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HIGHWAY TRUST FUND

USDOT Says New Highway Demand Levels Highlight Need for Trust Fund Boost

The Federal Highway Administration said Americans drove 221.1 billion miles in February, a 2.8 percent increase from a year earlier and part of a rising demand pattern that underscores the need for greater investment in transportation infrastructure.

April 24, 2015

AASHTO

CONFERENCE SPEAKER

Pulitzer-Winning Writer on Distracted Driving to Address Association Spring Meeting

 Richtel Matt Richtel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times and bestselling author, will be the featured speaker to address state transportation department leaders during the May 14 safety luncheon at the AASHTO Spring Meeting in Cheyenne, Wyo.

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April 24, 2015

TRANSPORTATION TV

For Earth Day 2015, TTV Looks at Climate- or Health-Conscious Programs in 5 States

In connection with the April 22 observance of Earth Day 2015, Transportation TV focuses this week on programs in five states, where departments of transportation are highlighting health, financial and environmental benefits of efforts that cut down on vehicle trips, and that recycle materials or ...

April 24, 2015

HIGHWAY SAFETY

Cox Names Two to Traffic Safety Committee

AASHTO President John Cox has appointed John Milton and Bonnie Polin to four-year terms on the association's Standing Committee on Highway Traffic Safety.

April 24, 2015

Nation

RAIL SAFETY/SERVICE

FRA Sends Grants to Help State DOTs, Other Agencies Improve Rail Safety, Service

The Federal Railroad Administration awarded eight grants totaling nearly $21.3 million to help state departments of transportation and other agencies in highway-rail grade crossing safety, positive train control systems and passenger rail service.

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April 24, 2015

MOTOR FUEL COSTS

Average Gas Price Jumps Nearly 8 Cents in Latest Week; Diesel Rises 2.6 Cents

 Motor fuel prices spiked at U.S. fueling stations in the latest week, the Energy Information Administration said, with gasoline rising an average of 7.7 cents a gallon while the diesel average rose 2.6 cents.

April 24, 2015

SUPPLY CHAIN

Obama Recommends New USDOT Grants to Improve Energy Distribution Networks

President Obama has proposed a new grant program under which the U.S. Department of Transportation would support supply chain improvements that aid the distribution of energy products.

April 24, 2015

STEWARDSHIP

14 State DOTs Share Honors in FHWA’s 2015 Environmental Excellence Awards

The Federal Highway Administration said this year's Environmental Excellence Award recipients included 14 state departments of transportation, which were selected by an independent panel for the agency's biennial recognition of "innovative efforts to preserve the environment while enhancing ...

April 24, 2015

WORK ZONE SAFETY

ARTBA Foundation Gives College Aid to Children of Workers Killed, Disabled

Ten children of highway workers killed or permanently disabled on the job will receive college financial assistance this year from the "Lanford Family Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship" fund of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association-Transportation Development ...

April 24, 2015

States

FUNDING NEEDS

Oregon Gov. Brown Presses Legislature to Increase Transportation Project Funding

Gov. Kate Brown is asking the Oregon Legislative Assembly to send her a measure that would boost the state's investment in transportation infrastructure.

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April 24, 2015

FUNDING PROPOSAL

Hickenlooper Seeks Change to Colorado Law That Stifles Funding for Transportation

​Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has asked leaders of the General Assembly to change state law that he said is preventing what would otherwise be annual infusions of hundreds of millions of dollars from the state's General fund into the transportation system.

April 24, 2015

CEO TRANSITIONS

Pence Taps Hendrickson as Indiana DOT Commissioner After Browning Resigns

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence named Brandye Hendrickson as commissioner of the Indiana Department of Transportation on April 22, following Karl Browning's resignation that day as the department's CEO.

April 24, 2015

TRANSITIONS

Maryland Highway Agency Chief Resigns

Melinda Peters has resigned as administrator of the Maryland State Highway Administration, the Baltimore Sun reported, a position that involved her in many committee activities at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

April 24, 2015

EMERGING REVENUE BILLS

S. Carolina, Nebraska Governors Threaten Vetoes on Fuel Charge Bills in Legislatures

The governors of South Carolina and Nebraska are warning they will veto transportation funding bills that appear headed for passage in their legislatures, measures that rely on increases in motor fuel user charges.

April 24, 2015

STORM DAMAGES

W. Virginia Gets $5 Million in FHWA Funds to Aid Roads Hit by Floods, Landslides

The U.S. Department of Transportation is providing West Virginia $5 million in Federal Highway Administration emergency relief funds, to help with costs of repairing federal-aid roads struck by March floods and subsequent landslides.

April 24, 2015

ANTI-LITTER EFFORT

Mississippi DOT Tackles Trash Challenges, Cites Economic Harm From Litter

The Mississippi Department of Transportation has launched an anti-litter program aimed at significantly reducing the amount of trash along the state's roadways.

April 24, 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.

Contact us at editor@aashtojournal.org or 202-624-5800.