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Recent VMT trends changing DOT investments

By Bill Holloway Oregon is set to save an estimated $6.2 million by scaling back part of a Eugene area interchange expansion project on Interstate 5. The first three phases of the I-5/Randy Papé Beltline Interchange project have proceeded as planned but the final phase is being scaled back based

Tennessee DOT breaks ground on nation’s largest traffic incident training facility

By Chris McCahill The Tennessee Department of Transportation started construction early this month on a Traffic Incident Management Training Facility just outside of Nashville, the first of its kind in the country. The project—worth close to a million dollars—is a joint effort between TDOT

The next 100 years: New York State’s push to develop climate resilient transit

By Mary Ebeling “The clear evidence of a changing climate in our nation makes more major storms like Superstorm Sandy a real and present threat.” With these words, New York Governor Cuomo recently called on the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority to look strategically at developing a

States to get more information about oil train traffic

By Bill Holloway USDOT recently issued an emergency order requiring that railroads moving large amounts of crude oil from the Bakken formation notify the states through which their trains travel. Railroads must notify each state’s emergency response commission of the route the trains will

Children killed in DUI crashes likely to be in car with drunk driver

By Robbie Webber Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children under 15 years of age, and drunk driving is involved in about one-fifth of these crashes. However, contrary to common perception, the child is likely to be riding in the same car as the drunk driver, and the rate of

Guest post: CDOT meeting looks to the future

By Michelle Scheuerman Colorado Executive Director of Transportation Don Hunt had a feeling some pretty forward-thinking ideas could come out of the Futurist Forum the agency held earlier this month with senior CDOT management. “We rarely get to step away from everyday concerns and let loose

Multiple mode switch – transportation’s digital revolution

By Mary Ebeling There is a growing consensus that transportation agencies, especially transit agencies, should make schedule and arrival data more publically available to support the shift to a more seamless multimodal transportation system. This new system would offer multimodal travel options

BYU researchers predict high crash sites to help UDOT target improvements

By Robbie Webber Researchers at Brigham Young University have developed one of the most advanced traffic safety models in the country, and Utah DOT will be using it to target allocation of scarce funds to the most crucial locations to save lives and prevent serious injuries. Civil engineering

What’s stopping automated speed enforcement?

By Bill Holloway Blink. I thought I saw a flash of light from a small box on the side of the highway but couldn’t be sure. It was our introduction to France’s automated speed enforcement system. Several weeks after returning from our vacation, we received a traffic citation in the mail from

Illinois releases its first comprehensive statewide bicycle plan

By Chris McCahill In April, the Illinois DOT released its first statewide bike plan, marking an important milestone both in ramping up its comprehensive planning efforts and in becoming a more multimodal transportation agency. The bike plan was released as a supplemental chapter to the state’s