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Blog: Closer Linkages, by AASHTO Information Resource Coordinator Bob Cullen

I'm somebody with plenty of postal employees in my family tree – a key example being my grandfather, whose long and productive career as a mail carrier had him delivering letters in such varied locales as the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II and the campus of Harvard University. Not surprisingly, I have always had a strong interest in postal history and in particular how the transport of mail from point A to point B has evolved throughout our nation's existence.

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Archived Issues

Centennial Sponsors:

Visionary Sponsors:

Housman and Associates    CH2M Hill
Parsons BrinckerhoffAutodeskAECOM Bentley Systems HNTB

Milestone Sponsors:

HDR, Inc.

Pioneer Sponsors:

3M    InfoTech    Cambridge Systematics
ATSSA    Michael Baker Corporation
Professional Engineers in California Government

Leadership Sponsors:

Transpo Industries, Inc.


A monthly update on AASHTO's 100th anniversary. Published the third week of each month. Subscribe to receive this in your inbox!

January 29, 2014

AASHTO Centennial Celebrated During TRB Special Session

Various transportation experts with ties to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials spoke during a spotlight session on the past accomplishments of the organization and where it was heading in the future at the 93rd annual Transportation Research Board meeting in Washington, D.C. on Monday. Read More

Centennial Celebration Products Available for Purchase

As most readers are aware, the year 2014 marks AASHTO's 100th anniversary, and we're gearing up for the year-long celebration—literally. To help you participate, we have designed a collection of fun and functional gear and items, all branded with our centennial logo. Read More

One Hundred Years Ago Today in Transportation...

Fred L. Baker was a long way from his hometown of Los Angeles, but he had had an important reason for being in New York City. As president of the Automobile Club of Southern California – an affiliate of the federation of motor clubs of the American Automobile Association (AAA) – Baker was visiting the Eastern Seaboard to consult with his fellow national officers of AAA on the status of highways and automobiles along the Pacific coast. (Baker was not just president of one of the oldest and largest affiliates but also third vice president of AAA.) Read More

AASHTO Presidential Profile: Thomas F. Airis, District of Columbia

Thomas F. Airis, director of the District of Columbia's Department of Highways and Traffic, was elected the 61st president of the American Association of State Highway Officials in November 1972 at the association's annual meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. He would serve during a time of big changes for the association that included its shift from a highways-only focus to a multi-modal mission while still representing and promoting the priorities of the states at the national level. Read More

Then and Now

States Explore Highway Funding Methods

The following piece, written for the October 1986 AASHTO Quarterly by AASHTO Information Director Sunny Schust, discusses the transportation financing options discussed at the first AASHTO National Conference on State Highway Finance in August of that year. Many of the options state transportation departments discuss here are ones still being explored and implemented by those departments today, as state DOTs are still grappling with funding gaps of what is available versus what is needed to adequately maintain and grow state transportation networks. Read More

Did You Know?

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials is a strong advocate of the U.S. Bicycle Route System. In 2003, AASHTO formed a task force on U.S. Bicycle Routes to strengthen the system. That task force included state transportation department staff, the Federal Highway Administration, and biking groups such as Adventure Cycling. Read More