Transportation News Roundup

From USDOT’s automated vehicle technology pilot program to the discovery of how to turn cement’s weakness to strength – here’s a roundup of the most interesting transportation news that we’ve recently happened upon.

 

PennDOT says Pa. should be ‘proving ground’ for autonomous vehiclesCentral Penn Business Journal

State Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie S. Richards displays the hands-free sign as she sits in the passenger seat of an autonomously operated vehicle last fall. In the driver's seat is Raj Rajkumar, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University whose team developed the self-driving car. - (Photo / File)

PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards (Central Penn Business Journal)

Now, PennDOT’s has gone one step further, responding to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s request for proving ground proposals.

“This application further illustrates that we’re a national leader in supporting automated vehicle development with safety and flexibility in mind,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said

The proposal also “underscores Pennsylvania’s innovative cooperation among government, industry and academia,” PennDOT says.

Rice probes ways to turn cement’s weakness to strength, Rice University

“Our study provides the first report on how to leverage seemingly weak attributes — the defects — in cement and turn them to highly desired properties, high strength and toughness.”


U.S. Dept. of Transportation taps UW to help solve traffic problems of the future, Geekwire

Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) named the University of Washington one of 18 “Beyond Traffic Innovation Centers” across the country that will help tackle transportation challenges over the next 30 years.

UW will represent the Cascadia/Pacific Northwest “megaregion,” studying transportation issues and bringing together industry leaders to create innovative solutions.

(USDOT)

(USDOT)


6 Things To Know About The Future Of TransportationBuzzfeed

Now, the agency has released the final draft of its 30-year report – a 238-page document that outlines the current state and future of transportation and infrastructure, as well as the challenges that Trump’s pick for secretary of transportation, Elaine Chao, will face. Here are six things to know about the future of transportation.


Uber is finally giving the public a glimpse of its stunning trove of transit dataQuartz

(Uber)

(Uber)

The dedicated website uses anonymized, aggregated Uber data to create a snapshot of vehicle travel times—you might say, movement—across customized date ranges, and along particular routes, in a given city. The site is geared toward urban planners, policy wonks, and city officials but anyone can request access.


Painted blue line supporting law enforcement is not safe, feds say, NJ.com

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“There are many appropriate and fitting ways to recognize service to the public that do not involve the modification of a traffic control device, which can put the road user at risk due to misinterpretation of its meaning,” reads a Dec. 8 letter from the FHA to the Somerset County Engineering Division