Pipeline administration awards millions to universities for research

The Department of Transportation's Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration awarded nearly $2 million last week to 11 universities that are committed to researching safety solutions for pipelines. Through the PHMSA's Competitive Academic Agreement Program, graduate and undergraduate students have the opportunity to provide novel solutions to pipeline hazards. Read More »

New Indiana interchange celebrated with ribbon cutting

The new Veterans Parkway/Seventh Road interchange was opened to motorists in a ceremony on Friday, with U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly, veterans, and Indiana Department of Transportation leaders attending. US 31 runs close to Indianapolis, Kokomo and South Bend, making it an important part of the Major Moves construction program. The new projects are meant to heighten safety. Read More »

Cable barrier rails to be installed along Indiana's I-74

Officials from the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) recently encouraged drivers to be cautious when traveling between St. Paul and Greensburg on Interstate 1-74 as crews will be installing cable barrier rails on the roadways and medians to prevent vehicles from crossing the divided highway. Experts estimate that the improvements will reduce wrecks by approximately half. Read More »

Washington opens I-405 express toll lanes

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has opened 17 miles of express toll lanes on I-405. The WSDOT is asking drivers to be aware of the changing patterns on the routes between Bellevue and Lynnwood. I-405 express toll lanes will allow drivers to pay more efficiently and drive. Transit, vanpools, motorcycles with passes can travel for free in these lanes. Read More »

AHMS summer 2016 schedule open to public for review

The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) 2016 summer schedule, which looks to improve ferry service to Alaskans, was released Tuesday for public review. The proposed schedule lasts from May 2016 until September 2016 and is available online through FerryAlaska.com. The review and comment period has been extended to accommodate more feedback. All comments must be submitted by November 3, 2015. Read More »

US 93 traffic switch implemented in Arizona

Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) officials made a traffic switch on the US 93 north of Wickenburg on Thursday. switch was part of a highway widening project to upgrade a 5-mile portion of US 93, extending from State Route 71 to State Route 89, north of Wickenburg. To comply with ongoing construction projects, motorists are encouraged to use the single travel lane. Read More »

Federal Transit Administration funds low and no-emission vehicles in U.S.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA), a branch of the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), recently announced that it has made funds available to promote the Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program (LoNo) in the U.S.: the funds, which amount to $22.5 million, are dedicated to putting more vehicles that are low or no-emission on the roads. Read More »

Association of American Railroads releases weekly rail traffic report

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) recently released its report on weekly U.S. rail traffic for the first nine months of the year and for Sept. 2015; according to the report, September’s carload traffic amounted to 1,417,750, which is a decrease of 4.9 percent, or 72,597, compared to Sept. 2014, while U.S. railroads originated approximately 1,365,980 trailers and containers in Sept. 2015, an increase of 1.2 percent compared to Sept. 2014. Read More »

Federal Highway Administration funds training, supportive service programs

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recently announced that it has offered funds for both training as well as supportive service programs; these funds, which amount to up to $3 million, will be used to assist local transportation agencies or state departments of transportation to foster the kind of workforce that they need to guarantee that public roads are safe for drivers. Read More »

Caltrans faults Bay Bridge contractors for delay

Caltrans officials recently moved to gain approval from the Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee (TBPOC) to end Caltrans’ contract and hold American Bridge/Fluor accountable for the delays and fault work in the Bay Bridge project, but before any further action can be taken in ending the contract and starting negotiations about penalties and damages, the project’s governing body (TBPOC), developed by the legislature, must grant its approval of entire legal process. Read More »

USDOT sends emergency relief funds to South Carolina

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) recently announced that it has sent $5 million in emergency relief funds to the state of South Carolina; the funds, which were taken from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and given to the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT), will be dedicated to repairing the bridges and roads that have received flood damage. Read More »

Report projects US will lack 175,000 truck drivers by 2024

A recent report from the American Trucking Association shows there is an increasing lack of qualified truck drivers in the U.S. According to the analysis, the shortage has increased to approximately 48,000. This figure is expected to expand as time goes by because of a retiring workforce and industry growth. Experts estimate that the shortage will reach 175,000 by 2024. Read More »