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US House Releases Latest COVID-19 Relief Legislation

House Democrats on Tuesday released the text of a $3 trillion, phase four economic relief package, according to reporting by The American Highway Users Alliance (AHUA).

The HEROES Act includes $15 billion for grants to support the ongoing work of State, Tribal, and Territorial Departments of Transportation to mitigate the effects of coronavirus, including the salaries of staff and other administrative expenses.

A vote on the legislation is expected this Friday. Senate Republicans have favored pumping the brakes on future spending until the current relief packages have some time to take effect and will be unlikely to rush to take up the House bill, AHUA says. 

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TRIP Names New Executive Director

Dave Kearby, CAE,  was named executive director of  TRIP, the Washington, DC-based national transportation research organization.

He succeeds Will Wilkins, who retires this year after 36 years of service at TRIP, 33 as TRIP’s executive director.

Dave was named executive director after an extensive search process by TRIP’s succession task force.

“We’re confident we’ve got the right person for the position,” said Ken Wert, 2020 TRIP Chairman of the Board. “Dave’s background in transportation and his familiarity in working with volunteer leaders will position him well as he takes the helm of this highly regarded nonprofit.” 

He brings years of experience in the surface transportation field, having served as Central District Manager for AGC of Washington for more than a decade. In addition, he served as chair and board member of TRANSAction, one of Washington State’s first regional transportation partnerships.

”I’m excited to be chosen for this position and am looking forward to leading TRIP into the 2020s,” Dave says. “This organization has been a credible, highly regarded source on all things surface transportation related for nearly 50 years and my goal is to continue and enhance that reputation.”

“I know I’m leaving TRIP in good hands,” says retiring executive director Will Wilkins. “Dave’s experience in surface transportation and his qualifications as a certified association executive make him the perfect choice to lead TRIP.”

TRIP Report Focuses on Freight Transportation Issues

The Road Information Program (TRIP) today released a report called America’s Rolling Warehouses: Opportunities and Challenges with the Nation’s Freight Delivery System.” 

The report examines the ability of the nation’s freight transportation system to accommodate the growing demand for freight movement efficiently and safely in spite of significant issues. Some of the top issues include inadequate transportation capacity, a lack of funding for needed improvements to the freight network, a shortage of drivers, and consumer demands for faster delivery.

The report ranks the states with the greatest amount of freight shipped to or from sites in their state, states with the highest share of Interstate vehicle miles of travel by combination trucks, states with the largest average annual number of large truck fatalities, and states with the largest projected increase in freight movement between 2016 and 2045.

TRIP’s report also identifies the nation’s 20 worst freight highway bottlenecks and concludes with a series of recommendations to improve the nation’s freight transportation system.  TRIP released the report this morning and is supporting the public affairs initiative with national and state media work. Click here to download a copy.

TRIP Executive Director Will Wilkins will be addressing this and other issues at ACPA’s upcoming 56th Annual Meeting, which is scheduled for December 3 through 5, in New Orleans. TRIP is a national transportation research nonprofit, based in Washington, DC.  

TRIP Seeks Executive Director

Following the announcement of retirement plans by Will Wilkins, Executive Director of The Road Information Program, Inc. (TRIP), the organization is now seeking an Executive Director.

The position description follows: TRIP is seeking an executive director to manage all operations of this reputable national transportation research nonprofit established in 1971. Qualified candidates should possess nonprofit/association management and fundraising/membership development experience.

Proven oral and written communications skills required and a public relations/communications background desirable. Knowledge of the surface transportation industry is helpful. Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience. Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume in confidence to chairman@tripnet.org.

TRIP’s mission is to be a credible source of data and information for a diverse group of transportation stakeholders; deliver news and social media coverage of transportation issues and messages; and, inform and promote discussion of policies that improve the movement of goods and people, make surface travel safer, and enhance economic development and productivity.

 

Report: Rural Roads and Bridges in Dire Need of Repairs

America’s rural transportation system is in dire need of repairs and modernization to correct deficiencies and continue to support economic growth.

This is according to a new report released today by The Road Information Program (TRIP). The report, Rural Connections: Challenges and Opportunities in America’s Heartland, evaluates the safety and condition of the nation’s rural roads and bridges and finds that the nation’s rural transportation system needs immediate improvements to address deficient roads and bridges, high crash rates, and inadequate connectivity and capacity.

The report says rural, non-Interstate routes accounted for 22% of all vehicle miles traveled in the U.S. in 2017. However, crashes on those routes resulted in 41 percent of the 37,133 traffic deaths. 

The chart (inset) shows the states with the highest rate of rural pavements in poor condition, states with the highest share of rural bridges that are rated poor/structurally deficient, and states with the highest fatality rates on non-Interstate, rural roads.

The report finds that the nation’s rural roads and bridges have significant deficiencies. Fifteen percent of U.S. rural roads are rated in poor condition, while 21 percent are in mediocre condition. Seventeen percent of the nation’s rural roads are in fair condition and the remaining 47 percent are in good condition.

Nine percent of the nation’s rural bridges are rated in poor/structurally deficient condition, meaning there is significant deterioration to the major components of the bridge. Poor/structurally deficient bridges are often posted for lower weight or closed to traffic, restricting or redirecting large vehicles, including agricultural equipment, commercial trucks, school buses and emergency services vehicles. Forty-six percent of rural bridges are rated fair, a rating that indicates the bridge’s structural elements are sound but minor deterioration has occurred to the bridge’s deck, substructure or superstructure.

Significant improvements are needed, not only because of safety, but also to support the nation’s Heartland, which is a critical source of energy, food and fiber. With increases in population and growing employment, rural America is heavily reliant on the quality of its transportation system to sustain further growth, TRIP says.

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