Lawmakers Face Transportation Issues, Pressure for Action on Long-Term Legislation
Even during a long August recess, some members of Congress and their staffers are facing questions about how to improve the surface transportation system and what lawmakers will do when they return to Washington in September.
August 28, 2015
Mobility Scorecard Finds Highway Traffic Congestion Surpassing Pre-Recession Levels
Congestion on U.S. roadways has surpassed pre-recession levels and is now setting new gridlock records, INRIX and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute report in their 2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard.
USDOT Survey Highlights Truck Parking Need; Public-Private Coalition Formed
With a new highway industry survey showing most states have frequent shortages of parking for commercial trucks, the U.S. Department of Transportation and industry groups formed a "National Coalition on Truck Parking" to try to develop solutions.
Federal Agencies Forecast Growing Need to Find New Transportation Workers
A new employment report from three federal departments says growth in transportation system demand is creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs, while replacement of departing workers means millions of existing jobs in this sector will need to be filled as well.
FTA Awards $9.5M in Grants to Aid Workforce Development in 13 States
The Federal Transit Administration is making $9.5 million in grants to 19 programs in 13 states "to help train a new generation of skilled workers and support long-term careers in the public transportation industry," the agency said.
EDA Awards $5.6M in Grants That Include Port, Industrial Roadway Upgrades
The U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration approved $5.6 million in grants for three projects to help pay for infrastructure improvements including roadways to support industrial activity in California and Arizona.
Pritzker Touts Focus on U.S.-Mexico Border Infrastructure as New Rail Bridge Opens
U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said U.S. and Mexican officials are pursuing a range of projects to improve surface transportation infrastructure along the border to accommodate growing trade between the two countries.
State DOT Awards Millions in Grants Linked to Michigan Factory Investments
The Michigan Department of Transportation issued five economic development grants this month totaling more than $2.26 million, which will also leverage local road funding and millions more in corporate investments.
Mississippi Freight Railroad Projects Benefit From $1.4M in State DOT Grants
The Mississippi Transportation Commission recently gave its approval for the state Department of Transportation to award more than $1.4 million in grants to aid four railroad projects.
Louisiana DOTD Produces Katrina Videos to Show Extreme Weather Event Response
With this the 10th anniversary of the time when Hurricane Katrina devastated so much of the U.S. Gulf Coast, and the New Orleans area in particular, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is producing a series of short videos explaining some of its response.
Mississippi DOT Recalls Major Bridge Work After Katrina, Rebuilding of US 90
At the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the Mississippi Department of Transportation is recalling how the storm left more than $1 billion in damages to the state's transportation infrastructure, including destruction of two major bridges crossing bays along the Gulf Coast.
Maryland SHA Crew Turns Up Centuries-old Shipwreck During Bridge Project
During recent repairs to a U.S. 50 highway bridge over the Nanticoke River at Vienna in eastern Maryland, crews from the Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration discovered the remnants of an 18th century shipwreck in the water that the SHA said is "one of the oldest ...
MoDOT Warns Drivers of Overweight Farm Trucks on Bridge Limits, Interstate Routes
The Missouri Department of Transportation is reminding farm truck drivers that while a new state law allows them to operate with larger than normal truck weights they must still adhere to the posted weight limits for bridges and must stay off interstates.
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