February 2011 Posts

House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Holds Field Hearings

February 26, 2011

Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee Chairman John Mica (R-FL) conducted a series of national field hearings and public forums on surface transportation authorization legislation with state and local officials between February 14th and February 25th. The hearings were held around the country to gather public input on a long-term reauthorization of the nation’s surface transportation programs.

APWA members submitted statements and attended sessions in Chicago, Memphis and Vancouver, WA. In addition, Transportation Committee Chair Debra Hale submitted testimony for a joint hearing of the House T&I Committee and Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in Los Angeles, CA. The testimony urged Committee leaders to act quickly to pass a multi-year surface transportation bill which provides long-term, sustained and sustainable revenue sources to create jobs, reinvigorate the economy and improve aging infrastructure.

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Paving The Way: Recruiting Students into the Transportation Professions

February 22, 2011

This report examines the factors that lead civil engineering undergraduates and urban planning masters students to specialize in transportation. The study results suggest steps the transportation community can take to increase the number of civil engineering and planning students who choose to specialize in transportation.

Paving The Way: Recruiting Students into the Transportation Professions

The Intersection of Urban Form and Mileage Fees: Findings from the Oregon Road User Fee Pilot Program

February 20, 2011

This report analyzes data from the 2006-2007 Oregon Road User Fee Pilot program to assess if and how urban form variables correlate with travel behavior changes that participants made in response to the mileage-based fee program.

The Intersection of Urban Form and Mileage Fees: Findings from the Oregon Road User Fee Pilot Program

US Highway Travel at Highest Level Since 2007

February 18, 2011

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) reported that Americans drove three trillion miles in 2010, the most vehicle miles traveled since 2007 and the third-highest ever recorded. The increase in traffic volume comes as the U.S. in 2009 posted its lowest number of traffic fatalities and injuries since 1950.

USDOT also reported that Americans drove 0.7 percent more, or 20.5 billion additional vehicle miles traveled (VMT), in 2010 than the previous year. Travel increased by 0.6 percent, or 1.4 billion VMT, in December 2010 compared to the previous December. It is the tenth consecutive month of increased driving.

The new data, from the Federal Highway Administration’s monthly “Traffic Volume Trends” report, show the South Gulf area, a bloc of eight states ranging from Texas to Kentucky, experienced the greatest regional increase in December 2010 at 46.6 billion VMT, an increase of 624 million miles traveled compared to the previous December. With an increase of 11.1 percent, or 156 million additional miles traveled, Nebraska led the nation with the largest single-state increase that month, and rural driving outpaced urban driving.

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APWA Submits Statement on Accelerating Transportation Project Delivery

February 16, 2011

APWA Transportation Committee Member John Davis submitted testimony on behalf of APWA for a House Highways and Transit Subcommittee hearing on Accelerating the Project Delivery Process: Eliminating Bureaucratic Red Tape and Making Every Dollar Count, held February 15th.

Expediting project delivery is a top priority for APWA. The statement identifies specific barriers to efficient transportation project delivery and offers specific solutions and recommendations for improvement, including: providing flexibility for smaller projects to proceed under expedited review processes to remove duplicative oversight; simplifying and clarifying federal regulations, to provide clear guidance and make the process outcome-based; and providing guidelines, training and assistance to local governments in applying for and implementing projects.

The hearing was conducted by the subcommittee to gather ideas on how to reform the project delivery process as the subcommittee and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica prepare a transportation reauthorization bill. Accelerating project delivery is one of Mica’s priorities.

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