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Traffic & Transit State of the Industry survey
Transportation Management News November 15, 2017
Each year, we send to you our annual State of the Industry survey, in effort to gauge your viewpoint and opinion of the ITS segment of the road and bridge construction industry.   However, more often than not, this survey goes unanswered. This year, we are hoping that will be different. Our new...
Editorial/Commentary News November 13, 2017
A new transportation funding formula is needed in tax reform. Also: California voters want to repeal gas tax increase; driverless vehicles are being tested on Phoenix streets; and repairs will be made to Buck O'Neil Bridge in Kansas City while officials figure out a way to fund a new bridge. For...
Editorial/Commentary News November 06, 2017
An editorial is exactly what an editorial is . . . an opinion, and I will talk politics. Also, the GOP tax plan would effect bonding; the FHWA reopens pilot program to allow tolling on existing interstates; TxDOT to add capacity on U.S. 183; and MoDOT's solar road program is on hold. To hear the...
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Editorial/Commentary News October 23, 2017
States hope to cash in on VW's cheating; I-95 Coalition to test mileage-based user fees on trucks; Kansas City wants all the money for a bridge replacement; Canada wants the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit down; and more. For the latest podcast, click here.  
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Construction Planning News October 17, 2017
The city of San Antonio’s transportation committee approved an $83.5 million package that will be presented to members of the city council sometime this year.   Assistant Director of Transportation and Capital Improvements Art Reinhart briefed the committee on the seven projects that would be...
Brian Budzynski
Editorial/Commentary Article October 12, 2017
Recently U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced a series of updated federal guidelines aimed at smoothing the path toward getting more autonomous vehicles on the road for testing and deployment. The guidelines were designed to preclude what Secretary Chao characterized as a “patchwork...
Jim Barbaresso
Editorial/Commentary Article October 12, 2017
Two main components of becoming a Smart City are the seamless sharing of data and leveraging emerging and innovative technology.   Generally speaking, emerging technology might include developments in the electrical grid to support smart street lighting and electric vehicle charging. It might be...
Uber stripped of its license in London
Transportation Management News September 22, 2017
The city of London has stripped Uber of its license to operate from the end of September, according to Reuters. The decision will affect more than 40,000 drivers in one of the world’s biggest cities.   Regulator Transport for London (TfL) said Uber’s conduct posed risks to public safety and it...
Hyperloop One
Transportation Management News September 18, 2017
Hyperloop One has revealed 10 potential sites for its first experimental Hyperloop, four of which are in the U.S.   If successful, the company would mark a major step toward revolutionizing transportation with tubes hurling passengers from one city to the next at speeds of up to 670 mph.   After...
Road Construction News September 18, 2017
State DOTs come to the aid of Florida's DOT in the wake of Hurricane Irma, Va.'s I-66 project needs more money from the state, environmental streamlining building steam, and more. To hear our latest podcast, click here.
U.S. DOT FHWA
Funding News September 15, 2017
State transportation agencies are sharing a $3.1-billion “bonus” through the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) latest annual summer redistribution of unused highway funding.   The U.S. Dept. of Transportation (U.S. DOT), which oversees FHWA, also has announced it is taking applications for a...
Road Construction News September 11, 2017
Sixteen years ago today, America changed forever . . . and I first found out about it in an elevator. Plus, an interview with Dale Keller of the Nevada DOT on the progress of Project Neon in Las Vegas, federal highway funding levels will remain flat, the Highway Trust Fund continues to stumble...
I-90 SmartRoad

View of an overhead SmartRoad sign along the Jane Addams Tollway from inside a Pace bus

Transportation Management News September 05, 2017
The Illinois Tollway in partnership with Pace Bus Service activated the new I-90 SmartRoad in the northwest Chicago suburbs that provides real-time traffic and travel information to drivers and allows Pace buses to travel on the inside flex lane during traffic congestion.   On the I-90 Jane Addams...
Road Construction News September 05, 2017
Steve McGough, president and CFO of HCSS, offers a first-hand account of the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Also, the Trump administration continues to work on an infrastructure bill, a trail could put the I-66 widening project in Va. in jeopardy, and more. To hear our latest podcast, click here.
Hurricane Harvey aftermath in Houston
Transportation Management News August 29, 2017
The catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey and continued rainfall over the past few days has most modes of transportation in Houston and a larger region of the state at a standstill.   State highway conditions consist of road closures because of flooding all along the Texas coastal area...
Road Construction News August 21, 2017
It's time for the big event--the solar eclipse! Also, Trump's grand infrastructure plan is being pushed back and his infrastructure council has been scratched. Pennsylvania celebrates it's latest diverging diamond interchange, there will be no new protected bike lanes in San Francisco's Golden Gate...
Construction Planning News August 18, 2017
President Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan has been slow out of the gate, and now the search for the gatekeepers has been called off.   A month after he signed an executive order to set up an infrastructure council to go over the details of his grand plan, President Trump deleted any further...
Brian Budzynski
Editorial/Commentary Article August 16, 2017
Since this edition of TM&E is largely concerned with various aspects of connected and automated vehicles and the environment they require, it was a minor felicity that I came across an interview conducted by Governing.com with California State Transportation Agency Secretary Brian Kelly. The...
Maryland traffic management center
Transportation Management Article August 16, 2017
ITS infrastructure, monitored at this traffic management center, has been widely deployed by the Maryland SHA.   Maryland is home to nearly 6 million people. The state’s proximity to Washington, D.C., makes the Baltimore-Washington region a site of high socioeconomic activity. The state’s overall...
Jim Barbaresso
Editorial/Commentary Article August 16, 2017
Over the past few years, I’ve given presentations about the growing trend of Smart City initiatives to numerous planning commissions and government agencies around the country. One of the questions I get most often during the post-presentation Q&A is, “How do they do that?”   In other words, “...
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