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HIGHWAY TRUST FUND

Foxx, Key Lawmakers Prod State Officials to Carry Forceful Message to Congress

​Key policymakers in Washington pressed executives from state departments of transportation to help sway Congress on passing a long-term surface transportation bill this year, telling those agency officials they can be part of a powerful coalition prompting Congress to act.

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February 27, 2015

HIGHWAY TRUST FUND

Braceras Urges Congress to Pass ‘Robust, Long-Term’ Transportation Bill Before May 31

Utah Department of Transportation Executive Director Carlos Braceras urged Congress Feb 25 to pass a "robust, long-term" highway and transit bill before current authority for Highway Trust Fund programs expires May 31.

February 27, 2015

AASHTO

INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS

New Messaging Campaign Urges Congress to “Think Big” on Project Investment Issues

The association representing state transportation agency chiefs has begun a multimedia campaign that calls on Congress to "think big" about how they want the nation's transportation system to develop, and focus on long-term investment needs rather than short-term fixes.

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February 27, 2015

TRANSPORTATION TV

TTV Covers Washington Briefing With Quick Videos on Speeches of Major Policymakers

AASHTO's Transportation TV quickly posted videos from speeches that major newsmakers gave to state agency CEOs Feb. 25 and 26 at the annual Washington Briefing. 

February 27, 2015

Nation

HIGHWAY SYSTEM USAGE

Vehicles Miles Jump in 2013, Second Year of Rebound After VMT Dropped in Recession

​Drivers of vehicles on U.S. roadways drove an additional 18.9 billion miles during 2013 than the year before, the Federal Highway Administration said, pushing total vehicle miles traveled to 2.988 trillion.

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February 27, 2015

TRANSPORTATION SPENDING

Reports Highlight Weakened Federal, State Investment in Roads, Transit Systems

​Two new reports are showing that funds made available to states out of the Highway Trust Fund have been slowly declining in recent years, and that inflation-adjusted infrastructure spending is weakening at all government levels.

February 27, 2015

MOTOR FUEL COSTS

Average U.S. Gas Price Rises to $2.33, But Remains $1.11 Below Year-Ago Retail Level

The national average retail price of gasoline reached $2.33 a gallon Feb. 23, the Energy Information Administration said, a 5.8-cent gain in the latest week but still down nearly a third from the $3.44 average pump price at the same point in 2014.

February 27, 2015

ROADWAY SAFETY

Governors Highway Safety Group Projects Slight Decline in 2014 Pedestrian Deaths

The Governors Highway Safety Association said it expects 2014 levels of pedestrian deaths on U.S. roadways to be slightly lower than in 2013, but remain about 15 percent higher than in 2009.

February 27, 2015

TRANSIT SYSTEM SAFETY

FTA Drafts Rule to Increase State Safety Agency Oversight of Rail Transit Systems

The Federal Transit Administration has proposed a regulation that would implement new authorities under the 2012 MAP-21 law, by giving states more responsibilities and resources to increase safety oversight of rail transit systems.

February 27, 2015

States

FUNDING LEGISLATION

Iowa Governor Signs Bill Hiking Motor Fuel, Permit Fees to Bolster Road Fund

​Gov. Terry Branstad signed into law Feb. 25 a bill that raises gasoline, diesel and many other motor fuel and permit fees as of March 1, to replenish the state's road use funding and tackle infrastructure project backlogs.

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February 27, 2015

SPECIAL BUDGET ALLOCATION

‘Surge’ Funding Sends NDDOT $802 Million for State Highways, County Road Projects

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed into law a measure providing $1.1 billion in "surge" infrastructure funding, which will mostly go to the Department of Transportation for state highway improvements and to administer grants for county road and bridge projects.

February 27, 2015

PROJECT DELAYS

Funding Uncertainty Has DelDOT on Hold for $100 Million Route 1 Widening Project

Delaware Transportation Secretary Jennifer Cohan said the lack of certainty over federal and state highway funding levels has left her department unable to begin initial design work on a $100 million widening of the state's Route 1, a project that was expected to start construction in 2016.

February 27, 2015

STATE PROGRAM NEEDS

Alaska’s Walker Proposes Shifting Some Road Money to Maintain Full Ferry Service

Gov. Bill Walker has proposed reallocating $6.3 million within the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities "from roads and highways on a one-time basis to ensure the ferry system can continue services already scheduled."

February 27, 2015

DOT AVIATION PROGRAM

PennDOT Awards $9.7 Million in Grants to Six Airports for Safety, Facility Upgrades

Pennsylvania Acting Transportation Secretary Leslie Richards announced that the state Department of Transportation is investing $9.7 million in state grants to improve safety and operations at six airports.

February 27, 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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