Aug 11th 2017 | Posted in Transportation by Kristin Gordon

Continued advancements in technology and funding are steadily making the airport experience much more efficient and pleasurable. Before technology can occur, funding must be available, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been busy this year approving grants through their Airport Improvement Program (AIP) for transportation facilities ready to take on big and small projects. […]

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Aug 9th 2017 | Posted in Transportation by Kristin Gordon

Nearly $79 million in the latest round of Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grants will benefit rail projects. U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Elaine Chao notified House and Senate authorizing committees of 10 projects selected by the agency for grants. Under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, the USDOT has proposed the funding […]

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Aug 4th 2017 | Posted in Transportation by Kristin Gordon

Does the U.S. ever emulate or keep track of transportation initiatives taking place in other countries? According to David Glessner, public information officer with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the agency has hosted over 1,800 international visitors since 1994. “TxDOT receives international visitors for one-day visits, and sometimes engineers or engineering students for more […]

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Jun 28th 2017 | Posted in Transportation by Ron Kim

 Arizona– The Arizona State Transportation Board approved the five-year, $260 million per year construction program proposed by the Arizona Department of Transportation that aims to increase the capacity of the major commerce corridors by investing in new and pre-existing infrastructure around the state. Major projects detailed in the construction program include widening various interstates, state […]

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Jun 28th 2017 | Posted in Legislation/Policy, Transportation by Kristin Gordon

Two bills that were introduced June 21 and 22 provide very different outcomes for the future of aviation in the United States. Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rep. Bill Shuster, introduced a six-year draft House bill called the 21st Century Aviation Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization Act (AIRR Act), a revised version from […]

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May 5th 2017 | Posted in Transportation by Kristin Gordon

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is best known for its roadways. Motorists traveling around Texas are likely to run across TxDOT employees refurbishing or building long stretches of road to improve our main source of transportation throughout the state. But did you know that TxDOT also handles railways and another mode of transportation that […]

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Mar 8th 2017 | Posted in Transportation by Kristin Gordon

In February the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released new data showing that Americans are driving more than ever before. In 2016, drivers in cars, trucks, minivans and SUVs put a record 3.22 trillion miles on the nation’s roads, up 2.8 percent from 3.1 trillion miles in 2015. The data also shows that it’s the fifth […]

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Feb 1st 2017 | Posted in Transportation by Kristin Gordon

In September of 2016, the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released the Federal Automated Vehicle Policy, which provides regulatory guidelines for autonomous vehicle development. While autonomous technologies have been rapidly advancing in recent years, regulatory laws had not kept pace.  This policy resolves the regulatory uncertainty […]

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Jan 18th 2017 | Posted in Transportation by Kristin Gordon

State and local departments of transportation throughout the United States are constantly looking for ways to develop their road networks and other transport links to meet their economic, political and social needs. In some jurisdictions this will mean building brand new roads.  In others it will mean focusing on refurbishing, widening and extending existing roads. […]

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Jan 18th 2017 | Posted in Infrastructure, Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Transportation by Mary Scott Nabers

After many months of hearing both presidential candidates talk about their plans for rebuilding the nation’s aging infrastructure, there is now doubt about whether this will really happen. According to a recent poll, a majority of Americans oppose the idea. Sixty-six percent of respondents in a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll say they “strongly” oppose […]

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Jan 10th 2017 | Posted in Transportation by Government Contracting Pipeline

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration released two final rules outlining the new performance measures to improve the condition of the nation’s roads and bridges and assess travel reliability, congestion and emissions. The rule calls for states to account for air quality improvement by establishing performance targets, and greater transparency and accountability in […]

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Jan 10th 2017 | Posted in Transportation by Government Contracting Pipeline

Plans to transform New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) into a new state-of-the-art facility will cost $10 billion. A projected $7 billion to $8 billion will be used to renovate the airport and the remaining $2 billion will be spent on road work .The expansion and redevelopment will include an interconnected terminal layout, […]

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Jan 4th 2017 | Posted in Transportation by Government Contracting Pipeline

U.S. Department of Transportation officials have released a report on lessons learned from the Smart City Challenge. More than 75 cities competed in the challenge for resources to implement new technologies. USDOT is now releasing the Smart City Challenge report as well as web tools to help municipalities identify trends and share knowledge to create smart […]

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Dec 21st 2016 | Posted in Transportation by Government Contracting Pipeline
Image of the Every Place Counts Design Challenge report cover

A new report details how municipalities can design infrastructure solutions to reconnect communities with opportunities. The USDOT Ladders of Opportunity Every Place Counts Design Challenge report summarizes the experience and lessons learned from four cities – Spokane, Wash.; Nashville, Tenn.; Philadelphia, Pa. and Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn. The selected cities participated in the Every Place Counts Design […]

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Dec 20th 2016 | Posted in Transportation by Government Contracting Pipeline

The Cross-Border Trade Enhancement Act was signed into law on Friday. The legislation will allow private businesses and local governments to pay for improved infrastructure at U.S. ports of entry by entering into agreements with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. “South Texas is a powerhouse for world trade, and this law will help increase the […]

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Dec 14th 2016 | Posted in Transportation by Government Contracting Pipeline
Image of an example of one of the many kinds of transit oriented developments

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the cities of Birmingham, Charlotte, Albuquerque, Omaha and Tacoma will receive support in planning development near transit systems as part of its Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Technical Assistance Initiative. The initiative supports efforts to create mixed-use, walkable communities near transit with a focus on economically disadvantaged […]

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Dec 14th 2016 | Posted in Transportation by Government Contracting Pipeline

U.S. Department of Transportation officials announced a new resource for communities, cities, regions and states to train emerging transportation leaders: the Every Place Counts Leadership Academy transportation toolkit. The transportation toolkit is part of a package of educational materials that are downloadable and free. “If you have a transportation idea, concern, or challenge on your […]

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Dec 2nd 2016 | Posted in Transportation by Priscilla Loebenberg
Logo for the Texas Mobility Summit

Teams from municipalities all over the state are meeting to work on real world solutions to transportation challenges. The Texas Mobility Summit, hosted by the department of transportation’s Texas Technology Task Force, opened Thursday in Austin and continues today. About 200 people are in attendance. Teams from Arlington, Austin, Bryan-College Station, Corpus Christi, Dallas-Fort Worth, […]

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Nov 30th 2016 | Posted in Transportation by Government Contracting Pipeline

As tolls have become a more popular solution for transportation challenges in states and municipalities across the country, industry groups and citizens have been calling for more interoperability. Currently, drivers who use tollways operated by different agencies may have to acquire different transponders for each system. As part of the Moving Ahead for Program in […]

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Nov 30th 2016 | Posted in Transportation by Government Contracting Pipeline

President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Elaine L. Chao, the former labor secretary under George W. Bush, to head the Department of Transportation. Chao is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Given Trump’s campaign promise to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure, the secretary of transportation will likely be a critical position in the […]

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Nov 18th 2016 | Posted in Transportation by Texas Government Insider

A Texas Sunset Advisory Committee report released this week on the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) included concerns about the agency’s readiness to handle up to $80 million in projects over the next 10 years. New funding has effectively doubled the expectations placed on the agency for that time period. “While this new funding represents […]

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Oct 26th 2016 | Posted in Transportation by Priscilla Loebenberg

Nov. 8 will be a big day for transportation officials across the country as well as those running for elected offices. Researchers at the nonprofit Center for Transportation Excellence (CTE) estimate $175 billion in transportation projects will be on the ballot in about 70 measures nationwide. The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) estimates that total […]

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Oct 18th 2016 | Posted in Transportation by Government Contracting Pipeline

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration has announced $14.7 million in grants to improve access to public transit in 16 metropolitan areas. The awards are part of the Transit-Oriented Development Planning Pilot Program for communities that are developing new or expanded mass transit systems. “These grants will help our nation’s growing metropolitan areas plan […]

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