The group that represents state departments of transportation wants to see the USDOT increase the federal share of financing projects under TIFIA, the department's main infrastructure loan program, and "develop a simpler, faster and more reliable application process."
House appropriators advanced a 2018 Department of Transportation spending bill that would eliminate TIGER infrastructure grants, make up to $900 million available for Amtrak Gateway projects in New York City, curb other new transit project funding and strip state DOTs of $800 million in highway...
The Federal Railroad Administration completed its Tier 1 environmental review process on a long-term plan to boost capacity and cut congestion for passenger train travel along the Northeast Corridor. It also released a final plan for projects to boost capacity and speed in the heavily traveled...
President Trump nominated Ronald Batory, who had stepped down March 31 as president and chief operating officer of Philadelphia-based Conrail, to be the next administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration.
The Federal Railroad Administration moved to implement a pilot program under which passenger train operators other than Amtrak can bid to operate up to three of Amtrak's long-distance routes, in an effort to see if other providers can operate passenger trains at a lower subsidy cost.
The Federal Aviation Administration said it is awarding $335 million in infrastructure projects grants to 237 airports.
The Federal Transit Administration said it is taking applications through Aug. 25 for about $226.5 million in competitive grant funding for transit bus projects nationwide, under a program to help replace and upgrade buses and related facilities.
The Intelligent Transportation Society of America said David St. Amant, an affiliate principal of the CAVita consulting firm and a past ITS America board chairman, will take over as interim chief executive as CEO Regina Hopper resigns effective July 31 and a search begins for a new CEO.
North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum appointed Thomas Sorel, a former Minnesota Department of Transportation commissioner and current chief operating officer at the Minnesota Trucking Association, to become CEO of the NDDOT starting Aug. 7.
Oregon legislators sent to Gov. Kate Brown a wide-ranging, $5.3 billion multimodal transportation investment package, which would increase or levy for the first time a number of taxes and fees to pay for improvements in highway, rail, waterway, air, pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure.
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation is trying to increase traveler awareness of a transit option, and get more travelers off a busy highway, by giving free commuter rail rides through yearend on Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority trains moving between Rhode Island stops.
The Arizona Department of Transportation said "a bright idea" by its employees involving signage lighting "delivers clearer messages on overhead electronic signs along state highways while saving taxpayer dollars."
Departments of transportation in six northeastern states claimed prizes in the regional round of the 2015 America's Transportation Awards, a competition designed to recognize excellence in the state agencies' projects to move people or freight more effectively.
The Association released the 18th publication in a series of free practitioner's handbooks, this one titled "Addressing Air Quality Issues in the NEPA Process for Highway Projects."
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