State DOTs Outline Climate Strategies at USDOT Symposium

Representatives of state departments of transportation discussed their environmental stewardship efforts during a special panel discussion at the Transportation and Climate Symposium hosted by the U.S. Department of Transportation at its Washington, D.C., headquarters July 11-12. [Above photo by AASHTO] That panel included Mike Carroll, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department ...
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Video Highlights 2023 Reconnecting Communities Summit

The Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTO recently released a highlight video about the “Reconnecting Communities Summit,” held in St. Paul, MN, in October 2023, which featured presentations by national and local transportation industry leaders and workshops discussing vital issues such as project fund development, transportation equity, and environmental impact ...
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Environmental News Highlights – June 17, 2024

FEDERAL ACTION

How extreme heat is damaging American transportation infrastructure -PBS News Weekend



State DOTs could fuel a resurgence in intercity bus travel -State Smart Transportation Initiative



The Federal Transit Program: 60 Years of Improving Communities -FTA (media release)



MARAD Announces Funding for 15 Small Shipyards in 12 States to Boost Productivity and Create Jobs -MARAD (media release)

 

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

Iowa DOT begins preparations on noise wall replacement project -WGEM-TV



Transportation a top 10 target of cyberattackers, cases nearly triple last year -Commercial Carrier Journal



White House requires infrastructure to be raised above flood levels -E&E News



Officials announce $6.8B grant to fund long-delayed Gateway tunnel between NJ, Penn Station -WABC-TV



Why Cities Need Public Transport To Be Well-Funded, Equitable, and Resilient -Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (blog)



Caltrans Awards $51.4 Million for Sustainable Transportation Projects to Strengthen California’s Climate Resilience -California DOT (media release)

 

ELECTRIC VEHICLES, INFRASTRUCTURE AND POLICIES

Missouri governor to sign bill banning local EV charging mandates -KYTV-TV



Report Finds Opportunities, Obstacles for Electric Vehicles -Transport Topics



First Federally Funded EV Charging Station Opens in Ohio -Government Technology



San Francisco neighbors hot over EV cooling fans causing noise nuisance -KGO-TV



Maryland Governor Announces $12.1 Million in Federal Funding to Expand Electric Vehicle Charging Across State -Maryland Governor’s Office (media release)

AIR QUALITY

Ohio Joins California Climate Plan Opponents in US Supreme Court Plea -US News and World Report

 

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE/EQUITY

As Boulder considers closing its municipal airport to address housing shortage, lead concerns also emergeBoulder Reporting Lab



Mineta Report Examines Building Equity into VMT Mitigation Program –Metro

 

CULTURAL RESOURCES

Spokane uses art with hopes to improve traffic safety -KXLY-TV



The race is on to keep a 150-year-old lighthouse from crumbling into the Hudson River -WNBC-TV



Treasure Hunters Battle for Chance to Unearth London’s Past –CityLab

 

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Arizona DOT working to keep outdoor crews cool in the summer heat -KNXV-TV



Bike Lane Violation Crackdown Delayed By Technology Challenges, Chicago DOT Says -WGN-TV



E-Bikes Pedaling Tech into Urban Mobility -Boss Magazine



Prioritizing Bicycles Can Save Cities Money and Boost Local Economies -Momentum Mag



Data bikes chart the condition of bike paths in more cities -Route Fifty



Sustainable Solutions to Your Commute Challenges – Minneapolis Regional Chamber (webinar)

 

TRB RESOURCES/RESEARCH/ANNOUNCEMENTS

Effective Low-Noise Rumble Strips –NCHRP



Public Infrastructure for Effective Climate Mitigation and Adaptation: Proceedings of a Workshop – in Brief -National Academies



Reducing Traffic Noise Pollution with Improved Sound Barriers -The Hearing Review

 

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Air Plan Revisions; California; Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance Contingency Measure -EPA (Final rule)



Air Plan Approval; Connecticut; Low Emissions Vehicles Program -EPA (Final rule)



Notice of Lodging of Proposed Modification of Consent Decree Under the Clean Water Act and Oil Pollution Act -Department of Justice (Notice)



Notice of Funding Opportunity for the FY 2023 – FY 2024 Railroad Crossing Elimination ProgramFRA (Notice of funding opportunity)



Establishing an Advisory Council Pursuant to the National Marine Sanctuaries Act and Solicitation for Applications for the Proposed Lake Erie National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council -Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (Notice of solicitation)



Request for Information To Identify Barriers to Planning for Climate Resilience in U.S. Ports -U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System (Notice of request for Information)



National Maritime Security Advisory Committee; August 2024 Meeting -United States Coast Guard (Notice of open Federal advisory committee meeting)