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Article May 12, 2015
The Connecticut Department of Transportation’s (CTDOT) CTfastrak is a dedicated bus rapid transit (BRT) system that will help riders circumvent growing highway traffic congestion between New Britain and Hartford, Conn., with fast, flexible direct buses.   Operating much like a rail transit line,...
Article May 12, 2015
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) recently deployed the nation’s first Truck Parking Information & Management System (TPIMS) at five public rest areas and 10 private truck stops along a section of I-94 from about 1.5 miles south of the Indiana border to east of I-69, near mile...
Article May 12, 2015
In an effort to combat congestion in our country’s urban areas, the U.S. DOT launched the Urban Partnership Agreement (UPA) program in 2007. The program infused nearly $900 million into transportation-related projects in four cities nationwide, including the Twin Cities metropolitan area.  ...
Public Transportation News May 12, 2015
The State of California stated in a recent legal filing that the U.S. Department of Labor “has appeared to be acting as if the district court order had never (been) issued” regarding the freeing of more than $100 million in federal grants the state has earmarked for various transit agencies.   The...
DOT in Crisis News May 12, 2015
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has released a draft of its five-year plan that will focus on fewer construction projects than the previous iteration. The DOT’s draft of its Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) was delivered to the Missouri Highways and...
Funding News May 11, 2015
Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Randy Blackenhorn said state roadway tolls are not going anywhere; not exactly what Illinois commuters had in mind for transportation funding.   “The truth is unless we are willing to put significantly more state and federal money into the system,...
Public Transportation News May 11, 2015
Downtown San Francisco is adding a bit of luxury to its public transit offerings. In conjunction with Leap, the city has begun offering bus routes on its morning and evening commute schedule running from the Marina district to downtown that offer spacious seating, free Wi-Fi and attendants who...
Law News May 08, 2015
  In a post to her Facebook page, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin addressed the signing of House Bill 1965, which effectively makes it a crime to text while driving within the state. Known as the “Trooper Nicholas Dees and Keith Burch Act of 2015,” in honor of the troopers who were involved in a...
Bridge Rescue Article May 07, 2015
Two thousand is a nice number, which is why it is losing badly in its fight with 61,000.   Nice does not come with a whole lot of muscle. Consequently, the quest to make significance progress on the nation’s structurally deficient bridge list continues to be a struggle.   According to the latest...
Law News May 07, 2015
This week, the Mississippi Transportation Commission authorized the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) to change signage along U.S. Highway 78 to I-22 once federal application procedures are completed.   U.S. Highway 78 connects Memphis to Birmingham via New Albany, Tupelo and Fulton....
News May 06, 2015
In perhaps one of the largest ballot defeats in Michigan history, voters overwhelmingly rejected Proposition 1, a sales tax increase that would have generated over $1 billion annually for road and bridge construction. Only 20% approved the measure.   “While voters didn’t support this particular...
Bridge Rescue News May 06, 2015
Construction work on the I-84 Twin Bridges replacement project near Declo, Idaho, has started with demolition of the westbound bridge.   The $17.88 million project will replace the two 1,100-ft bridges crossing the Snake River in Idaho. The bridges were built in 1960 as part of the interstate’s...
Traffic Management News May 06, 2015
There has been much vaunted conversation these last few years regarding the feasibility and potential application of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology on U.S. roads. Thus far strides in this regard could best be described as baby steps. But one state is now looking to take a great, big stretch...
Asphalt Article May 05, 2015
Steep pavement-edge drop-offs are more common on rural two-lane roads with unpaved shoulders, but also occur on roads with paved shoulders.   Typically, the unbound material at the pavement’s edge settles and erodes over time, creating a drop-off and increasing the difficulty drivers face in...
Asphalt Article May 05, 2015
Life-cycle cost analysis (LCAA) is used in many industries, including the transportation industry, to make rational decisions regarding large investments.   LCCA is designed to factor in the initial and recurring costs throughout the life of the investment to select the most cost-efficient...
Asphalt Article May 05, 2015
In 2007, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) made the decision to answer the question: How does warm-mix asphalt (WMA) affect performance of asphalt concrete mixes?   This decision began the first phase of a comprehensive study into the use of WMA for Caltrans by the University...
Asphalt Article May 05, 2015
Commerical and small municipal paving contractors often find themselves between a rock and a hard place.   Most take pride in being nimble and flexible, selling on the advantage of quickly servicing the needs of the customer more so than the larger, more established asphalt producer/contractor in...
Asphalt Article May 05, 2015
Chip seal and microsurfacing are two of the main preventive maintenance treatments used in Ohio for the preservation of asphalt-surfaced pavements.   The primary intent in using these two treatments is to slow pavement deterioration and defer costly rehabilitation. In Ohio, chip seal is a sprayed...
Asphalt Article May 05, 2015
Because of its many benefits, warm-mix asphalt (WMA) is becoming increasing popular with producers, paving crews and specifying agencies.   The goal with WMA is to produce mixtures with strength, durability and performance characteristics similar to or better than hot-mix asphalt (HMA) using lower...
Traffic Management Article May 05, 2015
Adaptive signal-control technology (ASCT) describes any system that collects traffic detector data, evaluates traffic-signal performance and then updates signal timing in response to that evaluation.   As part of the Every Day Counts initiative, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) actively...

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