federal rules

GHG Measure back on, for now

By Alex Beckmann The Federal Highways Administration announced on Thursday that it will lift the suspension on the rule requiring state departments of transportation to measure on-road greenhouse gas emissions. With the lifting of the suspension, that requirement has gone into effect

New life for GHG tracking rule?

By Eric Sundquist In the waning days of the Obama administration, FHWA finalized the last set of performance measures for states and MPOs. That seemed to end a 4.5-year rulemaking effort that had kicked off in mid-2012 with the signing of the MAP-21 transportation bill. However, the incoming

Breathe easy: Sleep apnea and transportation safety

By Mary Ebeling Obstructive sleep apnea is a respiratory disorder that causes breathing to stop and start repeatedly during sleep, sometimes as many as 400 times a night. The condition results in increased daytime drowsiness and reduced reaction time among sufferers, and this has drawn the

FRA safety standards could lead to sleeker trains on U.S. passenger railroads

By Chris Spahr Final implementation of the Rail Safety and Improvement Act of 2008 could pave the way for sleeker trains on American passenger railroads by 2015.  The RSIA mandated that the Federal Railroad Administration implement safety regulations related to hours of service requirements for

Senators call for action on freight rail rates and monopolies

By Bill Holloway Early this month, a bipartisan group of senators, led by Al Franken (D-MN), called on the chairman of the Surface Transportation Board to assure that Berkshire Hathaway’s 2010 purchase of BNSF doesn’t result in unfair rate hikes for farms and businesses in Minnesota

“Dig once” advances via executive order

By Robbie Webber A Government Accountability Office report issued June 27 outlines the advantages and disadvantages of requiring fiber optic conduit to be installed during construction of certain federally funded highway projects. The report release was preceded on June 13 by an executive order

Safety advocates still waiting for FHWA report on digital billboards

Distracted driving has been a popular news topic and safety concern of late, but most articles on the issue have focused on the impact of texting or phone conversations while driving. Little has been written about distractions outside the car, such as digital billboards that flash or change

511 Rules: Real-Time System Management Information Program Fact Sheet

FHWA published a fact sheet with highlights and questions about its rulemaking on the real-time system management information program. A final rule was published on November 8, 2010. The rule sets out the provisions and parameters for State DOTs in establishing Real-Time System Management