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Economic Risks Pose New Challenges to States Planning Their Transportation Projects

​States could face new challenges meeting their transportation budget needs in coming months if bumps for the economy in early autumn give way to a longer slowdown that threatens their revenue streams.

October 17, 2014



Jack Uldrich: Global Futurist and Best-Selling Author Among AASHTO Annual Meeting Keynoters

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials announced that Jack Uldrich – a renowned global futurist, independent scholar, sought-after business speaker and best-selling author – will be among the keynote speakers at the association's 2014 annual meeting in Charlotte, ...

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October 17, 2014


Centennial Book is Tale of Creating a Transportation System That Remade America

​Long before there was much of a paved road network in the United States, and decades before the Interstate Highway System would be launched, officials who created in 1914 what would become AASHTO were showing remarkable vision about how to improve mobility and commerce.

October 17, 2014


Utah, North Carolina Campaigns Take Honors in TransComm Skills Competition

The Utah Department of Transportation's campaign to increase seatbelt usage, and the "Fortify" project-messaging effort by the North Carolina Department of Transportation each earned highest honors in the 2014 TransComm Annual Skills Awards competition.

October 17, 2014


AASHTO Releases Interim Revisions to Bridge Inspection Manual

AASHTO has published its 2015 Interim Revisions to the Manual for Bridge Element Inspection, 1st Edition, that was published in 2013.

October 17, 2014



Governors in Re-election Races Consider Shifting Road, Bridge Funding to Sales Taxes on Fuel

​Two Midwest governors up for re-election this fall are talking about shifting their states’ motor fuel revenue streams to sales taxes on fuel and away from the current reliance on fixed, per-gallon fees.

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October 17, 2014


DOT’s Foxx Says Lame Duck Session is Good Time for Congress to Fix Trust Fund

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx told WAMU-American University Radio in Washington that the lame duck session of Congress following next month's mid-term elections would offer an opportunity to fix the Highway Trust Fund for years to come.

October 17, 2014


Some Transportation-Focused House, Senate Members Seek Travel Ban for Ebola Areas

A group of high-ranking members of Congress from committees dealing with transportation networks called for the Obama administration to impose a travel ban on people entering the United States from the Ebola-ravaged West African nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

October 17, 2014


Studies: Millennials Relying Less on Car Travel Than Past Generations; Congestion Costs Spiking

   ​ New studies in the past week, on the shift by the millennial generation toward less driving and on the accumulated costs of traffic congestion, add to the debate over what to do about transportation infrastructure.

October 17, 2014


Citing High Returns, Industrial Group Calls for Major Infrastructure Spending Plan

​The Alliance for American Manufacturing in a new report says each dollar spent on transportation infrastructure “returns $3.54 in economic impact,” and calls for a big boost to project spending through a six-year highway and transit bill.

October 17, 2014


Pistole Leaving TSA for Academia After More Than Four Years Leading Airport Screeners

John Pistole, head of the Transportation Security Administration for four and a half years, is retiring from that post effective Dec. 31 and said he expects to take an academic job early in 2015.

October 17, 2014

Job Postings


AASHTO Seeks Engineering Implementation Coordinator for Washington, D.C., Office

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials is currently seeking an engineering implementation coordinator, a position located in Washington, DC.

October 17, 2014



State Ballot Measures Would Wall Off Project Funds, Allow I-Bank to Fund Local Infrastructure

Voters in several states will get a chance to vote on ballot measures next month to try to wall off transportation funds so they cannot be spent on other budget needs, as states grapple either with how to raise funds for roads, bridges and other projects or to protect that money after hiking taxes ...

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October 17, 2014


Though Not on Calendar, It’s Already Winter in Some Areas

​​The Rocky Mountain region and Hawaiian peaks have already received an early dose of winter weather this month, in what some forecasters think could be indicators of a rough winter ahead.

October 17, 2014


This Year, Alaska Brings Tow Plowing to Snows in Anchorage and Interior

​To get ahead of this winter’s snow clearing needs, Alaska’s Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is bringing into Anchorage and Interior Alaska the kind of heavy equipment it has so far only used in a few areas.

October 17, 2014


GDOT Aims to Boost Safety, Manage Traffic Flows with Electronic Speed Signs

Georgia’s Department of Transportation has deployed scores of changeable, electronic speed limit signs over 36 miles of Atlanta’s northern beltway on Interstate 285, both raising the normal speed limit in that zone and giving traffic managers a tool to alter traffic speeds when congestion builds.

October 17, 2014


North Carolina Prods Groups on Deadline Approaching for Bike Helmet Program

​Fewer than half of children wear protective bicycle helmets while riding their bikes, says the state Department of Transportation, even though studies show that headgear can reduce the risk of severe brain injuries to bikers up to 88 percent.

October 17, 2014


Hawaii’s Interim Transportation Director Leaving for City Post at Honolulu

Acting Hawaii Transportation Director Ford Fuchigami. City of Honolulu photo.Acting Transportation Director Ford Fuchigami plans to leave that Hawaii state post as of Nov. 1, to take a job with the city of Honolulu as director of its Department of Enterprise Services.

October 17, 2014

BUD WRIGHT, Executive Director

LLOYD D. BROWN, Director of Communications

JOHN BOYD, Senior Editor

ZACH O'CONNOR, Staff Writer


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