August 8, 2020
  • 11:46 am AASHTO’s Tymon Named a ‘Top 25 Newsmaker’ by ENR
  • 11:43 am MIT: Fully Autonomous Vehicles Remain a Decade Away
  • 11:39 am Podcast: AASHTO’s Tymon Talks National Infrastructure Needs
  • 11:36 am Study: Carpool Payments Would Reduce Traffic Congestion
  • 11:33 am FAA Awards Grants for Drone Emergency Response Research
 

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials urged in a July 20 letter to Congressional leadership that state departments of transportation across the country need an “immediate infusion” of at least $37 billion to prevent disruptions to planned transportation projects, keep workers employed, and enable the nation’s mobility network to fully support economic […]

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The California Department of Transportation and the University of California-Davis recently released two reports highlighting ways to prevent rare but often deadly collisions involving wrong way drivers; a type of crash scenario state departments of transportation across the country are trying to reduce. [Above photo by Caltrans.] The first report – Wrong Way Pilot Projects […]

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Build America Bureau is providing a $851.15 million loan under its Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing or RRIF program to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority to help comply with the positive train control or PTC mandates designed to improve railroad safety. [Above photo by the MBTA.] PTC is a communications-based […]

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A 53-page report issued by the U.S. Government Accountability Office suggests a range of changes for the Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Grants or CIG program to make its grant review process “more transparent and effective.” “This program is a significant source of federal financial assistance that transit agencies across the United States can use […]

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The California Department of Transportation released its California Freight Mobility Plan 2020 alongside the final two of 12 district-based Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Reports – strategic documents aimed at making the state’s transportation system more efficient and resilient to extreme weather events. [Above photo by Caltrans.] In a statement, Toks Omishakin, director of Caltrans, noted […]

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Roughly 27 highway, bridge, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian projects in 23 Pennsylvania counties are slated to receive $30.2 million from that state’s Multimodal Transportation Fund (MTF). [Above photo by PennDOT.] The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation – which administers the MTF – said several of those projects will help local governments address bridges and roadways in […]

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The Tennessee Department of Transportation is boosting its collaboration with Nashville-based Vanderbilt University and the Arizona-based Southwest Research Institute to help improve Integrated Corridor Management or ICM systems being deployed as part of the multiphase I-24 Smart Corridor project – largely via more monetary investment. [Above photo of I-124 via YouTube.] That group received a […]

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The Delaware Department of Transportation recently noted that it managed to complete $100 million worth of infrastructure projects across the state in the first half of 2020, despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. “While the pandemic presented unexpected challenges, our employees and contractors continued to innovate and find ways to not only continue working […]

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The Arizona Department of Transportation is seeking input to inform potential public-private partnerships for installing and/or operating broadband conduit along major interstate and state highway routes. [Above photo by the Arizona DOT.] Coordinating with the Arizona Commerce Authority, the agency said it is “exploring partnerships” that would lead to the development of fiber-optic infrastructure across […]

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Governor J.B. Pritzker (D) and the Illinois Department of Transportation jointly announced a $21.3 billion plan to improve Illinois roads and bridges over the next six years on July 21, with $3.15 billion expected to be disbursed in the current fiscal year. [Above photo by the Illinois DOT.] That money comes from the Rebuild Illinois […]

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