The U.S. can look to the Netherlands for examples of urban street design strategies that reduce accidents and bike-ped fatalities.
Eno Transportation Weekly
Category: Roads and Bridges
The largest mass transit system in the country isn’t commercial bus, train, or air service — or even all those systems combined. The largest mass transit system includes 500,000 vehicles and transports 25 million passengers daily and it is yellow – National School Bus Yellow, to be precise.
March 3, 2017 – How do the new estimates of vehicle miles-traveled for 2016 relate to highway fatalities and to the cost of future road and bridge maintenance?
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.
December 23, 2016 – This week marks the 25th anniversary of the enactment of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA).
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:
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…”
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.
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).
June 27, 1916 – One hundred years ago today, the United States Senate approved the final version of the Good Roads Act, which created the first program of federal aid to states for road construction.
This month marks the 100th anniversary of the first debate in Congress between highway “donor states” and “donee states.”
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.
December 9, 2015 – Three new GAO reports shed light on issues relating to bridges, shipbuilding, and air traffic control funding.
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.
September 18, 2015 – The Bureau of Transportation Statistics today released Passenger Travel Facts and Figures 2015, a 94-page report aspects of passenger travel in the U.S.
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).
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.
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.
Let’s just say that Congress has been having this debate for a really long time.
The first law providing federal aid to states for construction and maintenance of roads was enacted almost a century ago, in 1916. That bill (H.R. 7617, 64th Congress) was reported from the brand-new House Committee on Roads without any restrictions on federal money being used for toll roads.