It is hard to believe the year went by so quickly, but this will indeed be the last Transportation Thursdays of the year. We won’t be sending the publication for the next two weeks, but we’ll return on January 8, 2015. The new year will bring coverage of the new Congress, several reauthorizations (rail, surface transportation, and aviation) and the expiration of the highway trust fund in May. And there are always bound to be a few surprises!
On a separate note, are you attending the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Conference in Washington, D.C. this January? If so, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to find some time to meet, if your schedule allows.
A very Happy New Year to you and yours!
Virginia DOT Shows What Visual Data Can Do: An award-winning prototype from a team at the Virginia Department of Transportation shows how emerging tools are bringing data closer to the people who need it. In October, Virginia DOT won a competition for its data visualization project called TechCenter Virginia. This project was launched as a public-facing prototype demonstrating one way the state can turn open data into something useful and accessible. Click HERE for additional information.
Click HERE to view the list of grants and events still open!
REPORT: The Innovative MPO: A new report from Transportation for America highlights MPO successes from around the country. This new handbook is designed to give MPO staff, policymakers, technical and advisory committees innovative ways to achieve goals on behalf of their communities. Click HERE for the full report.
CONFERENCE: NARC’s 2015 National Conference of Regions
February 8-10, 2015 – Washington, DC
Registration is open for the National Conference of Regions. This conference is a forum for locally-elected officials and their Regional Councils to explore federal policy issues, and discuss NARC’s legislative priorities for the 114th Congress. Click HERE for the draft agenda and conference webpage.