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River states explore shifting more oversized and overweight shipments via water

By Bill Holloway According to the recently released M-55 Marine Highway Initiative Study, there is a significant opportunity for the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers to carry more oversized and overweight (OSOW) freight, particularly manufactured goods and large containers of agricultural goods. 

Ann Arbor could become testing ground for network of driverless cars

By Chris McCahill While driverless cars seem to be a technological reality thanks to innovative leaders at Google, questions still remain as to their implementation and practicality. Researchers at University of Michigan hope to answer these questions by launching a citywide network of shared

What do video games and transportation planning have in common?

By Chris Spahr A new approach to the idea of visualization is using the real-time 3D tools that are normally reserved for interactive video games. Excitement is building in the transportation-planning world over 3D visualizations created by Spencer Boomhower of Cupola Media.  While visualization

State DOTs and MPOs develop adaptive strategies with help of climate change pilot program grants

By Mary Ebeling Recent severe weather events have levied significant damage on transportation systems in states across the country. Many states, particularly those recently affected, are paying attention to the climate-related vulnerabilities in their transportation systems. Some are using grant

WSDOT accountability report replaces congestion with corridor capacity

By Robbie Webber Washington State Department of Transportation has been rightfully proud of their accountability and transparency with their quarterly Gray Notebook, which details system performance and project delivery. As part of that, they have issued an Annual Congestion Report. But the 2013

MBTA uses ABC technique to replace bridge

By Chris Spahr On Friday, November 8, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority used an Accelerated Bridge Construction technique to replace a 102-year-old bridge that carries the Red Line trains over Clayton Street in Dorchester.  Using a Self-Propelled Modular Transporter, a new bridge

States push for tolls to fund transportation; public opinion mixed

By Chris McCahill As states struggle to fill budget gaps left by declining fuel tax revenues, many are turning increasingly to tolls. As reported recently by Stateline, a Pew news service, lower rates of driving and weak revenues from new toll-managed highways have pushed many states to consider

Rise in 2012 pedestrian-bicycle traffic deaths prompts call for safety metrics

By Robbie Webber Traffic fatalities in the U.S. are up for the first time since 2005, according to 2012 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. But the increases are not rising evenly across modes. Even as fatalities of drivers and passengers in private autos continue to

NCDOT rethinks project selection

By Bill Holloway North Carolina has developed a new set of transportation project prioritization criteria officials hope will bring greater efficiency and objectivity to transportation investment. The criteria were developed in response to the passage last June of the state’s Strategic

Lack of transparency in use-based insurance may undercut demand management benefits

By Eric Sundquist One policy tool that holds promise in the effort to manage transportation demand is mileage-based insurance, also known as pay-as-you-drive insurance. Most motorists today pay premiums that are essentially fixed costs, with little or no connection to the amount of travel