Volume 1 Issue 25 | October 1, 2020
Transportation Planning Newsletter
Chair: Kristina Swallow, Nevada DOT Vice Chair: Lynn Weiskopf, New York State DOT

The Committee on Planning addresses all aspects of the transportation planning process including federal regulations, current industry practices, and emerging approaches and concepts. The committee is dedicated to providing State DOTs the expertise, resources and tools they need to implement a robust planning process within their agencies that is multimodal, multidisciplinary, innovative and consensus-oriented.
Committee News
October is Distracted Driving Awareness Month:
Take the challenge and join the BUPD movement
There is a public health crisis occurring on America's roadways. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 36,500 people were killed in traffic crashes in 2018. But with most of these crashes being preventable, we know a remedy. The Buckle Up Phone Down (BUPD) movement aims to make this crisis personal, emphasizing the responsibility of each driver to protect themselves and improve the landscape of roadway safety for their loved ones.

Buckle Up: Taking a few moments to properly secure yourself and loved ones is the single greatest way to increase your likelihood of surviving a crash. Unfortunately, unbuckled occupants make up a disproportionate amount of roadway fatalities. In 2017 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 14,955 lives and could have saved thousands of additional lives if everyone had been wearing a seat belt.

Phone Down: In the last five years, perhaps no behavior on our roadways has become more alarming than distracted driving. This dangerous activity claimed at least 2,841 lives in 2018 alone. And with a recent AT&T study revealing nearly nine of every ten drivers admits to engaging in their smartphones while driving, roadways across the country have unnecessarily become a dangerous place to be.

The Missouri DOT made it easy for you to implement this effort. The BUPD Starter Kit is a collection of marketing tools to help you get started with BUPD messaging. The kit provides some background of the movement, goals of the initiative, successes we’ve seen to date and, of course, the tools needed to get started. It’s built to suit your needs—it can be easily customized and adapted to your state’s existing messaging, or it can be used straight out of the box as a ready-made initiative.
Three Requests for Proposals Announced by CTPP

The CTPP (Census Transportation Planning Products) is a State DOT-funded, cooperative program that produces special tabulations of American Community Survey (ACS) data that have enhanced value for transportation planning, analysis, and strategic direction. The CTPP seeks to expand the body of research known as Commuting in America (CIA) - each RFP is for a distinct brief that would add to this knowledge. Click on each RFP brief topic for full details.
**All proposals due October 23**
Topic: Understanding geographic and demographic variation in mode choice and travel behavior
Objective: Understand the variation in mode use across geographies and demographics across the country.

Topic: Explore methods of measurement and reporting of emerging modes
Objective: Developing methods for interpretation of data, measurement, and reporting of emerging modes. 

Topic: Evolution of Households
Objective: Explore and explain the changes in travel behavior as they relate to the changes in types and
sizes of American households.

2020 AASHTO Virtual Annual Meeting

Our full agenda is available, and registration opens soon! Start planning your schedule for the week of November 9, 2020. Explore more about timely and relevant sessions on organizing for the deployment of automated vehicles, strategies for communicating the importance of transportation, fresh approaches for transportation planning, enhancing resilience, and many other topics of interest, including spotlight sessions on safety and civil rights.

Networking is an important part of every AASHTO meeting. We’re hosting virtual networking events to help you connect and share ideas with your peers in the industry.
  • Coffee with AASHTO—Learn how to make French press coffee from DC’s own Penny Brew DC Café
  • Morning Yoga—Get your day started and stretch with us
  • Trivia Night—Time to test your knowledge with fun trivia facts
The AASHTO Trade Show is going virtual too! Meet with exhibitors, visit virtual booths, and discover new technologies, products and services in the transportation industry. The Trade Show will be interactive and full of useful information. 

We can’t wait to “see” you at the AASHTO 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting. Look for registration details coming soon.
AASHTO 2020 Virtual Joint Policy Conference

With over 400 participants, the AASHTO 2020 Virtual Joint Policy Conference concludes today as a resounding success. Thank you to all the panelists, planners, attendees, facilitators, and sponsors for a truly outstanding program. Together, we confronted the confronted issues and collaborated on solutions faced by many of the challenges of today and tomorrow. Together, we connected the DOTs.
Industry News
ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Creating Advisory Bike Lanes in the Nation’s Capital
AASHTO Journal
 
Pandemic Brings More Biking And Fewer Crashes — But Can It Last?
KPBS Radio’s Midday Edition

Belmont Bridge shared space pilot
WCAV-TV

Imagine a statewide network of NC greenway trails. Officials want your ideas.
News & Observer

Safer with sharrows?
World Highways

ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY

Public transit agencies can skip long environmental reviews under bill signed by Newsom
San Francisco Chronicle

FUNDING
 
Wyoming Plans Transportation Upgrades, Road Usage Charge
AASHTO Journal

Oregon businesses give big against Portland-area transportation tax
Oregon Public Broadcasting

ASCE releases data on transit, roads and bridges investments
Transportation Today

INFRASTRUCTURE 

New Bill Aims to Make Communities and Infrastructure More Flood-Ready
Pew

MPOs
 
Transportation needs are evolving and the Farmington MPO is planning for those changes 
Farmington Daily Times

CMAP, ATA, and CDOT discuss pandemic transportation challenges, and the way forward
Streetsblog Chicago

EPA honors work of Southern Maine planning commission

Upper Savannah COG redesigns website
Index-Journal

SBCAG Shares Long-Term View of Housing, Jobs and Transportation in Santa Barbara County
Noozhawk

OTHER
 
The Murky Case For Mass Telecommuting 
CityLab
 
Study: State DOTs Could Gain Revenue from Solar Arrays
AASHTO Journal

PLANNING
 
UMd. researchers receive $2.35M award to improve public transit planning in Baltimore
WBAL-TV

RAIL
 
Trump tweets intent to issue permit for rail line connecting Alaska to Canada and Lower 48
Anchorage Daily News

Amtrak service cuts expected to cost Virginians $142 million each year
WFXR-TV

Q&A: Flynn takes the helm at Amtrak as a pandemic persists
Progressive Railroading
 
ROADWAYS

Despite Purple Line problems, Maryland will pursue public-private partnership for toll lane plan
Washington Post

LA Metro Unveils Traffic Reduction Study, Congestion Pricing Concepts
Spectrum 1 News

Dynamic envelopes being installed at some Pinellas County railroad crossings
WFTS-TV

How COVID-19 repurposed city streets
Marketplace

Complexity Scientist Beats Traffic Jams Through Adaptation
Quanta Magazine

TECHNOLOGY

Utah Expands Connected Vehicle Project to Include More Autos
Government Technology

TRANSIT
 
L.A. Metro cuts budget by $1.2 billion, locking in steep reductions to bus, rail service
Los Angeles Times
 
Honolulu pulls out of P3 for rail's final leg, Caldwell tells FTA
Pacific Business News

Report: No Clear Link Between Transit And COVID-19 Cases
NY1 News
 
MDOT MTA Reverses Course On Core Bus Service Adjustments
Annapolis Patch

‘That, to me, is gross inequity’: Major Austin transit proposal Project Connect faces new opposition
KXAN-TV

The future of public transit in Vermont just pulled up in Montpelier — and it's a van?
Burlington Free Press

Promoting Quality Of Life Through Rural And Tribal Transit – National RTAP Program
ITE Talks Transportation podcast

TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD
 
Clearing the Skies with Research on Electric Vehicles
TRB