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HIGHWAY TRUST FUND

Congress Extending Trust Fund Authority to July 31; Funds to Run Short This Summer

UPDATED: With Congress voting to only extend the Highway Trust Fund's program authority on road and transit spending to July 31, and not providing any additional funds for now, the trust fund is on course to see at least its highway account balance fall below safe cash management levels this ...

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May 22, 2015

PRESSURE ON ROADS

System Demands Increase as U.S. Drivers Set New Record in Vehicle Miles Traveled

The Federal Highway Administration said U.S. drivers logged an estimated 261.7 billion vehicle-miles-traveled in March of this year, up 3.9 percent from the same month last year and the most miles ever driven in March.

May 22, 2015

States

REVENUE FOR PROJECTS

Michigan Lawmakers Agree to Add $400 Million in General Funds to Transportation

​Legislative leaders and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder have struck a budget framework agreement that will shift $400 million of general fund revenue into transportation projects for the coming fiscal year, news agencies reported.

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May 22, 2015

DEDICATED FUNDING

Legislature’s Veto Override Raises Nebraska Fuel User Fees Starting Jan. 1 for Road Work

State senators in Nebraska's unicameral Legislature mustered the 30 votes they needed to override Gov. Pete Ricketts' veto and increase motor fuel fees for road improvements.

May 22, 2015

REVENUE PROPOSALS

West Virginia Commission Highlights $1.1 Billion Annual Highway Investment Gap

A governor-appointed "West Virginia Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways" issued a final report after years of research, finding the state faces an annual spending gap of more than $1.1 billion to keep up with roadway demand and recommending over $400 million in revenue-raising measures.

May 22, 2015

STORM RECOVERY

Kentucky Awarded $3 Million in FHWA Emergency Funds for Storm-Damaged Roads

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx made available $3 million from the Federal Highway Administration's emergency relief fund to help the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet cover its costs of repairing federal-aid roads that were damaged by heavy April rains and flooding.

May 22, 2015

Spring Meeting

SAVING BY SPENDING EARLY

Investing in Infrastructure is Fiscally Responsible, Mead Tells AASHTO Board

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead urged transportation agency officials from across the country to continue to push Congress to approve long-term federal funding for transportation infrastructure projects.

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May 22, 2015

HIGHWAY SAFETY

Journalist: Drivers Are Wired to Respond to Phones, Setting Up Deadly Distractions

When it comes to driving with distractions, Americans are in a bad relationship with their mobile phones and it is leading to deadly consequences, a journalist told transportation executives this month in Cheyenne, Wyo.

May 22, 2015

AASHTO

COMMITTEE LEADERSHIP

President Taps 6 State Agency CEOs to Head Association Panels Through 2017

AASHTO President John Cox announced appointments of six CEOs of state departments of transportation to head four committees and two subcommittees.

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May 22, 2015

NATIONAL COMPETITION

2015 AASHTO 'Faces of Transportation' Photography and Video Contest Under Way

AASHTO has kicked off its 2015 "Faces of Transportation" photography contest with new categories, including a video component, open to all participants.

May 22, 2015

Nation

PASSENGER RAIL SAFETY

FRA Orders Amtrak to Take Quick Safety Improvement Steps After Deadly NEC Crash

The Federal Railroad Administration, responding to the May 12 Amtrak train crash in Philadelphia, ordered Amtrak to immediately take several actions to improve safety along its Northeast Corridor – the busiest section of the nationwide intercity passenger rail system.   

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May 22, 2015

HIGHWAY SAFETY DEVICES

FHWA Says Changes Coming to Eligibility Process for Guardrails, Other Hardware

The Federal Highway Administration has unveiled a series of new requirements it plans to implement for guardrails and other roadside safety hardware to qualify them for federal reimbursement, rules that will include full-scale crash testing using new test criteria for any proposed ...

May 22, 2015

RURAL SYSTEM NEEDS

Rural Roads Deteriorating and Deadly, TRIP Says, Highlighting Need for More Investment

A new report on rural road conditions, by the national research group TRIP, said more than half the nation's major rural roads are rated no better than mediocre or fair, while 15 percent are judged as poor. And, TRIP warned, those conditions are getting worse.

May 22, 2015

NEW BRT PROJECT

FTA’s McMillan Joins Orlando Officials to Break Ground on Bus Rapid Transit Line

Acting Federal Transit Administrator Therese McMillan participated with Orlando, Fla., Mayor Buddy Dyer and other local officials in breaking ground on a project that will be the third bus rapid transit line for the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority known as Lynx.

May 22, 2015

Job Postings

FEDERAL AGENCY EXECUTIVES

FHWA Seeks CFO in Washington, Resource Center Director for Technical Service Teams

The Federal Highway Administration is seeking a chief financial officer for its Washington, D.C., leadership team, and a Resource Center director to work out of one of four regional offices and oversee the agency's technical services teams.

May 22, 2015

BUD WRIGHT, Executive Director

LLOYD D. BROWN, Director of Communications

JOHN BOYD, Senior Editor

ZACH O'CONNOR, Staff Writer

MARIO OLIVERO, Staff Photographer

AASHTO Journal is published every Friday by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. The Journal's weekly email newsletter is available for subscription free of charge.

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