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PAYING FOR INFRASTRUCTURE

Infrastructure Funding Outlook Challenged by Growing Impact of Vehicle Efficiency Rules

A new report on the U.S. vehicle fuel efficiency standards from 2012 says manufacturers are well on their way to meeting stiff 2025 requirements for average fuel-use reductions, and that may have strong implications for how Congress funds future highway and transit construction and safety programs.

July 22, 2016

AASHTO

JOB OPPORTUNITY

Association Seeks Program Mgr-Operations

​AASHTO is taking applications through Aug. 26 for the job of program manager for operations, a position located in the association's Washington, D.C., offices.

July 22, 2016

Nation

PROJECT INVESTMENT

USDOT Launches ‘Build America Bureau’ for Most of Its Infrastructure Finance Programs

The U.S. Department of Transportation used new authority under the five-year Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act to open what it calls the "Build America Bureau" as a new office to house most of the department's project finance units that provide grants and loans or technical ...

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July 22, 2016

NATURAL DISASTER AID

FHWA Provides $4.25M in Emergency Funds to Aid Flood Repairs in Wisconsin, Michigan

After mid-July rains and flash floods damaged state, tribal and National Forest roads and bridges in northern Wisconsin and an adjacent part of Michigan, the Federal Highway Administration is providing $4.25 million to Wisconsin and to other agencies to help make repairs.

July 22, 2016

FEDERAL PROGRAM OVERSIGHT

IG Initiates Audit of Cost-Benefit Reviews USDOT Uses for TIGER Project Grants

The U.S Department of Transportation's Office of Inspector General has launched an audit of the economic reviews the USDOT prepares for infrastructure projects seeking funds under the TIGER grant program, and that are used with a new grant program created by the Fixing America's Surface ...

July 22, 2016

AGENCY LEADERSHIP

Senate Confirms Senior USDOT Officials

Before it left for a seven-week summer recess, the Senate on July 14 confirmed two senior officials for positions at the U.S. Department of Transportation, one as undersecretary for policy and the other to helm the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

July 22, 2016

EXPANDING RAIL TRAVEL

FRA OKs ‘Blueprint’ for MassDOT, VTrans to Plan for Boston-Montreal Passenger Rail

The Federal Railroad Administration issued a regulatory finding that it said approved a blueprint plan under which the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the Vermont Agency of Transportation would work with regional and federal authorities to develop passenger rail service between ...

July 22, 2016

WATERBORNE FREIGHT

Foxx Taps State DOTs, Ports, Business for New Members to Maritime Advisory Panel

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx picked from state departments of transportation, regional ports, academia and the waterborne freight industry to appoint 29 new members to his Marine Transportation System National Advisory Committee. 

July 22, 2016

States

ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

Governor: Nevada Takes ‘Unprecedented’ Stormwater Actions Under Consent Decree

Gov. Brian Sandoval announced that Nevada's Board of Examiners approved a consent decree between the Nevada Department of Transportation and the EPA, which resolves the federal agency's past allegations of violations while the state develops "an unprecedented effort to help preserves and ...

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July 22, 2016

LEADERSHIP TRANSITION

Carlson Heads KDOT as Interim Secretary

Former Kansas legislator Richard Carlson took office July 15 as the state's interim secretary of transportation and director of the Kansas Turnpike Authority.

July 22, 2016

EXPANDING RAIL TRAVEL

FRA, TxDOT Seek Comment on Rail Options for Oklahoma City to Southern Texas

The Federal Railroad Administration and the Texas Department of Transportation are seeking public comments on 10 options for new and improved conventional and high-speed passenger rail service connecting Oklahoma City, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio and southern Texas to the Mexico border.

July 22, 2016

ACCELERATED PROJECT

Georgia DOT Uses ‘Bundled Bridges’ Contracts to Speed 25 Replacements

The Georgia Department of Transportation said it is using a contract process known as "bridge bundles" and design-build contracting to speed replacements of 25 bridges on local roads across the state.

July 22, 2016

TRAFFIC CONTROL TECHNOLOGY

Louisiana Ramp Meters to Curb Congestion, Ease Travel on Pontchartrain Expressway

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has activated traffic-control "ramp meters" on a busy New Orleans highway, saying this is part of an innovative strategy to reduce congestion, provide safer merging and improve travel time reliability along busy routes.

July 22, 2016

DRIVER SAFETY / ASSISTANCE

TDOT Using Federal Grant to Expand On-Highway Help Program in Four City Areas

The Tennessee Department of Transportation said it will use a federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant to add more operators and trucks to its force of highway incident response units, and expand that "Help" program's routes.

July 22, 2016

BUD WRIGHT, Executive Director

LLOYD D. BROWN, Director of Communications

JOHN BOYD, Senior Editor

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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