State DOTs Honored for Innovative, Community-Focused, Cost Saving Projects State transportation department projects that are improving safety on all travel modes, expanding mobility for communities, reducing congestion on roadways, and providing additional transportation options, all while saving taxpayer dollars, were today named recipients of top honors in the northeast regional America's Transportation Awards competition at the Northeast Association of State Transportation Officials 2014 conference.
AASHTO Announces 'Faces of Transportation' Photography Contest, 2014 Competition Will Include Video Entries The annual Faces of Transportation photography contest is marking its 10th year by adding a video category. Sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the national contest asks State DOT employees and private citizens to send in photographs and videos of people, projects, and personal experiences that demonstrate the benefits of transportation.
This year's competition, themed "Transportation in...
Transportation TV Transportation TV has been created to support AASHTO’s national social media and public outreach and education effort. The goal of this nationwide effort is to inspire a national dialogue about America’s transportation needs today and into the future and the importance of passing a new Highway and Transit reauthorization bill designed to meet those needs. The news and information shared through Transportation TV will reflects America’s story,...
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.
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's 100th Anniversary Website In November 1914 a small group of 14 state highway engineers met at the Georgian Terrace Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia to discuss the creation of an association that would address the unique concerns of the public officials responsible for "getting America out of the mud." AASHTO turns 100 years old next year, and this website allows you to see where transportation began, how far it has come, and where the future leads.
National Safety Council Estimates Traffic Fatalities Down 4% in First Six Months of 2014
The returns are early but promising. According to the National Safety Council, the number of deaths from motor vehicle crashes is down 4 percent during the first six months of 2014 compared to the same months in 2013.
August 15, 2014
New AASHTO Design Guide to Improve Planning and Integration of Transit Facilities in the Roadway Environment
Photo courtesy Sound Transit.
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials has created a first of its kind design guide to help transportation planners successfully integrate transit facilities into the roadway environment. The Guide for Geometric Design of Transit ...
Happy 100th Birthday: Publications, Initiatives Commemorate the Centennial of the Panama Canal
Editor's note: As part of our ongoing celebration of AASHTO's 100th anniversary, the AASHTO Journal will periodically recognize significant events from the last century.
U.S. Appeals Court Ruling Keeps Louisville-Southern Indiana Bridge Project Moving
Image courtesy The Ohio River Bridges.The $2.3 billion project building a new Ohio River crossing between Louisville, Kentucky and southern Indiana will continue after the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit that sought to halt construction, alleging the ...
ODOT Celebrates 'Simplest Idea': John White's 1956 Innovation that Changed Roadway Safety
Original 1956 edge line machine. Photo courtesy Ohio Department of Transportation.Millions of drivers each day drive by them without paying much notice. The solid white line that follows the edge of the road might seem obvious, but the innovation that made that side line possible eventually ...
Virginia Researches to Reduce Collisions, Increase Roadway Safety
Editor's note: The following item is reprinted courtesy of the Virginia Department of Transportation.
New Wisconsin Travel Time Reliability and Delay Report Says Traffic Congestion Costs Drivers $226.5M Annually
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) this week released data showing that 40 percent Milwaukee area freeway segments are so congested that motorists must allow twice as much time to consistently complete their trips during peak travel times as they would under uncongested conditions.
Kansas Rolls Out New Statewide Bicycle Map
Photo courtesy Kansas Department of Transportation The Kansas Department of Transportation this week announced that it has updated its statewide bicycle map to assist anyone interested in touring the Sunflower State on two wheels.
Washington State Transportation Commission Releases Draft 2035 Plan
The Washington State Transportation Commission is taking to the road with the draft 2035 transportation plan to find out what the state's residents want to see in their transportation future.
Monthly TransComm Webinar Features WSDOT's Landslide Response
Photo courtesy Washington State Department of TransportationSometimes even the best prepared agency is faced with an unimagined situation. TransComm's monthly webinar, which will take place Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time, will feature Washington State Department of Transportation staff ...
TRB's SHRP 2 Tuesdays Webinar: A Framework for Collaborative Decision-Making on Additions to Highway Capacity
As part of the SHRP2 Tuesdays Webinar Series, TRB will host a webinar from 2 to 4 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, Aug. 19, that will discuss SHRP2 projects relating to the development of the Framework for Collaborative Decision-Making on Additions to Highway Capacity.
Chicago Transit Authority Receives First FTA Core Capacity Grant
Photo courtesy CTA FlickrChicago's famous rail transit service received a $35 million grant from the Federal Transit Agency last week to improve service and capacity on a heavily traveled segment of the city's North Red Line and Purple Line rail transit system.
NCHRP 20-68 Domestic Scan Seeks Proposals for Consideration
A coalition of transportation organizations is seeking proposals for the 2015 domestic scan program, which facilitates information sharing and technology exchange among state departments of transportation and other transportation agencies and identifies actionable items of common interest. The ...
AASHTO's Subcommittee on Transportation Finance Policy Appoints Three
AASHTO Standing Committee on Finance and Administration Chairman and Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer last week announced that Beth Nachreiner, Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy and Freight of the Maryland Department of Transportation, was appointed ...
On Transportation TV: Highway Safety and Reliability Being Studied on a Virginia "Smart Road"
News In Design takes a look at a 'smart road' near Blacksburg, Virginia.Everybody's heard of a smart phone, but this week, News in Design on Transportation TV is going to introduce you to a Smart Road. Dean Gustafson, State Operation Engineer for the Virginia Department of Transportation details ...
Everybody’s heard of a smart phone-- but in this segment of News in Design on Transportation TV we introduce you to a Smart Road. Dean Gustafson, State Operation Engineer for the Virginia Department of Transportation details his agency’s state...
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Vermont Awarded $1 Million Transportation Management Technology
Coalition Urges Connecticut Gubernatorial Candidates to Consider Taxes, Tolls to Raise Transportation Money
Researchers Hack Into Michigan's Traffic Lights
Corps: Waterway Infrastructure Improvements Needed in Mississippi River Watershed
New York State Releases PSA on Work Zone Safety
STB Schedules September Hearing in North Dakota to Address Rail Service Issues
North Carolina DOT Joins Carolina Coastal Railway and Pitt County to Cut Ribbon on Greenville Rail Project
Senator Durbin Sets Hearing on Amtrak Delays
New 'Supergate' Transit Hub Will Welcome Minnesota State Fairgoers
San Diego Trolley Ridership Up by 10 Million, As Transit Use Hits All-Time High
US Changing No-Fly List Rules
Fliers May Be Getting Overcharged on TSA Fees
TSA Moves Toward e-Check of IDs
Future Utah Transportation Revolution: Biking, Walking?
FHWA Awards $4.03 Million to Accelerate Innovative Transportation Projects
NHTSA Unveils New Recall Search Tool
Students and Motorists Reminded to Be Safety Conscious In and Around School Zones and Bus Stops
Dallas' New Airport Station Joins the Longest Light Rail System in the US
August 20, 2014