Transportation Thursdays

Thank you to the Omaha – Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area Planning Agency for hosting us in Omaha this week for our 53rd Annual Conference & Exhibition! And thank you to all of the attendees, sponsors, and speakers!

Powerpoint presentations from the conference will be available on the NARC website next week.

CONGRESS BRIEF
Congress is in session.Senate Transportation Leaders Ask to Repeal $7.6 billion Federal Highway Funding Rescission
Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) and Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-DE) of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee submitted a letter requesting Senate leadership repeal a provision in the FAST Act which would rescind $7.6 billion in federal highway funding on July 1, 2020. The senators state in the letter that they are making progress on a bipartisan surface transportation reauthorization bill, but that it won’t be ready in time to address the scheduled rescission. They are requesting Senate leaders to include a repeal of the provision in a budget or spending agreement that Congress considers before the end of this fiscal year.House to Consider Second Five-Bill Appropriations Minibus Next Week
The House will vote on a second five-bill funding package next week (information on the first five-bill minibus can be found here). The $383 billion billH.R. 3055 will combine the Agriculture, Commerce-Justice-Science, Interior-Environment, Military Construction-VA and Transportation-HUD spending bills for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. Congress will have until Thursday morning to file amendments to this second minibus.

Votes on the second minibus will begin after the House moves this week to pass its first five-measure spending package — a nearly $1 trillion packageH.R. 2740, that would fund the departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, Energy, Education, Labor and State, as well as congressional operations. The two spending bills not included in these two minibuses are the measure to fund the Department of Homeland Security, and the measure to fund the Treasury Department, IRS and other agencies which both passed the full committee earlier this week.

ADMINISTRATION
U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Availability of $60 Million for Advanced Transportation Technologies Grants
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for states, cities and other agencies to compete for $60 million in Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment Program (ATCMTD) grants to fund new technologies that improve transportation efficiency. State departments of transportation, local governments, transit agencies, metropolitan planning organizations and other eligible entities are invited to apply under the program. The program has provided $163 million to 28 projects in 19 states over the past three years.
INFORMATION REQUEST
Regional Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs
NARC is interested in information on any greenhouse gas reduction programs that members have conducted, particularly programs focused on reducing emissions from the transportation sector. If your organization has conducted this type of programming, or you know of others that have, please respond to eli.spang@narc.org.

JOBS

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Director
Posted: 6/13/2019
Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, Wichita, KS

Senior Transportation Planner
Posted: 6/12/2019
Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, Allentown, PA

Human Resources Manager
Posted: 6/12/2019
Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments, Cincinnati, OH

Environmental Planner
Posted: 6/11/2019
Northeast Ohio Four County Regional Planning and Development Organization, Akron, OH

Planning Programmer
Posted: 6/7/2019
Valley Regional Transit, Meridian, ID

OPPORTUNITIES
View full list opportunities!Conference on Health and Active Transportation (CHAT) Joining Forces and Moving Forward
December 11-12, 2019
Call for Abstracts: Deadline EXTENDED: June 21, 2019
The Conference is hosted by the Transportation Research Board Subcommittee on Health and Transportation and the Standing Committees on Pedestrians and Bicycle Transportation, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) ActivEarth Task Force, and the US Department of Transportation John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center).
Integrated Mobility Innovation NOFO – Webinar 2
Tuesday, June 18, 2:00 p.m. EDT
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will host a second webinar for potential applicants and other stakeholders interested in the Integrated Mobility Innovation (IMI) Demonstration Program. FTA staff will provide further information on the application process, key requirements, including data, and will answer frequently asked questions.
FTA announced the $15 million IMI funding opportunity on May 8, and the application period closes on August 6.
Consortium for Scenario Planning 2019 Conference
November 6-8, 2019
Call for session proposals: Deadline July 1
Registration is now open for the Consortium for Scenario Planning 2019 Conference. Attendees are encouraged submit session proposals. The deadline for proposals is July 1.

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