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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.

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December 02, 2016

FEDERAL PROGRAM LEVELS

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 ...

December 02, 2016

AASHTO

NEW TITLES RELEASED

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.

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December 02, 2016

ASSOCIATION ACTIVITY

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.

December 02, 2016

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY

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.

December 02, 2016

Nation

CONGRESSIONAL PANELS

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.

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December 02, 2016

IMPROVING DRIVER BEHAVIOR

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 ...

December 02, 2016

HIGHWAY SAFETY

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.

December 02, 2016

VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY

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 ...

December 02, 2016

States

LEADERSHIP TRANSITION

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.

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December 02, 2016

MAJOR PROJECT

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.

December 02, 2016

EXTREME WEATHER IMPACT

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.

December 02, 2016

MAJOR CORRIDOR

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 ...

December 02, 2016

HONORING THE SACRIFICE

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.

December 02, 2016

INTERMODAL FREIGHT FLOWS

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. 

December 02, 2016

BUD WRIGHT, Executive Director

LLOYD D. BROWN, Director of Communications

JOHN BOYD, Senior Editor

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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