Texas awards $265,000 grant for Alpine-Casparis Municipal Airport

The Texas Transportation Commission, which governs the Texas Department of Transportation, designated approximately $265,000 for improvements at West Texas’ Alpine-Casparis Municipal Airport. The grant will fund the engineering design for new asphalt, two taxiways and rehabilitation of a runway while helping maintain the multimillion-dollar air transportation facility business. Read More »

Washington opens I-405 express toll lanes

The Washington State Department of Transportation opened 17 miles of express toll lanes on Interstate 405 between Bellevue and Lynnwood on Sunday, marking a notable day for commuters given new options. WSDOT urges drivers to keep an eye out for changing patterns on the route. Changes include new carpool rules, account and pass settings adjustments, and modified lane markings. Read More »

$22.5 million in NoLo program grants to boost drive for cleaner buses

The Federal Transit Administration announced Friday that it has allocated $22.5 million for U.S. transit agencies to procure and put into service cleaner, greener, more energy-efficient transit buses. Under the Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program (LoNo), new vehicles are required to meet higher energy-efficiency standards in an effort to skirt pollutants. Read More »

New York City and Pensacola, Fla. to test off-hours delivery in DOT pilot program

With $200,000 allocated in grants from the Federal Highway Administration, New York City, New York and Pensacola, Florida will participate in a U.S. Department of Transportation pilot program designed to study traffic gridlock solutions. The cities will test delivery and pickup of goods during off-peak times in order to relieve traffic standstills on busy city streets. Read More »

ARTBA opposed to local hiring mandate on Syracuse project

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) has cited safety and cost concerns in their opposition to a proposed local hiring mandate for a Syracuse, New York construction project. The ARTBA's president said the biggest issue with hiring locally is that unskilled and untrained local workers lack the safety training of experienced employees. Read More »

State of Washington reports improved bridge conditions

WSDOT reported Monday from Olympia that a vast majority of bridges in the state, calculated by deck area, are in fair condition or better. With over 49 million square feet total, including approximately 700,000 square feet more than half a decade ago, the WSDOT compared the measurement as an area equivalent to a two-lane highway extending between Seattle and Spokane. Read More »

Proposal would require transit agencies to attain 'state of good repair'

The Federal Transit Administration has proposed a law requiring public transportation agencies to monitor and manage their capital assets to achieve and maintain a state of good repair. The proposed rule would define the term “state of good repair,” and require public transportation agencies to develop Transit Asset Management Plans, and set corresponding performance targets. Read More »

Lawmakers seek meeting with Foxx over Gulf airlines' entry into US

Reps. Dan Lipinski, Robert Dold, Paul Cook, Tom Emmer, Steve Israel and Frank Pallone want to meet with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to discuss protecting rights of U.S. airlines and their workers from unfair competition. “As the public comment period is now officially closed, it is time for your agency to swiftly address these trade violations,” the members wrote. Read More »

US reports drop in NAFTA freight data for July

The United States reported $93 billion in North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) freight in July 2015, as all modes excluding air carried less than in July 2014, according to TransBorder Freight Data released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics. The overall annual value of all U.S.-NAFTA freight flows decreased 8 percent. Read More »

Hazardous liquids proposal enters public comment phase

Following last week's release of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s proposed regulations for Hazardous Liquids, PHMSA summed up important points for consumers in its continuing effort to maintain public safety and awareness. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking will be available for public comment until Jan. 8, 2016. Read More »

Indiana's Lt. Gov. attends groundbreaking for Boonville Bypass

Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann joined Warrick County Commissioner Marlin Weisheit, Boonville Mayor Pam Hendrickson and representatives from Alcoa and the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) to break ground on the Boonville Bypass project this week in Warrick County. “I am thrilled to help celebrate the start of this long-anticipated project,” Ellspermann said. Read More »

San Francisco promotes safety through traffic-calming measures

Officials say Home Zone projects like this refocus areas to address concerns of walkability and prevent speeding. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) used speed humps, narrowed roadways and raised crosswalks to make a Home Zone, in which traffic-calming measures are implemented to make pedestrians and bicyclists the first priority.  Read More »

PennDOT to accept applications for multimodal grant funding

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will begin accepting funding transportation improvement project applications under the Multimodal Transportation Fund, basing final selections on projects’ anticipated energy-efficiency, economic and technical feasibility, and sustainability. $40 million in grants will be available for fiscal 2016-17. Read More »

NHTSA encourages consumers to report vehicle flaws

Urging Americans to not hesitate in filing reports if they suspect safety-related vehicle or equipment defects, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) affirms that even one complaint can trigger a recall and save lives. In 2014, the NHTSA said 803 recalls involving 63.9 million vehicles occurred, including two of the largest vehicle recalls in history. Read More »

House panel slates hearing on unmanned aircraft systems safety

The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Aviation, chaired by Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), has scheduled a hearing to discuss issues related to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) safety. The hearing, titled "Ensuring Aviation Safety in the Era of Unmanned Aircraft Systems," will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. Read More »

Bill introduced to extend train safety technology deadline

The chairman of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee introduced the bipartisan Positive Train Control Enforcement and Implementation Act of 2015, which would extend the deadline for implementing new railroad safety technology. Initially, Congress mandated that the technology be implemented by passenger and freight railroad lines by Dec. 31. Read More »