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Beyond Traffic

USDOT Announces New Federal Committee on Automation

Committee to Hold First Meeting on January 16, 2017
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) announced today that it is establishing a new advisory committee focused on automation across a number of modes. The committee, which includes leading professionals and experts in their field, will hold its first meeting on January 16th, 2017 to immediately begin work on some of the most pressing and relevant matters facing transportation today, including the...

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Seeks Applications for Beyond Traffic Innovation Centers

 Institutions to focus on future trends identified in Beyond TrafficWASHINGTON – Building on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s future-focused “Beyond Traffic” draft report outlining upcoming trends of the next 30 years, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced today a solicitation for applicants to be designated as U.S. DOT Beyond Traffic Innovation Centers.  These Centers will be capable of driving...

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces $300 Million for University Transportation Center Grants

 32 competitive grants will fund research on emerging transportation issuesWASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced today $300.3 million in grants to 32 University Transportation Centers (UTCs) to advance research and education programs that address critical transportation challenges facing our nation.  The announcement includes awards of up to $72.5 million for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016.  Subsequent awards using Federal FY17 - FY20 funding will be made annually...

News Digest - DOT 119-16

USDOT Re-Opens Comment Period on Proposed New Rule to Improve Transportation Planning in High-Population Regions.  This week, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the reopening of a public comment period for a proposed new rule that would improve coordination of multi-modal transportation planning by metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) serving urban areas throughout the nation. The original comment period...

Federal Highway Administrator Leads Talk on Freight Economy in St. Louis

Nadeau to highlight national impact of the bi-state metro region as a major freight hub 
ST. LOUIS – Federal Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau was in the Gateway City today for the last in a year-long, nationwide series of 24 roundtables to discuss the freight economy. 
The “Beyond Traffic 2045 Roundtables on the Freight Economy” were a response to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx’s “Beyond Traffic” report that lays out transportation challenges in the next...

U.S. Department of Transportation Partners with Continental Automotive for Smart City Challenge

Winning city to receive up to $1 million in “smart intersection” vehicle-to-everything technologyWASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced that Continental Automotive has become a partner in the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT)’s Smart City Challenge. The Smart City Challenge is a competition which will create a fully integrated, first-of-its-kind city that uses data, technology and...

On Average, U.S. Drivers Travel Farther By Noon Than International Space Station Has Ever Flown, New Federal Data Show

FHWA Report Shows First-Quarter 2016 Shattered Previous Record Set Last Year
WASHINGTON – New data released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) show that U.S. driving reached 746 billion miles in the first three months of 2016, beating the previous record of 720.1 billion miles set last year. For a sense of scale, 746 billion miles is roughly 286.9 times as far as the International Space Station (ISS) has traveled...

Federal Highway Administration Cuts Ribbon on San Bernardino’s Devore Interchange

Project to bring congestion relief on major freight route in Southern California
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Federal Highway Deputy Administrator David Kim today joined state and local officials to cut the ribbon on the Devore Interchange Project, which will improve safety and relieve congestion on a critical trade route in San Bernardino County.  The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) contributed $200 million toward the total project cost of $325 million.