The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) recently awarded $81.2 million in 27 transportation contracts.
More than 80 percent of the awarded funds will be used for routine maintenance.
Bridge rehabilitation contracts were made possible by Georgia’s Transportation Funding Act of 2015.
One of the bridges is the City of Social Circle’s historic district in Walton County. A new bridge will be constructed on the site of the current 64-year-old bridge over CSX Railroad. The contract was $4.25...
Commercial truck drivers will have the option of using technology to bypass weigh stations, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) said.
The technology, PrePass, is a weigh station transponder that eliminates the need to carry multiple state transponders. It works with the aid of scales embedded in the roadway. The transponder verifies a truck’s credentials, safety rating and legal weight as the vehicle travels. Drivers who receive a green light can continue driving. Those ...
Southwest Airlines Co. recently announced its cargo service will begin shipping to Mexico in May pending government approval.
If approved, Southwest will ship to Cabo San Lucas/Los Cabos, Cancun, Mexico City, and Puerto Vallarta.
Additional international destinations are planned for later in the year.
The airline will ship e-commerce goods, pharmaceuticals, fresh foods, and seafood.
“By offering the cross-border services that our customers are looking for, we’re able to help meet the needs of...
The University of Michigan recently received 12 Fulbright grants for the 2017-18 academic year, more than any other research university in the country.
Fulbright grants, sponsored by the U.S. State Department, are used to fund teaching overseas or research for six to 12 months.
Areas of research include studying the history of drama in the Democratic Republic of Congo and mental health in Croatia.
Twenty-five students also received individual grants, more than any other public university. Nat...
The Alliance 50×50 Commission on U.S. Transportation Sector Efficiency recently published a white paper outlining the steps the transportation industry must take to reduce energy use.
The transportation industry relies almost completely on petroleum fuels and comprises 28 percent of the energy used in the United States. Light duty utility vehicles comprise 60 percent of the industry’s energy use.
“The commission’s goal is intentionally broad and flexible, allowing consideration of all technol...
Ethanol-based high-octane fuels paired with optimized internal combustion engines can substantially improve a vehicle’s fuel economy and reduce emissions, according to two studies by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
For the studies, the DOE analyzed the properties of liquid fuel components. The researchers discovered eight high-octane blendstocks could be blended with gasoline for better performance and showed the potential to improve fuel economy by 10 percent.
The fuels were scored on t...
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently issued three safety recommendations in response to two ongoing railroad accident investigations.
The first recommendation was issued to the Federal Railroad Administration about the investigation of the fatal, Feb. 4 collision of an Amtrak train with a CSX train near Cayce, South Carolina. NTSB recommends an emergency order to ensure safe operations during signal suspension.
“The installation of the life-saving positive train control te...
A bipartisan, three-bill package would standardize interaction between police officers, drivers and passengers during traffic stops.
Under the bills, Michigan State Police in partnership with the secretary of state would develop a program on how to interact with law enforcement during a traffic stop. The program would be taught to students in driver’s education classes.
A pamphlet of the information will be made available via the secretary of state to drivers 25 and younger who are renewing t...
The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) recently applied for exemption from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)’s electronic logging device (ELD) mandate.
NECA represents more than 4,000 members in the electrical construction industry. Its largest electrical contractors collectively have a fleet of 13,766 commercial motor vehicles (CMVs).
The association’s members install, repair, and maintain electrical utilities and requiring them to use ELDs would be an u...
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) recently petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to amend federal hours-of-service regulations.
Current regulations are inflexible, complex and one-size-fits-all for drivers, OOIDA said.
The petition requests truck drivers be permitted one rest break per 14-hour shift for up to three consecutive hours. Before the start of the next work shift, drivers would still need to log 10 consecutive off-duty hours.
Ray Martinez was confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday as director of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
He is the former chairman and chief administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. He also formerly served as commissioner for the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and as chairman of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.
Martinez supports the Electronic Logging Devices mandate but said during his confirmation hearing that he is open to meeting wi...
Capital Region International Airport (LAN) in Lansing saw the number of passengers in 2017 increase 19.2 percent from the previous year.
In 2017, 384,383 passengers used the airport, making it the busiest year since 2014.
This growth is attributed to the addition of American Airlines service. The carrier added nonstop service between LAN and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in 2016.
Last month, American asked the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration t...
For the first time in the port’s history, Port of Corpus Christi was included in President Trump’s proposed budget.
The fiscal year 2019 budget includes $13 million for the port’s Ship Channel Improvement Project (CIP) as part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) civil works budget.
“This is a historic day for the Port and we are honored to have the CIP included in President Trump’s budget,” Sean Strawbridge, Port of Corpus Christi CEO, said. “Investing in this infrastructure expansion...
Three aviation associations are urging Congress to reverse the section of the 2012 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Modernization and Reform Act that limits FAA regulation of drone operations.
The section states that the FAA cannot regulate or apply rules to drones that are used for hobbies or recreation.
The Airlines for America, Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association sent a letter to Congress on Tuesday.
“We strongly urge...
The use of drones to deliver packages might reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy use in the transportation sector, according to research conducted by the University of Colorado, Carnegie Mellon University, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), and SRI International.
Drones are beginning to be utilized by companies like Deutsche Post DHL, UPS, Google and Amazon for package delivery. This caused researchers to wonder whether drone deliveries use as much energy and produce as ...