temperature knocking offline much of the state’s energy grid. [Above photo by the New York State DOT.] According to the Weather Channel, snow covered the ground in 73.2 […]

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Francis B. Francois, who served as executive director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials from 1980 to 1999, passed away on February 17 in Chicago at the age of 87. [Above photo by M. D. Francois.] He assumed the duties as AASHTO’s executive director at a time when the association faced […]

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New Insurance Institute for Highway Safety research indicates women are much more likely to suffer a serious injury than men when involved in a motor vehicle crash. However, much of that “heightened crash risk” relates to the types of vehicles women drive and the circumstances of their crashes, rather than physical differences between the genders. […]

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New Hampshire Department of Transportation Commissioner Victoria Sheehan’s election in October 2020 as president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation made her only the second woman in the association’s 107-year history to hold that position. In the presidential profile video below, AASHTO traces Sheehan’s roots to Ireland, where she said her love […]

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The U.S. Department of Transportation is seeking applicants for $889 million worth of fiscal year 2021 Infrastructure for Rebuilding America or INFRA grants. [Above photo by the USDOT.] The FY 2021 INFRA notice of funding opportunity – which will remain open through March 19 – also creates an “INFRA Extra” program, which will identify competitive […]

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Nearly $2 billion in federal grant funding is now available to help airports affected by COVID-19 under the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Coronavirus Response Grant program. [Above photo by the Indianapolis International Airport.] “President Biden has made it a priority to deliver immediate relief to our transportation sectors and their workers, ensuring they can continue […]

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The Federal Highway Administration added 49 new designations to the America’s Byways roadway collection, including 15 All-American Roads and 34 National Scenic Byways in 28 states. Those additions increase the number of America’s Byways to 184 in 48 states, the agency said. [Above photo of the Arkansas Great River Road Archway by Dennis Adams of […]

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A new report authored by the American Association of Retired Persons’ Public Policy Institute, Urbanism Next Center, University of Oregon, and RAND Corporation finds that a “large population of harder-to-serve older adults” are being “left out” of the “new mobility revolution” that encompasses ride-sharing and autonomous vehicles or AVs. [Above photo via the National Aging […]

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Governor Phil Murphy (D) (seen above) noted in a statement on February 16 that New Jersey aims to invest more than $100 million in “clean, equitable transportation projects” that will improve air quality and reduce the effects of climate change. [Above photo by the New Jersey Governor’s Office.] Leveraging proceeds from New Jersey’s participation in […]

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Researchers from the University of Minnesota are helping the Minnesota Department of Transportation plan pedestrian-focused transportation projects on tribal reservations across the state. [Above photo via the University of Minnesota.] Minnesota’s Native American population is among the priority populations identified in Minnesota DOT’s statewide pedestrian system plan. In order to learn more about pedestrian behavior […]

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