May 16, 2021
  • 1:47 pm Treasury Offers Transportation Spending Guidance for ARP Funds
  • 1:43 pm State DOT CEOs Talk Transportation Equity at Hearing
  • 1:42 pm AASHTO Urges FHWA to Move Forward with MUTCD Revision
  • 1:37 pm FAA Issues Nearly $900M in Airport Improvement Program Grants
  • 1:26 pm State DOT Panel Examines Workforce Recruitment, Retention Issues

The Federal Highway Administration plans to propose 600 changes to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways or MUTCD via a notice of proposed amendments or NPA scheduled for release on December 14. [Above photo collage by the American Traffic Safety Services Association.] This is the first comprehensive update in more […]

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Congress passed a one-week extension of a short-term federal government funding measure on December 11 to provide more time to reach a longer-term deal. The House of Representatives passed a one-week extension of the expiring continuing resolution to maintain federal government funding on December 9 by a vote of 343 to 67. The Senate passed […]

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The U.S. Department of Transportation hosted a virtual seminar on December 8 highlighting ways the transportation industry as a whole can help combat human trafficking. [Above image via USDOT.] The seminar – entitled “Combating Human Trafficking in Transportation” – focused on the anti-human trafficking efforts of state and local government agencies, private sector firms, airports, […]

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A new machine-learning algorithm developed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory could help urban transportation analysts relieve bottlenecks and chokepoints that routinely snarl city traffic. [Above image via PNNL.] The new tool – called TranSEC, which stands for “Transportation State Estimation Capability” – uses traffic datasets collected from Uber drivers and […]

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The U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of the Interior completed a three-year, $277 million renovation of the 2,613-foot-lon Arlington Memorial Bridge that links Washington D.C. directly to Arlington National Cemetery in Northern Virginia. [Above Photo by Liz Macro/National Park Service.] First opened to traffic in 1932, the neoclassical-designed Arlington Memorial Bridge carries […]

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The American Public Transportation Association and the Transit app jointly released a new APTA Ridership Trends dashboard that provides up-to-date, week-by-week estimations of public transit ridership for agencies across the United States. The dashboard is available via www.transitapp.com/APTA. [Above photo by the Chicago Transit Authority.] During the COVID-19 pandemic, APTA said public transit ridership increased and dropped rapidly […]

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Automation-aided railroad inspection technologies offer the potential to boost safety and save lives while improving the efficiency and effectiveness of current track maintenance and inspection practices, according to a new study issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Volpe National Transportation Systems Center. [Above photo by the FRA.] The Federal Railroad Administration asked a Volpe […]

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The U.S. Department of Transportation recently launched two new working groups under its Non-Traditional and Emerging Transportation Technology or NETT Council – the first on personal rapid transit or PRT and the other on advanced and urban aerial mobility or AUAM. [Above photo by USDOT.] This is in addition to the tunneling and hyperloop working […]

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The Oklahoma Transportation Commission recently approved the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s latest eight-year, $8.6 billion Construction Work Plan for 2021-2028 – a plan that takes into account an upcoming reduction in state funding done through previous legislative action to help balance the state budget due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. [Above photo of […]

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A new report issued on December 8 – entitled the 2020 Framework for the Future and crafted by consulting firm WSP USA along with IMG Rebel and EnviroIssues – establishes a “roadmap” for continued work on an ultra-high-speed rail network linking the Pacific Northwest. [Above photo by WSDOT.] The report – compiled at the behest of […]

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