VW CEO Backs Bill Gates’ Proposals for Greener Transportation

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Volkswagen AG’s CEO encouraged Bill Gates to advise governments on how to lower carbon emissions from transportation and renewed his criticism of Germany’s slow abandonment of coal power.

“You thoroughly understand the CO2 logic of the mobility sector. You know what we have to do and you could and should advise governments how to regulate and what to promote,” VW CEO Herbert Diess wrote in a LinkedIn post sharing comments from the Microsoft Corp. co-founder.

“As you say, it’s not too complicated — electric vehicles wherever possible,” Diess wrote in response to a post Gates published Aug. 24, which posited that climate change could be more devastating to the world than the COVID-19 pandemic. The VW CEO endorsed all passenger cars and most delivery vans going electric and for longhaul trucks to run on biofuels.

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DOT opens applications for local transportation funding | Illinois

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that local governments and planning commissions may begin applying for up to $2 million in grant funding to improve transportation in their communities.

The Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program, or ITEP, is in its 14th cycle of funding. There is $105.6 million available through the program this year as part of the $33.2 billion in transportation construction funded in the Rebuild Illinois capital plan.

Local governments, regional transportation authorities, natural resource agencies, school districts, tribal governments and nonprofit entities responsible for transport oversight are all eligible for ITEP funds. Private entities and nonprofit entities without oversight powers can still apply if sponsored by an organization that is eligible.

The program aims to fund projects that enhance transportation and encourage safe travel for communities, such as those that involve bike and pedestrian facilities.

IDOT began accepting applications for ITEP on Friday, Aug. 21,

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Secretary of State partners with Georgia Department of Transportation to recruit poll workers | Catoosa Walker News

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is partnering with the Georgia Department of Transportation to recruit poll workers for elections in November. The Secretary is spearheading this partnership with GDOT to ensure county elections officials have the staff they need on and in the weeks before election day.

“The Georgia Department of Transportation will help us reach a wide range of Georgians to help recruit poll workers for election day,” said Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. “When COVID-19 swept through Georgia, Georgia’s elderly poll workers stayed home to minimize their exposure to the pandemic. Through these partnerships, like the one with the Georgia Department of Transportation, we will be able to recruit younger poll workers and help provide a safe and easy experience for Georgia’s voters in November.”

“Georgia DOT is pleased to assist the Georgia Office of the Secretary of State in sharing essential poll worker recruitment information to ensure

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Two New Jersey DOT projects earn honors in 2020 America’s Transportation Awards competition

TRENTON, N.J. — Two projects undertaken by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) have been named regional winners in the 2020 America’s Transportation Awards competition, according to Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, NJDOT commissioner.

America’s Transportation Awards competition sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is a competition in which state DOTs compete in three categories — Quality of Life/Community Development, Best Use of Technology and Innovation, and Operations Excellence. Each category is also designated by project budget size — small (less than $25 million), medium ($25 million to $200 million) and large (more than $200 million). Projects are judged in 12 regions; regional winners will compete for the national grand prize, the People’s Choice Award and $10,000 in cash awards that will be donated by the winners to a transportation-related charity or scholarship program of their choosing.

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Draft of new transportation plan identifies 12 priority projects to be completed by 2040

Posted: Aug. 26, 2020 12:01 am

QUINCY — It has taken more than a year of planning, public forums, surveys and committee meetings, but the city of Quincy is one step closer to having an updated Regional Transportation Plan.

The city’s Plan Commission unanimously approved a draft copy of the plan be adopted.

The plan, which identifies 28 different transportation-related projects, now heads to the Quincy City Council for approval.

The projects range from converting one-way streets to two-way thoroughfares, removing traffic signals, adding bicycle lanes, extending recreational trails and larger projects including widening Ill. 57 from two lane to four lanes from Quincy to Fall Creek.

“It is great to see it build on what we have already put together with the Quincy Next Strategic Plan and now with the Transportation Plan and moving into the Riverfront (Master Plan), said Maggie Strong, one of the consultants hired by the

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Three Arizona DOT projects land regional recognition in America’s Transportation Awards

PHOENIX — The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has earned three first-place regional awards in the 2020 America’s Transportation Awards for improvement projects, including the new Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway in the Phoenix area.

America’s Transportation Awards is a national competition that focuses on efforts to strengthen communities, improve quality of life and foster a more efficient economy. The awards are sponsored by the American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHTO), AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

“ADOT is a national model for efficiency and innovation,” said Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey. “The recent Loop 202 South Mountain project was the largest single freeway project in state history, and it finished three years early with $100 million in savings. I’m grateful for ADOT’s work and the value they provide Arizonans.”

The 2020 America’s Transportation Awards recognized the following ADOT projects in the competition’s three categories:

Loop 202 South Mountain

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North Dakota DOT’s highway safety corridors earn honors in America’s Transportation Awards

BISMARK, N.D. — Highway safety corridors created by the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) earned the Operations in Excellence Award in the “small” (projects costing less than $25 million) category of America’s Transportation Awards. The awards are sponsored by the American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHTO), AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

NDDOT received regional recognition for providing solutions that increase safety and save lives, plus deliver a more reliable, well-functioning and safer transportation system through operational solutions.

The NDDOT competed in the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (WASHTO) region, which featured 30 projects from 15 states.

“Safety is our No. 1 priority as we invest in additional safety features on our highways to reach the goal of Vision Zero,” said Bill Panos, NDDOT director. “It is nice to be recognized for this project, but our work isn’t done. We will continue to look

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Greene County to receive nearly $62 million for state transportation projects over next 12 years | Local News

Nearly $62 million will be spent on transportation projects in Greene County over the next 12 years, according to an updated 12-year transportation program released by the State Transportation Commission.

The $61.7 million that has been earmarked for projects in Greene is a slice of a $64.8 billion pie that the commission anticipates being available for transportation projects across the commonwealth over the next 12 years.

The commission updates its 12-year plan every two years, and the latest one goes into effect Oct. 1. No capital project can go forward unless it is included in the 12-year plan.

The economic upheaval sparked by COVID-19 is not reflected in the plan, according to Alexis Campbell, a PennDOT spokeswoman.

“The process to update the 12-Year Program began 20 months ago, long before COVID was an issue,” Campbell said. “However, the (plan) will likely need to be modified to reflect any direct impacts

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Approximately $1.2 million to 8 tribal governments for COVID-19 response

Fri, Aug 28th 2020 03:25 pm

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced approximately $1.2 million in recent grant awards to eight tribal governments as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed by President Donald Trump on March 27. The tribal governments receiving funds to support transit operations during the COVID-19 public health emergency are as follows:


√ The Comanche Nation will receive $464,772 to support operating, administrative and preventive maintenance costs, including salaries, cleaning supplies and driver protection barriers to support its transit service throughout central Oklahoma.

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√ The Seneca Nation of Indians will receive $407,650 to support its STS transit system in Western New York.


√ The Chippewa Cree Tribe of the Rocky Boy Reservation will receive $126,719 to maintain transit operations in North Central Montana;

√ The Fort Belknap Indian Community will receive $107,554 to

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