Sonoran Corridor in Arizona now included in highway bill

U.S. Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) said Friday her efforts have resulted in the designation of a Sonoran Corridor in Tucson, Arizona, being included in long-term highway funding reauthorization legislation. The project would designate a highway that connects I-19 to I-10, located south of Tucson International Airport, as a “Highway Priority Corridor.” Read More »

Task force to look at registration requirements for drones

U.S. transportation officials said Monday they have developed a task force that will evaluate and create recommendations for the registration requirements of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones. The task force will include 25 to 30 experts from the manned and UAS aviation industries, the U.S. government and other representatives. Read More »

Michelin and ADTSEA roll out tire-safety training module

Michelin and the American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association said Tuesday they are furthering a national awareness program designed to reduce preventable crashes involving teen drivers by publishing the first U.S. national tire-safety training module for driving instructors. The module sets the standard for tire-safety education materials. Read More »

DOT publishes new report on freight transportation

The Federal Highway Administration and the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, both branches of the United States Department of Transportation, published the “Freight Analysis Framework,” a report on the latest data from freight transportation. The report, the first product of its kind, is the most comprehensive publicly accessible data set pertaining to freight movement. Read More »

Passenger airline employment data for August shows increase

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics published U.S. passenger airline employment data for the month of August 2015. According to the report, there were 3.3 percent more workers hired by U.S. scheduled passenger airlines in August. This is the 21st month in a row that the airlines increased full-time equivalent hiring compared to the same month the year before. Read More »

'5 to Drive' encourages safety with teen drivers

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is encouraging parents to discuss the “5 to Drive” rule system with their teens before they receive their drivers licenses. The "5 to Drive" campaign includes discussing five rules that are important to teen drivers. In 2013 alone, there were 2,839 teens between the ages of 15 and 19 who died because of driving irresponsibly. Read More »

Indiana DOT to hold ribbon-cutting for I-65

Indiana’s first Major Moves 2020 project is almost finished, and officials will hold a ribbon-cutting at 1 p.m. Friday for the opening of Interstate 65. The last paving operations ended Thursday. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be in the Johnstone Supply Co. parking lot, which is nearby I-65. At the events, there will be engineers, INDOT officials, and contractors. Read More »

House subcommittee discusses roadway and vehicle safety

The subcommittee of Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade recently held a hearing to discuss the best ways to improve roadway and vehicle safety throughout the U.S. “A car isn’t just how you get around when you are from Michigan,” Rep. Michael Burgess (R–TX), the chairman of the subcommittee, said. “It’s a neighbor’s job, it’s a fiber that connects our communities." Read More »

House panel backs surface transportation reauthorization bill

The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee unanimously approved the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015 on Thursday. The bipartisan, multiyear surface transportation bill would reauthorize and reform federal transit, highway and highway safety programs. The bill is designed to strengthen U.S. surface transportation infrastructure. Read More »

San Francisco may extend commuter shuttle program

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which is responsible for all ground transportation within San Francisco, said Tuesday it wants to improve its regulation of private commuter shuttles.The SFMTA suggests that it continue its current regulatory role past January 31, 2016, which is when its Commuter Shuttle Pilot Program ends. Read More »

Indiana's first GRS-IBS project is completed

Every Day Counts, an initiative of the Federal Highway Administration's Center for Accelerating Innovation, said that the first geosynthetic reinforced soil-integrated bridge system (GRS-IBS) project in Indiana was recently completed. GRS-IBS construction involves basic earthwork methods and uses commonly available materials, which means projects can be completed faster and at lower cost. Read More »

Transportation Secretary Foxx urges more Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Seaway investment

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx considers the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway system to be one of the nation’s most valuable resources, but it needs further investments before it can reach its full potential in benefiting the economy. He called the waterway system "a vital, environmentally sustainable artery for trade into and out of the United States and Canada." Read More »

San Francisco railway project bringing new round of street closures

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) said track and infrastructure work on the Central Subway will affect traffic and transit on 4th and King streets and nearby areas during November. The construction project will include track work as well as upgrades to infrastructure. The project is expected to begin at 10 p.m. Nov. 6 and end the evening of Nov. 14. Read More »

Open house to discuss I-94 bridge project in Michigan

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced it will host an open house Tuesday to discuss a bridge replacement project on I-94 over Pipestone Road in Benton Township in Berrien County. Officials have been conducting a study about replacing the bridges on I-94 that pass over Pipestone Road. MDOT will explain information from the study to the public and gather comments. Read More »

Meeting to discuss I-275 road project in Michigan

The Michigan Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting on Nov. 10 regarding a pavement replacement and bridge repair project on 13-mile section of I-275 in Oakland and Wayne counties. MDOT staff, interested stakeholders and project consultants will be at the meeting to be held at 4 p.m. Nov. 10 at Davenport University, 19499 Victor Parkway, Livonia. Read More »

Smartphone app aims to improve safety at street crossings

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has awarded a contract to develop an app to improve the safety of pedestrians at street crossings. Savari, Inc. was awarded a contract to create a traffic signal interface app, called SmartCross, to alert smartphone users when it is unsafe or safe to cross streets. The app can also inform drivers when pedestrians are crossing the road. Read More »

Indiana completes first Major Moves 2020 project on I-65

The Indiana Department of Transportation said Friday that lanes of I-65 south of Indianapolis are now open to motorists as the first step of Indiana’s Major Moves 2020 contract is finished. Contractors have finished new ramp lanes on I-65 at exits for County Line Road, Southport Road and Main Street. The project also updated overpasses and repaired four miles of I-65. Read More »