Maryland DOT Tool Helps Locals Plug into EV Funding

The Maryland Department of Transportation is rolling out a new tool to help local governments and agencies dip into $2.5 billion in federal grants to build an electric vehicle or EV charging network.

[Above photo by the Maryland DOT]

The EV Charger Siting Tool is a map-based website that helps the user select those communities and charging sites in Maryland that have the best chance of securing grants under Federal Highway Administration’s Charging and Fueling Infrastructure or CFI discretionary grant program, funded by the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act or IIJA enacted in November 2021.

The tool consolidates geographic data on existing chargers, registered EV users, disadvantaged communities, alternative fuel corridors, and “marginalized and underserved communities targeted for investment to address climate change and clean energy needs,” the Maryland DOT noted.

“Helping our partners across the state secure federal funding for EV projects is part of our leadership role and this tool is just one facet of our strategy to share knowledge, expertise and experience to make the most of those opportunities,” added Maryland DOT Secretary Paul Wiedefeld in a statement.

[Editor’s note: A recent American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials video of a knowledge session held at its 2022 Annual Meeting featured panelists from the Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Florida DOTs discussing their respective plans for National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure or NEVI program funds.]

By typing any Maryland address into the tool and selecting from a criteria menu, planners can see which factors in those communities and sites can best help their application. The agency pointed out that June 13 is the deadline for CFI grant applications.

The first round of funding will make $700 million available from fiscal years 2022 and 2023, with a total of $2.5 billion in funding available over the next five years, according to FHWA. The Maryland DOT also has set up a federal grants page on its website to give its partners across the state a good overview of other federal grant opportunities.

Maryland DOT’s Wiedefeld added that his state expects to see “tremendous growth and investment as more and more EVs come into the marketplace.”

Brian Booher, a senior planning specialist at the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, said the Maryland DOT is “always ready to help partners at the local level with grant applications. And the sharing of information – like the data in [the] new Electric Vehicle Charger Siting Tool – is invaluable as we work to benefit our communities and the entire state.”

Maryland has a goal of having 300,000 registered electric vehicles in the state by 2025 and, as of April 2023, there were 70,000 registered EVs in Maryland.

Other state departments of transportation are also working on ways to boost the development of EV charging networks in their respective areas.

For example, from a broad perspective, the North Carolina Department of Transportation recently released the finalized version of its North Carolina Clean Transportation Plan, outlining a roadmap to continue growing the state’s clean energy economy while reducing greenhouse gas or GHG emissions and investing in cleaner and more accessible transportation options for state residents.

The NCDOT said it worked with more than 220 stakeholders for more than a year to develop this draft plan – mandated by Governor Roy Cooper (D) via Executive Order 246 issued January 2022 – which explores strategies to advance clean transportation investments and workforce development statewide.

In a more targeted fashion, the Oregon Department of Transportation recently introduced a rebate plan for state residents living in multifamily homes as well as motorists near public parking areas to spur access to EV charging stations.

The Oregon DOT said the rebate offered by its new Community Charging Rebates Program will range from $4,250 to $5,500 per charging port or up to 75 percent of eligible project costs, whichever is less, to help lower the cost of buying, installing, and maintaining Level 2 and Level 1 EV charging stations.

AASHTO Re:source Podcast: Hawaii DOT & ‘Plastic Roads’

The AASHTO re:source podcast recently interviewed Ed Sniffen (above), director for the Hawaii Department of Transportation, for a two-part episode about how his agency is testing the incorporation of recycled plastics into its road paving processes. To listen to part one of this two-part podcast episode, click here.

[Above image by AASHTO]

AASHTO re:source – which launched this podcast series in September 2020 – is a major technical service program of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. It provides services and tools through three major programs: the Laboratory Assessment Program, the Proficiency Sample Program, and the AASHTO Accreditation Program.

Sniffen – who previously appeared on the AASHTO re:source podcast in February to discuss his agency’s resiliency planning efforts – said using recycling plastics as part of Hawaii DOT’s mix of paving materials is “part our never-ending quest to be greener” in its road construction and maintenance operations.

“When we started looking back at the pavements on our system, [we saw] that every seven to 10 years, we have to rip out that upper layer and process another layer in. So we tried to see how we can do better,” he explained.

“We started using better materials and making sure that we reconstructed roadways rather than just putting in a ‘mill and fill.’ And that’s helped us tremendously in ensuring that we don’t have to do as much work as CO2 [carbon dioxide] intensive as often,” Sniffen noted. “Now we’re starting to use a stone matrix, asphalt, and polymer mix to create ‘modified asphalts.’ It’s going to give us that 20 to 25-year lifespan we’re looking for.”

Appointed to lead Hawaii DOT in December 2022, Sniffen is a recognized state DOT leader on the topic of resilience and “green” construction initiatives.

He serves as the chair of the Committee on Transportation System Security and Resilience for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and has testified on Capitol Hill about a variety of infrastructure resiliency issues as well.

Sniffen also participated in a knowledge session on infrastructure resilience hosted during AASHTO’s 2022 Spring Meeting in New Orleans.

Environmental News Highlights – May 31, 2023


Detailing Rural America’s Mobility and Accessibility Needs – AASHTO Journal

Sen. Carper, Key Transportation Policy Leader, Retiring in 2024 – AASHTO Journal

Supreme Court Limits EPA’s Power to Address Water Pollution – New York Times

EPA under pressure to revive noise pollution program – E&E News Greenwire

FAA Seeks Public Input on Drone Operations – FAA (media release)

Highway Infrastructure: Better Alignment with Leading Practices Would Improve USDOT’s Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program – GAO



Here’s how far Thurston County, WA Intercity Transit has come since the COVID-19 pandemic – The Olympian


How a Bay Area Community is Fighting Port Pollution – Earthjustice

Can Boston improve pedestrian safety with redesigned streets, intersections? It’s about to find out. – Smart Cities Dive

The Parking Reform That Could Transform Manhattan – CityLab (opinion)


California seeks EPA approval to ban sales of new gasoline-only vehicles by 2035 – Reuters


DC DOT’s Lott Named Vice Chair of Equity in Infrastructure Project – AASHTO Journal


How to Open a National Park for the Summer Season – New York Times

Metro Detroit wetlands: What they are, how they’re shrinking – ClickOnDetroit

Audit finds California water agency not adequately considering climate change in forecasts Los Angeles Times



Travel and Tourism: DOT Should Improve Strategic Planning and Data Collection – GAO

Expanded mountain bike trail creating new kind of tourism in Michigan – WPBN/WGTU-TV

‘Culture Wars’ Have Not Overlooked Public Transit, Urbanist Ideas – Government Technology

NYC DOT Launches Series of Themed Self-Guided Bike Route Maps to Encourage CyclingNYCDOT (media release)

New Route 66 U.S. Bike Route signs unveiled in Tulsa – Oklahoma DOT (media release)


IIHS: Trade-Offs when Mandating Slow E-Scooter Speeds – AASHTO Journal

Philadelphia named “most walkable city” in the U.S. – KYW-TV

Richard Montanez, Deputy Commissioner of Transportation, City of Philadelphia – Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) Program – ITE Talks Transportation podcast

Restricting ride-hailing apps makes transportation systems less efficient– University of Florida

E-Bikes Are Putting a Dent in Denver’s Vehicle Miles Traveled – Government Technology

North Little Rock opens portion of Arkansas River Trail for bicycles and foot traffic – KATV-TV

New half-mile Southwest Greenway in Detroit opens – Detroit News

Denver has exceeded its goal of 125 miles of new bike infrastructure, mayor says Denverite

NHTSA Proposes New Crashworthiness Pedestrian Protection Testing Program – NHTSA (media release)


TRB Webinar: New Minimum Pavement Marking Retroreflectivity Rule – TRB

TRB Webinar: Electrification and Hydrogen Technologies in Airports – TRB

The Coast Guard’s Next Decade: An Assessment of Emerging Challenges and Statutory Needs – TRB

Program Evaluation Report Card Tool for Wildlife Hazard Management Plans: User Guide – TRB

Resilient Design with Distributed Rainfall-Runoff Modeling – TRB


National Navigation Safety Advisory Committee; June 2023 Virtual Meeting – Coast Guard (Notice)

Community Disaster Resilience Zones and the National Risk Index – FEMA (Notice request for information)


IIHS: Trade-Offs when Mandating Slow E-Scooter Speeds

Many cities are turning to speed limiters for electric scooters to address concerns about rider safety and conflicts with pedestrians, according to new study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Yet mandating low travel speeds may push more-scoot use onto sidewalks, the group’s research suggested.

[Above photo via IIHS]

“Our results show that restricting scooters to low speeds offers a trade-off,” said Jessica Cicchino, IIHS vice president of research and the study’s lead author, in a statement.

“At slow speeds, riders are more likely to choose the sidewalk over the road,” she added. “That puts them in less danger from cars but could mean more conflicts with people on foot.”

IIHS noted that e-scooter use has blossomed in the United States since the first shared e-scoot program officially launched in 2017. But as ridership has increased, so have injuries and citizen complaints. In response, many towns and cities have required speed limiters for shared e-scooters, with a 15 mph maximum speed the common limit.

To help understand the effect of different maximum speeds, IIHS researchers compared rider behavior in Austin, TX, and Washington, D.C. Austin caps shared e-scooter speeds at 20 mph, while Washington, D.C., makes the maximum speed 10 mph — one of the lowest in the United States. Neither city has an effective way to require speed limiters on privately owned scooters, IIHS noted in its study.

In both cities, e-scooter riders overwhelmingly rode in bike lanes where they were available. Where there were no bike lanes, however, riders in Washington, D.C., were 44 percent more likely than Austin riders to choose to ride on the sidewalk – and were more likely to favor the sidewalk despite lower vehicle traffic volumes when compared to the 16 Austin observation sites.

Overall, however, riders tended to choose the sidewalk when motor vehicle traffic was heavier, as well as on arterials and two-way roads. In contrast, the researchers recorded an increase in e-scooter riders in vehicle travel lanes on weekends, possibly because of lighter traffic.

E-scooter riders are doubtless safer from fatal injuries when they’re not sharing the road with motor vehicles. However, the net impact of sidewalk riding on less serious injuries to e-scooter users and pedestrians is unclear. A previous IIHS study showed that most e-scooter rider injuries in Washington, D.C., happened on the sidewalk but also that injuries that occurred on the road were more severe.

“E-scooter users clearly take risk into account when choosing where to ride,” said IIHS’s Cicchino. “Many are also conscious of the risk of hitting a pedestrian. [But] slowing down the fastest sidewalk riders should help prevent crashes and reduce the severity of injuries when e-scooters hit pedestrians. The clear preference for bike lanes also gives communities another reason to focus on expanding their bicycle networks.”

The researchers also analyzed rider behavior in the central business district of Washington, D.C., where sidewalk riding is prohibited. Despite the ban, IIHS found that two-thirds of e-scooter users rode on the sidewalks at locations without bike lanes that area – noting that riders in the central business district without bike lanes were also 38 percent more likely than riders in Austin to choose the sidewalk over the street.

There’s little evidence sidewalk bans are any more effective elsewhere. Nevertheless, two-thirds of U.S. communities are considering them or have them in place already, according to a 2022 survey by the Behavioral Traffic Safety Cooperative Research Program.

Others are mulling banning e-scooters from all or certain roads. Improvements in e-scooter technology could offer an alternative solution, IIHS noted, with some e-scooter companies now deploying systems that can detect when their e-scooters are on sidewalks.

As this technology matures, it could be used to apply separate speed restrictions for sidewalk riders or prevent sidewalk riding altogether in key locations, IIHS noted.

INDOT Uses Dry Ice for Safer Graffiti Removal Operations

Removing graffiti from bridge pillars and other structures can be an arduous and sometime hazardous process, especially when using sandblasting equipment to scour concrete surfaces clean. That’s why the Indiana Department of Transportation is now using dry ice instead.

[Above photo by INDOT]

Compared to traditional scouring methods using salt or sand to remove graffiti, INDOT found that “dry ice blasting” provides a safer and more eco-friendly alternative.

Sandblasting, while effective, can generate significant amounts of dust and debris, the agency noted. Dry ice blasting, on the other hand, works by shooting small carbon dioxide pellets at surfaces at high speeds that evaporate on impact. 

[Editor’s note: The video below shows how dry ice blasting is used in the manufacturing sector as a cleaning method for various types of metal machinery.]

Developed in-house by INDOT employees, the agency said its dry ice blasting method for graffiti removal increases safety for workers by eliminating dust and particles they might breathe in; leaves no residue behind due to the dry ice evaporating on impact; increases efficiency and saves time by eliminating the need for cleanup; and minimizes the impact on the environment and waste production.

Environmental News Highlights – May 24, 2023


AASHTO Signs MOU with Association for Commuter Transportation – AASHTO Journal

US Lawmakers Want to Bar Automakers From Eliminating AM Radio in New Vehicles – Reuters

Biden plan to sell land leases for conservation gets pushback – AP

FHWA Announces $749 Million to Repair Roads and Bridges Damaged by Natural Disasters and Catastrophic Events – FHWA (media release)

FHWA Highlights Efforts to Improve Safety for People Walking, Bicycling and Rolling Made Possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law – FHWA (media release)

FTA Announces Availability of $220 Million to Modernize Ferry Service and Better Connect Rural Communities – FTA (media release)

DOE – DOT Joint Office of Energy and Transportation Launches New Funding Opportunity and Consortium to Improve Reliability and Accessibility of EV Chargers, Expand the Nation’s Clean Transportation Workforce – Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (media release)

EPA and Peace Corps Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Advance Environmental Protection Around the World – EPA (media release)


Texas governor signs electric vehicle tax into law – KVUE

Washington governor vetoes collection of drivers’ odometer readings – Seattle Times

California governor wants to make it easier to build roads, dams and more. What’s in his plan? – CalMaters

LEDs Bring Energy Savings—and Light Pollution – Route Fifty

Truckers Are Caught on the Front Line of California’s EV Push – Wired

Mississippi River shipping infrastructure is aging. Who should pay for the repairs? – WWNO Radio

FEMA Announces an Additional $160 Million to Build Climate and Disaster Resilience Nationwide, Including Over $50 Million for Tribal Nations – FEMA (media release)

EPA to Engage the Public on Great Lakes Restoration and Protection Priorities – EPA (Media release)

NTSB Urges Action for Bridges Nationwide – NTSB (media release)


Boeing’s new tool lets airlines plan for net zero emissions – Axios

Montana’s New Anti-Climate Law May Be the Most Aggressive in the Nation – Inside Climate News


Ohio DOT adding adult-sized changing tables in 28 highway rest areas by 2026 – Columbus Dispatch

Advancing Equity in Accessibility and Travel Experiences: The Role of Gender and Identity – Minnesota DOT

No matter what: lessons of climate resiliency from environmental justice communities – Harvard University (video)


Tennessee Study Charts Six Year Drop in Roadway Litter – AASHTO Center for Environmental Excellence

Maryland SHA Sprucing Up Roadsides In Advance of Memorial Day Holiday – Maryland State Highway Administration


Kansas City looking for new transit options for 2026 World Cup – WDAF-TV

New street mural unveiled to help protect cyclists and pedestrians in Tampa – That’s So Tampa


Suffolk County, New York Launches ‘Transit To Trails’ Map Initiative – Long Island Press

Cape Coral, Florida Officially Opens Section of SUN Trail – Cape Coral Breeze

A Conversation About E-Bikes With a Transportation Researcher – Cobb County Courier

National Spending on Bicycles and Accessories Grew 620% from March 2020 to March 2023; Docked Bikeshare Grew 42% – BTS

UAB researchers working on new app to help keep pedestrians safe – WBRC-TV

Northern Virginia Opens New “66-Parallel” Bike And Walking Trail – Dcist

The Good News/Bad News For E-Scooters And Speed – Forbes


TRB Webinar: Risk-targeted Ground Motions for Bridge Design – TRB

TRB Webinar: Innovation in Geoseismic Foundation Design and Performance – TRB

Impacts of Trains Longer Than 7,500 Feet Meeting #6 – TRB


Credit Assistance and Related Fees for Water Resources Infrastructure Projects – Army Corps of Engineers (Final rule)

National Chemical Transportation Safety Advisory Committee; June 2023 Meetings – Coast Guard (Notice)

Revisions and Confidentiality Determinations for Data Elements Under the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule – EPA (Supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking)

Great Lakes Advisory Board Notice for Virtual Meeting – EPA (Notice)

Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC): Notice of Meeting – EPA (Notice)

South Florida Clean Coastal Waters Act – Interim Assessment; Notice of Public MeetingEPA (Notice)

Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Advisory CouncilForest Service (Notice of meeting)

Notice of Intent To Conduct Scoping and To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Lake Erie Quadrangle National Marine Sanctuary NOAA (Notice; request for comments)

Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind Project 1, LLC and Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind Project 2, LLC’s Proposed Wind Energy Facilities Offshore New Jersey – Bureau of Ocean Energy (Notice)


Tennessee Study Charts Six Year Drop in Roadway Litter

A study funded by the Tennessee Department of Transportation and Keep Tennessee Beautiful found that, over the last six years, there’s been a 12 percent drop in litter on state roadways.

[Above photo by Tennessee DOT]

The 2022 Tennessee Statewide Litter Study – conducted by engineering firm Burns & McDonnell as a “follow-up “ to similar litter studies in 2016 and 2006 – helps identify how litter has changed over time, the relationship between litter volume and roadside characteristics, and assess the impact of nearby infrastructure and socioeconomic factors.

The study’s methodology included the random selection of 120 roadway locations split equitably among the following four roadway classifications in both urban and rural areas of Tennessee: Interstate, U.S. highway, state highway, and local roads.

The “sampling plan” used by Burns & McDonnell for this study included the investigation of designated litter “hot spots” in the cities of Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga, as well as “at-risk” and “distressed locations” along other roadways statewide.

“The 2022 study is one of several research products that helps [us] evaluate progress on litter abatement and make the most effective use of future litter prevention and cleanup resources,” explained Denise Baker, Tennessee DOT transportation supervisor, in a statement.

“Overall, while encouraging that there has been a 12 percent reduction of litter on Tennessee roadways, there are still more than 88 million pieces of litter on public roads at any given time,” Baker said.

Some of the key findings from Tennessee’s 2022 litter study include:

  • There are roughly 88.5 million pieces of litter on Tennessee roadsides at any given time, down from 100 million in 2016.
  • U.S. highways had the lowest amount of litter-per-mile, at 7,386 items of litter per mile.
  • Local roads – which account for the most road miles (82,538 miles) in Tennessee – in aggregate had the highest percentage (80 percent) of total litter items by roadway type.
  • Most of the litter on Tennessee roadways is smaller than four inches. An estimated 679.7 million pieces, or 88 percent, items of litter were four inches or smaller in size. However, there is still a significant quantity (88.5 million pieces or 12 percent) of larger, and often more visible, litter on Tennessee roadways.
  • Plastic and paper items compose most litter items, while the number of cigarette butts observed per site decreased for interstate and U.S. highway roadway classifications in 2022 versus the 2016 study.
  • Motorists were determined to be the leading sources of litter on Tennessee roadways.

Other state departments of transportation have also conducted or participated in similar roadway litter studies.

For example, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is playing a key role in executing the state’s first ever ‘Litter Action Plan’ unveiled in November 2021; developed after a comprehensive study of roadway litter issues across Pennsylvania.

Subsequently, a group of employees from PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) received a Governor’s Awards for Excellence in recognition of their efforts to develop that Litter Action Plan.

PennDOT said it spends roughly $14 million each year on litter cleanup statewide, while DEP has funded “Pick Up Pennsylvania” community litter cleanups and illegal dump site cleanups for over two decades – supporting volunteers in removing many tons of trash from the land and waters.

The persistence of littering is what prompted PennDOT and DEP to collaborate with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful to conduct the first comprehensive state study to inform development of the Litter Action Plan, with a focus on changing littering behavior.

University Unveils Distracted Pedestrian Prevention App

Researchers at the University of Alabama Birmingham recently unveiled a new smartphone-based application called “StreetBit” that uses Bluetooth beacon technology to prevent pedestrians from becoming distracted while navigating road crossings.

[Above photo by the UAB]

The school said the StreetBit app sends auditory and visual warnings to a distracted pedestrian’s smartphone as they approach a street corner where Bluetooth beacons are installed.

new study co-written by five UAB researchers shows that the application is not only helpful, but also cost-effective by providing a template of how existing data sources can be leveraged to do cost-benefit analyses for any interventions designed to enhance pedestrian safety.

“We hope the template developed in this study can facilitate large-scale implementation of any intervention designed to prevent pedestrian fatalities and injuries by providing policymakers with information on the net benefits of the intervention,” said Jillur Rahim, first author of the study and statistician II in the UAB School of Public Health, in a statement.

“The findings can lead to significant cost savings for the states and, most importantly, save pedestrian lives by facilitating large-scale adoption of such programs,” Rahim added.

UAB said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has noted that more than 7,000 pedestrians were killed in the United States because of crashes involving motor vehicles in 2020, and that part of this issue can be attributed to excessive smartphone-related distractions.

For its study, UAB researchers analyzed pedestrian injury and death rates, expected costs per injury, and prevalence of distracted walking and estimated that StreetBit, or similar interventions, can potentially save between $18 million and $29 million annually in Alabama alone.

Even under the most conservative scenario, StreetBit could yield an estimated net annual benefit of $11.8 million for the state, the researchers said.

The UAB claimed its analysis – entitled ‘Cost–benefit analysis of a distracted pedestrian intervention’ and published in Injury Prevention – is the first U.S.-based study to demonstrate how existing data can be leveraged to predict the net monetary benefits of distracted pedestrian intervention programs.

Environmental News Highlights – May 17, 2023


America’s aging flood control infrastructure is failing – federal funding is coming, but too often new construction relies on old data – The Conversation


EPA Developing $4B Clean Port Infrastructure Grant Programs – AASHTO Journal

Congestion Pricing in Manhattan Clears Federal Hurdle – Route Fifty

Norfolk Southern to set up home value reimbursement fund after Ohio derailment – Reuters

Winter Has No Chance Against WYDOT’s Newest Rig That Chews Through 5,000 Tons Of Snow An Hour – Cowboy State Daily

Here’s how the Port of Savannah is preparing to withstand the upcoming hurricane season – WJCL-TV

How a new digital tool could help cities meet key sustainability and mobility goals – World Economic Forum


Providing a 5-Minute Pickup Priority for Ridehail Users Agreeing to Pool: Potential Impacts on Curtailing Bus Delay and Enhancing Equity – FHWA Office of Operations

Colombia’s Women-Led Electric Bus Fleet Is Reshaping Bogotá’s Public Transit – CityLab

Racial and ethnic disparities in traffic deaths revealed in NHTSA report – Smart Cities Dive

Los Angeles Metro’s Equity Platform spurs new equity information data hub, encouraging more Angelenos to participate in Metro’s decision-making processLos Angeles MTA (blog)


This Lawsuit Could Change How the Forest Service Fights Wildfires – The Atlantic

New Hampshire, Vermont Put Measures In Place To Protect Bats At Bridge Worksite – Brattleboro Reformer

What’s Happening to the Trees in New Orleans? – CityLab

SFO is now monitoring airplane wastewater – San Francisco Examiner

FDOT plans state’s first wildlife crossing overpass across I-4 in Polk County – WFTS-TV

Snow fills Colorado mountains. Crews are throwing explosives at it. – USA Today


Kansas DOT Issues Revised Active Transportation Plan – AASHTO Journal

Supporters Want E-Bikes Allowed on R.I.’s Bicycle Paths – ecoRI

Key concepts to consider when promoting active transportation – The Lancet

Connecticut DOT campaign promotes pedestrian safety during ‘Older Americans Month’ – News 12 Connecticut

Progress Continues On Virginia Capital Trail Extension – Peninsula Chronicle

Pedestrian bridge linking Crystal City and Reagan National Airport set to move forward – WTOP Radio

RTC of Washoe County, NV Asking For Feedback On Active Transportation Plan – KTVN-TV

CDOT Announces Free “Learn to Ride” Bike Riding Classes for Adults and Children in 2023 – City of Chicago (media release)


Air Quality in Transit Buses – TCRP

In Pursuit of Equity: Environmental Justice on Tribal Lands – TRB News

Achieving Highway Runoff Volume and Pollutant Reduction Using Vegetated Compost Blankets: A Guide – NCHRP

Conference on the Marine Transportation System Innovative Science and Technologies Toward Greater Sustainability – TRB

TRB Webinar: Aggregate Sustainability – Production – TRB

A qualitative study of active travel amongst commuters and older adults living in English market towns – BMC Public Health


White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council; Notification of Public Meeting – EPA (Notice)

Release of Volume 3 of the Integrated Review Plan in the Review of the Lead National Ambient Air Quality Standards – EPA (Notice of availability)

2023 Annual Joint Meeting of the Ozone Transport Commission and the Mid-Atlantic Northeast Visibility Union EPA (Notice; public meeting)

Inland Waterways Users Board; Request for Nominations – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Notice of request for nominations)

Kansas DOT Issues Revised Active Transportation Plan

A revised active transportation plan or ATP recently issued by the Kansas Department of Transportation seeks to boost walking, bicycling, safe wheelchair use, skateboarding, and non-motorized vehicle mobility options across the state.

[Above photo by Kansas DOT]

Developed with extensive input from state residents – with guidance from various state agencies and partners as well as national and local experts in planning, design, and safety – the new plan is expected to serve as a guide for Kansas DOT and communities statewide on how to include and promote active transportation when planning roads, bridges, and other transportation infrastructure projects.

“Providing access to safe, direct and continuous routes for people whether they are driving, walking or cycling is essential for a healthy multimodal transportation system,” said Calvin Reed, acting secretary for Kansas DOT, in a statement.

“The vision of the ATP is for Kansas to be a place where people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds have safe and convenient active modes of travel available throughout the state,” he noted.

“This plan provides communities with information to develop active transportation opportunities through improved planning, design and partnerships with state agencies,” added Matt Messina, multimodal bureau chief for the agency.

“Whether Kansans use active transportation regularly, rarely or somewhere in between, infrastructure that supports all modes of transportation is critical for residents,” he pointed out.

Kansas DOT plans to host “Bike, Walk, and Roll” webinars starting May 24 to detail how local communities can help implement its new ATP. The agency is also hosting in-person “ATP Summit” Sept. 20-22 to offer more insight on the transportation options within the new plan.

State departments of transportation across the country are beefing up efforts to provide more active transportation options to their residents.

For example, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation is working on its first-ever active transportation plan – a policy toolkit that can be used internally and by Oklahoma counties and towns as engineers and designers look to develop more people-friendly infrastructure.

The plan will address walking, biking, “wheelchairs and mobility scooters, pedal and electric scooters, electric bikes, skateboards, and other similar wheeled vehicles,” according to a website developed by the agency that details the plan’s contents.

The finished product will be more of a policy guide than a rule book, said Shelby Templin, an Oklahoma DOT certified planner who is heading up the plan’s development.

“We’re hoping this will guide our engineers and designers, in-house, as well as provide a starting-off point for smaller communities that may not have the resources,” she said. “It also will give the multi-modal group more of a leg to stand on for project development.”

The agency said its Active Transportation Plan is expected to be completed this summer and opened to a 30-day public comment period. In the fall, Oklahoma DOT expects to submit the plan to the Oklahoma Transportation Commission for approval.

The Washington State Department of Transportation unveiled a formal Active Transportation Plan in December 2021 – a plan that subsequently won the 2022 America’s Transportation Awards contest’s “People’s Choice Award.”