Highways and Streets

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There are over 4 million miles of roads in the United States moving cars, trucks, transit, and non-motorized vehicles across a seamless, integrated network. About three-quarters of the roads are owned by localities but the vast majority of travel occurs on major state roads and the federally-designated Interstate System. Today, this complex system is under strain as demands for upgrades and repair, safety improvements, and modernization mount.

DOT Reinstates Greenhouse Emissions Measure for NHS

Last week, the Federal Highway Administration announced a proposed regulation requiring states and local planning agencies to measure...

Speed in Business Has Never Been Greater

Companies learned during the pandemic that they could shift and adapt quickly to rapidly changing business environments. As more...

DOT Launches 5-Year, $1B Grant Program Targeting Highway Removal and More

The Biden administration this week kicked off a first-of-its-kind federal grant program to help communities nationwide address...

FHWA Solicits Applications for $2.4B in Bridge Project Funding

This morning, the Federal Highway Administration opened the process of giving out the first $2.36 billion of a five-year, $12+ billion...

Lawmakers Discuss Road Safety, Spike in Traffic Deaths at House Hearing

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Highways and Transit held a hearing this week on how to...

The Creation of Contract Authority, June 1922

(Some of this material was originally published in Transportation Weekly on October 10, 2007) One hundred years ago this week, a...

DOT Rolls Out $1 Billion/Year Safe Streets Grant Program

On May 16, the U.S. Department of Transportation solicited applications for $1 billion in grants for a new program providing direct aid...

Gasoline Prices Rise Again, Diesel Supplies Tightening in Northeast

The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote next week on a bill making it a federal crime to sell gasoline at an "unconscionably...

Guest Op-Ed: Why Workforce Development Should Be Included in Freight Transportation Plans

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States’ supply chain system has been strained from significant demand. While some...

Guest Op-Ed: A Hotter Solution for Freeway Congestion

After the pandemic, freeway congestion will continue to intensify around large, growing metropolitan areas, even though teleworking...

Guest Op-Ed: Repurposed Streets + Small Vehicles = Big Wins for Climate, Safety, and Justice

Three-quarters of the U.S. population resides in cities and suburbs which share a common denominator: proximity to destinations. As a...

A History of the Secretary’s Ability to Approve (or Disapprove) Highway Projects

The release of an unusual "policy statement" by the Federal Highway Administration in mid-December 2021 sparked a partisan row over...

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