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  • AASHTO Innovation Initiative

    AASHTO Innovation Initiative

    Formerly the AASHTO Technology Implementation Group, AII advances innovation from the grassroots up: by agencies, for agencies, peer-to-peer. The program actively seeks out proven advancements in transportation technology, investing time and money to accelerate their adoption by agencies nationwide.

    AASHTO Innovation Initiative

    Formerly the AASHTO Technology Implementation Group, AII advances innovation from the grassroots up: by agencies, for agencies, peer-to-peer. The program actively seeks out proven advancements in transportation technology, investing time and money to accelerate their adoption by agencies nationwide.

  • Transportation TV

    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,...

    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,...

  • AASHTOWare Safety Analyst

    AASHTOWare Safety Analyst

    AASHTOWare Safety Analyst facilitates cost-effective, site-specific highway safety improvements and integrates the analytic approaches recommended in the Highway Safety Manual (HSM) into a single package, providing a program to guide the decision-making process, prioritize improvements and help your agency get the greatest possible safety benefit from each dollar it spends.​

    AASHTOWare Safety Analyst

    AASHTOWare Safety Analyst facilitates cost-effective, site-specific highway safety improvements and integrates the analytic approaches recommended in the Highway Safety Manual (HSM) into a single package, providing a program to guide the decision-making process, prioritize improvements and help your agency get the greatest possible safety benefit from each dollar it spends.​

  • AASHTO Highway Safety Manual

    AASHTO Highway Safety Manual

    Welcome to the Highway Safety Manual (HSM) web site – the source for information on quantifying and evaluating highway safety performance using the Highway Safety Manual.

    AASHTO Highway Safety Manual

    Welcome to the Highway Safety Manual (HSM) web site – the source for information on quantifying and evaluating highway safety performance using the Highway Safety Manual.

Top Stories

Pence Talks Up ‘Big’ Project Investment Plan; Poll Shows Resistance to Toll Financing

Incoming Vice President Mike Pence assured mayors that the Trump administration would follow through on campaign promises to launch a "big" infrastructure investment program.

January 20, 2017

States

Gov. Justice Taps Smith to Become West Virginia’s Transportation Secretary Next Month

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, who took office Jan. 16, announced that former federal transportation official Tom Smith will join the new Cabinet in February both as secretary of the state Department of Transportation and as commissioner of its Division of Highways.

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January 20, 2017

Tennessee Gov. Haslam Unveils Multilayered Plan of Transportation Tax Hikes Plus Tax Cuts

Joined by Tennessee mayors and leaders in the manufacturing and trucking industries, Gov. Bill Haslam proposed a plan to hike various taxes and fees to pay for nearly 1,000 new transportation projects while cutting taxes on food and manufacturing.

January 20, 2017

Indiana Gov. Holcomb Calls for 20-Year Funding Fix for Roads; Says Open to Options

New Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb said in his Jan. 17 "State of the State" address that he wants "a sustainable plan to fund our roads and bridges for the next 20 years." He also proposed incentives to improve service in other transportation modes.

January 20, 2017

Minnesota DOT Sees $18B Gap Over 20 Years Between Highway System Need, Revenue

​The Minnesota Department of Transportation said its just-released capital investment plan for the state highway system in the next 20 years "identifies an $18 billion gap between system needs and revenue."

January 20, 2017

Nebraska Officials Weigh Merging Roads, Aeronautics Departments Into Single DOT

Gov. Pete Ricketts announced that Nebraska officials are working on a plan that would create a new state Department of Transportation out of its currently separate roads and aeronautics departments, and said that would result in more state funds going to building roads and runways.

January 20, 2017

TRIP Reports on Growing Costs to Montana Drivers, Economy From Roadway Conditions

​Drivers in Montana are racking up an estimated total of $794 million a year in added expenses from congestion, safety risks and costs to operate their vehicles because of condition of state roads and bridges and the need to invest in infrastructure improvements, the TRIP national research group...

January 20, 2017

Caltrans Project Takes Out Invasive Species Brush the Old-Fashioned Way, With Goats

The California Department of Transportation has been using goats in a pilot program in the Alpine area near San Diego to help clear brush to create firebreaks and help reduce invasive plant species.

January 20, 2017

Nation

Three State DOTs, Other Groups Form ‘Smart Belt Coalition' on Automated, Connected Vehicles

State departments of transportation and other groups in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Ohio formed that they call the "Smart Belt Coalition" to work together on issues involving automated and connected vehicle.

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January 20, 2017

New USDOT Conditions Report Highlights $926B Highway, Transit Investment Backlog

The U.S. Department of Transportation in a new "conditions and performance" report estimates that the backlog of needed highway and transit infrastructure projects has reached $926 billion, and that many billions more will be needed in the next 20 years to keep up with demand.

January 20, 2017

NHTSA, FRA Team Up in Ad Campaign to Discourage Drivers From Bypassing Track Barriers

​The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Railroad Administration have partnered in a new track crossing safety campaign, which includes a video ad buy to remind motor vehicle drivers that trains cannot stop quickly if locomotive engineers see a car on the tracks ahead.

January 20, 2017

FTA Proposes Directive to Reduce Frequency of Rail Transit Stop Signal Overruns

The Federal Transit Administration is taking public comments through March 20 on a proposed general directive it would issue to try to reduce the frequency of stop signal overruns in the rail transit industry.

January 20, 2017

TRB 2017: World’s Largest Gathering of Transportation Professionals

​This video provides special coverage of the 2017 Transportation Research Board (TRB) 96th Annual Meeting held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in Washington, D.C. January 8–12. In this video, TRB Executive Director Neil Pedersen...

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January 20, 2017

FUNDING

Hawaii House Speaker Mulls Road Tolls, Rail Tax

Wisconsin Assembly Republicans Call for $300 Million in New Transportation Revenue, Tax Cuts

Tennessee Lawmakers Already Developing Alternatives to Governor's Gas Tax Plan

Poll: Americans Want to Rebuild Roads, Bridges, But Not at Cost of Taxes

STATE DOT NEWS

Colorado DOT Fires Transportation Audit Chief for Alleged Embezzlement, Launches Criminal Investigation

Wyoming DOT's New 511 Map Offers More Functionality

Washington State Ferry Ridership Surges to Highest Level in a Decade

ROADWAYS & VEHICLES

USDOT Names 10 Proving Ground Sites for Testing Autonomous Vehicles

Nevada DOT to Use New Active Traffic Management System for Next Phase of Project Neon

Feds Sign Off on $1.2 Billion Overhaul of I-70 Across North Denver

Bill to OK Pro-Police Blue Lines Introduced in US House

INFRASTRUCTURE

Aging Roads and Bridges Take a Toll on Montana Drivers

SAFETY

South Carolina DOT Unveils Road Safety Program

FREIGHT

Truck Parking Debate Hangs Over USDOT Move to Expand Rest Area Services

As Ethanol Production Grows, So Do Spills in Midwest

BTS Statistics Release: November 2016 North American Freight Numbers

PASSENGER RAIL

Amtrak Relocating Half Its Denver Workforce to Nebraska

Saratoga & North Creek Railway Pulls Plug on Winter Snow Trains

TRANSIT

Downtown Denver Survey Shows People Are Opting to Drive Over Using Public Transit

National Public Transportation Safety Plan

FTA Announces $5 Million Funding Opportunity to Improve Transit Options for Tribal Residents

Transit Safety and Oversight Spotlight

AVIATION

Houston Airports Now Tracking Phone Signals to Provide Checkpoint Data

BTS Statistics Release: November 2016 Passenger Airline Employment Data

SECURITY

Departing TSA Chief Leaves Behind Better Training, Tech

PEDESTRIANS/BICYCLES

Portland, Oregon's New Bikeshare Marks Some Early Triumphs

New Orleans to Launch Fleet of 700 Publicly Shared 'Social Bicycles' this Fall

OTHER

Republican Lawmaker Targets Indiana Protesters Obstructing Traffic

US DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

FTA News Digest

PHMSA Final Rule Requires Faster Notification Following Pipeline Accidents

A Farewell Message from Secretary Anthony Foxx to Employees

USDOT Releases V2I Deployment Guidance

EDC News – January 19, 2017

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January 20, 2017