Safety & Security

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The first goal of any transportation agency is safety. Yet almost 40,000 Americans die on the transportation system every year. New proposals for safer streets, better vehicle design, and crash avoidance technology are reshaping the narrative around safety in an effort to reverse the downward trend of transportation safety. Governments are also concerned about the security of the system. Terrorism, hacking, and international affairs can threaten the transportation systems that support the national economy.

Representatives Discuss the Impacts of Leaded Aviation Fuel on Communities and Children

Some general aviation aircraft use high-compression piston engines, which requires gasoline with a high octane level. While...

Community-Supported Plan Fuels Transportation Transformations

Sometimes neighborhood plans sit on the shelf—but sometimes they contain the right ingredients, bring together the right partners,...

Nominations News: Senate Panel OK’s FMCSA Head, MWAA Board Member; POTUS Makes STB Nominee; Sully Out at ICAO

There was a smattering of transportation nomination news in Washington this week. The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation...

House Subcommittee Approves FY23 DHS Funding

This week, the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee approved a draft bill providing $60.3 billion in discretionary...

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...

Waterborne Competitiveness: U.S. and Foreign Investments in Inland Waterways

Want a high level overview of this report? Sign up now for the webinar on June 7 with the authors. The 12,000-mile inland waterways...

Transportation and Cybersecurity: What’s New and What’s Next

May 12 marked the one-year anniversary of the end of the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack. When hackers took over an important...

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...

Senate Fails to Advance Bill Containing Extra $2B for Intercity Bus COVID Relief

The U.S. Senate earlier today failed to muster the 60 votes necessary to bring up a $48 billion bill providing additional COVID relief,...

Guest Op-Ed: Reclaiming the National Narrative on Transit Safety

In our daily lives, we often take for granted the numerous protections in place to ensure we arrive safely at our destinations. The now...

Florida Court Lifts Mask Mandate in Transportation; DOJ to Appeal

A federal judge in Tampa, Florida on April 18 overturned the Centers for Disease Control's mandate that everyone using airline,...

Guest Op-Ed: What Streets Are Today, What Streets Should Be Tomorrow

The COVID pandemic upended our way of life. As of early April 2022, nearly a million people in the US have died from the disease, and...

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