October 14, 2019
  • 2:34 pm Committee Leadership Comes into Focus for 116th Congress
  • 2:22 pm Interstate System Report Calls for More Funding, Tolling, VMT Fees, and Cybersecurity
  • 2:15 pm In Memoriam: President George H. W. Bush, ISTEA, and Transportation
  • 1:56 pm Growth Projected for Transportation Projects, but Costs a Challenge
  • 1:35 pm FAA Reshuffles Executives, Plans Drone Identification Rulemaking in Spring 2019
  • 1:28 pm Predictive Technology Helps Reduce Crashes on I-15 Corridor in Las Vegas
  • 1:14 pm Video Report: MoDOT Produces Multi-Lingual Safety Message
  • 1:11 pm PennDOT Nears Completion of Rapid Bridge Replacement Project
  • 1:08 pm Infrastructure Grants Awarded to “Smaller” South Dakota Communities
  • 1:02 pm USDOT Secretary Chao Announces New Rural Infrastructure Focus
  • 1:01 pm Transportation Safety, Funding Will Be Emphasis Areas for New AASHTO President
  • 1:00 pm Highway Rights-of-Way May Be Key for Developing Hyperloop
  • 12:59 pm Missouri Governor Calls for ‘Bold’ Transportation Solutions
  • 12:58 pm AAA Says Pedestrian Detection Systems ‘Perform Inconsistently’

A panel discussion hosted by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation on April 24 at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C., examined the case for switching from motor fuel taxes to road user charges or RUCs to provide monetary support for the Highway Trust Fund. Moderated by ITIF President Robert Atkinson, the panel […]

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The Federal Aviation Administration awarded its first air carrier certification for commercial drone operation to Project Wing, a division of Alphabet, on April 23. The company will start making food deliveries in Blacksburg, VA – home to the Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, which along with the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership, participated with Wing in […]

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A Brookings Institution blog post on April 16 shined a light on an issue that’s becoming a growing problem for state departments of transportation: replenishing and expanding the infrastructure workforce. [Above photo by the South Carolina Department of Transportation.] “Just as our physical infrastructure systems are aging and in need of attention, so too are […]

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced plans to meet with President Donald Trump next week to discuss infrastructure legislation, as state departments of transportation continue to refine their policy focus on what should be encompassed in the next surface transportation legislation and how to pay for it. [Above: President Donald Trump, joined by Vice President […]

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A proposal made by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army last December to “clarify” federal authority under the Clean Water Act and redefine the term “waters of the United States” or WOTUS would reduce a significant regulatory burden for transportation projects, according to a comment letter filed by the American Association […]

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A new report issued by the U.S. Government Accountability Office on April 22 highlights “key factors” that “hinder effective consultation on infrastructure projects” between federal agencies and Native American tribes. [Above photo by the Navajo Department of Transportation.] Based on interviews with officials from 57 tribes and 21 federal agencies, as well as comments submitted […]

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The St. Lawrence Seaway, the binational waterway that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes, turned 60 years old in April – an occasion highlighted in a blog post by Craig Middlebrook, deputy administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. [Above photo via Wikimedia Commons.] The seaway specifically covers approximately 2,500 miles between […]

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The U.S. Maritime Administration is providing $6.79 million worth of grants to marine highway projects in New York, Louisiana, and Virginia. [Above photo by U.S. Department of Agriculture.] “America’s Marine Highway Program is dedicated to expanding freight movement on the water and this round of grant funding will go a long way towards ensuring that […]

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Ratified by the state legislature and signed into law by Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) on April 23, Indiana’s two-year $34 billion budget eliminates a $3 million annual subsidy for the Hoosier State Train (seen above), which is operated by Amtrak and runs from Indianapolis to Chicago. Amtrak said that, without state funding, Hoosier State train […]

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The Rhode Island Department of Transportation said it will be directing 77 active projects with a combined value of $715.6 million during its 2019 construction season. Those projects include a combination of repair, replacement, and preservation activities on 177 bridges, the agency added. [Above photo by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.] “We have more construction […]

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