Volume 1 Issue 31 | November 12, 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
AASHTO Committee on Performance Based Management Newsletter Published
The TPM Newsletter is sponsored by the AASHTO Committee on Performance-Based Management (CPBM) in collaboration with the Transportation Performance Management (TPM) Pooled Fund and with support from the Federal Highway Administration.

Tim Henkel, CPBM Chair, offered a welcome to new readers of this publication saying in part, "As the pandemic continues we grapple with understanding and addressing its effects. I invite you to read on as we relaunch the TPM Newsletter with a focus on this very timely topic – COVID-19: TPM Impacts. The articles, resources, and events featured in this edition provide perspectives on topics that matter to the TPM community and offer a rich array of capacity-building resources."

Inside this issue are insightful contributions from AASHTO members as they each provide perspective on COVID-19 response, analysis, and future target setting.

This newsletter can be accessed by clicking this link. Feedback and suggestions for future articles are welcomed by contacting Matt Hardy, AASHTO Staff Liaison, via mhardy@tpm-portal.com.
Announcing the AASHTO 2021 GIS-T Symposium
The GIS-T Symposium brings together professionals from government and private industry interested in the use of GIS for transportation. Network and share experiences, knowledge, see state-of-art software, and learn more about this field. Join your fellow professionals in addition to the 40+ exhibitors in the technology hall.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, an announcement will come in January 2021 if this meeting will be in-person or virtual. If this virtual option is exercised, The virtual meeting dates will remain the same as the in-person meeting, April 19-22, 2021.
For additional information on the GIS-T Symposium, please visit https://gis-t.transportation.org/.
Announcing a Call for Content
Industry News
ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

State DOTs Issue Transportation Alternatives & Trail Grants
AASHTO Journal

Bike Shortages Will Likely Last Until Next Year, and Possibly into 2022
Bicycling

Chelan-Douglas Transportation Council considers signing on to national bicycle route
KWCC-TV

New findings for viral research on bicycle crashes at railroad crossings
University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Walking Trails: Worth the Investment?
Motley Fool
 
ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY

Georgia DOT's Innovative PEL Study
AASHTO’s ETAP Podcast

Biden could take quick first steps on long climate policy road
Reuters

Regional initiative targets transportation, climate change in underserved rural communities
Daily Hampshire Gazette

FREIGHT
 
Biden administration policies expected to affect freight railroading
Trains

FUNDING
 
Caltrans Seeks Volunteers for Road Charge Research
California DOT

INFRASTRUCTURE

Industry Experts Predict Bipartisan Support for Infrastructure in 2021

Support Grows for Infrastructure Policy on Biden’s Agenda
Transport Topics

Universities Join Forces to Test Bridge Design Resiliency
AASHTO Journal

MOBILITY 

Michigan DOT online survey seeks public input to identify, understand needs of citizens with disabilities
WLUC-TV

MPOs
 
Sherman-Denison MPO Talks Consultant for Growth
Herald Democrat
 
Interview with Vincent Valdes, Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission 
Noam on the Move podcast

Cartersville-Bartow MPO approves final transportation improvement, work programs
Daily Tribune News

Rio Grande Valley’s consolidated MPO already producing benefits
The Monitor editorial

OTHER
 
What an ‘Amtrak Joe’ presidency means for transportation
Politico

Is There a Place on U.S. Roads for Single-Passenger EVs?
San Diego Union-Tribune
 
PLANNING
 
Hotspot transportation proposals headed to UDOT
Moab Sun News

RAIL
 
New partnership promotes Katy Trail and Amtrak Service
KOMU-TV
 
ROADWAYS

What will stop S.F. traffic deaths? Politicians push street changes, outreach to vulnerable
San Francisco Chronicle
 
VDOT presents possible solutions for reducing auto collisions with wildlife
WVIR-TV

TECHNOLOGY

Orlando Unveils Plans for First Flying-Car Hub in U.S.
New York Times

TRANSIT
 
RI moves forward with multi-hub bus system plan for Providence
Providence Journal
 
SEPTA adds addiction and mental health specialists as nation debates future of policing
Philadelphia Inquirer

Austin is building a $7.1 billion transit system from scratch
StateScoop

The 'order of planning' determines transit priorities. What if we inverted it to prioritize people?
GreenBiz commentary

TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD
 
TRB Webinar: Rail in the Time of Coronavirus - Planning, Operating, & Constructing Rail
TRB