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Idaho Senate Makes New Changes to Transportation Plan

  • Idaho senators whittled down a $530 million transportation funding plan on Tuesday with the hopes of getting it through both chambers before lawmakers adjourn for the year. The latest transportation plan is now roughly $320 million, primarily by using bonds to pay for new road projects and repay it with future federal highway payments.

Iowa State University Engineers Helping Iowa DOT Use Big Data to Improve Decision Making

  • The traffic data hits the REACTOR lab in continuous streams from across the state – video, traffic volume, speed, backups, weather and more. Iowa State University researchers can call up all that data on the six big screens arranged around the Realtime Analytics of Transportation data lab, or REACTOR.

MPOs

New Sacramento Regional Government Chief Talks Trump, Transit

  • James Corless has spent the last few years in an L Street office blocks from the White House, pushing nationally for transportation funding as head of Transportation For America. Next week, he takes another L Street office, this one in Sacramento a few blocks from the state Capitol, as new transportation planning point person for the Sacramento region.

Sarasota-Manatee MPO Wants Closer Examination of Traffic Accident Causes

  • Acknowledging that the Sarasota-Manatee area ranks among the most dangerous in the nation for pedestrians and bicyclists, regional transportation planners want to dig deeper into that data to determine-location by location, crash by crash-the causes of those and other traffic accidents. On Monday, the staff of the Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization said they want to perform “safety audits.”

CAMPO Seeks to Educate Residents on Plan Changes

  • CAMPO hosted a public open house March 21 at the Dripping Springs Park Ranch and Event Center, off RM 12, offering residents the opportunity to provide feedback on amendments to the agency’s long-range plan, or the CAMPO 2040 Plan, as well as the 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program, its short-range planning document for projects that will be implemented during the aforementioned four-year window.

ROADWAYS

Trump Administration Further Delays Highway Performance Measures, Other Regulations

  • In a series of March 21 Federal Register notices, the Trump administration further delayed the effective dates of various pending U.S. Department of Transportation regulations, including a complex set of performance measures for the national highway system that include freight movement and greenhouse gas requirements.

Park City, Utah Considers Free Car Rides as Traffic-Fighting Measure

  • There may be another free ride in Park City in addition to the buses. City Hall is considering offering a transit service that would take someone from point to point for free. The municipal government has published a document known as a request for proposals outlining the service.

TRANSIT

Regional Transit Leaders in Texas’ Coastal Bend Unite Around Area Needs

  • Transit leaders and community advocates from around the Coastal Bend envision a region where public transportation is available to anyone who relies on it. That’s why they’re working on an updated five-year plan designed to spur inter-organizational cooperation so the region is better connected.

Tampa Bay Partnership on Board with Bill Creating Regional Transit Agency

  • Legislation that would create a regional transit agency connecting four Tampa Bay-area counties breezed through committees in both the House and Senate last week. The proposed agency would be created in advance of a much anticipated Florida Dept. of Transportation study scheduled to be completed next year.

FREIGHT

States Pursue Permission for Truck Platoon Testing

  • Authority to test driver-assistive truck platooning technology on highways is a trending topic at statehouses around the country. The concept uses a truck to control the speed and braking of other trucks. As more and more states attempt to allow testing on their roadways, some elected officials are sharing concerns about where the process is headed.

FUNDING

Groups Warn About Proposed Transportation Cuts in Initial Trump Administration Budget

  • The fallout continued to spread from President Trump’s proposals to cut a number of transportation-related programs in initial budget plan, despite the fact that the administration has tempered those proposals by saying it will address some of those areas in its still-to-come $1 trillion infrastructure package. Groups including the American Association of Port Authorities, Transportation for America, National Association of Rail Passengers and National Association of Counties said the proposals would have a sharp impact on their constituents and industries.

ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION

Silicon Valley Has a Plan for Building a ‘Stress-Free’ Bike Network

  • Silicon Valley has given us social media, the iPhone, Elon Musk, but when it comes to the region’s car-dependent transportation network, “innovation” isn’t exactly the first word to come to mind. The roads are clogged, transit has been crippled by years of sprawl and bike infrastructure is fragmented and inefficient. Sounds like a problem. But in Silicon Valley, problems don’t exist, right? Only opportunities. Thus, in true tech form, a new report lays out a detailed vision for improving the region’s bike network-fixing the “discontinuities in the bikeway network that compromise the user experience.”

OTHER

USDOT Offers Free Webinar on Regional Intelligent Transportation Systems Data Sharing

  • The USDOT is pleased to host a free public webinar on a planned Broad Agency Announcement opportunity on regional ITS data sharing.