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, ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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