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PASSENGER RAIL AUTHORIZATION

AASHTO Letter Supports House T&I Passenger Rail Reauthorization Proposal

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials this week sent a letter to House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee leadership expressing support for the committee's passenger rail authorization bill (see related AASHTO Journal story).

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September 19, 2014

FUNDING

Congress Approves 10-week Government Funding Measure

Thursday evening, the Senate passed H.J. Res. 124, a short-term continuing resolution approved by the House on Wednesday to provide partial appropriations for the new federal fiscal year that starts on October 1.

September 19, 2014

AASHTO

TRANSPORTATION TV

Transportation TV includes News about a Passenger Rail Bill and Emergency Funds for Nevada DOT

​On Transportation TV this week, the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2014 was approved by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. We have details and reaction to the four-year bipartisan bill which authorizes funding for Amtrak.

September 19, 2014

Nation

PROJECT FINANCING

House P3 Panel's Report Recommends Changes to Reduce Barriers to Public-Private Partnership

A special House Transportation and Infrastructure panel released a report this week that makes several recommendations for breaking down barriers to public-private partnerships, as well as changes to federal programs that would make such agreements easier for state and local governments to consider.

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September 19, 2014

SHRP2

MnDOT Workshop Highlights Pavement Preservation on High-Traffic Roadways using SHRP2 Tools

​More than 165 transportation professionals from 30 states and Canada participated in a three-day workshop earlier this month to explore strategies for preserving high-traffic volume roadways, including new guidance developed through the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2). The Minnesota Department of Transportation hosted the September 3–5 workshop, which featured presentations, discussions, and a site visit on successful strategies for extending the life of asphalt and concrete high-traffic roads.

September 19, 2014

MAP-21

Federal Transportation Agencies Issue MAP-21 NEPA Authority Rule

The Federal Highway, Federal Transit and Federal Railroad administrations on Tuesday, Sept. 16, jointly published a final rule in the Federal Register that implements a portion of the Surface Transportation Project Delivery Program that allows states to apply for environmental review ...

September 19, 2014

HIGHWAYS

Annual Reason Foundation Report Ranks State Highway Systems

A new report from the Reason Foundation argues that the overall condition of the nation's transportation system improved from 2009 to 2012, but rural Interstate pavement condition and rural arterial pavement condition worsened.

September 19, 2014

NTSB

Hart Earns Senate Committee Approval to Chair NTSB as Obama Nominates Dinh-Zarr

The Senate Commerce and Transportation Committee this week approved the nomination of Acting National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Christopher Hart, who was appointed to fill the position after the previous chairman, Deborah Hersman, stepped down in April to take over the National ...

September 19, 2014

MEMORIAL

House T&I Committee Passes Bill Honoring Long-time Congressman Oberstar

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee this week approved H.R. 4926, which would rename a segment of Minnesota interstate and a scenic byway after longtime congressman and former T&I Chairman James L. Oberstar.

September 19, 2014

States

APPOINTMENTS

Gov. Christie Appoints Fox to Head News Jersey Department of Transportation

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday announced that he had appointed Jamie Fox to serve as the New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner. Fox, who previously served as transportation commissioner for several months in 2002, replaces James Simpson, who resigned in June.

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September 19, 2014

U.S. BIKE ROUTES

Washington State Celebrates First U.S. Bike Route

​Washington state officials dedicated the state's first U.S. bike route last week during ceremonies in Anacortes.

September 19, 2014

AWARDS

Caltrans Director Dougherty Recognized by ASCE for Contributions to the Profession

​Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty was honored this week with the 2014 Outstanding Transportation Engineer Award by the American Society of Civil Engineers, Sacramento Section (ASCE) for his contributions to the profession of civil engineering and the engineering community of Northern California.

September 19, 2014

TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS

North Carolina Officials Detail Transportation Solutions in Cross-state Tour

​Governor Pat McCrory and Transportation Secretary Tony Tata on Wednesday, Sept. 17 unveiled the Governor's 25-Year Vision for transportation in North Carolina with a cross-state tour to detail the challenges faced by and solutions proposed for each of the state's four major regions: coastal, eastern, central and western, as well as comprehensive solutions for the whole state.

September 19, 2014

DISTRACTED DRIVING

Vermont Agency of Transportation Kicks Off Statewide Distracted Driving Education Campaign

Vermont this week became the 15th state to ban the use of any handheld portable electronic device while driving.

September 19, 2014

TIGER

Secretary Foxx and Michigan Officials Celebrate M-1 RAIL TIGER Grant, Project Progress

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx joined with local, state and federal officials in the nation's automobile capitol of Detroit to participate in a rail signing ceremony celebrating the emerging M-1 RAIL streetcar project.

September 19, 2014

PROJECT FINANCING

EPA Officials Deny Use of $481 million in Clean Water Loans for Tappan Zee Bridge Replacement

A $3.9 billion project to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River north of New York City reportedly received discouraging news from the Environmental Protection Agency this week, when U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials rejected plans to use low-interest clean water state revolving fund loans to pay for more than $481 million in project costs.

September 19, 2014

BUD WRIGHT, Executive Director

LLOYD D. BROWN, Director of Communications

ZACH O'CONNOR, Staff Writer

GREG PEARSON, Copy Editor

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