MDOT requests feedback for transportation program draft

The MDOT requested public feedback for the draft of its 2016-2020 Five-Year Transportation Program Friday. MDOT officials will soon give the draft to the State Transportation Commission for final approval, which will last until January. The draft is available on MDOT’s website. It includes all of the projects, their locations, descriptions and the planned years for implementation. Read More »

NTSB releases safety alert for oversize loads

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently released a Safety Alert on how oversize loads affect U.S. bridges. Within the United States, commercial motor vehicles play a major role in carrying goods throughout the nation. When these vehicles carry oversize loads throughout the national highway system, though, it can be detrimental to the safety of bridge structures.  Read More »

I-65 traffic patterns return to normal in Greenwood, Edinburgh

Traffic patterns on Interstate 65 will return to normal within the construction zones in Greenwood and Edinburgh, Ind. Northbound traffic can now use the northbound lanes on I-65. The two construction zones will be removed so that people can travel normally throughout the winter months. Crews installed additional travel lanes between Main Street/Greenwood and State Road 44. Read More »

FHWA releases bike and pedestrian case studies

USDOT recently released the most recent phase of its "Case Studies in Delivering Safe, Comfortable and Connected Pedestrian and Bicycle Networks." FHWA has been collaborating with planners, safety advocates and local as well as state departments of transportation to evaluate safety. The goal is to establish ways to make traveling safer for bicyclists and pedestrians. Read More »

FTA gives $92,500 to Cherokee Nation for transportation

The public transit buses in northeastern Oklahoma are crucial to the lifestyles of the Cherokee Nation and their transportation needs.Many of these residents use the public buses to commute to work and school every day. From 2013 to 2014, the tribal residents increased their bus ridership by 114 percent. Now the Cherokee Nation makes up approximately 80,000 bus rides every year. Read More »

BTS publishes airline financial data from third quarter

The BTS published financial data Tuesday on airlines' third quarter profits for 2015. They made an after-tax net profit that amounted to $9.3 billion for the third quarter of this year, showing an increase compared to the $5.5 billion sum from the second quarter. It is also a significant increase compared to the $3.1 billion profit that was reported for the same period last year. Read More »

FAST Act to generate manufacturing jobs for U.S.

JMA and the University of Massachusetts Amherst partnered to release a new study, entitled "Strengthening U.S. Manufacturing Through Public Procurement Policies," Dec. 8. The study confirms that the FAST Act's increased Buy America requirement will improve the health of the manufacturing industry within the United States, generating thousands of manufacturing jobs for the nation.  Read More »

NTSB modifies aviation reporting requirement

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a Direct Final Rule to improve how resolution advisories report. Currently, aviation operators must report all of their Airborne Collision and Avoidance System (ACAS) resolution advisories to a Class A airspace aircraft. Other resolution advisories must align with the requirements to avoid the risk of colliding aircrafts. Read More »

FTA strives for transparency in WMATA supervision

In response to requests for the WMATA to make improvements for specific safety deficiencies found in the Metrorail and Metrobus, the FTA has hired staff and developed a Corrective Action Plan. While the WMATA still has the main responsibility of improving the safety of the Metrorail and Metrobus, the FTA first took on temporary direct safety oversight in October. Read More »

FHWA releases U.S. driving data for October

The FHWA released data Wednesday, showing U.S. driving has broken records for October 2015. In October 2015, American drivers traveled 273.5 billion miles, breaking all other October records by a significant amount. There is a 3 percent increase in driven miles compared to October 2014. There is also a 1 percent increase compared to September’s seasonally adjusted data. Read More »

U.S., Cuba progress toward scheduled air service

The USDOT is committed to keeping the general public up to date with the latest news concerning scheduled cargo and passenger flights between the United States and Cuba. The United States and Cuba are getting closer to finalizing a scheduled air service that would fly between the two nations. This progress in restoring flights is part of the new U.S. and Cuba engagement policy. Read More »

WDOT hopes to reopen White Pass in time for Xmas

Crews working with the Washington Department of Transportation (WDOT) are working to reopen White Pass in time for Christmas. The main section of repairs is taking place to the west of White Pass, where most of the damage occurred from a washout. Still, the destruction located at milepost 141 is nearly repaired; filling material is based approximately half up the pass. Read More »

Northern Lights Express' cost reduced by half

The proposal for the NLX high-speed passenger rail project in Minnesota and Wisconsin could reduce typical operation costs by half. The proposed project involves the Minneapolis-Duluth/Superior Passenger Rail Alliance, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The total cost of implementing the new system is $500 million. Read More »

New members needed for Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board

The Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board opened its application process for several new members. There are currently four positions that are open to applicants. The board members themselves must be frequent pedestrians. Applicants must reside in various regions in Seattle. The goal of the board is to make Seattle a safe and easy city for pedestrians. Read More »

Bike trips increase by 22% in San Francisco

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) bike counter based on Market Street tallied more than 1 million bike trips on the road for this year. The bike counter is visible and located between 9th Street and 10th Street. This is a sign of significant progress for the city’s bicycling population. There were precisely 1,036,822 bike trips specifically at the location. Read More »

U.S. leaders release statement on U.S.-Mexico air transport agreement

The United States and Mexico signed a new air transport agreement Friday. Anthony Foxx and John Kerry, secretary of State, applauded the new agreement with a joint statement. Both Foxx and Kerry then shed light on how the new agreement will benefit both the American and Mexican people. The goal of the agreement is to improve the relationship between the United States and Mexico. Read More »

AASHTO renews partnership with OSHA for heightened work zone safety

AASHTO repartnered with the Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Thursday to improve the safety in work zones located along the highway. The renewed agreement allows the partners to offer information and guidance to their members, and includes access to education in the form of training resources to help members protect their safety and health within the work zones. Read More »