January 7, 2016
New Year, New Ideas: Learn About EDC-3 Innovations
Stop by the Every Day Counts exhibit at the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting—January 10 to 14 in Washington, D.C.—to see how innovation is helping the transportation community build highways better, faster and more safely.
The exhibit will showcase the 11 EDC-3 innovations, along with information on the State Transportation Innovation Council Incentive and Accelerated Innovation Deployment Demonstration programs. Federal Highway Administration staff will be on hand to answer questions on the innovative technologies and practices FHWA is promoting through EDC-3.
U.S. Deputy Transportation Secretary Victor Mendez will moderate an “Innovation” session from 10:15 a.m. to 12 noon on January 11. Speakers will discuss how governments at all levels need to innovate to meet challenges such as a changing climate and increases in population and freight movement.Also plan to attend the “Leadership in Innovation” session from 3:45 to 5:30 p.m. on January 11, moderated by FHWA Acting Executive Director Tony Furst. Speakers will address transportation challenges through proactive leadership in innovation.
New Jersey Offers Local Design Assistance
The New Jersey Department of Transportation launched a Safe Routes to School Design Assistance Program. This pilot program helps local agencies obtain consultant engineering services to develop plans, specifications and estimates for Safe Routes to School projects. The New Jersey DOT developed the program as part of the EDC-2 effort on locally administered Federal-Aid projects. The agency established a pool of engineering design consultants through a quality-based selection process. The pool can help local agencies deliver projects faster by reducing the time required to procure professional services.