Volume 1 Issue 2 | April 9, 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.
Census Transportation Planning Products Program
Where are your workers if they’re not at work? CTPP can help you find them.

If you are you doing any planning based on daytime population these days, traditional methods and data for locating workers are out the window. Fortunately there is a free, easily accessible, comprehensive data set that locates workers at residence, by age, class of worker, industry, occupation, and industry by occupation (just to name a few variables) down to the tract level. 

Your state is probably already participating in the Census Transportation Planning Products (CTPP) AASHTO Technical Service Program, and the program and its resources offer an insight into planning needs today. Based on the 2012 to 2016 American Community Survey data, and containing many historical data sets and place based profiles, the CTPP contains worker-centric data with traditional travel patterns. In it you can discover the balance of workers by industry that reside in your geography of interest, how many are essential and traveling, how many are unemployed right now? 

For more information on this rich data set and the TSP in general, visit ctpp.transportation.org or email Penelope Weinberger: pweinberger@aashto.org
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

New York finally legalizes electric bikes and scooters
The Verge

National Park Service Getting Around To eBike Regulations
National Parks Traveler
 
Mapping How Cities Are Reclaiming Street Space
CityLab

'Open streets' | Push to open some DC roads to pedestrians and cyclists only
WUSA-TV

Program Matches Bicycles To Essential Workers Who Need Them In New York
NPR’s All Things Considered

Pilot program for e-cargo bicycles wheels toward Miami
Miami Today

A new way to report poorly parked bike share bikes
SDOT Blog

FREIGHT
 
Coronavirus Whallops Cargo At Port Of Los Angeles, LAX, JFK, O’Hare
Forbes

Truckers Send Letter To Trump Warning Supply Chain Could Be In Jeopardy
Daily Wire

Truckers face unique challenges on the road amid COVID-19
KOLD-TV

FUNDING

State DOTs Seek $50 Billion to Offset Plummeting Revenues
Bloomberg Tax

Transportation Investment Touted for Post-Coronavirus Recovery
AASHTO Journal
 
Virus Will Take Toll on State Transportation Revenue, Experts Say
Transport Topics

Wisconsin Offers Employment Transportation Grants
AASHTO Journal

INFRASTRUCTURE

Pelosi says infrastructure may have to wait past fourth coronavirus bill
CNN

As Coronavirus Quiets Streets, Some Cities Speed Road and Transit Fixes
CityLab

UDOT unveils its Top 10 highway projects among $3.3B in contracts
Salt Lake Tribune

Florida pushes $2.1 billion worth of transportation projects to lesson COVID-19 fallout
Archinect

INTERNATIONAL
 
Virtual Transport Planning Campaign Goes Live In UK
CIHT

MOBILITY  

US mobility officials launch response centre for coronavirus
Cities Today

Wounded, Not Dead: Micro-Mobility Struggles in Uncertain Times
Government Technology

In Coronavirus Fight, Oft-Criticized Facebook Data Aids U.S. Cities, States
Reuters

COVID-19 Reveals How Micromobility Can Build Resilient Cities
Next City

How COVID-19 shows we're wasting the mobility revolution
World Economic Forum

MPOs
 
Napa County, California creates $500 million long-range transportation list
Napa Valley Register

CAMPO mulls project cuts to free up dollars for I-35
Austin Monitor

Maui MPO budget coming up for review
Maui News

OTHER
 
Maryland Officials: The End Of Cash Tolling Is ‘Inevitable’
Maryland Matters
 
RAIL
 
Alaska Railroad pushes back start of summer passenger service to July
Anchorage Daily News

Texas State reps ask US Department of Transportation to drop high-speed rail project
The Eagle
 
Delaware lawmakers seek to link regional rail at new Newark train station
Delaware Public Media

ROADWAYS
 
Oregon Transportation Commission Says I-5 Expansion Doesn't Need Full Environmental Review
Oregon Public Broadcasting

Texas lawmakers call for delay in critical vote on I-35 overhaul amid coronavirus fears
Statesman

Visualizing the Footprint of Highways in American Cities
Visual Capitalist

TECHNOLOGY

Coronavirus pandemic ruins outlook for a world of electric and autonomous cars
Yahoo Finance

TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD
 
Building transportation supply chain resilience after a pandemic
TRB