October 13, 2017 – A new study produced by the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine called for more frequent and comprehensive inspections of railroad routes that carry petroleum products, among many other recommendations.
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August 24, 2017 – The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently released a report on speeding and passenger vehicle crashes. While NTSB has investigated speed as a contributing factor to specific crashes in the past, this is the first time that NTSB has investigated speed as it relates to crashes in general.
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.
July 20, 2017 – The House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit held a hearing on July 18 to discuss the advancement of safety policy provisions in the Fixing American’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act that was enacted in December of 2015.
An alternative to the conventional regulatory process, called negotiated rulemaking, has the potential to be a more viable and efficient rulemaking process that can speed up the development of new regulations for AVs.
Washington has not upgraded transport efficiency in decades, but permitting Twin 33s nationwide would be a great place to start.
Twin 33-foot trailers towed in tandem would not only further degrade our already- deteriorating infrastructure, but they also pose a direct threat to the safety of all road users.
April 7, 2017- We have a set of dueling guest op-eds for and against the idea of allowing twin trailer combinations of up to 33 feet each to be towed on Interstate highways and other major federal-aid roads.
March 29, 2017 – This morning, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved a bill (H.R. 1346) repealing the Obama Administration’s December 2016 rule requiring metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) to consolidate across state lines. The panel also approved several other measures, including bills to recodify Coast Guard statutes and to require Congress be notified of ongoing railroad safety audits.
In which a longtime author of NHTSA vehicle safety regulations explains the process by which federal regulations are developed.
March 9, 2017 – The long-running drama between the trucking industry and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) over two provisions of the 2011 hours of service rule was settled this week. (Long story short: with help from Congressional Republicans, the trucking industry won.)
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?
February 24, 2017 – Traffic fatalities last year were the highest since the Great Recession in an alarming trend that shows few signs of stopping, according to a new report from the National Safety Council (NSC).
February 17, 2017 – Federal agencies are continuing to implement the regulatory “freeze order” from the White House, including a delay in implementation of the Federal Highway Administration’s recent performance measures rule.
Federal regulators traditionally have skewed towards prescriptive policies, instead of clearly defining the problem and the desired result. Within the context of bipartisan regulatory reform, the freight rail industry believes policymakers should embrace non-prescriptive regulatory tools, like performance-based regulations, where appropriate.
February 8, 2017 – Federal agencies are extending the effective dates of published rules and reviewing others for compliance with President Trump’s regulatory freeze.
January 25, 2017 – On January 19, the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) released the full findings of its investigation into the fatal Tesla collision in May of last year.
Fortunately, the push for safer roads is getting stronger. Inspired by European cities, the Vision Zero movement is an all hands on deck approach to transportation safety focused on improvements to streets and sidewalks, lights and lanes, as well as education and enforcement.
October 26, 2016 – On Monday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued non-binding cybersecurity guidance for motor vehicles.
October 14, 2016 – Hoping to capitalize on the success of Vision Zero programs in American cities, the U.S. Department of Transportation and National Safety Council have launched a national “Road to Zero” coalition that aspires to eliminate all roadway fatalities within 30 years.