July 28, 2021
  • 10:07 am AASHTO, NRDC Urge Congress to “Go Big” on Transportation
  • 9:59 am AASHTO Seeks Flexible Use of ARP Funds for State DOTs
  • 9:46 am AAA: Road Travel Dropped Drastically during COVID-19
  • 9:42 am Microtransit Could Help Expand Traditional Transit Service
  • 9:35 am FHWA Providing AID Demonstration Program Grants

Two key Senate Democrats introduced a $73 billion plan on May 4 to transition the nation’s transit buses and vans to Zero Emission Vehicle or ZEV platforms. The “Clean Transit for America” plan – introduced by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., (above at left) the senate’s majority leader, and Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, (above at right) […]

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Governor Christopher Sununu (R), (above at right) New Hampshire’s 82nd governor, will officially open the 2021 spring meeting of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials on May 11, with Polly Trottenberg (above at left) – the deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation – providing the keynote speech. The registration portal […]

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Key members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation introduced legislation on April 29 that seeks to provide $500 million annually for five years to improve safety and reduce congestion at railroad crossings. That bill – authored by Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., (above at right) the committee’s chair, and Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo. […]

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The Transportation Security Administration is extending its facemask requirement for individuals using all U.S. transportation – including at airports, onboard commercial aircraft, on over-the-road buses, as well as commuter bus and rail systems – through September 13. [Above photo by the TSA] TSA added that its initial facemask requirement went into effect on February 1 […]

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Throughout America’s history, Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders made substantial contributions to the nation’s transportation system through profound perseverance and self-determination. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials produced a video to highlight the stories of the Chinese Railroad Workers, Major Arthur Chin, and Norman Mineta – former secretary of the U.S. Department of […]

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Rep. Andy Levin, D-Mich. (above at right), and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. (above at left), reintroduced an updated version of the Electric Vehicle or EV Freedom Act on May 5 – a bill that aims to electrify America’s highway system and “take necessary and profound steps” to combat climate change. “The EV Freedom Act is […]

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The Federal Highway Administration recently observed the 50th anniversary of its National Bridge Inspection Standards or NBIS; the basis for the federal program that helps protect nearly 620,000 bridges across the country. [Photo by the South Dakota DOT] “For a half-century, NBIS standards have been at the core of federal infrastructure safety efforts,” noted Stephanie […]

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Colorado’s governor and state legislative leaders issued a $5.268 billion funding proposal on May 4 to support an 11-year plan to fix roads and bridges, improve transit options, and meet the state’s climate goals while “future proofing” its transportation systems. [Above photo by the Colorado DOT] The proposal’s funding relies on what Governor Jared Polis […]

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The Washington State Department of Transportation recently made its new “Washington State Active Transportation Plan, 2020 and Beyond: Part 1” available online as part of its efforts to support more transit, bicycle, and pedestrian options. [Above photo by WSDOT] The plan assesses the needs for accessible pedestrian and bicyclist facilities, highlights safety concerns and provides […]

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The Maryland Department of Transportation recently unveiled three “smart ponds” built via a public-private partnership or P3 stormwater control project that seeks to reduce pollutants and curb local flooding. [Above photo by the Maryland DOT] The agency said this “smart pond” project is the first of its kind involving a state transportation department and it […]

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