Volume 1 Issue 7 | May 14, 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
Weekly Spotlight: CMAQ Task Force
The CMAQ task force is a great venue to engage fellow AASHTO members and FHWA, who provides regular updates at each monthly meeting. Participation in the task force's monthly teleconferences is open to all AASHTO members. For further information, please contact  committeeonplanning@aashto.org or visit  https://planning.transportation.org/cmaq/

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.
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.

Please know that AASHTO’s first priority is the health, safety and well-being of our attendees, volunteers and staff attending any AASHTO meetings. We continue to monitor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization’s statements and guidance closely. Currently, consideration for cancellation or postponement of upcoming AASHTO meetings as a result of COVID-19 is being made on a case by case basis.

At this time, no decision has been made regarding cancellation or postponement of the 2020 Joint Policy Conference. It is also possible that this conference will be held virtually. Additional details will be available in future editions of this newsletter.
Industry News

Seattle to permanently close 20 miles of streets to traffic so residents can exercise and bike on them

Houston’s transportation planner: COVID shows streets cannot be just for commuting
Houston Chronicle

Need More Outdoor Public Space? Maybe Cities Already Have It.
Bike sales booming during pandemic

Webinar: Essential Movement: Building Temporary Bicycle & Pedestrian Facilities During COVID-19


Coronavirus inspires cities to push climate-friendly mobility
Deutsche Welle

Port of LA chief: ‘We will need to reinvent ourselves’
American Shipper

Survey about rest areas in four Northeast states needs truckers’ input
Land Line

Ports Laying Groundwork For Post-Coronavirus Business

Imports to see double-digit annual declines even as stores begin to reopen
National Retail Federation

Road Agencies Hope For Funding
WSJM Radio

Transit agencies call for additional $33B in federal aid

House spending bill would boost transit, Amtrak, highways
Roll Call

With gas tax revenue plunging during coronavirus pandemic, Pa. looks to Congress to bail out transportation projects
Morning Call

Lawmakers Still Eyeing Highway Bill Despite Coronavirus Relief Efforts
Transport Topics

As Gas Tax Revenue Drops, WSDOT Could Face 40 Percent Funding Decline, Delay Projects


Illinois governor announces $25 million in grants to accelerate infrastructure projects

How the coronavirus is affecting plans to fix Michigan roads

Report: Rural roads, bridges expect to see decreased funding despite $211B backlog
Transportation Today

Project Uses ‘Digital Twins’ To Design More Sustainable Cities
Intelligent Transport


Mayor Lightfoot Considering More Transportation Options Downtown For When City Reopens
WBBM Radio

Collaborative project studies place of micromobility in future transit systems
Intelligent Transport

Charlottesville/Albemarle MPO To Hold Webinars On Several Transportation Projects  

MARC wants your input on $14.2B in future transportation projects
Kansas City Business Journal

Mass. transportation chief sees work-from-home as key to coronavirus recovery
Boston Globe

Janette Sadik-Khan On What Cities Will Look Like After COVID-19

In A Pandemic, Transportation Ushers In A New Age Of Agile Experimentation

An Updated Look at the Effects of COVID-19 on Regional Transportation and Infrastructure
Rutgers Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation report
Iowa DOT lays out $3.6 billion five-year transportation plan
The Courier

Bullet train company Texas Central hails appeals court ruling declaring it a railroad
Houston Chronicle

USDOT preempts Washington state’s crude-by-rail law
West Dakota Fox
Lack of rail limits U.S. ability to lower airline emissions
E&E News

Data: Virus-weary Americans slowly return to the road

Utah freeway traffic returns to near-normal as coronavirus restrictions ease
Salt Lake Tribune

Mass. Transportation Chief Reports Vehicle Travel Is Up, Says 'Quarantine Fatigue' May Be Why
State House News Service

Deal To Buy Abandoned Rail Yard Key To I-25 Expansion Jeopardized By Coronavirus
Colorado Public Radio

PennDOT, turnpike to cut road projects because of revenue shortfalls related to COVID-19
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Blockchain Could Improve Highway Administration
AASHTO Journal

East Bay city to work with proposed autonomous car transit system developer
East Bay Times

Full Metro service not expected in DC until next spring
The Hill

More People Turning to Cars Because of Fears of Coronavirus Infection on Public Transit
Weather Channel

NYC subway chief calls on employers to stagger hours, continue remote work to limit crowded trains

Economic analysis puts pandemic impact on U.S. transit industry at $48.8 billion
Mass Transit

Advocates in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia pushing to keep Turnpike payments for transit
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Paths to biking, walking improvements supported by wealth of research