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
 

A continuing resolution or CR  from the House of Representatives that would extend federal government funding through November 21 and avoid a government shutdown at the end of September passed on September 19 by a vote of 301-123. “While the House did its work, the Senate appropriations process is far behind. Because of this delay, […]

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Drones, a virtual reality bicycle simulator, 3-D printers, and new roadway materials, plus a bevy of autonomous vehicle or AV projects formed just some of the highlights of the 2019 Federal Highway Administration Research showcase; a first of its kind event at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., on September 18. [Left […]

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The Senate Appropriations Committee on September 19 approved $86.6 billion in fiscal year 2020 funding for the U.S. Department of Transportation, which is $167 million above the FY 2019 enacted level, by a vote of 31-0. That closely matches the “minibus” package passed by the House of Representatives in June. “This legislation prioritizes funding for […]

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency took another step toward finalizing the proposed Safer, Affordable, Fuel-Efficient or SAFE Vehicles Rule by issuing a “final action” on September 19 entitled the “One National Program Rule” that enables the federal government to provide nationwide uniform fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission or […]

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In a September 17 letter, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials formally endorsed efforts underway at the U.S. Department of Transportation to streamline the documentation requirements for National Environmental Policy Act or NEPA compliance efforts, as well as supporting the application of the One Federal Decision process to state DOT projects. [Above […]

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National rail safety education nonprofit Operation Lifesaver, Inc. and Operation Lifesaver Canada are holding the annual Rail Safety Week public outreach event September 22-28 this year with the support of the U.S. Department of Transportation, state departments of transportation, and other organizations. [Above photo by the National Transportation Safety Board.] The organization noted in a statement […]

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The Federal Transit Administration is making $19.2 million in grant funding available to support “comprehensive planning” for public transit projects by encouraging ridership, improving transit access, or supporting economic and mixed-use development near public transportation projects. The agency issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity on September 18 for that grant money, noting that applicants must […]

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The Federal Railroad Administration issued a status update on the implementation of positive train control or PTC technology for the second quarter this year on September 9, with PTC systems in operation on roughly 87 percent of the nearly 58,000 route miles required by Congress – a 4 percent increase over the first quarter. [Photo […]

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Mike Tooley, director of the Montana Department of Transportation, calls the number of people killed annually on U.S. highways “shocking.” Right now, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 36,700 people died on America’s roads in 2018 – and while that is down 1 percent from the 37,133 who died in motor vehicle crashes […]

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The Florida Department of Transportation awarded additional $35.3 million to the Port of Jacksonville – known as JAXPORT – on September 17 to fund the second phase of the Jacksonville harbor deepening project. [Above photo by the Florida DOT.] The state of Florida has contributed nearly $71.5 million so far toward deepening the 13-mile length […]

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