September 23, 2021
  • 12:52 pm Infrastructure Bill Aligns With Key AASHTO Principles
  • 12:47 pm Seven Western State DOTs Win Regional Transportation Awards
  • 12:46 pm NTSB’s Homendy Touts ‘Safe System Approach’ for Roadways
  • 12:42 pm COVID-19 Recovery Funding Made Available by FTA
  • 12:39 pm Caltrans Helps Test Earthquake Detection System for Trains

The House of Representatives passed the “Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America” or INVEST in America Act on July 1 by a vote of the 221-201, with eight members not voting. [Above photo via the House of Representatives] The $715 billion package includes the five-year, $547 billion surface […]

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The U.S Department of Transportation plans to award $905 million to 24 projects in 18 states via the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America or INFRA discretionary grant program. [Above photo of USDOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg by the USDOT] USDOT said it selected those INFRA grant recipients based on several criteria. In addition to prioritizing projects that […]

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The COVID-19 pandemic “flattened” roadway congestion to levels not seen in 40 years, according to the 2021 Urban Mobility Report  compiled by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, yet that respite turned out to be short-lived. [Above photo by the Texas DOT] When the COVID-19 economic shutdown began in the spring of 2020, daily commuter traffic […]

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The Federal Transit Administration issued roughly $182 million on June 25 to fund the acquisition of low- and no-emission buses and to support the facilities that maintain those buses. The agency originally posted a notice of funding opportunity for this grant money in February. [Above photo collage by the FTA] Some 49 projects in 46 states […]

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The Federal Aviation Administration and Skyward, a Verizon-owned company, recently signed a three-year memorandum of agreement or MOA to test cellular-connected drones. [Above photo by Skyward] The testing involves using software developed by Skyward to guide cellular-connected drones in urban environments in beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), universal traffic management (UTM), and so-called “one-to-many” operations. Officially entitled […]

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a Standing General Order on June 29 requiring manufacturers and operators of vehicles equipped with SAE Level 2 advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) or SAE Levels 3-5 automated driving systems (ADS) to report crashes that occur on U.S. public roads. [Above photo by Google] NHTSA’s reporting requirements include the following […]

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The Ray – a corporate venture devoted to roadway technology testing – added vehicle maker Kia, supported by the Hyundai America Technical Center or HATCI, as an “OEM Partner” to its vehicle-to-everything or V2X infrastructure development project on The Ray Highway along Interstate 85 in West Georgia. [Above graphic by The Ray] With the inclusion […]

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The Federal Transit Administration issued a notice of funding opportunity on July 1 for $16.3 million in competitive grants for transit projects that help lift communities out of poverty. Applications are due to the agency by August 30. [Above photo collage by the FTA] FTA said that its Areas of Persistent Poverty Program supports planning, engineering and technical […]

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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority plan to construct up to 4.8 miles of bus lanes and other pro-transit infrastructure upgrades across Metro Boston this summer to improve bus speed and reliability as the region re-opens from COVID-19 pandemic-related regulations. [Above photo by the MBTA] The two agencies said those […]

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Virginia’s Commonwealth Transportation Board recently approved the fiscal year 2022 budgets for the Commonwealth Transportation Fund, the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Department of Rail and Public Transportation or DRPT, and the Six-Year Improvement Program, which allocates $24 billion to highway, rail, and public transportation projects between FY 2022 and 2027. [Above photo by the Virginia DOT] “The budgets and […]

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