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Federal Transportation Program Expands to Curb Crashes and Emissions

The Department of Transportation’s Every Day Counts program once emphasized auto-oriented infrastructure. Now it's doing more to take climate and safety into account.

A construction worker on the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge in Washington, DC.

A construction worker on the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge in Washington, DC.

Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg

A decade-old federal initiative designed to speed up transportation infrastructure improvements at the state level is getting a revamp. The latest iteration of the Federal Highway Administration’s Every Day Counts program is being expanded to emphasize multiple transportation modes and focus more intently on traffic safety and emissions reduction, the FHWA announced Friday.

The Obama-era Department of Transportation launched Every Day Counts to encourage states to use innovative strategies to update their transportation systems. Every other year, the program comes out with a new list of projects — 52 so far — it will support. Iowa’s transportation department, for instance, updated its construction contracting process to be entirely digital, Kansas implemented new technology that simplifies streetlight coordination, and Virginia embarked on a road diet program that reduced car crashes in a DC suburb.