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Eno Transportation Weekly

Category: Roads and Bridges

FHWA/FTA Release Biennial “Conditions & Performance” Report

January 18, 2017 – The Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration on January 12 jointly released the biannual “Conditions and Performance Report” that updates policymakers on the conditions, performance and financial needs of the nation’s highway, bridge and mass transit systems.

ISTEA at 25: Part 1

December 23, 2016 – This week marks the 25th anniversary of the enactment of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA).

Highlights from USDOT’s Safer People, Safer Streets

September 30, 2016 – The USDOT Mayors’ Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets challenged city leaders to form local coalitions to increase safety for bicyclists and pedestrians in their communities. Across the United States, 245 communities participated in the Challenge across seven categories:

GAO Recommends Performance Measures For All Bridges

September 22, 2016 – The U.S. Government Accountability Office issued a new report last week concluding that federal spending on highway bridges is not connected to changes in bridge conditions in any measurable way. The report recommends that the Federal Highway Administration “develop an efficiency measure or measures that demonstrate the linkage between the federal funding of bridges and the desired performance outcomes, such as maintained or improved bridge conditions…”

California Town Builds Wide Coalition to Win Rural TIGER Grant

August 10, 2016 – Of the nine rural TIGER grants awarded at the end of last year, a streetscape project in the City of Live Oak, California stood out as a prime example of how a municipality can leverage their county, state, and federal representatives to successfully navigate the application process – to the tune of $10 million.

100th Anniversary of the Creation of the Federal-Aid Highway Program

July 1, 2016 – As ETW noted earlier, this week marked the 100th anniversary of the House and Senate approving the final version of the bill that created the federal-aid highway program. The bill (H.R. 7617, 64th Congress) was then sent to President Wilson, who waited until July 11, 1916 to sign it into law (39 Stat. 355).

FHWA Releases Highway & Bridge Performance Metrics

April 20, 2016 – On April 18, the Federal Highway Administration released the last (and largest) of the three rulemakings implementing the national highway performance measures enacted in section 1203 of the 2012 MAP-21 law.

Recent Reports and Audits

December 9, 2015 – Three new GAO reports shed light on issues relating to bridges, shipbuilding, and air traffic control funding.

House Hearing Examines Interoperability of Electronic Toll Systems

October 1, 2015 – On September 30, the House Oversight Subcommittee for Transportation and Public Assets held a hearing on the status of national tolling interoperability to identify remaining actions needed to develop and implement a national tolling system as required by the 2012 Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). MAP-21 mandated ETC interoperability and the private industry has tasked with testing and developing the specific technology that would become the national standard.

House Science Panel Marks Up Highway Research Legislation

September 18, 2015 – Last Thursday, September 10, the committee on Science, Space, & Technology’s subcommittee on Research and Technology marked up the committee print of the “Surface Transportation Research and Development Act of 2015” and H.R. 2889, the “Future Transportation Research and Innovation Prosperity Act” (Future TRIP Act).

Trump City: The Earmark That Changed the Rules

September 10, 2015 – Now that he has become the front-runner in public polling for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, it may be useful to remember this story: Donald Trump was behind one of the most contested Congressional earmarks in living memory.

The Perils of Flat Funding

In the weeks leading up to the federal surface transportation vote on a short-term extension, a few members of Congress started touting that we will have a five-year bill soon. But it comes with a caveat: flat-funding for roads, bridges and transit systems.