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Caltrans Releases Vision for California’s Rail Plan Caltrans today released the public draft of the California State Rail Plan, which outlines a new framework for California’s rail network. The Rail Plan sets the stage for new and better rail, and multimodal and community connections in the state for the next 20 years and beyond. The […]
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PLANNING Can Mayor’s Ambitious Mobility Action Plan Unsnarl Denver Traffic?  From his desk in Denver’s Traffic Management Center, Mark Meulemans can see buses crawling up East Colfax toward the Capitol. He can also see trucks rumbling through the drizzle at 56th and Dallas, a dense pack of commuters on rain-slicked Colorado Boulevard, a blocks-long queue […]
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Massachusetts Governor to Form Commission for Transportation Review In response to a business group’s report that called for an independent review of state transportation infrastructure needs. Gov. Charlie Baker will sign an executive order creating a new commission to review transportation needs and how the state could fund them. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito made the […]
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Real-Time Transportation Analytics Tools Streamline Decision-Making in Ohio The Ohio Department of Transportation is awarding contracts to two companies, StreetLight Data and INRIX, to advance the way it collects and analyzes data on the state’s transportation patterns. The new collaboration will give ODOT access to a host of new data tools to “improve system planning, […]
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Texas DOT Partners With Strava for Data on Bike-Pedestrian Networks Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has joined the likes of bike-pedestrian friendly states such as Oregon, Colorado, and Florida in partnering with Strava, a leading website and smartphone app used by thousands of people daily to track their activities via GPS. Over the next two […]
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Missouri DOT Launches Statewide Survey for Long-Range Transportation Plan The Missouri Department of Transportation today launched a statewide survey to solicit public input about the vision for the state’s transportation priorities. The Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) is a federally required process that sets the state’s 25-year vision for transportation. Connecticut’s Low-Cost Program for College […]
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Michigan DOT Unveils State Freight Plan The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has released its draft Michigan Freight Plan, a supplement to the 2040 MI Transportation Plan. The Michigan Freight Plan provides a comprehensive overview of the state’s freight transportation system, including existing assets, system performance and investments needed to “ensure long-term success,” MDOT officials […]
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Maritime Industry in Washington State Faces Aging Crisis The owner of a private maritime-training school in Edmonds sees a lot of opportunity opening up in the industry for young people. “What we’re finding in our industry is that we have too many people retiring and not enough young people getting involved,” said Julie Keim, owner […]
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Iowa DOT Preps Maps for Automated Vehicles As vehicles roll off assembly lines with more automation and communication technologies, governments are beginning to plan for how they can take advantage of the increased connectivity. Iowa began looking into automated vehicles about a year and a half ago, according to Scott Marler, the director of traffic […]
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Statewide Planning Updates

Florida DOT Hosts Transportation Planning Conference in Jacksonville The Florida Department of Transportation is hosting a four-day gathering of transportation professionals from across the state at the Sawgrass Marriott Conference Center this week. It wrapped up its first session, the Transportation Planning Exchange (Transplex), Wednesday with a keynote session reflecting on the event. The second […]
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