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MOTOR FUEL COSTS

EIA Says 2015 Average Household Gasoline Costs Could be Lowest Since 2004

​The average U.S. household is on course to spend about $550 less on gasoline in 2015 than it spent in 2014, the Energy Information Administration said, with the annual bill for gasoline and motor oil spending to reach its lowest level in 11 years.

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December 19, 2014

STATE BUDGET PRESSURE

Oil-Rich States Less Flush These Days; Some May Need to Tighten Budget Spending

A number of states that have benefited from oil production when prices were higher now face slowdowns in their economic activity and could soon be tightening their budget spending, Reuters reports.

December 19, 2014

Job Postings

POSITION IN DC

FHWA Seeks Director for Office of Transportation Policy Studies in DC

The Federal Highway Administration has an executive leadership vacancy in its Office of Transportation Policy Studies, located in Washington, D.C. The FHWA wants to attract a diverse pool of candidates from within and outside the government who can bring strong executive skills to the position of ...

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December 19, 2014

POSITION IN NY

FHWA Recruiting for Administrator of New York Federal-Aid Division in Albany

The Federal Highway Administration has an executive leadership vacancy in its New York Federal-aid Division, located in Albany. The FHWA wants to attract a diverse pool of candidates from within and outside the government who can bring strong executive skills to the position of New York Division ...

December 19, 2014

Nation

FUEL TAX/USER FEE

Congress Enacts Diesel Fuel Tax Hike on Barge Lines for Lock and Dam Infrastructure

Just before it ended the lame duck session of Congress, the Senate passed a "tax extenders" bill that included a 9-cent-per-gallon increase in the tax paid for diesel fuel used by towboats pushing barges through the inland waterway system.

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December 19, 2014

FEDERAL NOMINATIONS

Senate Confirms Rosekind for NHTSA

       Mark Rosekind In its last hours before finishing business on Dec. 16 and leaving Washington for the holidays, the Senate confirmed Mark Rosekind, President Obama's nominee to head the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

December 19, 2014

BIKE/PED SAFETY

State DOTs Face New FHWA Mandate for Bike, Pedestrian Safety Measures

A provision Congress included in its fiscal 2015 government-wide spending measure on new safety performance measures for bicycle and pedestrian travel is triggering celebration among bike groups while leaving states waiting to see what federal regulators will require.

December 19, 2014

BICYCLING

National Map Adds Five Official Bike Routes as Network Expands Past 8,000 Miles

Adventure Cycling Association and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials announced the approval of another 1,253 miles of official U.S. bicycle routes, with more than 1,000 of those miles in Florida.

December 19, 2014

FREIGHT SUPPLY CHAIN

Dockworkers, Terminals Negotiate as West Coast Ports Face Congestion Backups

Some reports blame a widespread lack of chassis for the delays unloading ships and moving containers inland from West Coast ports. Others blame slowdowns by dockworkers who have been negotiating for months with representatives for terminal managers at 29 U.S. ports on the Pacific Coast.

December 19, 2014

States

STATE FUNDING

Michigan Legislature Sends Snyder-Backed Transportation Package to May Ballot

​“Nobody likes our roads,” Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder told a Dec. 18 news conference as he unveiled a $1.3 billion, multi-part transportation funding proposal with legislative leaders that could see voters decide next May whether to hike the statewide retail sales tax.

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December 19, 2014

APPOINTMENT

Gov. Scott Names FDOT Chief of Staff Boxold as Florida’s Transportation Secretary

​Gov. Rick Scott appointed Jim Boxold, who has been chief of staff at the Florida Department of Transportation since July 2013, to become the state's transportation secretary effective Jan. 3.

December 19, 2014

REAPPOINTMENT

Malloy Taps Redeker for Another Stint as Connecticut’s Transportation Commissioner

       Commissioner James RedekerConnecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy said he will re-appoint James Redeker as commissioner of the state Department of Transportation when the governor begins his second term on Jan. 7.

December 19, 2014

FUNDING PROPOSAL

Washington’s Gov. Inslee Proposes Carbon Tax for 12-Year Transportation Plan

  Figure by Washington Department ot Transportation Gov. Jay Inslee proposed raising $4.8 billion through a new carbon fee that would provide the largest piece of financing in a 12-year, $12.2 billion transportation investment plan.

December 19, 2014

RAIL TRANSIT

Virginia Counties Get $598 Million in TIFIA Loans to Extend Metrorail to Dulles Airport

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the Department of Transportation closed two long-term, low-interest TIFIA loans worth $598 million to help Virginia authorities extend the Metrorail's Silver Line subway service out to distant Dulles International Airport.

December 19, 2014

ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWS

Texas-FHWA Accord Lets TxDOT Take on Many Federal NEPA Responsibilities

The Federal Highway Administration and Texas have finalized an agreement under which the Texas Department of Transportation will assume some of the federal transportation secretary's role to ensure that highway projects in the state comply with environmental law.

December 19, 2014

EMERGENCY AID

FHWA Sends Caltrans $2 Million in Emergency Aid for Flood, Mudslide Damage

The Federal Highway Administration made $2 million available out of its emergency relief account to help the California Department of Transportation cover repairs to roads damaged in recent days by widespread flash floods and mudslides.

December 19, 2014

COMMERCIAL TRUCKS

Cargo Truck Scanning System in Kentucky Weigh Stations Wins Technology Award

A rapid inspection system for commercial trucks called Kentucky Automated Truck Screening, which links camera imaging to computer databases, has won the project of the year award from the Intelligent Transportation Society of the Midwest.

December 19, 2014

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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