NTSB, public health professionals discuss alcohol, drugs and driving

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) representatives held a discussion session Monday on substance-impaired driving at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association. "Impairment on our highways remains a preventable public health threat that kills thousands of Americans every year,” NTSB Vice Chairman Bella Dinh-Zarr said. “It is an epidemic on wheels.” Read More »

U.S. mileage increases for 18th consecutive month

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) said Friday that drivers logged 277.3 billion miles on U.S. roads in August, posting the 18th straight month that mileage has increased. The FHWA released the data in its “Traffic Volume Trends” report for August. The report is a monthly estimate of road travel within the U.S. that was seasonally adjusted. Read More »

Guidelines released for filing airline on-time reports in 2016

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics released guidelines for reporting on-time data from airlines throughout 2016. BTS estimates that it will be receiving reports of on-time data from 12 airlines during 2016. BTS said all airlines that have revenue exceeding 1 percent of the total scheduled-service domestic passenger revenue during the 12 months that ended June 30 must report. Read More »

Jeffersonville, Indiana, gains TIGER grant for port improvements

The Port of Indiana - Jeffersonville received a $10-million federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant on Friday to complete truck-to-rail and rail-to-water improvements. The projects will link road, water and rail infrastructures at the port, which is located on the Ohio River directly across from Louisville, Kentucky. Read More »

Expansion joints replaced on I-5 Union Slough bridge in Washington

Construction crews recently finished work to fix roadway ruts and replace 10 aging bridge expansion joints on I-5’s Union Slough bridge near Everett, Washington. The project is part of an overall bridge preservation project that will replace 41 expansion joints on bridges located from Everett to Marysville, crossing over Steamboat, Union, and Ebey sloughs. Read More »

Michigan crews finish I-75 project in St. Ignace

Michigan Department Transportation crews finished pavement reconstruction on the Interstate 75 Business Loop (BL) in St. Ignace and repair work on the Castle Rock overpass, ending traffic restrictions in the section. The project repaired the railing, deck and substructure of the bridge and replaced the ramp aprons, pavement, gutters, guardrails and curbs on I-75. Read More »

Indiana slates hearings to discuss I-69 project near Indianapolis

Indiana transportation officials plan to hold a public hearing Thursday and next week to discuss a proposed infrastructure project on Interstate 69 in Hamilton and Madison counties in the Indianapolis area. The $85-million project is designed to improve and widen a 15-mile section of I-69 in both counties. The improvements are part of the Major Moves 2020 program in Indiana. Read More »

Stertil-Koni has new technical support manager

Stertil-Koni, a leading company in heavy-duty vehicle lifts, especially for trucks and buses, named Matthew Murray to be its new technical support manager. Murray will be based at the North American headquarters of the company in Stevensville, Maryland. He has approximately 20 years of experience that includes project management, mechanical system testing and electrical controls. Read More »

Volpe's Beyond Traffic 2045 series to tackle greenhouse gas

The Beyond Traffic 2045 speaker series hosted by Volpe, the National Transportation Systems Center, is scheduled to continue Thursday with MIT Professor John Heywood discussing alternatives and options for decreasing the quantity of greenhouse gas emissions. Previous speakers in the series included Next Generation Air Transportation System Assistant Administrator Edward Bolton. Read More »

Parking information project to aid truckers receives TIGER funding

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) said that funding through its Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program will be used to improve safety for truck drivers in eight states. The growing need for drivers and safety is one of the reasons USDOT gave $25 million in TIGER grants to the Regional Truck Parking Information and Management System. Read More »

Takata faces $200 million civil fine for air bag defects

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued penalties for defects in Takata air bag inflators. The penalties include a $200 million civil fine on the company. The NHTSA also ordered Takata to speed the recall of the air bags in U.S. vehicles and replace them with safer ones.These are the largest civil penalty orders that have ever been issued by the NHSTA. Read More »

Online tool aims to encourage healthier transportation choices

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new tool this week to help improve health using transportation. The Transportation and Health Tool helps users see how many people are walking and bicycling as healthier alternatives to traditional transportation at the state and local level. Read More »

NHTSA adding crash-avoidance technology to safety rating system

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Monday it will include automatic emergency braking (AEB) as a recommended safety technology in its 5-Star Rating System. The NHTSA will include this advanced safety technology, which automatically applies the brakes to prevent crashes, to its updated rating system beginning in the 2018 model year. Read More »

Minnesota Department of Transportation sets timetable for Glenwood road project

In preparation for the new road work, MnDOT as well as SEH, Inc. crews will be conducting preliminary survey work near Highway 104, Highway 29, and Highway 28. This work will be done over the next several months before the project begins. Officials have encouraged local business owners as well as residents to submit their email addresses in order to receive updates about the project. Read More »

Forum to discuss Long Grove Road - Ela Road intersection in Lake County, Illinois

The Lake County Division of Transportation in Illinois will hold a public meeting Nov. 12 an intersection improvement study involving Long Grove Road and Ela Road. The study focuses on improving the safety of the intersection. The meeting will address the future travel demands as well as the current capacity of the intersection, including bicyclist and pedestrian features. Read More »

The Alaska International Airport System hosts summit in China

The State of Alaska International Airport System (AIAS) hosted its 2015 Alaska International Air Cargo Summit event in Shanghai, China on October 29. The purpose of the event was to improve international relations with China and create synergy throughout the Trans-Pacific market. This is the first time that AIAS has hosted its event outside of the State of Alaska. Read More »

Report looks at shipbuilding's economic, military roles

The U.S. Maritime Administration and U.S. Department of Transportation released the 2015 Shipbuilding Economic Impact Study, a current look at the industry that is an important part of the national economy as well as the military security of the U.S. Ships maintain domestic commerce on waterways and also connect energy supply chains throughout the nation. Read More »

Indiana taking applications for railroad crossing safety improvement grants

The Rail Office of the Indiana Department of Transportation is accepting applications for 100 percent reimbursable grant funds for rail crossing safety improvements. Improvements eligible for grants include pavement markings and warning signs or surface improvements at rail crossings. Other improvements may be discussed with INDOT to see if they are applicable for the grants. Read More »

Texas, Arizona DOT publications big winners at magazine association's awards dinner

The International Regional Magazine Association honored Arizona Highways, a magazine published by the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), with 16 awards at the association's dinner last week. The only magazine to receive more awards than Arizona Highways was Texas Highways, which walked away with 17 awards. The awards were based on items published in 2014. Read More »

Names of conferees released for surface transportation bill

Bill Shuster (R–PA), the chairman for the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee recently released the names of the conferees who will be involved in the multi-year surface transportation bill. The House committee recently approved the new bill. Now the leaders are moving on to the next step in advancing the bill. "This is an outstanding, hard-working group of members,” Shuster said. Read More »