Weekly Poll (13)


The Montana Department of Transportation recently announced plans to paint a walkway on the Beartracks Bridge in downtown Missoula with a concrete stain slated to reduce surface temperatures. If successful, do you think the coatings should be adopted for walkways in other, warmer states in the U.S.?


Co-founder and Chief Executive Josh Giegel of American transport tech company Virgin Hyperloop recently announced that commercial operations could happen as early as 2027. Do you think this estimation is accurate?


To restore a 19th-century bridge in Minneapolis, officials from Collins Engineers recently announced that they’d be working with the Minnesota Department of Transportation on incorporating Microsoft HoloLens headsets with software from Bentley Systems. If the virtual inspections are sufficient, do you think other DOTs will adopt the software as well?


Toward the end of 2020, former President Donald J. Trump signed a $900 billion COVID-19 relief package, which allotted $10 billion for highway infrastructure programs. Do you think the funds are enough to make up for the losses in state transportation revenues and make up transportation system maintenance?


The Phoenix Street Transportation Department, in collaboration with Arizona State University, recently completed a series of cool pavement applications around the city. If proved to help reduce heat island effect, do you think other cities located in warmer climates will adopt the technology?


For the first time in American history, the U.S. Department of Transportation released a National Freight Strategic Plan regarding long-term investments in infrastructure, the workforce and other essential parts of the freight system. Do you think the plan will help maintain the nation’s competitive edge across major industries like agriculture, manufacturing, energy production and e-commerce?


Michigan Department of Transportation has recently adopted the use of unmanned, remote-control boats for conducting bridge inspections. Do you think the safer, less labor-intensive technology will become favorable by other DOTs for bridge inspections?


In Michigan, Rep. Matt Maddock, R-Milford, suggested selling several state-owned transportation assets to raise money to rehabilitate various roads and highways versus raising the state’s fuel tax. Do you think this is a good idea?


Last month, Elon Musk and The Boring Company announced its plans for an underground express tunnel in Las Vegas. With various tunnels already completed and others still in the making, none are officially up and running. How soon do you think passengers will be able to experience this hyperloop travel?


Last week, the DOT announced $1.5 billion in Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development grants for infrastructure projects. Do you think the funding will increase as infrastructure demands also increase?


The U.S. Department of Transportation has granted Solar Roadways a total of $1.6 million to study the possibility of constructing roads with solar panels. Are solar roads an ideal way to harness energy from the sun?


What are the odds that Congress will come through with a three-year or longer transportation bill this year?


Some in the U.S. Congress have proposed allowing the states, rather than the federal government, to oversee the U.S. highway and surface transportation system. Good idea or bad idea?


 
 
   

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