Volume 1 Issue 27 | October 15, 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
2020 AASHTO Virtual Annual Meeting Registration NOW OPEN

For more than 100 years, state transportation leaders have gathered together annually to focus on national priorities - collaborating and sharing best practices and addressing the most pressing issues of their time. This year's meeting - while different in its platform - strives to maintain that legacy. 

Take a moment to review the meeting agenda including engaging knowledge sessions, various committee meetings, and plenty of access to key meeting sponsors and trade show exhibitors. 

We understand that this year is unlike any we have seen in recent memory. But AASHTO is going the extra mile to make the 2020 AASHTO "Virtual" Annual Meeting absolutely unforgettable. 

- Jim Tymon, AASHTO Executive Director
Industry News
ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Tackling America’s ‘Silent Epidemic’ Of Pedestrian Deaths — In St. Louis And Beyond
St. Louis Public Radio

UDOT touts biking and walking to improve family well-being, relieve traffic congestion
KSL

NYC adds bike lane to Sixth Ave., 40 years after Koch administration-built lane was removed
Daily News
 
ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY

Minnesota twin cities promote EV mobility
ITS International

FREIGHT
 
Executives Discuss Long-Term Effects of Pandemic on Supply Chain
Transport Topics

Trucking Industry Economy Outpaces US Economy as Capacity Tightens
Transport Topics

INFRASTRUCTURE

Elaine Chao: Long-Term Plan Needed for US Infrastructure
Transport Topics

MPOs
 
Sarasota-Manatee planners map out long-term transportation vision 
Observer

OTHER
 
ODOT seeking public input for its communications, social media
Tulsa World

DOT CIO Says Office Landscape ‘Changed Forever’ as Tech Enables Remote Work
MeriTalk

Harvard study: Modernizing transportation yields $11.1B in health benefits
Transportation Today
 
PLANNING
 
Longterm vision for Seattle-Portland-Vancouver mega-region will require a ‘consensus on growth’
GeekWire

Dearborn approves new multi-modal transportation plan
Metromode

Geolocation Data Could Help Planners Design Communities that Require Less Driving
Route Fifty

USDOT Launches New Marine Highway Module of Port Planning and Investment Toolkit
MARAD

RAIL
 
With cutbacks, some Amtrak trains now sold out
Times Union
 
Maryland Lawmakers Announce $1.6M Grant To Make Rail Lines Safer For Pedestrians
WJZ-TV

TECHNOLOGY

Virgin Hyperloop selects West Virginia to test its futuristic transport system
The Verge

Waymo One Driverless Ride-Hailing Service Opens To The Public In Phoenix
CNET

Virgin Hyperloop still has its eye on Missouri to transport passengers in tubes
Missourinet

Elon Musk company seeks extension to underground transit system in Las Vegas
Las Vegas Review-Journal

TRANSIT
 
Fear of Crowds May End Up Haunting U.S. Transit Agencies
Bloomberg CityLab

Officials tout the economic role of public transportation during COVID-19 awareness event
Sun Journal
 
TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD
 
TRB Webinar: Balancing the Scales--Equity Analysis in Transportation Planning
TRB