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 Federal Railroad Administration is “looking for more input from states” on ways to expand safe and reliable rail transportation options now and in the future. [Above photo by AASHTO] Amit Bose (seen above), FRA administrator, made that comment among others during the four-day American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Council on Rail […]

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Stephen Gardner (seen above), Amtrak president and CEO, said that the national passenger railroad operator has “been able to create a national network together with tons of state support.” [Above photo by AASHTO] Now, with new funding from the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act or IIJA signed into law in November 2021, he […]

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The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the National Association of State Energy Officials, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the U.S. Department of Energy signed a memorandum of understanding on February 23 to coordinate nationwide investment in electric vehicle charging station infrastructure. [Above photo by the Ohio DOT] A signing ceremony for […]

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The nomination portal for the 2022 America’s Transportation Awards is now open. [Above graphic by AASHTO] From now until April 8, states can nominate up to three projects for one of the following categories: Operations Excellence, Best Use of Technology & Innovation, and Quality of Life/Community Development. Click here to nominate a project for this […]

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A new survey conducted by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials finds that 84 percent of respondents indicated they are experiencing higher than normal vacancies of snowplow operators this winter season. [Above photo by the Colorado DOT] The survey, conducted during January and February, included responses from 31 state departments of transportation […]

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The Federal Transit Administration is opening up an $8.75 million pool of fiscal year 2022 grants to support the transit needs of American Indian Tribes and Alaska Native villages, groups, or communities. [Above photo via the FTA] FTA said those grants – issued via its Tribal Transit Program – would help support tribal transportation needs, including those of […]

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The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials is helping spearhead efforts to dissuade Congress from imposing a motor fuel tax “holiday” due to the potential impact on the Highway Trust Fund – a critical source of the revenues underpinning the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, signed into law in November 2021. […]

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration or MARAD is making nearly $450 million in grants available for port-related projects through its Port Infrastructure Development Program or PIDP – nearly double the funding amount offered in 2021. [Above photo by the Port of Baltimore] MARAD noted that the application deadline for this round of PIDP […]

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The Federal Transit Administration recently awarded $45.3 million in fiscal year 2021 grants to passenger ferry projects in 11 states and territories – funding that flows from the agency’s Passenger Ferry Grant Program to help buy, repair, and modernize ferryboats and terminals. [Above photo by the Virginia DOT] The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority – a division of the […]

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A new report by the Mineta Transportation Institute examines how transit-oriented development or TODs could be an effective tool to ease the housing affordability problem by increasing housing supply and reducing transportation costs in transit-rich neighborhoods. [Above photo by Caltrans] According to the Federal Transit Administration, TODs include “a mix of commercial, residential, office and entertainment” centered […]

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