FAA releases revised safety rating for Thailand

The Federal Aviation Administration, a branch of the U.S. Department of Transportation, released its revised safety rating for the Kingdom of Thailand Tuesday. As of July, Thailand currently doesn't meet the safety standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). This places Thailand within the Category 2 International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) rating. Read More »

Safety emphasized at First Hill Streetcar Safety Day

The “First Hill Streetcar Safety Day" took place Thursday to emphasize safety features in Metro streetcars. The event was held at the Broadway & Denny, Occidental & Jackson and 14th & Washington streetcar stations. At the event, streetcar operators sat with stationary streetcars and people were encouraged to board the streetcars in order to see the new features. Read More »

Night work performed on SR 89 Hell Canyon bridge

Crews working with the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) conducted work on the bridge replacement project for Hell Canyon bridge, located on State Route 89, Thursday. The work first began at 7 p.m. and ended on schedule at 7 a.m. Friday. The night work required that drivers follow reroutes for a new, temporary detour that ran alongside the current highway. Read More »

FTA launches transit development initiative

The FTA, a branch of the U.S. Department of Transportation, recently launched a transit-oriented development (TOD) initiative for local communities near transit areas. Transit development projects generate new jobs as well as services and also helps communities become more walkable and diverse. The TOD initiative has been introduced throughout the United States. Read More »

Ultra-high performance concrete named innovation of the month

The Every Day Counts named the ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) as the innovation of the month Thursday. UHPC is created from ultra-high strength steel to create fiber-reinforced concrete. Using UHPC heightens the durability of the structure and simplifies the construction of connection, which is one of the most important parts of prefabricated bridge elements. Read More »

Associated General Contractors supports FAST Act's long-term highway funding

Although President Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act last week, the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America hopes to see continued Congressional support for the nation’s infrastructure in the coming years. The measure, which will allocate $305 billion toward infrastructure projects over the next five years, was the first long-term highway funding bill since 2005. Read More »

Roundtable for air traffic controller positions held Tuesday

The Subcommittee on Aviation held a roundtable discussion Tuesday concerning the policies for hiring, staffing and training air traffic controllers with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). With the roundtable starting at 10 a.m., the discussion will be held at the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2167. Attendees will include the Aviation Subcommittee, Matthew Hampton. Read More »

FAST Act bill will fund Interstate 11

Congress recently approved a long-term federal transportation funding bill that includes two high priority corridors along Interstate 11 in Arizona. The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, which is designed to last for the next five years, is a sign of significant progress. Now local departments of transportation can plan their infrastructure projects for years to come. Read More »

Increase of elderly drivers on U.S. roads

The Federal Highway Administration released analysis Wednesday of data that shows there is a rise in elderly drivers within the United States. The statistics show that one of the fastest growing groups of drivers are people who are 50 years old and above. As of 2014, there is currently a record-breaking amount of 214.3 million people who are licensed to drive inside the United States. Read More »

WSDOT gains funds for local airports

The Washington State Department of Transportation recently gained $35.3 million from federal airport aid to improve local airports. In 2015, WSDOT received more backing for public-use airports. In order to gain the $35.3 million, WSDOT officials needed to leverage $1.3 million in funds from the state. In addition, WSDOT gained $637,000 in aircraft excise tax fees. Read More »

Open house scheduled for roundabout on No See-Um Road

WSDOT will hold an open house discussion Dec. 20, regarding the roundabout project that is planned for No See-Um Road and State Route 150. The event  will start at 4 p.m. and end at 6 p.m. at the Manson Parks and Recreation building (142 Pedoi Street, Manson). The open house gives the public the chance to learn about plans, construction schedule and traffic control. Read More »

Proposed trailer, semitrailer rule to increase underride protection

NHTSA unveiled a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) Monday about underride protection for drivers of trailers and semitrailers. The proposed rulemaking would modify the current federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMCSSs), particularly for the underride protection that is needed for light-vehicle crashes that collide with the rear of trailers and semitrailers. Read More »

USDOT launches Smart City Challenge

USDOT recently partnered with Vulcan to launch a Smart City Challenge. The goal of the Smart City Challenge is to develop a fully integrated, unique city that will apply technology, data and creativity to transportation and infrastructure. This will change mobility for the better in the future. Officials will choose the winning city to apply the ideas to its transportation system. Read More »

Jacksonville receives USDOT grant for bus project

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA), a branch of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), awarded $19.1 million in funds Monday to the Jacksonville Bus Rapid Transit Southeast Corridor Project in Florida. The new corridor will be 11.1 miles long. It is the third portion of the new First Coast Flyer BRT system, which has been carried out in five phases. Read More »

Projects, upgrades finished on 55th Street and Sunnyside

Two projects and upgrades were recently completed on East 55th Street in Manhattan and in Sunnyside, Queens. A subterranean ventilation facility is now located underneath East 55th Street. This new construction has slip-resistant surfaces that will help keep people safe. There are also openings measuring a half-inch wide among the cross-bars that will benefit high-heel wearers. Read More »

Shuster releases statement on GAO report

U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) released a statement Tuesday on a GAO report. The GAO report offers an analysis of how past budget uncertainty has impacted the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The report is available online. The analysis evaluates how the uncertainty concerning Congress’s authorization, appropriations and budget process has affected the FAA’S role. Read More »

I-65 to be widened in Lake County

Lake County’s Interstate 65 will be widened due to heavy traffic. The interstate will be expanded to include three lanes in both directions between Merrillville south to State Road 2. This announcement is just the first step in the governor’s highway program titled "Major Moves 2020." This program is designed to fast track the rehabilitation and widening of highways. Read More »