May 13, 2016
While I have mentioned this a few times before, I still enjoy repeating it, over the past three years I've been able to do some amazing things at KBT with some very remarkable members.

For instance, I've had the opportunity to tour two of the largest infrastructure projects in the entire country - the Ohio River Bridges Project and the Olmsted Locks and Dams.

Each May I am able to participate in something that I find equally incredible - and I don't mean the Kentucky Derby.  In mid-May, KBT members travel to Washington, D.C. on our annual Fly-In to visit with members of the Kentucky Congressional delegation and other special guests to discuss transportation issues.  We've done this for more than 35 years.

If you think I'm being facetious about my excitement of travelling to DC - I'm not.

This trip provides the opportunity to meet with our elected leaders and voice our opinions, explain our positions, and state our concerns. If we didn't travel to DC to have these conversations - who would?

So, I'm looking forward to our trip next week as I travel with 45 KBT members - who represent all modes of transportation. 

It will be a pleasure to express our gratitude for the passage of the FAST Act as we also encourage the passage of a long term FAA Authorization, 45G tax credits, and WRDA 2016.

If you aren't traveling with us to DC this year, I encourage you to consider going next year. If you wonder what you've missed, watch your twitter feed or read the newsletter next week for highlights.

It is a wonderful opportunity - and one that we shouldn't take for granted.

Highlight Articles Featuring KBT's 2016 Platinum and Gold Sponsors
Lynn Imaging - Platinum

Lynn Imaging is a Construction Information Management company and high capacity-printing firm that primarily serves Kentucky, Ohio, southern Indiana and Tennessee. Our company is built on the drive to serve our customers with the best customer experience.  Our customer driven and intuitive technology solutions coordinate and simplify the management of project information.  This results in accelerated project timelines, streamlined project communication and great quality for our clients.

In order to serve our construction customers, Lynn Imaging created eComm, a construction information management software. eComm is a single project shared workspace that organizes all project information. eComm initiates, tracks and traces changes (e.g., Submittals, RFI, CO, ASI) as they happen, via the web. The set routing and approval process automates the steps to approve and share changes, reducing risk and saving time.

Lynn Imaging also designed and manages an Online Planroom that provides contractors online access to view letting documents.  This custom software tracks all user activity and allows access and trackable downloads to authorized viewers.  Lynn Imaging's Digital Team provides the project set up work of preflighting and posting pdfs, viewable tiffs and prepares the large and small printable sheets that are download ready.

These digital solutions are complemented by Lynn Imaging's full suite of printing, copying and scanning services. In addition, Lynn Imaging is an authorized dealer of Canon Solutions America/OCE and HP large format printers, and installs and services wide format equipment in client offices across the region.

With the growing demand for large-scale color printing, Lynn Imaging created a new division strictly to serve this need, called Monster Color.  From concept to completion, Monster Color's experts produce a wide range of products from wall, window and vehicle graphics, hanging and retractable banners, way finding and ADA signage to brochures, manuals and mailers.

Historically, Lynn Imaging has been an early adaptor to the newest technology offerings including high-speed digital printing, electronic data storage and cloud solutions for information management. Lynn Imaging has been steeped in the construction industry for over 70 years. Our experts average over thirty years of experience with the company. We carry knowledge of the industry and insight into customer needs which translate to peace of mind for our clients.  Simply call 859.255.1021, or email with any questions!

KBT's Mission Statement
Kentuckians for Better Transportation educates and advocates for all modes of transportation to promote a safe, sustainable transportation network that brings economic growth and improved quality of life to all Kentucky Communities.
KBT Events and Committee Meetings

Manual for Assessing Safety (MASH) Update and Golf Outing
Monday, July 18, 2016
 9:30 AM (Central)
The Club at Olde Stone 
Bowling Green, KY
 9:30 AM       MASH Update
11:00 AM      Buffet Lunch
11:30 AM      Golf Scramble
$60.00 per person (on or before June 30, 2016)
Singles, pairs & foursomes welcome!
Registration & Information:
This event 
Click Here
is open to everyone.
KBT's Annual Mid-Year Review Luncheon

Friday, June 10, 2016
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Lexington Marriott Griffin Gate Resort, Bluegrass Pavilion
Guest Speaker:
KYTC Secretary Greg Thomas
On or before June 1st
KBT Members: $60.00
All others: $75.00
Information & Registration:
is Limited
KBT Waterways Committee Meeting
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Noon-2:00 pm
Lunch Included
Owensboro Riverport
RSVP Required:
KBT's Annual Washington, D.C. Fly-In 
May 18 & 19, 2016
Congressman Brett Guthrie

KBT looks forward to hearing from Congressman Brett Guthrie next week during our annual Washington, D.C. Fly-In.

Congressman Brett Guthrie represents Kentucky's Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Second District is home to Fort Knox, Abraham Lincoln's birthplace, Mammoth Cave National Park, and many of the Commonwealth's most treasured locations.

Congressman Guthrie serves on both the House Energy and Commerce (E&C) Committee and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce for the 114th Congress. E&C is the oldest standing legislative committee in the House with broad jurisdiction over our nation's energy, healthcare, telecommunications and consumer product safety policies.

Guthrie also serves on the following subcommittees for E&C: Subcommittee on Health, where he serves as Vice Chair; Subcommittee on Communications and Technology; and Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade. Recognized for his proven leadership, he was also appointed to serve as an Assistant Whip within the Republican Conference.
Fulton County Public Transit - Truly Community Helping Community!

From: Kenney Etherton, Executive Director
Fulton County Public Transit 

As a Public Transit Director you worry every day if drivers will show up for work on time, get clients picked up and to appointments on time, vehicles in good working order & safe and I could go on and on with the worries.
Most days you don't think about weather because we (public transit) are like the mailman rain, sleet or snow we have clients that must make appoints to have good quality of life. 

We don't think about the video above happening - because we take for granted all the sunny days we have. 

Well, on May 10,2016 the worst fear of a Public Transit Director happened!! Just out of the clear blue a tornado drops from the sky in Graves County and at one of the worst times in the day for Fulton County Transit Authority (FCTA). 

It was almost 3:00 p.m. when we are about to load almost 100 of our clients for that day and be scattered over 7 of the 8 counties in far west Ky. and some of the areas we cover have limited shelter.
On this afternoon despite being on vacation I just happen to wander in my office to pick up some paperwork and while pulling into the parking lot the Fire Chief called me because I am also a Fulton County Deputy EM Director. The Chief is also one of our Board members too. He proceeds to ask he if I have been watching the weather and the events in Graves County, my reply was no. At this time my son shoves his phone in my face and said, "Look Dad!"  Click here to read the entire story.
We're coming off of a year where we saw a  13 percent increase in fatalities .  So far this year, we're under last year's year-to-date number, but still above '13 and '14 numbers.  When we drill down into the numbers, we see that our unbuckled fatalities are still hovering around 60 percent, our alcohol-related fatal crashes were under 19 percent, and distracted fatalities were approximately 25 percent.  That leaves pedestrian, motorcycle and drugged-driving crashes, which have all increased. 
Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport has a press conference set for May 17. According to a recent press release, they will address new developments regarding commercial air service to the south central Kentucky region.
The Maritime Administration is taking proposals through May 27 from state departments of transportation and other applicants for new or expanding marine highway projects that take freight off the surface transportation network, and said it will award $5 million in grants to as many eligible projects as possible.

In a  Federal Register notice  announcing the grant offering, Marad said  it was inviting "applications for projects that have the added benefit of mitigating the negative impact of freight movement on communities."
(Berea Online) Road Fund receipts grew 13.3 percent in April with collections of $130.4 million, an increase of $15.2 million compared to last April. Year-to-date collection now stand at -3.8 percent. April marks the first month this year that both motor fuels and motor vehicle usage tax receipts increased in the same month. The official Road Fund revenue estimate calls for revenues to decline 5.3 percent for the fiscal year. The recently released interim revenue estimate calls for Road Fund revenues to end the year at -4.3 percent. Based on year-to-date tax collections, revenues can fall 13.0 percent for the remainder of the year to meet the official estimate. Among the accounts, motor fuels grew 7.6 percent, the first monthly increase since January 2015. Motor vehicle usage revenue increased 32.0 percent and license and privilege receipts decreased 4.8 percent.
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