May 23, 2018 – House Members grilled recently confirmed Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Ray Martinez on the delayed implementation of motor carrier provisions of the FAST Act at a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Tuesday.
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April 27, 2018 – Nearly 6,000 pedestrians are estimated to have been killed in crashes with motor vehicles in 2017, a number that has been steadily increasing over time. It is the job of planners, policy makers, and engineers to protect all road users, including the most vulnerable ones.
For the first time since recordkeeping began over a hundred years ago, unintentional injury has catapulted to the #3 overall cause of death for Americans. Motor vehicle crashes are a top cause of unintentional death throughout our lives.
March 2, 2018 Over the last decade, pedestrian deaths have been increasing both in number and as a share of all traffic fatalities on US roads.
February 23, 2018 – It has long been understood that there are three main factors that lead to most traffic deaths: alcohol, speeding, and not wearing a seatbelt.
February 14, 2018 – As Congress again focuses on positive train control (PTC) implementation in the U.S., it is worth examining how much farther along we are in this regard than the European Union.
January 19, 2018 – On January 8, Derek Kan, the Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy, announced a new USDOT safety data initiative intended to merge 21st century data sets with the data that the department has been collecting for generations. If successful, this will break down the silos between its data sets to understand the factors that lead to fatal crashes and, in the process, learn how to predict and mitigate risks ahead of time.
January 12, 2018 – The aftermath of December’s fatal Amtrak Cascades train derailment in Washington State continues to keep the topic of positive train control (PTC) in the headlines.
December 20, 2017 – At an executive session on December 13, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee approved a bill to reauthorize the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
December 22, 2017 – This week’s fatal Amtrak derailment in Washington State has brought the issue of positive train control (PTC), a technology that automatically activates the brakes of trains to meet speed limits or red lights, to the forefront of debate once again.
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.
August 24, 2017 – The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently released a report on speeding and passenger vehicle crashes.
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.
In which a longtime author of NHTSA vehicle safety regulations explains the process by which federal regulations are developed.