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  • AASHTO Revenue Matrix Out Now

    AASHTO Revenue Matrix Out Now

    While public officials continue to discuss ways to fund a new surface transportation authorization, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials has updated its popular matrix of revenue generating options with new easy-to-understand graphics.

    AASHTO Revenue Matrix Out Now

    While public officials continue to discuss ways to fund a new surface transportation authorization, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials has updated its popular matrix of revenue generating options with new easy-to-understand graphics.

  • AASHTO Revenue Matrix Video

    AASHTO Revenue Matrix Video

    As the discussions continue in the nation’s Capital on ways to fund a new surface transportation authorization, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials is releasing an updated matrix of 38 funding options, for Congress to consider. This Transportation TV video gives viewers an up close look at AASHTO’s 2014 Funding Matrix –a new technical tool designed to offer solid information about the many ways surface...

    AASHTO Revenue Matrix Video

    As the discussions continue in the nation’s Capital on ways to fund a new surface transportation authorization, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials is releasing an updated matrix of 38 funding options, for Congress to consider. This Transportation TV video gives viewers an up close look at AASHTO’s 2014 Funding Matrix –a new technical tool designed to offer solid information about the many ways surface...

  • 100 Days - 100 Years: Social Media Campaign Around Highway Group

    100 Days - 100 Years: Social Media Campaign Around Highway Group's History Nabs Thousands of Viewers

    It started as an idea to build a social media audience with a series of themed messages about the history and approaching 100th birthday of what became the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. Now, just past the halfway point, it's already clear that thousands of viewers are tracking those tales.

    100 Days - 100 Years: Social Media Campaign Around Highway Group's History Nabs Thousands of Viewers

    It started as an idea to build a social media audience with a series of themed messages about the history and approaching 100th birthday of what became the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. Now, just past the halfway point, it's already clear that thousands of viewers are tracking those tales.

  • AASHTO Communications Survey

    AASHTO Communications Survey

    AASHTO is committed to serving and supporting the interests of state highway and transportation officials as the Voice of Transportation. We take our responsibility to communicate very seriously. And because of that we want to know more about how we are doing and what information products you use to keep up on transportation issues that matter to you. Please take a few minutes to fill out this brief survey. Your feedback will help us learn more...

    AASHTO Communications Survey

    AASHTO is committed to serving and supporting the interests of state highway and transportation officials as the Voice of Transportation. We take our responsibility to communicate very seriously. And because of that we want to know more about how we are doing and what information products you use to keep up on transportation issues that matter to you. Please take a few minutes to fill out this brief survey. Your feedback will help us learn more...

  • AASHTO Centennial Promo Video: Gear Up!

    AASHTO Centennial Promo Video: Gear Up!

    This is AASHTO'S centennial year! Watch this video and join the celebration by gearing up. From baseball caps and polo shirts to pens and coffee mugs -- find something for yourself or purchase that perfect gift. Watch this video to see what's available and how to make your purchase today! AASHTO: A Century of Achievement for a Better Tomorrow -- 1914 to 2014.

    AASHTO Centennial Promo Video: Gear Up!

    This is AASHTO'S centennial year! Watch this video and join the celebration by gearing up. From baseball caps and polo shirts to pens and coffee mugs -- find something for yourself or purchase that perfect gift. Watch this video to see what's available and how to make your purchase today! AASHTO: A Century of Achievement for a Better Tomorrow -- 1914 to 2014.

Top Stories

MOTOR FUEL COSTS

Gas Price Plunge Takes US Average to $2.89

​The recent steep decline in retail prices of motor fuel continued in the latest week, with the U.S. Energy Information Administration's weekly survey pegging the national average pump price of gasoline at $2.894 a gallon as of Nov. 17, down more than 32 cents from a year earlier.

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November 21, 2014

PASSENGER RAIL DISRUPTIONS

Amtrak Files Complaint Against Two Freight Lines; Cites Delays, Falling Ridership

The Amtrak passenger rail system ramped up its campaign to have federal regulators probe freight railroads for service disruptions, formally asking the Surface Transportation to investigate two freight lines after six months of extreme delays on its "Capitol Limited" service between ...

November 21, 2014

States

TRANSITIONS

Minter, Cole Tapped for Top Vermont Transportation Posts as Searles Retires

Gov. Peter Shumlin named Sue Minter to become secretary of the Vermont Agency of Transportation starting Jan. 1, promoting her from deputy secretary as Brian Searles retires as the AOT chief executive. Shumlin tapped transportation policy chief Chris Cole to replace Minter as deputy.

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November 21, 2014

TRANSITIONS

Fuchigami Returning to Head State DOT Under Hawaii’s Incoming Governor Ige

Hawaii's Gov.-elect David Ige has named Ford Fuchigami to take over as director of the state Department of Transportation when Ige assumes office Dec. 1, which returns Fuchigami to the post he held as interim director from May through October.

November 21, 2014

REVENUE PROPOSALS

Wisconsin DOT Unveils Wide-Ranging Plan to Boost State’s Transportation Fund

In what he called an "ambitious and far reaching" budget request, Wisconsin Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb submitted a plan that would raise a number of existing taxes and introduce new ones to help cover a projected shortfall in state highway and transit spending.

November 21, 2014

ROAD, BRIDGE REVENUE

Falling Fuel Prices Hit Variable Component of Kentucky Tax, Hurting Road Fund

The fall in motor fuel prices is poised to take a big bite out of Kentucky's Road Fund come Jan. 1, which the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said could require delays and even cancellation of some road and bridge projects.

November 21, 2014

ECONOMIC BENEFITS

New Oregon DOT Studies Make Economic Case to Boost Road, Bridge Spending

​​The Oregon Department of Transportation is warning that the projected slow pace of state spending on roads and bridges will raise transportation costs, slow the economy and cost about 100,000 jobs through 2035.

November 21, 2014

PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS

Virginia Sets New P3 Transparency Rules

​The Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board adopted rules it said were designed "to increase transparency and competition and to better evaluate the public's risk for transportation projects delivered under" the state's Public Private Transportation Act.

November 21, 2014

Nation

TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH

TRB Taps Pedersen as Executive Director

​​The Transportation Research Board of the National Academies has named Neil Pedersen to take over as the TRB's executive director effective Feb. 1, 2015.​

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November 21, 2014

FEDERAL HIGHWAY REVENUE

Equipment Distributors Urge Congress to Enact Immediate Fix to Highway Trust

The Associated Equipment Distributors industry trade group in Washington, D.C., is telling Congress that "now is the time" to develop a long-term revenue stream for the Highway Trust Fund, rather than waiting until the federal programs it pays for run out of money next May.

November 21, 2014

FEDERAL POLICY

Washington Update: Shuster, DeFazio Lead T&I; Rosekind Named to Lead NHTSA

As expected, House Republicans picked Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., to return as chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in the next Congress, while Democrats chose Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., as their new ranking member.

November 21, 2014

STREETCARS/LIGHT RAIL

Mixed Views: Arlington, Va., Ends Streetcar Plans; D.C., Kansas City Projects on Track

Arlington County, Va.'s Board of Supervisors voted down two long-planned streetcar projects Nov. 18. Meanwhile, other new streetcar projects are already under way in the District of Columbia and Kansas City, Mo.

November 21, 2014

COMMUNICATIONS

Ohio Bus System Uses Video to Draw Riders

Akron, Ohio's Metropolitan Regional Transit Authority is trying to get more people to ride its buses and get away from driving their cars around town, and is selling that message with a singing video.

November 21, 2014

AASHTO

PROPOSED REGULATIONS

AASHTO Seeks Clarifying Language in One Environmental Rule, Urges Halt to Another

On behalf of state DOTs, AASHTO submitted formal comments to federal agencies recently about two environmental regulatory proposals, asking for federal regulators to further clarify one and suspend another until Congress can weigh in.

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November 21, 2014

ASSOCIATION BUSINESS

Centennial Year Annual Meeting Under Way

AASHTO's annual meeting and 100th birthday celebration began Nov. 20 in Charlotte, N.C., hosted by the North Carolina Department of Transportation and featuring U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx as a speaker to the plenary session on Nov. 23.

November 21, 2014

WEATHER/DRIVING TIPS

Transportation TV: Winter Survival Guide

With heavy snows hitting large swaths of the country and arctic temperatures in others, motorists from coast to coast got a winter wake-up call this month.

November 21, 2014

Transportation 101: A Survival Guide for Winter Driving

​Motorist from coast to coast got a wake-up call this week as a blast of cold weather brought snow and/or freezing temperatures to just about every state in the country.  When winter weather strikes roads can become impassible and vehicle...

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November 19, 2014

AASHTO NEWS

California, Florida DOTs Win America’s Top Transportation Awards

Foxx Calls for Action in Congress at AASHTO Annual Meeting

STATE DOT NEWS

South Dakota DOT Defers $32 Million of Western Highway Projects

Idaho Transportation Department Receives Two National Awards from National Transportation Organization

FDOT's Loreen Bobo on Building Central Florida's $2.3 Billion I-4 Ultimate Project

ROADWAYS & VEHICLES

I-70 Colorado Woes Tackled by Iraq War Vets

Vodka Leftovers Can Help Make Driving Safer by Removing Highway Snow

Falling Apart: America's Neglected Infrastructure

SAFETY

South Dakota DOT Workers 'Hi-Rail' for Safety

FREIGHT

Short-Haul Truckers End Strike at Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

City to Pursue $485 Million Design Strategy for Port of Anchorage

TRANSIT

BART to Oakland International Airport 'Train to Plane' Service Opens

Link to story on KNTV-TV

IRS Rules Updated for Transit Fare Smartcards and Qualified Transportation Fringe Benefits

AVIATION

US, Mexico Reach Aviation Pact that Removes Limits on Passenger Flights

PEDESTRIANS/BICYCLES

Electric Bikes, On a Roll in Europe, Start to Climb in US

OTHER

Federal Officials Issue New Code of Conduct for Police Highway Seizures

US DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Foxx: Mississippi's Road Problems 'Break My Heart'

FAA Announces NextGen Upgrade for Washington Airspace in Time for Busy Holiday Travel Week

United States, Mexico Reach Modernized Aviation Agreement

TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD

Airport Escalators and Moving Walkways—Cost-Savings and Energy Reduction Technologies

US DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

BTS Releases North American Transportation Statistics

Support Local Plans for Rail Safety, Development

TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD

Highway Safety Performance 2014

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November 24, 2014