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Rekor Systems Announces Selection of Waycare Technologies by Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development for Pilot Program to Reduce State Traffic Congestion and Crashes
California homeless camp fire damages 2 bridges, disrupts public transportation
Austin finishes half of its bicycle network, expects to complete entire 400-mile system by 2025
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Oregon Transportation Commission, wary of I-5 Rose Quarter project’s growing price tag, grants conditional approval
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Transportation Department cracks down on airlines withholding refunds for canceled flights
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Rekor Systems Announces Selection of Waycare Technologies by Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development for Pilot Program to Reduce State Traffic Congestion and Crashes California homeless camp fire damages 2 bridges, disrupts public transportation Austin finishes half of its bicycle network, expects to complete entire 400-mile system by 2025 The Top 10 Automotive Concepts that automotive enthusiasts will be itching to see on the road! Oregon Transportation Commission, wary of I-5 Rose Quarter project’s growing price tag, grants conditional approval Woman dies after being hit by car in North Windham Friday night Silk-FAW Continues To Poach Italy’s Automotive Talent, As Lamborghini’s Katia Bassi Joins As Managing Director Transportation Department cracks down on airlines withholding refunds for canceled flights Bear gets trapped in car, destroys interior Cycling apparel company adding full-service bike repair to visitor center
Sep
2021
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Rekor Systems Announces Selection of Waycare Technologies by Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development for Pilot Program to Reduce State Traffic Congestion and Crashes

AI-based traffic management platform to aid in real-time, automated incident identification, crash prediction and forecasting

COLUMBIA, MD / ACCESSWIRE / September 9, 2021 / Rekor Systems, Inc, (NASDAQ:REKR) (“Rekor” or the “Company”), a global AI technology company with a mission to provide intelligent infrastructure and insights that build safer, smarter and more efficient cities around the world, today announced that its Waycare Technologies subsidiary has been selected by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LaDOTD) for a pilot program to help reduce congestion and collisions in the Baton Rouge area and promote speed harmonization for a safer driver experience. The initial deployment, which kicked off July 15, 2021, focuses on some of the region’s most dangerous sections of highway: Interstate 10 (“I-10”) and Interstate 12 (“I-12”).

“Rekor has seen a sharp increase in demand from government agencies for real-time, AI driven insights from roadways,” said Robert Berman, president and CEO, Rekor. “The actionable insights derived from this platform, enables a broad set of applications for regional and state government departments and agencies to build smarter and safer cities. From traffic management and public safety to smart parking and citizen experience, Rekor is helping our government customers meet their respective missions.”

The Company will use its powerful AI algorithms and machine learning to analyze large data sets from various Louisiana agency sources as well as mobile apps, connected vehicles, and third-party systems to produce actionable traffic safety insights. To aid in this real-time, automated incident identification, crash prediction and forecasting, the company’s all-in-one traffic management platform has been integrated into LaDOTD’s Traffic Management Center (TMC) and Motorist Assist Patrol (MAP), providing the agency with collaborative tools for more efficient responses and planning. This application is a model for Rekor’s expanded focus on providing government customers with intelligent infrastructure and insights to build smarter, safer cities.

LaDOTD Secretary Dr. Shawn Wilson said of the program, “We are thrilled to kick off our deployment to investigate approaches to alleviating traffic congestion and improving road safety, especially on critical traffic corridors like I-10 and I-12. This deployment is designed to help improve driver commutes and reduce incidents, all the while bringing cutting-edge technology into the fold.”

As a result of the company’s numerous connected vehicle partnerships, LaDOTD will gain access to useful insights into driver behaviors and road incidents. With planned construction imminent along the I-10 and I-12 corridors, the pilot program will serve as a useful test to see how such technology can support travel demand management in the region. The pilot program is a typical first step for states to apply lessons learned before moving to a broader deployment.

“In just one month, we’re already integrating deidentified data from almost 14% of vehicles driving in the state of Louisiana,” said Paul-Matthew Zamsky, Strategic Partnerships, Rekor. “We are helping to increase LaDOTD’s roadway visibility by connecting to infrastructure to help manage transportation and communicate better in real-time.”

This deployment comes on the heels of a successful partnership with

Sep
2021
14

Transportation Department cracks down on airlines withholding refunds for canceled flights

Airline passengers got hit with a one-two punch during the coronavirus pandemic, first having their flights canceled or rescheduled because of Covid disruptions and then having their money locked up by an airline that offered only vouchers. Now, the Transportation Department, under orders from the White House, is cracking down.

Complaints from airline passengers, which soared last year, are up by over 500 percent, according to a new report by the agency, with over 100,000 submitted.

Passenger air travel was upended along with everything else in March 2020 as traffic plummeted to historic lows. Airlines, forced to cancel and reschedule flights, got billions of dollars from the government to keep making payroll. But to keep flying, they furloughed and laid off pilots and crew members.

After the vaccine rollouts, passenger travel demand shot back up — sooner than the airlines said they expected — so they ramped up schedules and expanded service. They have struggled at times to staff the flights they’ve sold, as bottlenecks in mandatory retraining have delayed the furloughed staff members from returning. Some have also chosen to hang back because of Covid concerns.

That means airlines have been even more exposed when outside events occur.

Early last month, Spirit and American airlines canceled hundreds of flights after a confluence of bad weather, technology outages, worker shortages and high summer demand. Hundreds of travelers were stranded, and piles of unclaimed luggage had to be roped off.

The scrambled schedules left some passengers high and dry.

Lenore Sek, 72, had booked a trip to Ghana to reunite with an old friend in the Peace Corps. When South African Airlines canceled her flight, it offered her only a credit for future travel.

“They were having a tough time, and I felt for them, but they are very big, and I’m very small, so $1,700 means an awful lot to me, and they can just send it to me,” she said.

For months, she tried calling and emailing the airline, to no avail.

“It makes you feel like this is crazy. I don’t understand. Who am I supposed to talk to?” Sek said. “There’s no one answering the phone. There isn’t a person who puts their name to an email. I was very discouraged, but I kept trying.”

Eventually she gave up on working with the airline directly and filed a complaint with the Transportation Department. Within two days, the refund was in her account.

The Transportation Department says that isn’t the way it’s supposed to go.

“With the Covid-19 pandemic, we saw a rash of flight cancellations by the airlines, and some of those airlines kept the consumers’ money,” said John Putnam, the Transportation Department’s acting general counsel.

“It’s clear-cut that if an airline cancels a flight, they need to pay a refund back,” Putnam said. “It needs to be a cash refund, and it needs to be a prompt refund. And that hasn’t been happening with all the airlines.”

In July, the Biden administration directed several federal agencies

Mar
2021
29

Transportation Department in Los Angeles, CA with Reviews

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Jan
2021
30

Department Of Transportation Legal Definition

The following 2 entries include the term transportation.

federal executive division responsible for programs and policies relating to transportation. Besides the Federal Aviation Administration (q.v.) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (q.v.), it controls the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), which plans, develops, and oversees construction of interstate highways; the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), which issues and enforces rail safety regulations and administers railroad financial assistance programs; the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), which manages mass transit development and improvement programs; the Maritime Administration (MARAD), which supervises the U.S. merchant marine; and various specialized regulatory, research, and development agencies, including offices for hazardous materials transportation and pipeline safety.

independent government agency charged with investigating certain types of accidents (such as those involving aircraft or trains) and conducting safety studies to identify areas needing improvement in the transportation industry. The NTSB investigates air, rail, pipeline, marine, highway, and other transportation accidents to determine their cause and make recommendations to prevent such accidents from recurring. It also conducts transportation safety studies, publishes reports, establishes regulatory guidelines for reporting accidents, reviews the adequacy of safeguards concerning the transport of hazardous materials, and hears on appeal the suspension or revocation of certificates and licenses issued by the Department of Transportation.

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Jun
2020
26

Transportation Safety Institute | US Department of Transportation

Transportation Safety Institute Welcome by Troy Jackson, Ph.D. , Director (acting)

Welcome to the Transportation Safety Institute!  The work that TSI does within the transportation safety community is truly remarkable.  With a small staff and group of highly committed subject matter experts who serve as adjunct faculty, TSI provides the best training for safety professionals in federal, state and local government agencies and the private industry. 

Recently, TSI was recognized for its training in the Transportation of Infectious Substances, such as coronavirus.  You can access the article here: https://oklahoman.com/article/5660155/coronavirus-in-oklahoma-many-people-handling-coronavirus-samples-were-trained-in-okc.  The Fox25 report can be accessed here: https://okcfox.com/news/coronavirus/okc-based-office-trains-thousands-to-safely-transport-coronavirus-tests

Whether it is face to face instruction in Oklahoma City, or anywhere else in the world, live virtual courses, or web-based training, TSI provides safety training to more than 25,000 people each year.  TSI has courses for all modes of travel, covering the transport of either people or material.  

It is our goal to provide the most up to date training possible, using the latest materials, concepts, technologies and instructional infrastructure available.  In doing so, TSI provides an invaluable service to the world’s transportation system, making it safer for all that utilize it.

I am extremely proud to be associated with my colleagues at TSI, I invite you to join us by utilizing the state of the art training we can make available to you.  Our course completion certificates carry the U.S. Department of Transportation seal and for over 40 years TSI has provided the best in transportation safety training to professionals both in and out of government.  I look forward to having you share in the TSI experience.  

 

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Jun
2020
15

Kansas Department Of Transportation in Hutchinson, KS with Reviews

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May
2020
7

Amarillo Fire Department details two vehicle fires Thursday – News – Amarillo Globe-News

The Amarillo Fire Department released information about two vehicle fires, which occurred Thursday evening at 1609 SW Bowie and at 1800 NW Washington Ave.

According to a news release for the first incident, the fire department dispatched a single unit to a reported vehicle fire. When the unit arrived at 8:33 p.m., a single vehicle was on fire in front of 1609 SW Bowie.

There was trouble extinguishing the vehicle due to a leaking fuel tank, which caused a second truck to be requested to provide a water supply. Crews had the fire under control by 8:50 p.m., and no injuries were reported. The incident is currently under investigation by the Amarillo Fire Marshal’s Office.

According to a news release for the second incident, the department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 8:52 p.m. Thursday at 1800 NW Washington Ave. When units arrived, they found a vehicle on fire near two residences.

Firefighters had the fire under control by 9:02 p.m. with no extension to the nearby homes. No injuries were reported. According to the release, the owner of the vehicle stated he was replacing the fuel line on the car when the fire began.

For more information about the Amarillo Fire Department, visit https://www.amarillo.gov/departments/public-safety-and-organizational-services/fire.

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May
2020
2

Department of Transportation | HDOT COVID-19 update: Identification credentials, safety checks, and vehicle registrations

HDOT COVID-19 update: Identification credentials, safety checks, and vehicle registrations

Posted on Apr 30, 2020 in Highways News, Main, News

HONOLULU – In consideration of Governor Ige’s 6th supplementary emergency proclamation through May 31, 2020, the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) provides the following updates on identification credentials, Periodic Motor Vehicle Inspections (PMVI or Safety Checks), and motor vehicle registrations.

Identification Credentials (Driver’s Licenses, State Identification Cards)

  • Driver’s licenses, instruction permits, and State Identification cards that expire between March 15 and May 31, 2020, are granted a 90-day waiver. All State-issued credentials expiring during this date range will be considered valid for an additional 90-days from the end of Governor Ige’s 6th supplementary emergency proclamation on May 31, 2020. This extension is to provide enough time for the public to obtain or renew credentials once face-to-face government services are reopened.
  • Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) holders with a CDL that expired between March 16, 2020 thru May 31, 2020, are allowed an extension of up to 90-days but the 90 days cannot go past June 30, 2020. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has set June 30, 2020, as the last date that an extension may be granted. Please review HDOT’s frequently asked questions section at https://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/faq/covid-19-cdl-faqs/
  • As previously announced by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), expired driver’s licenses or State IDs that expired on or after March 1 can be used at TSA checkpoints. HDOT has also sent memorandum to the county police departments informing them of the previous expiration extension and will update this memo to minimize potential misunderstandings.

Safety Checks (PMVI)

  • Safety check certificates and stickers expiring on or before May 31, 2020, will remain valid until August 31, 2020. All other safety checks that expire in 2020 will be valid for an additional 3 months after the 2020 expiration date. Please review HDOT’s frequently asked questions section https://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/faq/covid-19-safety-check-faqs/
  • After careful consideration and discussion with Governor Ige and the Counties, HDOT is extending the safety check waiver to minimize unnecessary face-to-face interactions and to provide enough time for PMVI stations, Counties, and the public to conduct and process safety checks once the stay-at-home order ends. HDOT fully supports the continued opening of stations for vehicle maintenance and repair, as these actions are critical to keep essential travel moving.
  • The safety check extension does not impact the validity of the motor vehicle registration. The motor vehicle registration must still be unexpired to be valid.

Motor Vehicle Registrations

  • Motor vehicle registrations are still being conducted by the Counties, see below for information by County:

City and County of Honolulu – Offers renewals by mail, by DMV NOW kiosks, and online.

County of Maui – Offers renewals by mail and online.

County of Hawaii – Offers renewals by mail, kiosks, and online.

County of Kauai – Offers renewals by mail and online.

  • Motor vehicle registration fees and any applicable penalty fees for late registration have not changed. These funds are necessary to meet the local share of upcoming stimulus projects
Apr
2020
21

Bicycle | Nevada Department of Transportation

 

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Bicycles in Nevada 

The bicycle is often thought of as one of the purest forms of transportation. We owe much of our modern transportation environment, including our roadways, to the early development and use of the bicycle. In modern times the bicycle offers people of all ages and abilities an efficient form of transportation, a way to school, work, or errands, and provides a viable alternative to the use of the motor vehicle.

Did You Know…

stock-question-markEach month NDOT will provide a question and answer about bicycle safety.

Question: When are lights required?

Answer:  Nevada law specifically defines when lighting is required;

Every vehicle upon a highway of this State, must display lighted lamps and illuminating devices as respectively required in this chapter.

(a) At any time from one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise;

(b) At any other time when, because of insufficient light or unfavorable atmospheric conditions, persons and vehicles on the highway are not clearly discernible at a distance of 1,000 feet ahead; and

(c) When directed by an official traffic control device.

        (NRS 484D.100)

     

For more information, click the link to access the FAQ Book

For a list of bicycle Restricted Areas click here

Biennial Nevada Bicycle & Pedestrian Summit

The Nevada Bicycle & Pedestrian Summit will be changing it’s recurrence to every other year starting in 2017.  There will be no bicycle and pedestrian summit in 2018. The summit will be held in the fall of 2020. Click here for more info. 

Planning And Infrastructure 

IMG_0098(1)NDOT’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning group coordinates the planning and development of bicycle facilities, as well as establishment of routes, throughout the state. This also includes the development of the Statewide Bicycle Plan and Statewide Bicycle Touring Map. In close work with local planning partners, specific needs are recognized, plans developed and infrastructure development pursued, which provides for a diverse bicycling environment suitable to differing bicycling skill levels.

Education And Safety

dt_common_streams_StreamServerThe Bicycle and Pedestrian Education Program provides a framework by which local communities can establish safety education programs. The use of community outreach, hands-on training, safety curriculum development and diverse funding programs, serve to enhance the educational environment for both bicyclists, as well as drivers of vehicles. Also available is the “Guide to Frequently Asked Questions” that answers the most commonly asked questions about cycling.

Safe Routes To School

SAFEROUTES_150The Nevada Safe Routes to School Program provides resources and expertise in providing an appealing, safe environment to enable school age children, grades K-8, to walk or bicycle to school. Children getting to school under their own power can lead to less roadway congestion, cleaner air, and enhanced student health, when compared to traveling to school by vehicle. Innovative encouragement techniques, education programs, safety and infrastructure improvements, as well as coordination with local law enforcement and community agencies are all part of the Safe Routes to School Program.

Nevada Bicycle And Pedestrian Board

NBPABLOGOFINALThe Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board was created by the State Legislature to provide

Apr
2020
17

Vehicle Tax Exemption – United States Department of State

The Office of Foreign Missions (OFM) enforces the exemption of eligible foreign missions and their members from payment of any taxes when purchasing, leasing, registering or titling a vehicle. The following procedures are associated with requesting and obtaining a tax exemption on purchases or leases of official or personal motor vehicles by eligible foreign missions and their members in the United States. A “motor vehicle” is defined as any self-propelled vehicle, including but not limited to automobiles, motorcycles, boats, and aircraft.

The exemption of sales and use taxes imposed on purchases or leases of motor vehicles in the United States on the basis of the diplomatic or consular status or accreditation of the purchasing foreign mission or accredited mission member and their dependents is solely authorized via the issuance of a Motor Vehicle Tax-Exemption Letter by the Department’s Office of Foreign Missions (OFM) to the seller or lessor of such motor vehicle. Note that Diplomatic Tax Exemption Cards are not valid for exemption from taxes imposed on purchases of motor vehicles.

Therefore, prior to finalizing a purchase or lease of a motor vehicle, all foreign missions and their accredited members must instruct the seller/lessor to directly contact OFM during normal business hours to request the issuance of a Motor Vehicle Tax-Exemption Letter.

Motor vehicle sellers/lessors may make such requests by electronic mail or telephone.

Sellers/lessors in Maryland, Virginia, or the District of Columbia should direct requests to OFMTaxCustoms@state.gov. Sellers/lessors outside this area should direct requests to the nearest OFM Regional Office:

Sellers/lessors must provide the following information to OFM:

1. The seller/lessor’s name, mailing address, and telephone and fax numbers;

2. The color, year, make, and model of the motor vehicle that the mission or accredited mission member is planning to acquire; and

3. For official motor vehicles: the name of the foreign mission that is purchasing or leasing a motor vehicle; or

4. For personal motor vehicles: the name (as it appears on their current “A or G series” visa) of the accredited mission member or their dependent who is purchasing or leasing a motor vehicle, the name of the foreign mission to which the individual is assigned, and the individual’s Department-issued Personal Identification Number (PID). (Note that individuals must present proof of accreditation to the seller/lessor – i.e., valid passport which contains their current “A or G series” visa, or Department-issued protocol identification card, or Department-issued driver’s license, or Department-issued Diplomatic Tax Exemption Card.)

OFM strives to transmit Motor Vehicle Tax-Exemption Letters to the requesting seller/lessor by either electronic mail or facsimile within two hours of receiving the request.

Sellers/lessors are required to send all original ownership documents directly to OFM so that the motor vehicle can be properly registered and titled. Auto dealerships and state motor vehicle administrations should treat this transaction as an out of state registration. OFM will issue a registration card and federal license plates once proper documentation is received. Also, a title will be sent to the indicated lien holder to protect