Volume 1 Issue 4 | April 23, 2020
Transportation Planning Newsletter
Chair: <vacant> 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
COVID-19

State departments of transportation are actively supporting their residents, businesses and local communities in response to the current COVID-19 outbreak. And in turn, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials is working to support state DOTs in those efforts.

AASHTO remains committed to responsibly following federal and state recommended workplace actions related to COVID-19. We hope you’ll find the resources available at https://www.transportation.org/home/covid19/ useful.

If AASHTO staff can assist you with comments or questions regarding COVID-19, please email us at committeeonplanning@aashto.org.
Weekly Spotlight: Subcommittee on Research
Participation in the subcommittee's monthly teleconferences is open to all AASHTO members. For further information, please contact committeeonplanning@aashto.org or visit https://planning.transportation.org/research/.
2020 JOINT POLICY CONFERENCE
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Official’s (AASHTO) 2020 Joint Policy Conference: Connecting the DOTs will bring together six AASHTO committees and councils to meet and discuss critical issues surrounding multimodal freight and passenger transportation. Focus areas will include planning, freight, maritime, security and resilience, environment and sustainability, and active transportation. With an estimated 300 participants from all 52 AASHTO member departments, this is a unique opportunity to reach out and connect with key decision-makers at state DOTs.
Industry News
ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION

Cities open roadways up to socially distanced pedestrians
American City & County

Linking Self-Driving Cars To Traffic Signals Might Help Pedestrians GIve Them The Green Light
The Conversation

Could better measures mean better management for urban micro-mobility options?
Mass Transit

ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY

Funds from Regional Clean-Energy Initiative to Electrify NJ’s Transportation Sector
NJ Spotlight
 
Investing in clean transport will support economic recovery, finds report
Intelligent Transport

FUNDING
 
MoDOT cuts April bids, anticipating less gas tax revenue
News Tribune

States Dole Out Funds for Local Transportation Efforts
AASHTO Journal

MTA: It’s 'unlikely’ NYC congestion pricing will start on time
Staten Island Advance

North Carolina transportation officials announce layoffs
Times-News

WSDOT faces staggering losses while Washington traffic idles during coronavirus
KING-TV

Transportation funding, COVID-19 and economic recovery in NH
Foster’s Daily Democrat commentary

INFRASTRUCTURE

Trump Focused on Infrastructure for Next Stimulus Package
Transport Topics

CA Announces 2020 Transit Infrastructure Capital Grants
Streetsblog California

INTERNATIONAL
 
COVID-19 prompts rethinking of mobility and city planning
ESCAP

MOBILITY  

GM shuts down car-sharing service Maven
The Verge

COVID 19 and Shared Mobility: A New Normal
Medium

OH: Like Uber? Butler County bus route that gets workers to jobs is changing to on-demand service
Journal-News

MPOs
 
MTC Unveils Plan To Distribute $780M Coronavirus Relief To Transit Agencies  
KPIX-TV

Des Moines MPO announces $15M for area transportation projects
Business Record

Space Coast TPO Official Receives Public Relations Awards
Space Coast Daily

Des Moines Area MPO announces project funding to advance regional goals
Des Moines Area MPO

OTHER

How the COVID-19 pandemic is changing the face of transportation in cities
TechRepublic

Mid-America states collaborating on COVID-19 transportation strategies
Iowa DOT

Like everything else, Mississippi’s transportation system likely to suffer due to COVID-19
Mississippi Today commentary
 
PLANNING

Traffic Data Useful in Monitoring, Planning Around COVID-19
Government Technology
 
Ohio Department of Transportation releases 4-year plan
Times Recorder

Illinois DOT officials plan webinar to discuss replacing I-80 bridge over the Mississippi River
AP

RAIL
 
Federal Railroad Administration seeking grant requests for $318.8 million funding dollars
RT&S
 
Maryland looks at connecting MARC toward Philadelphia and within Baltimore
Greater Greater Washington

ROADWAYS
 
New Mobile River Bridge not included in long range transportation plan
WALA-TV

Nebraska Department of Transportation Launches Traffic Count Dashboard
Nebraska DOT

TECHNOLOGY

Downsides of self-driving cars could swamp benefits if D.C. region fails to act, study says
Washington Post

Hyperloop: from sci-fi to transport policy  
ITS International

TRANSIT
 
AASHTO Suggests Transit System Focus Areas for FTA
AASHTO Journal
 
MARTA’s budget crisis alarms Atlanta Beltline supporters
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

IL: Galesburg eyes ownership of public transit
Register-Mail

Will the coronavirus kill Connecticut’s transit comeback?
Connecticut Mirror

Mass Transit May Never Recover From The Coronavirus Pandemic
Bloomberg

Can partnerships between transit and ride-hail help with post-pandemic recovery?
Streetsblog Chicago

TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD
 
TRB Webinar: The intersection between health and transportation
TRB