June 6, 2020
  • 12:57 pm House T&I Releases Five-Year $494B Surface Transportation Bill
  • 12:56 pm EPW Hearing: Infrastructure Vital to Recovery, Social Equity
  • 12:55 pm Truckers Support Immediate Transportation Funding Infusion at Senate Hearing
  • 12:46 pm ETAP Podcast: Minnesota DOT’s Margaret Anderson Kelliher
  • 12:44 pm Executive Order Seeks to Speed Up Infrastructure Investments

A $3 trillion, 1,815-page COVID-19 relief measure proposed by the House of Representatives on May 12 contains $15 billion in stopgap funds for state departments of transportation – well below the nearly $50 billion the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials projects state DOTs will need to continue operations in the face of […]

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During the annual meeting of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Committee on Safety May 11-13, members discussed a number of ways to ensure a tight focus on improving traffic safety despite uncertainties created by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the fall election season. [Above photo by the Montana DOT.] “Alongside the […]

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A new survey by the Associated General Contractors of America, along with data from construction technology firm Procore, indicates that demand for construction is “deteriorating” across the country – albeit unevenly – with the loss of 975,000 construction jobs from March to April this year; constituting nearly 13 percent of the industry’s employment, by far […]

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The latest episode on the Transportation TV series entitled State DOTs Respond to Coronavirus: A Video Diary highlights work by the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Division of Aeronautics to help volunteer aviators who are donating their time and aircraft to transport critical medical supplies to rural hospitals. Groups such as the Civil Air Patrol and Angel […]

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A new 48-page report compiled by national transportation research nonprofit TRIP indicates that America’s rural road network suffers from a $211 billion backlog in funding for needed repairs and improvements. [Above photo by the Montana DOT.] That report – entitled Rural Connections: Challenges and Opportunities in America’s Heartland – noted that addressing the investment needs […]

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A new report issued by consulting firm EBP US Inc. estimates that public transit agencies will need an additional $23.8 billion in emergency aid to cope with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. This is in addition to the $25 billion in relief funds provided by the $2 trillion CARES Act passed on March 27. […]

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Starting June 1, Amtrak plans to restore high-speed Acela train service on the Northeast Corridor on a modified schedule, which includes the restoration of three weekday Acela round trips. [Above photo by Amtrak.] The national passenger railroad operator added that its Northeast Regional train frequencies along that corridor – which stretches from Washington, D.C., to Boston […]

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is making $1.5 million in grant funding available for up to six states to help spur the development of programs that that alert motorists to vehicle safety recalls and provide information to help repair them. [Above photo by the Maryland State Police.] NHTSA said states participating in this program […]

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Efforts to emphasize seat belt use, the dangers of speeding, and greater motorcycle awareness are just some of the safety campaigns being initiated by state departments of transportation across the country. [Above photo by the Maryland State Police.] The Nebraska Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Office, for one, is partnering with state and local law […]

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The Kansas Department of Transportation is starting preliminary engineering work on 40 new highway modernization and expansion projects; the first such projects to move forward under the Eisenhower Transportation Legacy or IKE program; approved by the state legislature and signed into law in early April. [Above photo by the Kansas DOT.] “These transportation investments come […]

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