A roundup of headlines curated for state transportation environmental professionals


Groups Call for Federal Program Extension, State DOT COVID Aid – AASHTO Journal

U.S. Department of Transportation Seeks Applicants for Railway-Highway Crossings Grants – USDOT (Press Release)

DOT rolls out National Freight Strategic Plan – Freightways

Centering Planning in the Federal Surface Transportation Debate – American Planning Association (Blog)

Trump’s deregulatory disregard for law and science – The Hill (Opinion)

Tribes and Environmental Groups Sue Trump Administration to Preserve Clean Water Protections – Earthjustice

Trump’s U.S. EPA chief claims climate-change fight hurts the poor – Reuters

The Forest Service’s rule changes undercut its once-proud mission – The Hill (Opinion)


Daily Travel during the COVID-19 Pandemic – USDOT Bureau of Transportation Statistics

E-scooters and bikes rebound as COVID-19 crisis keeps on rolling – Marketplace


FAA Releases LaGuardia AirTrain Draft Environmental ReviewFAA (Press release)

21 States Sue Trump Administration for Rollback of NEPA – One Green Planet


ETAP Podcast: Hawaii DOT’s Ed SniffenAASHTO Journal

FAA Disburses $1.2B in Airport Safety/Infrastructure Grants – AASHTO Journal

Large states with small populations use more energy for transportation – Talk Business & Politics

GDC Announces Updated Financial Plan Submission for Hudson Tunnel Project – Gateway Program Development Corporation (Press release)

Virginia rail deal on track with completion of environmental planning for new Potomac River crossing – Richmond Times-Dispatch

MY VIEW: Transportation development districts offer innovative way to fund infrastructure projects – Cincinnati Business Courier (Opinion)


Mid-Atlantic, Northeast states collaborate to cut carbon emissions from transportation – Yale Climate Connections


New Jersey Passes Landmark Environmental Justice Legislation – National Law Review

Can Planting Trees Make a City More Equitable? – CityLab


VTrans Offers Water Quality Improvement Project Grants – AASHTO Journal

Study: Fewer wildlife deaths as traffic dips during pandemic – AP

Goats take a bite out of Brainerd park invasive species – Bemidji Pioneer


A citywide survey is not enough. Philly needs a holistic approach to make historic preservation more equitable – WHYY (Opinion)


Connecticut DOT Offering Community Connectivity Grants – AASHTO Journal

84 Million Trips Taken on Shared Bikes and Scooters Across the U.S. in 2018 – NACTO (Press Release)

GDOT officials explain noise effects of Ga. 400 toll lanes during Q&A session – Reporter Newspapers

‘They seem to be up to no good’: Late-night joyriders led to electric scooters’ suspension in Dallas, officials say – Dallas Morning News

Oregon could better reach out to bike, pedestrian groups before construction projects, audit findsThe Oregonian

San Diego Airport gets $18 million federal grant to reduce noise in nearby homesKUSI-TV


Measuring Quality of Life in Communities Surrounding Airports – TRB ACRP

Webinars: Transportation Planning to the Extreme for Weather and Climate Change – TRB

Future Electric Vehicle Charging Demand at Highway Rest Areas and Implications for Renewable Energy Penetration in California – National Center for Sustainable Transportation (NCST)


Early Scoping Notice for Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) Proposed LYNX Silver Line Project in the Charlotte Metropolitan Area, North CarolinaFTA (Early Scoping Notice)

Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Minimum Sound Requirements for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles – NHSTA (Interim final rule; request for comments)

National Priorities List – EPA (Final Rule)

Hours of Service of Drivers; Pilot Program To Allow Commercial Drivers To Pause Their 14-Hour Driving Window – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (Notice of proposed pilot program; request for comments)

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Regulations for Designating Critical Habitat – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Proposed Rule)