May 25, 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
  • 8:37 am President Trump Scuttles Follow-Up Infrastructure Meeting
  • 8:34 am Transportation Groups Call on Congress to Repeal Rescission of Highway Funding
  • 8:31 am AASHTO Survey Finds Drone Use Exploding Among State DOTs
  • 8:28 am National Youth Bridge Building Competition Selects 2019 Winners
  • 8:15 am AASHTO Passes Resolution Recommending Specific HTF Revenue Solutions

Members of the House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure sent a letter to House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., to request the repeal of a $7.6 billion surface transportation budget rescission due to go into effect next year, as well as release of $9.3 billion in […]

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A panel discussion hosted by the American Council of Engineering Companies at its annual legislative summit in Washington, D.C., focused on several key infrastructure challenges, especially in terms of funding sources and finding enough workers to meet construction demand. [Above photo by ACEC.] “There is an appetite in Congress to spend money on infrastructure. It […]

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Road signs that incorporate barcodes so onboard vehicle systems can “read” the information they contain; sensor data that insurance companies can analyze in order to fine-tune premiums based on vehicle and driver behavior; a transportation industry “based more on electrons than anything else.” [Above left to right: Bryan Reimer, MIT; Finch Fulton, USDOT; Jessica Nigro, […]

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The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials filed a comment letter on May 6 in accordance with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Register notice issued back on Feb. 5 that seeks industry input regarding revisions and/or updates to its existing regulatory guidance documents. AASHTO’s letter focused principally on guidance documents issued by the Federal […]

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Nicole Nason officially became the 20th administrator of the Federal Highway Administration during a U.S. Department of Transportation ceremony held on May 2. The U.S. Senate confirmed Nason as FHWA administrator on March 28 by a vote of 95 to one. [Left to right: Nicole Nason, her husband David with daughters Alex and Abby; Elaine […]

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The competition of the First Transcontinental Railroad across the United States – originally called the Pacific Railroad – officially occurred on May 10, 1869, at Promontory Summit in what was then the Territory of Utah when the tracks of the eastbound Central Pacific Railroad joined those of the westward Union Pacific Railroad. It took 16 […]

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The Federal Transit Administration opened up an opportunity to apply for $15 million in research funds on May 8 through its new Integrated Mobility Innovation demonstration program. The agency is splitting that funding between three facets of the IMI program, it noted in a statement: Mobility on Demand or MOD gets $8 million. Building on what FTA termed […]

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The Federal Railroad Administration issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on May 8 to “clarify” locomotive engineer qualifications and ensure their certification process is aligned “consistently” with that of conductors. “The proposed revisions would modernize locomotive engineer certification regulations to match those for train conductors … streamlining the engineer certification process and reducing paperwork burdens […]

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A 107-page “aerospace” forecast released by the Federal Aviation Administration on April 30 predicts that aircraft operations will increase more than 25 percent over the next 20 years, while the commercial drone fleet is expected to nearly triple by 2023. [Above photo by the FAA.] According to the FAA Aerospace Forecast Fiscal Years 2019-2039, U.S. […]

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President Trump’s administration will continue to focus on helping grow the U.S. commercial space industry, noted Vice President Mike Pence in a recent speech; an effort that includes providing more detailed “open source” to commercial space firms data resources as well as the establishment of 5G wireless networks for faster and more efficient communication. [Official […]

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