2015 AASHTO Washington Briefing The Washington Briefing is an excellent opportunity to collaborate with your colleagues on the issues and challenges facing state transportation departments. This three-day event brings together the who's who in the transportation industry and provides a forum to share our vision and address critical issues directly with Members of Congress. Past Washington Briefing speakers and guests have included the US Secretary of the Department of...
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...
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 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...
Obama Takes Infrastructure Push to Congress; Lawmakers Wrestle With Funding
President Obama used his sixth State of the Union address to urge Congress to pass a long-term transportation infrastructure bill, but avoided specific proposals as he called for a "bipartisan" plan.
January 23, 2015
AASHTO’s Wright: States Need More Federal Help Maintaining, Improving Transportation
Bud Wright, executive director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, says Congress can "build muscle for the American economy" by bolstering the Highway Trust Fund so states can whittle down the infrastructure backlog.
McMurry Named GDOT Commissioner as Golden Retires, State Officials Seek Revenue
Georgia's State Transportation Board on Jan. 20 picked Russell McMurry to immediately take the helm of the Department of Transportation, after Commissioner Keith Golden announced plans to retire at the end of January.
SC Gov. Haley Proposes Gas Tax Hike Tied to DOT Overhaul, Cut in Income Tax
Haley describes three-part highway funding and tax cut plan in her Jan. 21 State of the State speech.Courtesy South Carolina ETVSouth Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley offered state legislators a "three-part package deal" in which she would back raising the state's gasoline tax 10 cents a gallon ...
NJDOT's Fox Orders Statewide Bridge Review, Warns on Local Funding
New Jersey Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox has ordered a statewide review of about 600 structurally deficient bridges, and warned local officials that he could stop payments to them from a tapped-out state Transportation Trust Fund.
Cuomo Proposes More New York Spending for Wide Range of Transportation Projects
Drawing at least partly on a state budget surplus built around big settlements with banks over the financial crisis, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed $4.2 billion in infrastructure spending as he begins his second term, most of it for transportation investments.
KDOT Eyes $297 Million in Project Delays Out of Proposed Budget Cuts, Transfers
The Kansas Department of Transportation says it anticipates delaying $297 million in road and bridge projects for fiscal 2015 and 2016, due to spending cuts and fund transfers proposed in Gov. Sam Brownback's just-released budget to cover a projected state funding shortfall.
Report Warns Tennessee’s Fuel Taxes Not Expected to Keep Pace With Project Needs
A new report from the Tennessee state comptroller's office warns that "Tennessee's fuel taxes are not expected to be sufficient to maintain existing infrastructure and meet long-term transportation demands."
Virginia DOT Proposes Much More Use of Toll Lanes to Tackle I-66 Congestion
To change commuter behavior and ease congestion on heavily clogged Interstate 66 running between northern Virginia and the District of Columbia, the Virginia Department of Transportation wants to remake much of the route into toll lanes and put more riders into fewer cars or on buses.
EIA Says Average Gasoline Pump Price Hovers Just Over $2 in Latest Weekly Survey
The nation's average retail price for gasoline could soon be under $2 a gallon, as the U.S. Energy Information Administration pegged it just below $2.07 as of Jan. 19 and pump prices continued to ebb afterward.
Obama Administration Plows Billions in Grants, Loans Into New Transit Projects
In little more than a month, the U.S. Department of Transportation has poured about $3 billion into new financing agreements to support big-ticket rail projects in three states.
Foxx Launches Mayors’ Challenge, Plans Summit on Safety of Bicyclists, Pedestrians
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx told the U.S. Conference of Mayors on Jan. 22 he is launching a "Mayors' Challenge for safer people and safer streets," that will target ways to improve safety for bicyclists and pedestrians.
Obama Sends Three More Transportation Agency Nominations Back to Senate
President Obama has sent the Senate more names of officials he wants to re-nominate to agency positions, after the last Congress adjourned without the Senate voting to confirm them.
Trade Groups Say West Coast Port Snags Hitting Retailers, Manufacturers Across U.S.
The long-simmering container handling problems at 29 U.S. West Coast seaports are now threatening output and sales across the nation for upcoming Valentine's Day and Easter holiday periods, a coalition of transportation and industrial trade associations warned.
Online Mapping Tool Lets Washington State Truckers More Easily See Route Clearances
Commercial truckers planning trips across Washington state can now use an online route-mapping software tool to know if their trucks will meet all vertical bridge clearance limits along the way.
Falling Diesel Prices May Help Florida Transit Agency Put Off Bus Service Cuts
The rapid drop in diesel prices may help the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority in Florida delay cuts to its bus service, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Transportation TV: Video News, Features Highlighting Infrastructure Challenges
For visitors to the AASHTO news sites, including AASHTO Journal and the Daily Transportation Update, Transportation TV provides periodic news videos or features that highlight the work done by leaders and workers in state transportation departments and other parts of the transportation industry.
AASHTO's Transportation TV will be featuring some highlights from exclusive video it obtained at the Transportation Research Board's Jan. 11-15 annual meeting in Washington, D.C.That event, which attracted more than 12,000 attendees, included...
January 16, 2015
January 11, 2015
January 24, 2015
State Polls Show Lack of Support for Gas Tax Hikes
Mississippi Senate Transportation Chair Seeks Emergency Money for Roads, Bridges
Cheaper Gas Limits Iowa's Options for Road Funding
A Look into Washington State's Transportation Future
Oregon's Whale Cove Now Protected, Thanks to Diverse Partnership
Bad Roads Cost Average New Jersey Driver $2,000 a Year
Biden Pushes for Infrastructure Funding Deal
Shuster: 'Common Ground' Exists on Infrastructure Legislation
Idaho Transportation Board Addresses Status of Roads and Bridges
HUD Says Port of Gulfport Has Not Created Enough Jobs
Nevada Freight Plan Will Help Clear Path for Future Freight and Economic Growth
PATCO, SEPTA Work on Compatibility of Fare Card
Drone Operator Settles Case with FAA for $1,100 Fine
NTSB Calls for Better Ways to Find Aircraft Accident Sites and Retrieve Critical Flight Data
Los Angeles Metro Moving into the Bikesharing Business in LA, Pasadena
Digital Transformation Coming to Transportation World
Foxx Launches the 'Mayor’s Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets'
Foxx Announces Plan to Add Two Automatic Emergency Braking Systems to Recommended Vehicle Advanced Technology Features
USDOT Announces $2.47 Million for Innovative Projects in Maine, Pennsylvania and Washington
BTS Releases November 2014 Passenger Airline Employment Data
Data Crunch Shows Automotive Technology is Saving Lives
Joining Forces to Connect Veterans with Opportunity
ACRP 2014 Annual Report of Progress
SHRP 2 2014: Our Year in Review
January 23, 2015