U.S. DOT releases draft strategic plan for public comment

October 24th, 2017

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released a draft DOT Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2018–2022 for public comment. The DOT said the draft plan reflects Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao’s priorities for achieving DOT’s mission through four strategic goals, including some relevant to geosynthetics practitioners. The secretary’s priorities are: Safety: Reduce transportation-related fatalities and serious […]

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USDOT announces new appointments to MAC

October 3rd, 2017

On Sept. 28, 2017, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced that Secretary Elaine L. Chao had appointed seven new members to the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) 13-member Management Advisory Council (MAC). The MAC advises the FAA's senior management on policy, spending, long-range planning and regulatory matters. The MAC's newest members represent a cross section of […]

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FAA to award infrastructure grants of $733.2 million to airports

September 19th, 2017

On Sept. 14, 2017, U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) secretary Elaine L. Chao announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $264 million in airport infrastructure grants to 95 airports in 31 states across the United States as part of the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP). This follows the announcements of grants totaling $318.1 million […]

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USDOT announces proposed rule to streamline public-private transit projects

August 2nd, 2017

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced on July 31, 2017, a proposal to facilitate public-private partnerships in public transportation. If adopted, the Private Investment Project Procedures (PIPP) for public transportation capital projects rule would help the federal government develop more effective approaches to spurring private participation and investment in project […]

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Final Inspection: FAA awards $527.8 million to airports

August 1st, 2017

U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) secretary Elaine Chao announced May 31, 2017, that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $527.8 million in airport infrastructure grants to 584 airports across the United States as part of the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP). “The Airport Improvement Program helps to maintain our aviation infrastructure and supports safety, […]

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USDOT rescinds $857 million from federal aid to state highway funds

July 6th, 2017

In a notice issued June 21, 2017, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) rescinded $857 million of unobligated balances apportioned to states. The rescission applies to funding from programs ranging from Interstate Maintenance to the Surface Transportation Block Grant Program. Federal law required the rescissions under the Department of […]

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