July 2, 2022
  • 12:08 pm TRIP Report Analyzes Recent Spike in Traffic Fatalities
  • 12:01 pm Letter: Inflation Requires ‘Buy America’ Rules Adjustment
  • 11:58 am USDOT Activates ‘Reconnecting Communities’ Pilot Program
  • 11:55 am Five States Help Expand U.S. Bicycle Route System
  • 11:47 am USDOT Offers $573M for Railroad Crossing Elimination

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials recently released 2022 interim revisions for its “Guide Specifications for Internal Redundancy of Mechanically-Fastened Built-up Steel Members, 1st Edition,” originally published in 2018. [Above graphic by AASHTO] This set of guide specifications provides engineers with a reliable tool to assess the internal redundancy of steel bridge […]

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Across the country, state departments of transportation are preparing a variety of campaigns to support National Work Zone Awareness Week or NWZAW, which runs from April 11 through April 15. [Above photo by WSDOT] The annual NWZAW campaign, now in its 22nd year, is a national public outreach effort that coincides with the start of […]

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The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials sent a 30-page paper to the U.S. Department of Transportation on April 1 outlining a host of implementation recommendations for the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act or IIJA enacted in November 2021. [Above photo by the Louisiana DOTD] AASHTO noted in the paper that, […]

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The Federal Transit Administration has announced a plan to invest more than $20 billion in U.S. transit systems, thanks to increased funding provided by the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act or IIJA enacted in November 2021. [Above photo by the Denver RTD] That investment plan, detailed by FTA in apportionment tables for each of […]

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued new Corporate Average Fuel Economy or CAFE standards that require an industry-wide fleet average of approximately 49 miles per gallon for passenger cars and light trucks in model year 2026. [Above photo by Susan McSpadden for Chevrolet] The agency said in a statement that the new standards […]

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Neil Pedersen (seen above), executive director of the Transportation Research Board, recently announced plans to retire in the early fall of 2022. [Above photo by AASHTO] TRB is a program unit of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine — private, nonprofit institutions that provide independent objective analysis and advice to solve complex problems […]

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In this episode of the Environmental Technical Assistance Program or ETAP Podcast, Rachael Nealer (seen above) – deputy director for the newly formed Joint Office of Energy and Transportation – discusses the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula program or NEVI created by the $1.2 trillion infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act or IIJA, enacted in in […]

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The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials recently submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Transportation regarding the “Non-Traditional and Emerging Transportation Technology” or NETT Council. [Above graphic by USDOT] Formed in 2019, the NETT Council serves as an “internal deliberative body” for USDOT – tasked with identifying and resolving “jurisdictional and regulatory gaps” […]

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The Federal Aviation Administration has named Billy Nolen (seen above) to serve as acting administrator following the departure of Stephen Dickson at the end of March. FAA Deputy Administrator Bradley Mims will also take on an expanded role during this interim period. [Above photo by the FAA] Nolen – an experienced aviation safety professional and former airline […]

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The U.S. Maritime Administration or MARAD is making nearly $20 million in fiscal year 2022 grants available to help modernize small U.S. shipyards and train their workforces. That follows the award of $19.6 million in grants made to 31 small shipyards in 15 states in April 2021. [Above photo by the Bath Iron Works] The […]

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