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Texas Transportation Commission Chair: Historic Transportation Plan Gets Another Boost

  • The Texas Transportation Commission recently approved an update of the Texas Department of Transportation’s $70 billion Unified Transportation Program. The program represents a 10-year project funding outlook that includes new plans to add or improve more than 1,200 miles of roadways to improve safety and mobility and reduce congestion.

Washington State DOT Touts Roundabouts

  • If you count the number of roundabouts then Washington is among the top three circle-happy states in the nation, after Wisconsin and Georgia. That was one fact shared by a small delegation from the Washington state Department of Transportation that did a presentation about roundabouts at the Spokane Valley City Council meeting Tuesday evening.

Indiana DOT: Time Is Now to Ramp Up I-69 Planning

  • The Indiana Department of Transportation says “now is the time” to make economic plans around the proposed final section of the I-69 extension. Public Affairs Manager Andy Dietrick says, although construction is not likely to begin until 2020, there is “a lot of economic development thought to be given” to the planned $1.5 billion, 26-mile route between Martinsville and Indianapolis.

PLANNING

Self-Driving Cars, Transit and Bikes Could Leave Parking Lots Empty

  • Urban planners learn early that there can never be enough parking. It’s one reason American cities, including Detroit, disfigure themselves with so many ugly concrete parking garages. And it’s why historic buildings often fall to wreckers when a surface parking lot appears to offer a more lucrative revenue stream. But it’s just possible that the coming of the autonomous self-driving car may break the stranglehold that parking has on cities like Detroit.

MPOs

Macon-Area Planners Approve Next Generation of Transportation Projects, Costing Nearly $900 Million

  • Planners signed off on nearly $900 million in transportation projects across the Macon metropolitan area Wednesday. The Macon Area Transportation Study Policy Committee gave the green light to the updated 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan, which provides a scope, budget and priority for road projects along state routes and interstates.

San Joaquin Council of Governments Coordinates DC Visit

  • Forty-two San Joaquin County transportation leaders, elected officials, and regional advocates are in Washington, D.C. through Thursday, May 4 to meet with key leaders in the Administration and Congress about specific policy issues and projects important to this region. The delegates, who traveled to Washington on April 30, are part of the annual San Joaquin One Voice effort coordinated by the San Joaquin Council of Governments (SJCOG), which serves as the metropolitan planning organization for San Joaquin County.

ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION

Pilot Project: Minnesota’s Metro Transit Installs Bicycle Boarding Indicators

  • Metro Transit has installed bicycle boarding indicators on the Blue Line’s 38th Street and 46th Street station platforms. These temporary markers indicate which train doors are closest to onboard bike racks, thereby making it easier to board the train with a bike.

Memphis Demonstration Project Creates Safety Zone for Cycling, Walking

  • Peabody Place is okay for cars, but not so hot for pedestrians and bicyclists. A city-led demonstration project will try to change that starting June 26. For less than $200,000, mostly from private contributions, the city will create an east-west cycling and pedestrian connection from the riverfront to east of FedExForum. A stretch of Peabody Place from Front to Fourth will be transformed with protected bicycle lanes and pedestrian plazas with public art, pop-up vendors and sidewalk dining.

TRANSIT

Deal Struck in Twin Cities Transit Board Break Up

  • A local board that contributed more than $1 billion to metro-area transit projects has agreed to dissolve itself-following months of squabbling over the terms of the breakup. The move by the Counties Transit Improvement Board (CTIB) comes after its members reached an agreement over how much Dakota County should be paid in the dissolution. Following negotiations over the weekend, the compromise breakup fee is $21.3 million, according to CTIB Chairman Peter McLaughlin, who is also a Hennepin County commissioner.

APTA CEO: Public Transportation and the Emerging Mobility Ecosystem

  • Our long-standing notions about mobility are about to change: In the emerging mobility ecosystem, public transportation will be more important than ever. Why? Because it will function as the backbone of a multimodal system involving many different partners and interests. A convergence of new players and new technologies is making mobility synonomous with freedom, independence and personal choice.

FREIGHT

US Omnibus Funding Will Benefit Ports

  • The House and Senate leadership has released the FY 2017 Omnibus Funding Agreement, which includes increased or level funding for the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER), Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) and Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA). The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) had been pushing for clarity on funding for ports under the Trump administration and its efforts have appeared to have paid off.

OTHER

Wyoming DOT Director Testifies Before Senate to Streamline Infrastructure Projects

  • U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), welcomed Wyoming’s own William “Bill” T. Panos to the committee. Mr. Panos is the director for the Wyoming Department of Transportation. Mr. Panos was testifying before the committee at an oversight hearing on “Infrastructure Project Streamlining and Efficiency: Achieving Faster, Better, and Cheaper Results.” The hearing focused on the need to make infrastructure projects more effective and efficient.