Daily News Briefs, October 21, 2020

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MTA Schedules Its October Board Meeting

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced it will hold a joint public meeting of its board and board committees next Wednesday, October 28. The meeting will once again take place via livestreamed video conference. (Meeting materials have not yet been published.)

Bloomberg CityLab presents a series of audio reports on the multifaceted crisis MTA is facing because of the COVID-19 epidemic.

Highway and Bridge Safety (Including COVID-19 Impacts) Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) New York New York City

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ARTBA Recognizes Industry Leaders During Its Annual Meeting

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) yesterday presented its highest honor, the ARTBA Award, to David Zachry, CEO of the Zachry Corporation of San Antonio. He was recognized for his “more than 30 years of professional success” and for his many accomplishments as a two-term ARTBA chairman and as a senior vice chairman, first vice chairman, vice chairman at large and vice chairman of the Transportation Development Foundation.

ARTBA today announced the 2020 recipients of its Women Leaders in Transportation Design and Construction awards. They are Mary Jane O’Meara, HNTB vice president, and Meg Pirkle, GDOT chief engineer, who received Ethel Birchland Lifetime Achievement Awards; Morton Thomas and Associates (Rockville, MD), which took the Glass Hammer Award recognizing transportation construction firms that have innovative programs and activities directed at  promoting women leaders; and Peyton Gibson and Smita Yamgar, whom ARTBA singled out for Future Industry Leader Spotlight Awards.

ARTBA also announced that it has given 2020 Contractor Safety Awards to three companies, W.W. Clyde (Orem, UT), Great Lakes Construction (Hinckley, OH), and Sterling Construction (The Woodlands, TX). The contractors were competitively selected for recognition on the basis of accident and injury rates (as reported to OSHA) and their Experience Modification Rates (as determined by insurance carriers).

American Road & Transportation Builders Assoc. (ARTBA) Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) HNTB Industry Recognition Awards Women in Transportation Zachry Group

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Kansas Marks K-TAG's Twenty-Fifth Anniversary

The Kansas Turnpike Authority’s October newsletter notes that the K-TAG electronic toll collection program turns 25 this month.

ETC Systems Kansas Kansas Turnpike Authority (KTA)

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Georgia DOT Launches Anti-Litter Initiative

The Georgia Department of Transportation’s new education campaign, Keep It Clean Georgia, is “focused on preventing and eliminating litter by motivating Georgians and Peach State visitors to not only avoid littering in the first place, but also play an active role in protecting and maintaining the stunning views and rich landscapes that make Georgia the heart of the South.” The department will partner with individuals, businesses, environmental organizations and other state agencies “to emphasize the importance of litter prevention and highlight the role teamwork plays in maintaining Georgia’s natural beauty.”

Environmental Protection Policies and Procedures Georgia Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT)

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