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  • Expect the Unexpected: National Work Zone Awareness Week 2015 PSA

    Expect the Unexpected: National Work Zone Awareness Week 2015 PSA

    The Federal Highway Administration says on average 85% of the deaths in highway work zone crashes are drivers and passengers in cars. The National Work Zone Awareness Week campaign -which begins at the start of the highway construction season -aims to prevent work zone fatalities by encouraging safe driving through highway work zones and construction sites. 576 people died in work zone crashes in 2010, which equates to one work zone fatality...

    Expect the Unexpected: National Work Zone Awareness Week 2015 PSA

    The Federal Highway Administration says on average 85% of the deaths in highway work zone crashes are drivers and passengers in cars. The National Work Zone Awareness Week campaign -which begins at the start of the highway construction season -aims to prevent work zone fatalities by encouraging safe driving through highway work zones and construction sites. 576 people died in work zone crashes in 2010, which equates to one work zone fatality...

  • 2015 AASHTO Spring Meeting

    2015 AASHTO Spring Meeting

    With surface transportation reauthorization underway, and the Highway Trust Fund in crisis, the 2015 AASHTO Spring Meeting in Cheyenne, WY, promises to be one of the most important gatherings of state departments of transportation of the year.

    2015 AASHTO Spring Meeting

    With surface transportation reauthorization underway, and the Highway Trust Fund in crisis, the 2015 AASHTO Spring Meeting in Cheyenne, WY, promises to be one of the most important gatherings of state departments of transportation of the year.

  • Nation at a Crossroads

    Nation at a Crossroads

    The "Nation at a Crossroads" is a web-based infographic, mobile app and printed brochure that provides a national perspective on surface transportation investments. It also provides state-level information to help tell the story of how federal funding affects transportation investment priorities.​

    Nation at a Crossroads

    The "Nation at a Crossroads" is a web-based infographic, mobile app and printed brochure that provides a national perspective on surface transportation investments. It also provides state-level information to help tell the story of how federal funding affects transportation investment priorities.​

  • New Resources for Transportation Systems Management and Operations Community

    New Resources for Transportation Systems Management and Operations Community

    The National Operations Center of Excellence and its website at www.transportationops.org have just been launched. Designed to actively support the transportation systems management and operations (TSM&O) community, the Center’s Operations Technical Services Program and web portal provide the tools, best practices, and information needed to help transportation agencies enhance safety and reduce congestion. Dennis Motiani, former New Jersey...

    New Resources for Transportation Systems Management and Operations Community

    The National Operations Center of Excellence and its website at www.transportationops.org have just been launched. Designed to actively support the transportation systems management and operations (TSM&O) community, the Center’s Operations Technical Services Program and web portal provide the tools, best practices, and information needed to help transportation agencies enhance safety and reduce congestion. Dennis Motiani, former New Jersey...

  • Nominate Your Projects For The 2015 America’s Transportation Awards Competition!

    Nominate Your Projects For The 2015 America’s Transportation Awards Competition!

    The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will be accepting your nominations for America’s best transportation projects this year.

    Nominate Your Projects For The 2015 America’s Transportation Awards Competition!

    The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will be accepting your nominations for America’s best transportation projects this year.

Top Stories

HIGHWAY TRUST FUND

Lawmakers Weigh Federal Program Issues; Some Begin Exploring Short Extension

Congress considered a range of issues related to extending the Highway Trust Fund in the past week, including performance management rules for state departments of transportation, and the uncertainty costs to states when they can't count on long-term funding.

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March 27, 2015

SAFETY CAMPAIGN

States Hold Solemn Events, Campaign to Spur Public to Drive Safely in Work Zones

Agencies across the country observed National Work Zone Awareness Week, March 23-27, with press conferences, observances at monuments to state department of transportation workers killed on duty and with attention-getting efforts to prompt drivers to slow down and improve safety in those ...

March 27, 2015

States

MOTOR FUEL USER CHARGE

Kentucky Lawmakers Act to Prevent Further Declines in Motor Fuel User Charge Levels

The Kentucky Legislature voted on the last day of its session to halt a "free fall" in the state's per-gallon motor fuel excise charge, in a measure that would effectively freeze it near current levels to prevent more automatic declines in the tax that funds highway improvements.

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March 27, 2015

REVENUE SHORTFALL

Colorado Plan Projects Nearly $9 Billion Highway Funding Gap in Next 10 Years

The Colorado Department of Transportation adopted a long-term plan for statewide highway systems that projects an $8.8 billion funding gap over the next 10 years and says CDOT will not be able to maintain current system conditions after that decade. 

March 27, 2015

FUNDING - STATE SHARE

McCaskill Uses Senate Hearing to Prod Home-State Lawmakers to Boost Funding

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., took advantage of a March 24 Senate hearing on reauthorizing the Highway Trust Fund to prod legislators back home to boost Missouri's own funding for transportation.

March 27, 2015

TOLL ROAD FINANCING

Florida Receives $194 Million TIFIA Loan From USDOT for Orlando’s Wekiva Parkway

A 25-mile toll road in Orlando, Fla., that is being jointly built by the Florida Department of Transportation and Central Florida Expressway Authority was awarded a long-term, low-interest loan of $194 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation's TIFIA program.

March 27, 2015

REVENUE NEGOTIATIONS

Gov. Christie, NJDOT Chief Point Away From Quick Legislative Action to Fix Trust Fund

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Jamie Fox, commissioner of the state Department of Transportation, have indicated that negotiations to put New Jersey's Transportation Trust Fund on a solid long-term footing could take a while rather than be near a conclusion.

March 27, 2015

Nation

COSTS OF INACTION

Value of Delayed US Highway Projects Tops $1.3 billion as Arkansas Adds More

More than $1.3 billion worth of highway projects in four states have already been pulled from 2015 bidding for design, construction or rights-of-way acquisition, as state departments of transportation tally up the economic cost of an uncertain flow of federal money from the Highway Trust Fund.

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March 27, 2015

ROAD SYSTEM NEEDS

AGC Campaign Urges Public to Prod Congress on Trust Fund, ‘Better Roads’

The Associated General Contractors of America, trade association of the construction industry and a major backer of reports on state transportation infrastructure needs, has launched a social media and digital messaging campaign aimed at boosting federal investment in road improvements.

March 27, 2015

INCREASING TRAFFIC

USDOT Points to January Driving Spike as Sign of Rising Demand on Highway System

The U.S. Department of Transportation said a January spike in roadway traffic estimates from the Federal Highway Administration highlights the need for more investment in transportation infrastructure.

March 27, 2015

FEDERAL PROGRAM

IG Auditing FHWA’s Oversight of State Improvement Plans, Project Agreements

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Office of Inspector General said March 24 it has begun two audits of how the Federal Highway Administration oversees both multiyear state improvement plans and individual project agreements.

March 27, 2015

SAFETY THREAT

NTSB To Host First-Ever Multimodal Roundtable on Transportation Distractions

Citing "new urgency" from the increasing use of personal electronics and in-vehicle systems, the National Transportation Safety Board is hosting its first multimodal roundtable to discuss the dangers of distractions in transportation.

March 27, 2015

PROJECT INNOVATION

SHRP2 Awards $5.85 Million in New Financial, Technical Aid to 21 Agencies

A diverse collection of 21 transportation agencies has been selected to receive financial and technical assistance of up to $5.85 million in the fifth round of implementation assistance for using innovative products under the second Strategic Highway Research Program, or SHRP2.

March 27, 2015

AASHTO

EXCELLENCE AWARDS

Deadline Looms for State DOTs to Compete for America's Transportation Awards

State departments of transportation interested in nominating their projects or programs for the 2015 America's Transportation Awards have just a few days left to do so. The nomination period opened Feb. 20 and all applications must be submitted online by 9 p.m. eastern time on March 31.

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March 27, 2015

TRANSPORTATION TV

TTV Reports on Kickoff Event in Virginia for National Work Zone Awareness Week

This week, Transportation TV's highlighted news video focuses on National Work Zone Awareness Week and a kickoff event in Virginia for that nationwide safety campaign.

March 27, 2015

JOB OPPORTUNITY

Association Seeks Meeting Planner

AASHTO is currently hiring a meeting planner, to be located in the association's Washington, D.C., offices and responsible for the overall logistics of committee meetings, workshops, training sessions and coordination of meetings held in conjunction with affiliate organizations.

March 27, 2015

National Work Zone Awareness Week Kickoff Event

Work zone related crashes are preventable yet they cause hundreds of deaths and injuries every year. For 15 years a group of public, private and non-profit transportation organizations have collaborated to support National Work Zone Awareness...

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March 27, 2015

AUTHORIZATION

White House Sends Congress $478 Billion, Six-Year Transportation Bill

FUNDING

North Carolina House, Senate Give Preliminary OK to Gas Tax Deal

INFRASTRUCTURE

Split Montana House Passes GOP Infrastructure Bills

SAFETY

BNSF Adds New Safety Rules for Crude Oil Trains

FREIGHT

International Rail Bridge Between Texas and Mexico Set to Open

Three Mississippi River Ports in Arkansas to Be Dredged

PASSENGER RAIL

Amtrak Labeled One of 'America's Best Employers'

TRANSIT

'Seamless' San Francisco Bay Area Transit System Proposed to Attract New Riders

Boston Transit System Gets Advice from 'Peer' Cities

Portland Region's First Bus Rapid Transit Line Moves Forward

AVIATION

Report: Passport Kiosks Cut Customs Lines at New York City-Area Airports

AASHTO NEWS

Developing Your Performance Measurement and Transportation Planning Programs? We're Here to Help!

AVIATION

Aviation Experts Present Options for Major Air Traffic Control Reform at House Hearing

PEDESTRIANS/BICYCLES

Portland, Oregon's 'Vision Zero' Aims for No Bike or Pedestrian Deaths by 2025

A Peek Into Michigan's Unique Rail Trail System

OTHER

Entrepreneurs Are Unhinging Urban Transportation

US DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Foxx: US Transportation System 'In a Huge Ditch'

Secretary Foxx Sends Six-Year Transportation Bill to Congress

USDOT’s Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protection to Hold Seventh Meeting on April 14

One New Message in Congress' Inbox: An Improved Grow America

A Shared Responsibility for Transit Safety Requires Sharing Knowledge as Well

TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD

TR News January-February 2015: Preparing for a New Panama Canal

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March 31, 2015