With a new majority in
the House, a new chairman and many new members of the House Transportation and
Infrastructure Committee, as well as a changing national economic picture, it
is worth asking the question, "What's ahead for transportation in
2011?" The American Association
of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has compiled a list of very distinct - and pressing
- issues that loom at the local, state, and federal levels.
The Association of American
Railroads released the 2010 Edition of Railroad Facts - the premier industry statistical reference book.
The publication notes that in 2009, rail traffic experienced the largest
percentage decrease since 1949 with carloads down 15.1 percent and ton-miles
down 13.8 percent, but that aggressive cost management by railroads helped to
bolster year-end performance and allowed for record capital investment totaling
Federal Transit Administration said $25.7 million was awarded through
competitive grants through the Alternative Analysis grant program to help
community officials in 15 states evaluate and select the best options to help
place new or expanded transit systems in their communities.