Transportation Planners and Engineers Explore Key Issues
from AASHTO Journal
AASHTO's Standing Committee on Planning met during the AASHTO Annual Meeting on October 22 and 23 at a peer exchange workshop on performance-based planning and programming sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration. This peer exchange was followed by a business meeting that focused on capacity building, research, policy, and other key transportation planning issues critical to reauthorization and beyond.
Early Reports: Job Gains Signal Stimulus Impact
from USA Today
States have reported using stimulus money to create or save more than 388,000 jobs so far this year, buttressing the Obama administration's claim that the $787 billion plan has had a significant impact on the economy.
Stimulus Money More Than Just Jobs, Governor Says
from Arkansas News
Jobs are a major component of the federal stimulus program, but much of the money flowing into the state is going to programs that are not necessarily job creators, Gov. Mike Beebe says. Since the federal stimulus program began, Arkansas has received $322 million of a nearly $3 billion allotment expected over the next two years. About $112.5 million has already been spent. More federal money also has been pumped into the state through unemployment benefits and food assistance programs.
Privately Run Infrastructure Deals Dry Up
from USA Today
A rush by state and local governments to sell roads, bridges and airports to private operators in return for eye-popping upfront sums has all but collapsed in the recession.
'Smart' Network of Roads Could Create Safer Highways
from New Orleans Metro Real-Time News
Fifteen years after the idea of regional transportation management was first imagined, a $14.5 million complex devoted to creating a network of "smart" highways in southeast Louisiana has risen on a spit of neutral ground in the middle of the Pontchartrain Expressway where Metairie meets New Orleans.
Creating the Clean Transportation Future We Desire
from EV World
The Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Department of Transportation are teaming up to develop what they called high-tech solutions to the growing problem of distracted or inattentive drivers.
Graceful Interchanges, Now Doubling as Civic Sculpture
from The New York Times
New Yorkers maintain that Los Angeles is a city with no center. But Angelenos argue that the city of freeways has its core in the Stack, a tower of overpasses - the first four-level connector interchange, according to the California Transportation Department - where the Pasadena, Harbor, Hollywood and Santa Ana freeways intersect.