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  • AASHTO and APTA’s 2015 Bottom Line Report Estimates $163 Billion Needed Annually to Fix Nation’s Aging Surface Transportation System

    AASHTO and APTA’s 2015 Bottom Line Report Estimates $163 Billion Needed Annually to Fix Nation’s Aging Surface Transportation System

    The “2015 Bottom Line Report” on transportation investment needs, released today by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and the American Public Transportation Association, estimates that to meet current demand it will require an annual capital investment over six years by all levels of government in the amount of $120 billion in the nation’s highway and bridge network and $43 billion in America’s public...

    AASHTO and APTA’s 2015 Bottom Line Report Estimates $163 Billion Needed Annually to Fix Nation’s Aging Surface Transportation System

    The “2015 Bottom Line Report” on transportation investment needs, released today by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and the American Public Transportation Association, estimates that to meet current demand it will require an annual capital investment over six years by all levels of government in the amount of $120 billion in the nation’s highway and bridge network and $43 billion in America’s public...

  • AASHTO’s Centennial Commemoration Video: A Century of Achievement for a Better Tomorrow

    AASHTO’s Centennial Commemoration Video: A Century of Achievement for a Better Tomorrow

    The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), is celebrating its 100th year. Over the past century AASHTO and its member departments of transportation in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, have benefited from the strong partnerships forged in both the public and private sectors. This commemorative video takes viewers on journey –highlighting the many people, partnerships and historic events...

    AASHTO’s Centennial Commemoration Video: A Century of Achievement for a Better Tomorrow

    The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), is celebrating its 100th year. Over the past century AASHTO and its member departments of transportation in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, have benefited from the strong partnerships forged in both the public and private sectors. This commemorative video takes viewers on journey –highlighting the many people, partnerships and historic events...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

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LEGISLATION

Federal Funding Bill Clears DOT Spending, Includes $500 Million 2015 TIGER Program

​Congress was finishing up a giant, $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that funds the Department of Transportation along with most other government offices through the rest of fiscal 2015. The measure also includes $500 million for the DOT's TIGER infrastructure grants program.

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December 12, 2014

CENTENNIAL CHALLENGES

AASHTO’s 100th Birthday Comes as Nation Grapples with Infrastructure Future

Dec. 12 marks the 100th birthday of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, an event that comes when policymakers in Congress and many states are grappling with how to develop and pay for the transportation network.

December 12, 2014

States

PROJECTS/FUNDING

McCrory, Tata Unveil Strategic NC Projects Plan, Say Revenue Ideas Coming Soon

​North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and Transportation Secretary Tony Tata presented the State Transportation Board with a draft 10-year investment plan for infrastructure projects, and said they will soon "present targeted revenue recommendations" to the General Assembly to boost funding.

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December 12, 2014

STATE INVESTMENT NEED

SC Plan for Road, Transit Investment Faces $1.5 Billion Annual Funding Shortfall

​South Carolina has a long-term plan for what it needs to spend on highways, transit and bicycle/pedestrian paths, but says current funding runs short by about $1.5 billion a year.

December 12, 2014

BUDGET CUTS

KDOT Facing $100 Million in Spending Reductions Under State Budget Deficit Plan

The Kansas Department of Transportation said it will transfer $95.7 million out of the state's highway fund and will shed nearly $8 million more from the KDOT operating budget as Gov. Sam Brownback takes initial steps to cover a projected 2015 budget deficit.

December 12, 2014

WORK ZONE SAFETY

Minnesota Video Shows Use of Automatic Flagging Machines in Work Zones

​The Minnesota Department of Transportation is deploying machines to control traffic in some work zones and get flag-wielding workers out of harm's way, and describes it all in a new YouTube video.

December 12, 2014

LICENSES/TECHNOLOGY

Under Construction: Iowa App That Shows Driver’s License Right on Your Smartphone

 Photo courtesy of the Des Moines RegisterIn a world where people increasingly rely on smartphones for shopping and bank transactions, more people find it useful to store their relevant personal identification data on phone apps. Soon, in Iowa, that could mean tapping your smartphone to bring ...

December 12, 2014

Job Postings

PROJECT FINANCE

AASHTO Accepting Applications for Director, Project Finance Institute

AASHTO has issued the following job posting:

December 12, 2014

Nation

INVESTMENT SHORTFALL

Bottom Line: Nation's Annual Highway, Transit Investment Gap Hits $59 Billion

Government at all levels is investing about $105 billion a year in capital improvements for the U.S. highway and transit networks, but a new 2015 Bottom Line Report says they need to spend $59 billion more each year to improve the transportation system and keep up with rising demand.

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December 12, 2014

HIGHWAY SAFETY

Virginia Sues Trinity for Selling State Unapproved Highway Guardrail Products

Virginia's attorney general, Mark Herring, announced he filed suit Dec. 11 against manufacturer Trinity Industries and its Trinity Highway Products for selling the state "thousands of unapproved, improperly tested, and potentially dangerous pieces of highway guardrail equipment."

December 12, 2014

FEDERAL NOMINATIONS

Senate Panel Advances Rosekind for NHTSA, Monje for Policy Post at USDOT

​The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee cleared Mark Rosekind to be the next chief of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Carlos Monje Jr. to become assistant secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation.

December 12, 2014

HOUSE COMMITTEE SELECTIONS

Shuster Announces 12 New GOP Members of House Transportation Committee

Rep. Bill Shuster, the Pennsylvania Republican who chaired the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee the past two years and will again in the new Congress, unveiled a list of GOP committee members for next year that adds 12 new ones to the 22 returning Republican members.

December 12, 2014

TOLLS ON EXISTING ROADS

Tolling Interstates: Gov. Nixon Asks Missouri DOT for I-70 Fee Plan

​In what could become one of the nation's major tests for charging drivers direct user fees to run on existing interstate highways, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon asked his state's Highways and Transportation Commission to provide a tolling plan for I-70 by the end of this year.

December 12, 2014

INVESTMENT RIPPLE EFFECTS

Study: Federal Road, Transit Spending Mainly Benefits Non-Construction Sectors

​Contractors and labor groups in the Transportation Construction Coalition report that two-thirds of the economic benefits of federal spending on highways and transit show up outside the construction sector.

December 12, 2014

AASHTO

SYSTEMS PLANNING

Futurist Uldrich Shows State Leaders How Technologies Can Alter Transportation

​One featured speaker at the AASHTO annual meeting last month in Charlotte, N.C., gave state DOT executives plenty to consider about how rapid innovations in several industries can revolutionize transportation systems of the future.

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December 12, 2014

CARGO TRANSPORTATION

Freight Research Survey Under Way

The research team at ICF International is conducting a brief survey this month to assess interest in work done under the National Cooperative Freight Research Program.

December 12, 2014

Learn How Technology is Transforming Transportation From Futurist Jack Uldrich

​No one can predict the future, but at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Futurist Jack Uldrich, helped transportation leaders from across the country gain critical foresight about where...

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December 11, 2014

FUNDING

Washington Governor Wants Carbon Tax to Fund Transportation

STATE DOT NEWS

Florida DOT Holds Summit on Connected Vehicle Technologies

ROADWAYS & VEHICLES

IBTTA: Virginia Express Lanes 'a Glimpse into the Future'

INFRASTRUCTURE

Crews to Resume Bertha Excavation After Settlement

Nevada Earns C- in New Infrastructure Report Card

SAFETY

Oregon Pulls Plug on Four Highway Safety Corridors Following Drop in Crashes

Ohio Governor to Sign Bill Restricting Use of Red Light, Speed Cameras

US DOT Wants Truckers to Sleep More. Congress Said No.

Guardrail Maker Trinity Industries Conducts More Tests for Malfunction

FREIGHT

South Dakota Governor Announces Railroad Projects

PASSENGER RAIL

Metra, Amtrak Hope Plan Eases Overcrowding at Chicago's Union Station

TRANSIT

Senate Passes Retroactive Mass Transit Benefit for Workers

Injury Concern Prompts San Francisco Muni to Remove Over 1,400 Bus Seats

Five Signs America is Falling in Love with Public Transit

AVIATION

Survey: US Travelers Want Airports to Track Their Mobile Devices

SECURITY

TSA Chief Focuses Screening on Riskiest Travelers

PEDESTRIANS/BICYCLES

U.S. Bicycle Route System Grows to over 8,000 Miles

Survey Shows Public Increasingly Favoring Multi-Use Pathways

New App Encourages Biking in Grand Rapids, Michigan

OTHER

AAA Predicts 98 Million Christmas Travelers

US DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

New NHTSA Chief Approved Amid Furor Over Faulty Ignition Switches, Exploding Air Bags

New 'SaferRide' Mobile App and New Data Highlight Start of Annual Holiday Drunk Driving Crackdown

This Holiday Season, Give the Gift of Road Safety; Drive Sober

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December 17, 2014