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STATE DOT NEWS

Transportation Alternative (TA) Projects Awarded by South Dakota Transportation Commission (South Dakota DOT)

Colorado Department of Transportation launches Distracted Driving Awareness campaign (Colorado DOT)

Vanderbilt engineers co-host Tennessee Department of Transportation ‘Innovation to Implementation Forum’ on March 31 (Vanderbilt University)

FUNDING AND FINANCE

A gas tax? A mileage tax? Biden wary of user fees to pay for roads, bridges and highways (USA Today)

NYC Gets Green Light From Federal Gov't for Next Step in Congestion Pricing Plan (WNBC-TV)

Business Roundtable to oppose corporate tax increase to pay for infrastructure (The Hill)

I-80 tolling bill tabled by Wyoming House committee (Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

Ohio's $8 Billion Transportation Budget is Awaiting Gov. Mike DeWine's Signature (WKSU Radio)

‘Bare-bones’ transportation budget clears Senate (Lens)

SAFETY

White House Says Private Sector Should Lead on Vaccine Passports (Bloomberg)

Campaign launches, aiming to prevent speeding in North Carolina (WLOS-TV)

INFRASTRUCTURE

President Biden will unveil his $2 trillion infrastructure plan today – here are the details (CNBC)

CONNECTED AND AUTOMATED VEHICLES

CTDOT releases first strategic plan for connected, automated vehicles (Connecticut DOT)

Vehicle automation may bring benefits—and challenges—for the transportation disadvantaged (Center for Transportation Studies)

HIGHWAYS AND STREETS

Valparaiso University professor lands INDOT grant to research traffic signal detection systems (The Times)

FREIGHT

Grain transportation update: Millers consider rail merger effects (Baking Business)

US Senators reintroduce legislation to reform livestock transport (The Cattle Site)

Bill Would Postpone ELD Enforcement (Agri-Pulse)

January 2021 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) Rose 1.1% from December (USDOT)

RAIL

Finalized Amtrak, VRE deal promises to expand service in Virginia and beyond (WTOP Radio)

Alabama senator calls on Amtrak, freight operators to resume talks about Gulf Coast restart (AL.com)

CN, Watco agree on sale of rail lines in Ontario, Wisconsin and Michigan (Progressive Railroading)

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Boston's Acting Mayor Launches Free Transit Program (WGBH)

Kansas City leaders speak out against Missouri bill to allow guns on public transit (WDAF-TV)

Taxpayers to decide fate of Everett Transit (KCPQ-TV)

MARTA partners with Georgia, Delta to provide transit to largest state-run vaccination site (Atlanta Voice)

PLANNING

Governor Little to hold statewide transportation roundtables (KBOI-TV)

ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY

Auto negotiations test Biden’s vow to create a climate-friendly future (Washington Post)

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg: ‘Florida Has A Lot On The Line In This Race Against Climate Change’ (WFOR-TV)

AVIATION

Doug Lavin: New US Administration sets out aviation agenda (Airlines)

Quad Cities Airport unveils plans for major renovation (KWQC-TV)

WATER

Biden Names Commissioner Daniel Maffei as Chairman of FMC (Maritime Executive)

Head of busiest U.S. port urges companies to pick up their cargo more quickly to ease Covid congestion (CNBC)

Port of Baltimore Dredging, Expansion Seen as Boon to Economy (Transport Topics)

Galveston Wharves Port Director Rees appointed to TxDOT Port Advisory Committee (American Journal of Transportation)

WORKFORCE

Salaries at DOTD focus of Senate panel hearing (The Advocate)

ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

E-Bikes Force Reconsideration of Old Bike Trail Rules (The Californian)

US DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Pete Buttigieg: ‘A lot of the mistrust in our country right now is the result of policy failure.’ (Washington Post Magazine)

TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD

TRB Webinar: Geochemistry and Mineralogy in Chemical Soil Stabilization (TRB)

Federal Register Information

COAST GUARD

PROPOSED RULES

Drawbridge Operation Regulation Bayou Sara, Saraland, AL

16680-16683 [2021-06482]

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RULES

Annual Fireworks Displays and Other Events in the Eighth Coast Guard District Requiring Safety Zones

16670 [2021-06453]

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FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION

NOTICES

Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Report of Inspections Required by Airworthiness Directive, Part 39

16832-16833 [2021-06646]

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Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals Requests for Comments; Clearance of Approval of Renewal of Information Collection: Generic Clearance for Customer Interactions

16833 [2021-06614]

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Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery

16833-16834 [2021-06613]

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FEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSION

NOTICES

Notice of Agreements Filed

16726-16727 [2021-06629]

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FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION

NOTICES

Notice of Public Meeting Railroad Safety Advisory Committee Process

16834 [2021-06643]

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NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION

RULES

Regulatory Agenda Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

17050 [2021-04468]

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RAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARD

NOTICES

Notice of Public Meeting Actuarial Advisory Committee With Respect to the Railroad Retirement Account

16794-16795 [2021-06543]

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Regulatory Agenda Semiannual Agenda of Regulations Under Development or Review

16970 [2021-04331]

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SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD

NOTICES

Acquisition and Operation Exemption D&I Railroad Company in Lincoln and Union Counties, S.D., and Lyon, Sioux, and Plymouth Counties, Iowa

16813 [2021-06635]

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