EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to the US Thanksgiving Holiday, there will be no ETAP Newsletter on Wednesday, November 25.
We will resume publishing on Wednesday, December 2.

Noise Abatement Part 2: State DOTs Study New Noise Wall Options

State departments of transportation across of the country are looking at new and better ways to predict traffic noise levels, as well new materials for highway sound barriers, in order to reduce the overall cost of noise abatement efforts. [Photo courtesy of the Missouri Department of Transportation. This second of ...
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Florida DOT Gearing Up for Statewide EV Adoption

Although Florida trails other big states in government support for electric vehicle infrastructure, the Florida Department of Transportation is now taking a lead role in building out an EV recharging network, according to a new report. [Photo courtesy of the Florida Governor's Office.] The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and ...
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Environmental News Highlights – November 18, 2020

A roundup of headlines curated for state transportation environmental professionals

FEDERAL ACTION

AASHTO Transportation Policy Forum Maps out Post-Election Political Landscape – AASHTO Journal

USDOT Transition Team Unveiled by Incoming Biden-Harris Administration – AASHTO Journal

Infrastructure is key to Biden’s climate dreams – E&E News

Congressman Earl Blumenauer bullish on transportation under Biden – BikePortland

No One’s Riding Transit. So Why Did Voters Support It? – Wired (Commentary)

COVID-19

More Than Half of Americans Plan Thanksgiving Travel Despite Pandemic, TripAdvisor Says – WBTS-TV

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

Regional initiative targets transportation, climate change in underserved rural communities – Daily Hampshire Gazette

Vermont groups urge state to join regional climate/transportation plan – Vermont Business

America’s Forgotten Marine Highway Network That Could Green Global Freight Transport – Forbes

The ‘order of planning’ determines transit priorities. What if we inverted it to prioritize people? – GreenBiz (Commentary)

AIR QUALITY

Mapping air pollution at the neighborhood level – Axios

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Chicago’s Mayor Turns City’s Infrastructure Into Weapons Against Protesters – The Appeal (Commentary)

NATURAL RESOURCES

State shares framework for new surface water quality protections – Arizona Public Media

Toll-road plans fall short on wildlife protection, urban sprawl – Orlando Sentinel (Commentary)

Oil pipeline a step closer to approval in Minnesota – Courthouse News

Analysis: Mississippi pump proposal evokes strong reactions – Associated Press

CULTURAL RESOURCES

AASHTO Releases Historic Bridge Preservation Guide – AASHTO

Redesigning Slow Streets to reflect community & culture in East Oakland – Smart Growth America (Blog)

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Transportation council considers signing on to national bicycle route – KWCC-TV

Cecil Township Taking Pa. Turnpike Commission, Construction Company To Court Over Noise Complaints – KDKA-TV

Can Times Square ever be completely car-free? – 6sqft

Escooter startup Voi uses AI to detect pedestrians and sidewalks – VentureBeat

Northern Kentucky foundation establishes $3M ‘active transportation’ fund – WCPO-TV

TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

State of the Industry Report on Air Quality Emissions from Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuels – ACRP

2021 TRB Annual Meeting: Spotlight Sessions Include Coronavirus (COVID-19), Equity, and the Future of Transportation – TRB

Unfold Podcast, Episode 8: Transitioning to Low-Carbon TransportationUC Davis

[Webinar] The New NEPA Regulations: A Practical Guide to What You Need to KnowJD Supra

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Hazardous Materials: Notice of Applications for Modifications to Special Permit – Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (List of applications for modification of special permits)

Hazardous Materials: Notice of Applications for New Special Permits – Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (Notice of actions on special permit applications)

Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Survey of State Emergency Response Commissions (SERCs) EPA (Notice)

Forest Service Manual (FSM) 3800, Zero Code; State and Private Forestry Landscape Scale Restoration Program – Forest Service (Notice of availability for public comment)

Indefinite Delivery and Indefinite Quantity Contracts for Federal-Aid Construction – FHWA (Interim Final Rule; request for comments)

Jurisdiction in Alaska – National Park Service (Final rule)

Hazardous Materials: Information Collection Activities – Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (Notice and request for comments)