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The House and Senate are on August recess. They are expected to return Monday, September 9.

Transportation Secretary Chao announces Grant to Support Gulf Coast Train Project
Last Thursday, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Elaine Chao announced federal funding has been awarded to Mississippi to support the return of passenger rail service between New Orleans and Mobile, Alabama. The state will receive more that $21 million for infrastructure improvements including a $4.3 million grant for the Southern Rail Commission to support passenger rail as well as $16.8 million to replace 12 bridges in rural parts of the state. Passenger rail service has not run between New Orleans and Mobile since it was discontinued 14 years ago following infrastructure damage caused by Hurricane Katrina.
New APTA Report Outlines the Public Transportation Challenges Late Shift Workers Face
Late shift workers now make up more than 17 percent of the workforce in metropolitan areas according to a new American Public Transportation Association (APTA) study analyzing the needs of late-shift commuters and the ways public transit providers and decision-makers can improve commuting options for this segment of the workforce. The report calls for policymakers to create funding programs dedicated specifically to funding late shift public transit operations, as well as investing in state of good repair, which limits the need for large windows of time needed for maintenance and inspections at night.


NOACA Seeks Information about Contracting Out Long Range Plan
The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA), which serves the greater Cleveland, Ohio region, seeks information from NARC members that have entered into a contract for the preparation of their long-range transportation plan (LRTP) or have explored doing so. They would like to request that you share your RFP and/or the scope of service you used. 
Please contact Erich Zimmermann at to share information.

Deaths from Red Light Running Hit 10-Year High
A report from the American Automobile Association (AAA) Foundation for Traffic Safety documents 939 deaths that occurred in 2017 as the result of red light running by drivers, which represents 28% of all traffic deaths that occur at a signalized intersection. This also represents a marked increase in red light running deaths, hitting a 10-year high and a 28% increase since 2012.

UC DAVIS Institute of Transportation Studies Accelerating Safe Sharing of Mobility Data
The University of California, Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy has produced new materials explaining methods of safe transfer of mobility data between mobility companies like Uber and Lyft  and policymakers. The Policy Institute’s four-part framework for mobility data sharing is covered in a policy briefissue paper, and blog posts in Forbes and Planetizen. The Policy Institute’s framework addresses key concerns about data sharing: how to protect rider privacy and safety as well as proprietary company data in a competitive market; how to aggregate data enough to provide these protections but preserve the data’s utility to planners; and how to make data storage and analysis affordable and logistically feasible. The analysis illustrates the importance of shared data from new mobility companies in transportation planning, urban planning, and research. 

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Executive Director
Posted 9/5/2019
Alameda County Transportation Commission, Oakland, CA

Transportation Planners and Regional Transportation Construction Coordinator
Posted 9/5/2019
North Central Texas Council of Governments, Arlington, TX

Deputy Executive Director for Operations and Programs
Posted 9/5/2019
Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, Washington, DC

Administrative Assistant
Posted 9/5/2019
Houston-Galveston Area Council, Houston, TX

Executive Director
Posted 9/3/2019
Purchase Area Development District, Mayfield, KY

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TMIP Webinar: Evaluation of Walk and Bicycle Demand Modeling Practice
Wednesday, September 11th – 2:00 PM ET
The webinar will provide an overview of the recent report written by RSG and RAND for NCHRP and AASHTO, titled “Evaluation of Walk and Bicycle Demand Modeling Practice”. The report is a follow up to NCHRP Report 770 “Estimating Bicycling and Walking for Planning and Project Development: A Guidebook”.

FHWA Congestion Pricing Outreach Toolkit and Pricing Forum
Monday, September 16th – 11:00 AM ET
FHWA has convened an interactive panel discussion with congestion pricing practitioners from the public and private sectors who will share their public engagement experiences. This panel will be accompanied by an introduction to the new outreach toolkit, which is designed to aid agencies in speaking about their congestion pricing projects.

Save the Date: New Online Course on Medical Transportation
Friday, September 20th through Friday, October 18th
Registration opens September 9th

The course, Medical Transportation: Multi-Modal Approaches to Accessing Health Care Services, offers an in-depth look at transportation programs addressing the gaps in access to health care services in their community and how these programs play a key role in providing medical transportation services to older adults and people with disabilities.

 Announcement: special three-part Talking Freight spotlight webinar series on freight analysis resources & tools (first webinar: Quick Response Freight Method)
Tuesday, September 24th – 1:00 PM ET
The first webinar in this series will provide an update on the Quick Response Freight Method and will feature speakers from the FHWA Freight Office and consulting firm Cambridge Systematics.


Sep 05, 2019 01:00 pm | Maci Morin

With new backpacks and school supplies in tow, students across the country are heading back to school. They probably are not thinking about the regional planning that went into creating the transportation system that brought them to school. Some regional councils are trying to teach the next generation that even being as young as they are, they can significantly impact their communities.

The post Back to School: Preparing the Next Generation of Regional Leaders appeared first on Regions Lead.

Aug 30, 2019 01:17 pm | Jessica Routzahn

Tracking Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and mitigation efforts is no easy task. Accurate data collection may require decades worth of data points and many seemingly noncontributing factors may skew results. Contribution Analysis tools can help regions in their GHG inventory efforts.

The post Three Takeaways From Last Week’s Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Webinar appeared first on Regions Lead.

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