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The L.A. Metro Board of Directors this week approved contracts with two private sector teams for predevelopment work on the Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project using a first-of-its-kind public-private model. This megaproject is planned to connect the San Fernando Valley with the Westside and…
March 26, 2021
Pete Buttigieg
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As buzz continues to build in anticipation of a proposed infrastructure bill from the Biden administration, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg recently sat down for an interview with The Journal., the daily news podcast from The Wall Street Journal. Media outlets have recently reported…
March 26, 2021
City of Arlington, Texas launches on-demand autonomous shuttle service
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The City of Arlington, Texas recently launched the Arlington RAPID pilot program, the first in the U.S. to integrate on-demand autonomous vehicles into an existing public transportation service.  The City of Arlington is operating RAPID (Ride-share, Automation, and Payment Integration Demonstration…
March 25, 2021
Over 220,000 U.S. bridges in need of repair, analysis of federal data shows
There are 175 million daily crossings on over 45,000 structurally deficient U.S. bridges in poor condition. Image: ARTBA
Over 220,000 U.S. bridges need major repair work or should be replaced, according to an analysis of the U.S. DOT 2020 National Bridge Inventory (NBI) database.  That figure represents 36%, or more than one-third, of all U.S. bridges. The analysis of the NBI database was conducted by the American…
March 25, 2021
A collaboration aimed at piloting new technologies was recently announced between Georgia-based The Ray, the Texas DOT (TxDOT) Austin District, Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (Mobility Authority), and the City of Austin. This collaboration is the result of several months of discussion…
March 24, 2021
A clear majority (88%) of equipment manufacturers throughout the industry report a positive outlook for 2021, according to a new survey released by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). More than half (55%) of the respondents from leading equipment manufacturers expect sales to increase…
March 24, 2021
U.S. DOT "Mask Up" campaign launches to ensure transportation worker safety
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The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) recently announced the agency's “Mask Up” campaign to help ensure the safety of transportation workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign is a joint effort by the Federal Aviation, Motor Carrier Safety, Railroad and Transit Administrations…
March 23, 2021
The Biden Administration is reportedly putting together a new economic spending plan that includes a major infrastructure package. According to The Hill, the new $3 trillion spending package would be introduced as part of the administration's Build Back Better jobs and infrastructure proposal. The…
March 23, 2021
Arizona DOT releases plans for five-year construction program
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The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) recently released its proposed five-year construction program that is now available for public comment. The 2022-2026 Tentative Five-Year Transportation Facilities Construction Program allocates funding for several projects to widen highways and…
March 22, 2021
In a joint letter, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) urged federal officials to revisit plans to open the 5.9 GHz wireless communication spectrum to non-transportation usage. The March 11…
March 22, 2021
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Congressman Andrew Levin (D-Mich.), along with Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), this week unveiled the BUILD GREEN Infrastructure and Jobs Act. Modeled after the U.S. Department of Transportation's…
March 19, 2021
A new report from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) highlights various economic and quality of life benefits delivered by state DOT infrastructure projects. The report—entitled The Benefits of Transportation: The 2021 Round-Up of State DOT Solutions…
March 19, 2021
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