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41st annual ATSSA Traffic Expo
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The American Traffic Safety Services Association Traffic Expo will be held Feb. 15 to 17 at the Phoenix Convention Center. In association with the 41st annual ATSSA Traffic Expo, ASHE is proud to co-sponsor the first annual Roadway Infrastructure Safety Conference on Feb. 16 and 17. For more information about the Traffic Expo please go to www.trafficexpo2011.com. For registration information about the safety conference please go to expo.atssa.com.

INDUSTRY NEWS


'Superstreet' traffic design improves travel time and safety
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The so-called "superstreet" traffic design results in significantly faster travel times and leads to a drastic reduction in automobile collisions and injuries, according to North Carolina State University researchers who have conducted the largest-ever study of superstreets and their impacts. Superstreets are surface roads, not freeways. They are defined as thoroughfares where the left-hand turns from side streets are re-routed, as is traffic from side streets that needs to cross the thoroughfare. More

Rep. Blumenauer: New Republican rules threaten infrastructure funding
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Last week, the new Republican majority in the House of Representatives adopted a new set of rules for the way the House runs — rules which threaten to undermine funding for our nation's critical infrastructure needs. Under these rules, the new Republican majority will enact a draconian budget without a single hearing, without any input from the Budget Committee, without any outreach to Congressional Democrats, and without a direct vote by the House of Representatives. More

High-tech highway weigh stations planned
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Oklahoma is one step closer to constructing a group of state-of-the-art stations that would weigh commercial vehicles as they speed along the highway. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission recently provided $10 million to the state Department of Transportation to complete the construction of two recently approved highway weigh stations, also known as ports of entry. "The benefit is [most] trucks don't have to stop," ODOT Deputy Director Mike Patterson said. "They pass the station at 65 mph or 75 mph and commerce keeps rolling." More

The limitations of public-private partnerships: Recent lessons from the surface transportation and real estate sectors
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Government at all levels in the United States slowly has been moving away from grand central planning schemes and toward markets. One result has been the rise of public-private partnerships. Proponents of these arrangements argue that many of the information and transaction cost problems inherent in government institutions can be mitigated by sharing construction, maintenance and operational responsibilities with profit-motivated private firms. When the status quo is a government monopoly, PPPs should be viewed as preferable in nearly every case. More

AT&T's 'The Last Text' sends the message: 'It can wait'
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The campaign to end distracted driving is really picking up steam as this new year begins. Earlier in the week, texting while driving bans took effect in three states. Recently, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood wrote about Miss South Dakota, who is educating young people about the safety risks of distracted driving. LaHood also shared a new documentary from AT&T called "The Last Text." AT&T's video already is having an effect on audiences around America. Like the "Faces of Distracted Driving" series, AT&T's "The Last Text" features family members and friends who have lost loved ones to distracted driving. It's powerful stuff. More

Mica plans field hearings on surface transport bill
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Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., who chairs the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, intends to start a process in February that can help his panel craft a new multi-year surface transportation bill. Mica told The Journal of Commerce that beginning on or around Feb. 18 he plans to hold field hearings or "listening sessions" outside of Washington to get more input from local and regional officials on what should be in the next transportation legislation. More

AASHTO presents top 10 transportation issues for the new year
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The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials has compiled a list of the top 10 distinct and pressing transportation issues that loom at the local, state, and federal levels as 2011 begins. Congressional enactment of a long-term surface transportation reauthorization measure tops the list. "We are urging Congress to write a balanced bill this year that meets the needs of preservation and new capacity, meets the needs of rural and urban America, and meets the needs for highways as well as transit," said John Horsley, AASHTO's executive director. "If we get a bill passed with these elements, we have a shot of meeting the country's needs." More

The Economist announces upcoming Ideas Economy: Intelligent Infrastructure event
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The Economist announced that United States Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra, world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, and others will participate in its upcoming Ideas Economy: Intelligent Infrastructure event. The conference, which will be held in New York City on Feb. 16 and 17, will focus on the global challenges and innovative solutions necessary for building intelligent infrastructure. More
   
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