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News Groups See Infrastructure Funding Opportunity With Fuel Prices Falling

A number of news organizations with large readership numbers are calling this month for lawmakers to raise the nation's gasoline tax, to spend more on highways, bridges and transit systems.

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October 24, 2014


Households, Truckers See Big Savings at Fuel Pumps as Prices Tumble With Oil

​In the global oil markets, per-barrel prices are plunging this autumn from heavy production levels and slowed demand, and that is rapidly bringing down retail prices of gasoline and diesel fuel.

October 24, 2014



Arkansas Trails Project Video Takes Prize in 2014 ‘Faces of Transportation’ Contest

A well-crafted video presentation about the 36-mile Arkansas Razorback Greenway Trail project, now under way, won in AASHTO's 2014 "Faces of Transportation" competition and is on display at the Transportation TV website.

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October 24, 2014


Safety Manual Supplement Offers Predictive Modeling for Highways, Ramps

​AASHTO has released a new two-chapter supplement to one of its most widely used publications for highway and safety engineering professionals, its Highway Safety Manual, First Edition that was issued in 2010.

October 24, 2014


AASHTO Recruiting Candidates for 2015 Engineering Management Fellowship

AASHTO is now seeking candidates from state transportation departments to select an engineering management fellow to work in its Washington, D.C., headquarters for the 2015 calendar year, continuing a program that began 12 years ago.

October 24, 2014



Former DOT Chief Card Eyes Vehicle Miles Tax as Officials Weigh Infrastructure Needs

Andrew Card, a former U.S. transportation secretary and White House chief of staff, told a “Fix My Commute” conference Oct. 21 that users of the national highway system should pay for the infrastructure as much as possible, perhaps with taxes focused on miles traveled and vehicle weights.

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October 24, 2014


FHWA Seeks New Trinity Guardrail Tests After Jury Decision Against Manufacturer

The Federal Highway Administration has asked guardrail manufacturer Trinity Industries to retest its widely used ET-Plus end terminals, after a federal jury in Dallas found Trinity liable for fraud and awarded the federal government damages of $175 million.

October 24, 2014


FHWA Seeks Comments on 2015 Guidance for Connected Vehicles, Industry Coalition

The Federal Highway Administration wants state transportation departments, transit agencies and others to submit comments through Nov. 14 on the agency's initial 2015 draft guidance for deployment and use of connected vehicle technologies, and about plans by industry groups to form a Vehicle to ...

October 24, 2014


FRA Study for High-Performance Rail Planning in Southwest Seen as Model

The Federal Railroad Administration published its first multi-state plan for a comprehensive, high-performing passenger rail network, a project done with six states in the Southwest and one the FRA says will be a model for future regional planning efforts.

October 24, 2014


Webinars to Highlight Four SHRP2 Solutions Offered for January Funding, Technical Aid

The Federal Highway Administration and AASHTO will use a series of free December webinars to help spread the word about financial and technical resources that will be available in January for four solutions under the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2).

October 24, 2014

Job Postings


AASHTO Seeks Program Manager for SHRP2, Technical Service in DC Office

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials is seeking a program manager in Washington, D.C., to help operate the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) and three technical service programs.

October 24, 2014



NJ Governor Eyes Possible Gas Tax Hike; DOT Chief Lays Out Costly Project Needs

Gov. Chris Christie continued this month to say he is open to various funding options including a higher tax on gasoline to bolster New Jersey's transportation spending, while his new transportation commissioner said the state DOT does not have the money for road and tunnel projects New Jersey will need.

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October 24, 2014


Mississippi Officials Warn MDOT Needs More Money to Put Into Roads, Bridges

All three members of the elected Mississippi Transportation Commission are telling news agencies the state's Department of Transportation will need more funding, to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars, to improve ailing highways and bridges.

October 24, 2014


TRIP Finds Bad Roads, Bridges Cost Massachusetts Drivers $8.3 billion a Year

A new report from the research and infrastructure advocacy group TRIP estimates Massachusetts drivers are paying $8.3 billion annually in costs stemming from deficient roads and bridges, and called for more "significant investment" in transportation improvements at local, state and federal ...

October 24, 2014


Wyoming Puts LED in Highway Lighting to Squeeze Energy, Maintenance Costs

Beginning in Casper but with plans to soon move across all of Wyoming, the state Department of Transportation is putting energy-efficient LED lighting in all its highway fixtures over the coming year.

October 24, 2014


Handbook Offers Tool for Pennsylvania Parents to Guide Safer Teen Driving

​A teen drivers' guidebook that sprang from a new partnership can help teenagers driving under learner's permits incorporate safe driving techniques, while saving Pennsylvania's Department of Transportation nearly $70,000 in annual printing costs.

October 24, 2014


DC Requires Equal Detours at Construction Sites for Blocked Walk or Bike Paths

The District of Columbia's Department of Transportation adopted final rules requiring construction sites that block normal sidewalks and bicycle paths to provide equal accommodations for walkers and bikers around the blockage.

October 24, 2014


NJ Transit Sues Excess Risk Insurers for $300 Million More in Sandy Damage Claims

Nearly two years after Superstorm Sandy ravaged the transportation networks of New York and New Jersey, NJ Transit is suing a group of its excess risk insurance providers for $300 million, the Insurance Journal reports.

October 24, 2014

BUD WRIGHT, Executive Director

LLOYD D. BROWN, Director of Communications

JOHN BOYD, Senior Editor

ZACH O'CONNOR, Staff Writer


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