Volume 2 Issue 3 | January 21, 2021
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 Journal Showcases Transportation Planning Newsletter
In its January 15 edition, the AASHTO Journal featured an article highlighting the Transportation Planning Newsletter's recent coverage of the TRB Annual Meeting's State DOT CEO Roundtable.

The AASHTO Journal is a weekly transportation news magazine of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. This digital publication showcases news on the national, state, and AASHTO levels. AASHTO members and external stakeholders can subscribe to AASHTO news sources such as the AASHTO Journal and AASHTO Daily Transportation Update by clicking here.

AASHTO welcomes the republication in whole or in part of any original content from The AASHTO Journal with proper attribution to the association and publication. This includes a link to direct visitors to the AASHTO Journal website.
Iowa, South Carolina, and Kansas DOT Perspectives Showcased in Upcoming AASHTO/FHWA Transportation Asset Management Webinar: Improving the Financial Plan
With the next cycle of Transportation Asset Management Plan (TAMP) development right around the corner (all states will need to submit updated TAMPs in 2022), agencies will need to figure out how to develop their next TAMPs. This TAM webinar mini-series is kicking off to take a deeper dive into the topic of improving the next TAMP. The series is designed so that it can be a catalyst for agencies to improve their next TAMP, with webinars delivered more frequently in order to build momentum and increase engagement. The attached flyer has all of the details on the upcoming webinars. The miniseries flyer can be viewed online by clicking here

  • Next Webinar: Wednesday February 3, 2:00 PM EST
  • Improving the Financial Plan
  • A financial plan is a required element of the TAMP. How well the financial plan is integrated with other elements of the TAMP can provide an indication of the agency's TAM maturity. This webinar will share some of the advancements in financial planning at transportation agencies and highlight new and upcoming resources to assist agencies in improving their TAM financial plans.
  • Presenters include William Johnson, FHWA; Bill Robert, Spy Pond Partners LLC; Matt Haubrich, Iowa DOT; Brent Rewis, South Carolina DOT; and David Schwartz, Kansas DOT.
  • Registration: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4871122795598006539

Additional information on the AASHTO Transportation Asset Management Portal can be found online by visiting https://www.transportationmanagement.us/
Industry News
ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

E-bikes not represented in statewide ‘transportation electrification’ project
BikePortland
 
ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY

BLM approves highway across Utah’s Red Cliffs conservation area
Salt Lake Tribune

Colorado governor gives update on state's Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction Roadmap
KUSA-TV

FREIGHT
 
Port of LA launches incentive program to urge faster, more efficient truck turnaround times
Daily Breeze

FUNDING
 
Biden Calls for $350 Billion in State and Local Aid as Part of Massive Stimulus
Route Fifty

Funding to fix CT’s roads and bridges is drying up, and officials don’t have a solution
Connecticut Mirror

Texas lawmakers look for ways to fund state’s transportation needs after TxDOT sees $1.9 billion revenue drop
KSAT-TV

INFRASTRUCTURE

Biden Infrastructure Plan Pushes Better Roads, EV Chargers, Mass Transit
Forbes

Infrastructure Investment Key to Economic Recovery, Groups Say
AASHTO Journal

MOBILITY 

How Data And AI Can Help Create A Mobility Renaissance
Forbes

USDOT Releases Draft Strategic Plan On Accessible Transportation
USDOT

Dallas’ New Mobility Plan Admits That Walking Here Is Dangerous
D

MPOs
 
CAMPO authorizes federal transit funding for seniors, individuals with disabilities 
Austin Monitor

Pima AOG looks to better understand travel demands
Arizona Daily Star

Work underway on MORPC Regional Mobility Plan
Delaware Gazette

As Central Va. Transportation Authority takes shape, Henrico anticipates $20M-$30M in new annual revenue
Henrico Citizen

OTHER
 
Mapping The Future Of Rural Transportation Research
Roads & Bridges
 
PLANNING
 
San Antonio names Florida planner as new transportation director 
San Antonio News-Express

Connecting Urban Space Management In Omaha
Intelligent Transport

CTDOT Releases Updated Five-Year Capital Plan; Includes $9.7 Billion in Investments in Public Transportation, Roads, Bridges, Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements
Connecticut DOT

AASHTO Planning Committee Newsletter Highlights TRB Meeting
AASHTO Journal

ROADWAYS
 
New Loading Zones Take Away Precious Parking, But Eases Traffic Jams
NY1

Caltrans Installing Reflective Backplates At Thousands Of Intersections With Traffic Signals
KGET-TV

TECHNOLOGY

ODOT is testing new technology for road charging
Oregon DOT

TRANSIT
 
MnDOT To Fully Subsidize Transit Bus Ridership
Daily Journal

Texas transportation entities to test modular bus stop
Transportation Today

Southwest Light Rail delayed, transit future uncertain
KSTP-TV

RI: Plan to break up Kennedy Plaza bus hub faces discrimination complaint
Providence Journal
 
TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD

Cities, Transit Agencies, and Shared Mobility Providers Should Collaborate to Fully Realize Transportation Potential Across Metropolitan Areas
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

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News stories gathered by Bernie Wagenblast