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  • 2015 AASHTO Washington Briefing

    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...

    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

    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...

    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

    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 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...

Top Stories

HIGHWAY TRUST FUND

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.  

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January 23, 2015

FEDERAL FUNDING

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.

January 23, 2015

States

CEO TRANSITION

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.

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January 23, 2015

FUNDING/RESTRUCTURING

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 ...

January 23, 2015

SAFETY/FUNDING

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.

January 23, 2015

NEW INVESTMENT

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.

January 23, 2015

FUNDING DIVERSIONS

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.

January 23, 2015

STATE FUNDING

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."

January 23, 2015

TOLLING INTERSTATES

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.

January 23, 2015

Nation

MOTOR FUEL PRICES

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.

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January 23, 2015

RAIL PROJECTS

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.

January 23, 2015

BIKE/PED SAFETY

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.

January 23, 2015

AGENCY LEADERSHIP

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.

January 23, 2015

FREIGHT SUPPLY CHAIN

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.

January 23, 2015

BRIDGE SAFETY

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.

January 23, 2015

TRANSIT COSTS/SERVICE

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.

January 23, 2015

AASHTO

TTV VIDEO SERVICE

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.

January 23, 2015

TRB Coverage on TTV: State CEOs’ Concerns on Trust Fund, Sec. Foxx and More

​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...

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January 16, 2015