Trump Taps Former Labor Secretary Chao as USDOT Chief in Pro-Investment Cabinet
Moving quickly to fill a Cabinet job that will play a key role in his infrastructure investment plans, President-Elect Donald Trump said he will nominate former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao to be his transportation secretary.
December 02, 2016
T&I Democrats Urge Appropriators to Clear FAST Act’s Highway, Transit Funding Hikes
Top Democrats on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee are urging leaders of the Appropriations Committee to allow highway and transit programs to now tap into their scheduled fiscal 2017 funding increases that Congress paid for in last year's Fixing America's Surface Transportation ...
Association Offers First Risk Management Guide, More Practitioner Handbooks
AASHTO has for the first time published a guide to a wide range of risks that can face planners at state departments of transportation, as well as two more in a series of practitioner's handbooks for environmental issues.
President Taps Nevada DOT’s Terry to Chair Transportation Curriculum Council
Association President David Bernhardt has appointed John Terry from the Nevada Department of Transportation to a two-year term chairing the Transportation Curriculum Coordination Council, also called TC3.
AASHTO Seeks State DOT Nominations for 2017 Transportation Management Fellowship
The association is taking applications through Jan. 6 for nominees from member state departments of transportation for the 2017 AASHTO Transportation Management Fellowship.
Congress: Changes Coming at Senate EPW Committee; House T&I Gets New Staff Chief
BarrassoNews agencies reported that Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., confirmed he will chair the Environment and Public Works Committee when the new Senate takes office in January.
NHTSA Proposes ‘Driver Mode’ in Devices to Curb Behind-the-Wheel Distractions
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in new voluntary guidelines, is encouraging makers of cellphones and other mobile devices to build in a "driver mode" function that could automatically block certain functions for motor vehicle drivers in order to curb behind-the-wheel ...
US Seat Belt Use Hits Record High
Seat belt use in the United States has reached its highest level since the federal government began regular national surveys in 1994, according to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
FTA Taking Applications for $2.75M Funding Opportunity in Zero Emission Research
The Federal Transit Administration said it is taking applications from nonprofit organizations through Feb. 21, 2017, to share in a $2.75 million funding opportunity to aid the advancement, production and deployment of zero-emission vehicle technology and related infrastructure for public ...
Gov. Branstad Names Lowe Interim Director of Iowa Department of Transportation
Iowa Gov. Branstad named Mark Lowe as interim director of the state Department of Transportation, with Lowe taking over as former Director Paul Trombino served his last day Nov. 29.
Maryland Gov. Hogan Announces $765M Plan to Replace US301 Bridge Over Potomac
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan unveiled a $765 million plan to replace an aging, two-lane toll bridge spanning the Potomac River on US 301 with a four-lane structure from Charles County in the state's southeast to King George County, Va.
Drought Crumbles Mississippi Pavements
For Mississippi, the drought that has ravaged the Southeast this year is not only curbing recreational activities such as bonfires and camping but is causing damage to the state's highways, said officials from the Mississippi Transportation Commission and the Department of Transportation.
Kansas DOT Completes Its Largest-Ever Highway Project in Heavily Used Area
Kansas and federal officials held a ceremonial ribbon-cutting Nov. 29 to mark substantial completion of the largest highway project in the history of the state Department of Transportation – a complex three-year, $288 million construction program called phase two of the Johnson County Gateway ...
West Virginia Agency Seeks Information to Create Memorial for Fallen Highway Workers
The West Virginia Department of Transportation's Division of Highways said it is asking the public for information to establish a memorial for to honor highway workers who lost their lives while performing their jobs.
Gov. Wolf Unveils $300M Program for Port of Philadelphia to Double Container Capacity
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced a capital investment program for the Port of Philadelphia that will invest more than $300 million over the next few years in the port's infrastructure, warehousing, and equipment.
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