TRB makes Funding Available Through Their Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) Program

TRB makes Funding Available Through Their Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) Program The Transportation Research Board has announced its annual solicitation through its Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) program. IDEA projects are open to all entities including public agencies and the private sector. A research component is critical. The IDEA program provides start-up funding for promising, but…

FHWA Announces Funding Availability for Bridge Replacement & Rehabilitation

The Federal Highway Administration has announced a funding opportunity and requests grant applications for FHWA’s Competitive Highway Bridge Program. Congress appropriated $225 million for FY 2018 to be awarded by DOT for a competitive highway bridge program. Eligible applicants are States that have a population density of less than 100 individuals per square mile. The funds…

House Transportation Committee Examines Innovation in Surface Transportation

Today the Highway & Transit Subcommittee of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee held a hearing on ‘Innovation in Surface Transportation’. The Coalition for Smarter Transportation (CoaST) attended as well as provided the following statement ahead of the hearing: The Coalition for Smarter Transportation (CoaST) is grateful the Highways & Transit Subcommittee of the House…

Department of Energy Announces $80 Million Investment in Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research

The Department of Energy announced $80 million for advanced vehicle technologies research. Categories funded include: Batteries & Electrification Materials Technology Integration Engines & Fuels Off-Road and Fluid Power Systems. Funded projects include the use of big-data for transit systems, research on micro transit, amongst others. Funding Announcement  Projects Selected Information about program

IRS Requests Comment on Draft Guidance for Tax Exempt Organizations With Multiple Sources of ‘Unrelated Business Income’

This week, the Internal Revenue Service released a notice requesting comments on draft guidance on tax-exempt organizations that have more than one unrelated business. The core of the guidance goes into how Unrelated Business Taxable Income (UBTI) would be applied to those organizations with multiple unrelated business lines and basically says that the losses of…

FTA Announces Lo-No Bus Grants

Today the Federal Transit Administration announced $84.45 million in grant selections through the Low- or No-Emission (Low-No) Grant program. This program, authorized by the FAST Act, funds the deployment of transit buses and infrastructure that use advanced propulsion technologies. Eligible projects include the purchase or lease of buses that are powered by modern systems such as hybrid…

USDOT Releases CMAQ Guidebook on Performance Measures

On Monday, July 30, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) posted the Transportation Performance Management (TPM) Implementation Plan on the TPM website. According to USDOT, ‘The TPM Implementation Plan’ aims to support FHWA division offices, State Departments of Transportation (DOTs), metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and other stakeholders with implementing TPM requirements through clear communication of overarching…