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Third Round of TIGER Program Yields 46 Innovative Transportation Projects

December 16, 2011

Secretary LaHood Announces Funding for 46 Innovative Transportation Projects Through Third Round of Popular TIGER Program Job-Creating Grants Announced Months Ahead of Schedule as Part of the Obama Administration's "We Can't Wait" Initiative.

Complete list of projects, by state, included in full article.

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A Look at Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT)

July 28, 2011

Written by Kelsey Watterworth, Kittelson & Associates, Inc. Intern

One of the country's newest professional transportation organizations is YPT. I recently became a member of this fast-growing organization so that I could take advantage of the great opportunities they offer in the Washington, DC area. Although the letters stand for Young Professionals in Transportation, the group encourages a loose interpretation of young and organizes frequent events with groups outside of the transportation industry. The goals of YPT are to foster professional development, encourage fellowship among colleagues, and arrange networking opportunities, all of which are provided through regular seminars, meetings, and happy hour events.

Their most recent event (and my first of the summer) was an evening discussion with Secretary Ray LaHood on July 20th. Over 200 people attended the hour-long conversation at the USDOT followed by a networking event at a nearby restaurant. It was a perfect crowd for Secretary LaHood, since he is one of the nation’s biggest advocates for getting more young people involved in the industry.

YPT is run by its 9-member Board of Directors in Washington, DC. Three of the board members were able to join us during the annual KAI Intern Jamboree on July 21st. Chris Smith, Andy Palanisamy, and Chris Pangilinan shared their thoughts and strategies for networking with the twenty-four interns present. As soon-to-be young professionals, it was helpful for all of us to hear from people who are only a few years ahead of where we are today.

YPT currently has active chapters in the Washington, DC metro area, Austin,TX, Boston, MA, & New York City, NY. They also have plans to open a San Francisco Chapter very soon. They have been receiving national and international attention from their blog and quarterly newsletter (Mobility Matters). For those interested in becoming part of YPT, they offer two levels of membership.

Please add to the conversation by including your YPT experience in the comment section of this article!

Next Up: 2011 Intern Jamboree

July 15, 2011

We are excited to announce this year’s Intern Jamboree in Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC next Wednesday and Thursday (July 20-21st). Each year, Kittelson & Associates, Inc. (KAI) hosts its interns along with those from other agencies, departments and firms for a two-day Intern Jamboree. The purpose of the event is to give interns an opportunity to meet with one another to learn about different work styles, perspectives on the transportation industry, and a chance to begin to develop a network of like-minded individuals that will be useful down the road. Each jamboree seeks to foster the interns’ innovative and motivated attitudes by providing them a variety of activities and discussions that can help open their eyes to the opportunities around them.

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$527 Million Available through US DOT TIGER III Grant Program

July 06, 2011

The US DOT National Infrastructure Investment grant program (TIGER III) will provide $527 million for surface transportation projects across all modes. Funding will be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that have a significant impact on the nation, a metro area, or a region.

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U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces $9.5 Million in Innovation Grants

March 10, 2011

U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces $9.5 Million in Innovation Grants to Reduce Congestion and Create Long-Lasting Roads and Bridges. Projects to Inspire New Ways for States to Solve Congestion through Innovation.

Full details at FHWA.gov

$290 million in new transit funding

July 08, 2010

This morning, as part of President Obama's livability initiative, Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff and Ray LaHood announced over $290 million in new transit funding for projects that will enhance the quality of life in communities across America. The 53 grants will fund new streetcars, buses, and transit facilities from Manchester, NH, to Albuquerque, NM, through FTA's Urban Circulator and Bus Livability programs.

View a list of these projects and read more about these exciting new transit solutions at fastlane.dot.gov

2009 MUTCD - Key Considerations for State Adoption

June 07, 2010

States are required to adopt the 2009 National Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) as their legal state standard for traffic control devices within two years.

Regarding this important topic, a recent workshop held at the Portland, Oregon, office of Kittelson & Associates, Inc., on June 3rd, featured Joel McCarroll, Region Traffic Manager for Oregon DOT, Region 4, Scott Beaird, Senior Engineer for Kittelson in Bend, & Charles Radosta, Associate Engineer for Kittelson in Portland. They led a discussion on the key changes to the recently-adopted 2009 Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).

Slideshow and other resources included.

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LaHood Responds to Supporters & Skeptics on Bike/Ped Initiatives

May 03, 2010

A while back we posted about US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood’s call to all state DOTs to raise transportation planning for bicyclists and pedestrians to an equal level of consideration with automobile modes. Not surprisingly, since his policy recommendations were released in March LaHood has been met with a variety of responses, anywhere from strong support to total skepticism. To address the issues, LaHood was interviewed by NPR’s All Things Considered reporter Guy Raz in a piece about the growth of bicycle awareness.

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LaHood Promotes Biking and Walking as Equal to Driving

March 16, 2010

On the heels of the of the 10th annual National Bike Summit that was held last week in Washington, D.C., US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood responded with a new direction about planning for transportation modes. On his blog, LaHood announced recommended policy revisions that would place biking and walking on equal footing with motorized travel when designing transportation networks nationwide.

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