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Ban on using hand-held devices while driving moves forward in Iowa Senate

3/1/2017

Legislation that would ban the use of hand-held electronic devices while driving cleared a major hurdle Tuesday when Senate Transportation Committee members voted without dissent to approve it and keep it alive for further action yet this session.

Iowa DOT’s State Management Plan available for public comment

3/1/2017

The Iowa Department of Transportation has updated its State Management Plan, a document outlining the state’s administration of Federal Transit Administration funding under Section 5310, 5311, 5316, 5317, and 5339 programs.

Bill criminalizing highway protests clears Iowa Senate subcommittee

3/1/2017

Political protesters who intentionally block traffic on Iowa highways would face stiff criminal penalties under a bill that cleared an Iowa Senate subcommittee Tuesday.

Farm Groups Ask Trump Administration for Transportation Infrastructure Updates

2/28/2017

More than 200 farm groups sent a letter to President Donald Trump last week, asking for projects in rural America to be included in any future infrastructure improvement plans. The Trump administration has hinted at funding an infrastructure improvement package for the nation. Andrew Walmsley, congressional relations director for AFBF, explained in Thursday’s Newsline that infrastructure plans need to include rural America.

Lyft receives state OK to operate in Iowa

2/27/2017

Ride-sharing app Lyft has received the green light from state regulators needed to legally operate in Iowa.

Farm Groups Ask Trump Administration for Transportation Infrastructure Updates

2/27/2017

More than 200 farm groups are asking President Donald Trump for rural transportation infrastructure improvements.

Iowa House panel OKs ban on handheld devices while driving

2/24/2017

A House panel on Thursday endorsed banning the use of handheld electronic devices while driving but agreed motorists who violate the new law, if passed, would only get a warning for the first year before officers would start issuing $30 tickets for the offense.

Proposed improvements at I-35/80 and Iowa 141 interchange (Rider Corner) in Polk County to be discussed March 9 in Urbandale

2/23/2017

The Iowa Department of Transportation will hold a public information meeting Thursday, March 9, to discuss the proposed improvements at the Interstate 35/80 and Iowa 141 interchange (Rider Corner) in Polk County. All interested persons are invited to attend this meeting anytime between 5 and 6:30 p.m. at the Giovannetti Community Shelter in Walker Johnston Park, 8900 Douglas Ave., in Urbandale.

Lyft hits a bump in the road ahead of Iowa debut

2/23/2017

Ride-sharing service Lyft said it plans to begin offering its services in Iowa Thursday, but Iowa Department of Transportation officials on Wednesday warned that the company might be operating illegally.

Iowa Appeals Court upholds speed cameras in 2 cases

2/23/2017

The Iowa Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld the use of automated speed enforcement cameras, rejecting two separate challenges by citizens who claimed cameras in Cedar Rapid violated their constitutional rights.

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