The House and Senate moved toward a week of deadlines ahead of the Christmas holiday recess, needing to pass a 2018 budget or temporary extension by Dec. 22 to keep agencies funded and moving toward a likely vote on a major tax cut bill after negotiators agreed on its framework.
Motor vehicle travel on all U.S. highways and streets increased 1.2 percent in October from a year earlier – adding 3.3 billion more vehicle miles – and continued a string of record-high volume levels.
Former Iowa Department of Transportation Director Paul Trombino withdrew his name from Senate consideration to become the next head of the Federal Highway Administrator, with news reports saying he has chosen to remain in Iowa to care for his ailing father.
The governors of New York and New Jersey announced their plan to provide $5.55 billion or half the total project cost to build a proposed Gateway Tunnel under the Hudson River for passenger trains moving in and out of New York City.
The Amtrak passenger rail system said it recorded $204.7 million in system-wide ticket revenue in November, making it "the best month in the company's history."
Virginia Gov.-elect Ralph Northam announced that he has chosen Shannon Valentine to join his Cabinet as secretary of transportation when Northam takes office next month, and that Stephen Brich will become commissioner of the state Department of Transportation.
Gov. Larry Hogan recently joined residents of Maryland's Eastern Shore, local officials and business leaders to mark the completion ahead of schedule of a $158 million project to improve MD 404, one of the area's primary transportation routes.
Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn joined officials from Lincoln, Ill., and Amtrak to celebrate completion of a $4 million project to restore and renovate a passenger train station built in 1911 and open it for service for the first time in more than three decades.
The Hawaii Department of Transportation on Dec. 1 began a three-month pilot program that allows ride-hailing services Lyft and Uber to pick up passengers at two specific locations at Honolulu's Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.
The South Dakota Transportation Commission recently awarded nearly $3.7 million in "community access grants" for road improvement projects in small communities.
As part of an eight-state initiative, the Iowa Department of Transportation said it is investing in a high-tech "truck parking information management system" to help commercial truck drivers "make safer, more timely parking decisions along Iowa's Interstate 80 corridor."
Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Shawn Wilson joined Gov. John Bel Edwards and other state and local officials Nov. 30 to officially launch a project to widen state highway 42 in Ascension Parish southeast of Baton Rouge.
As part of what it calls an "ongoing effort to enhance the bicycle experience across the state," the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said it completed new bicycle lanes on three suburban state highways in the Philadelphia region.
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