Working journalists and news organizations can use this guide to identify a wide range of resources available to them within the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials including a list of subject matter experts. An electronic copy of the 2014 News Media Guide is available in the Newsroom section of the AASHTO homepage at http://www.AASHTOJournal.org/
CONTACTING MEDIA RELATIONS All media inquiries and interview requests should be directed to the media relations department via e-mail to Tony Dorsey at email@example.com or calling (202) 624-3690(202) 624-3690 or (202) 624-5802(202) 624-5802 during regular office hours; 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Members of the news media requiring assistance during breaking news events outside of regular business hours or during holidays should call (202) 412-2391(202) 412-2391.
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials this year created a new website, http://centennial.transportation.org, to honor and recognize the association’s 100th anniversary. The multi-media web site includes a brief overview of AASHTO’s founding in 1914; a media archive, including photos of past meetings; a listing of former officials; and, dozens of quick facts. You will find links to important transportation milestones of the past century and a trivia section, allowing site visitors to test their knowledge on all things transportation.
HISTORY Founded in 1914 by an amalgamation of state highway engineers, the American Association of State Highway Officials is celebrating its 100th anniversary. AASHO, as it was originally called, paved the way for the historic Federal Aid Road Act of 1916. This landmark legislation authorized the participation of the federal government in highway construction. Since then, the association has built upon its state and federal partnership, advocating for the federal legislation that created the Interstate Highway System in 1956. In 1973, as member states saw their responsibilities grow to include all transportation modes: air, highways, public transportation, rail, and water transport, the name was changed to American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, AASHTO.
Today Known within the industry as the Voice of Transportation, AASHTO represents departments of transportation in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. AASHTO is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association serving as a catalyst for excellence in transportation.
AASHTO COMMUNICATIONSPress Advisories/News releases
A press advisory contains brief but important information about the date, time, location, and purpose of an upcoming media event or news conference. A news release contains detailed information about AASHTO’s response to and/or position on a major transportation-related news event or issue. News releasesmay also be used to provide information about news-worthy events involving AASHTO and/or its members; highway and state departments of transportation in all 50-states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Press advisories and news releases are made available to the news media via e-mail. If members of your organization would like to be added to AASHTO’s e-mail delivery list, please send your e-mail address(s) and any additional contact information such as a phone numbers, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once a news release has been distributed, it will also be posted on the newsroom page of the AASHTO web site at news.transportation.org.
TRANSPORTATION.ORG Find the latest news releases, detailed public policy analysis, information about upcoming meetings, and extensive association information on AASHTO’s website, http://transportation.org. The website hosts more than 100,000pages of information about all transportation modes.
AASHTO JOURNAL The AASHTO Journal, published every Friday, offers reporting on key transportation policy matters, as well as a roundup of national, state, and association news affecting the transportation industry. A free online subscription, as well as a searchable catalog of back issues, is available at http://aashtojournal.org.
DAILY TRANSPORTATION UPDATEThe Daily Transportation Update provides a selection of links to transportation-related news stories and Federal Register notices online every weekday morning. A free subscription the latest edition can be found at http://aashtojournal.org/Pages/DailyUpdate.aspx.
TRANSPORTATION TV Launched in May 2009, Transportation TV has developed into an industry leader—creating more than 350 original video productions that have accumulated more than 820,000 video views. Transportation TV’s goal is to increase awareness about the importance of transportation in America and spark dialogue about the level of investment needed to preserve and modernize all transportation modes. Visit the web site at http://transportationtv.org.
AASHTO POLICY Division AASHTO’s goal is to educate the American public and key decision makers about the critical need to preserve and modernize the nation’s transportation infrastructure; to advance safety and security; to ensure freight and personal mobility, and to facilitate project administration and delivery. AASHTO plays a key role in developing national transportation policy by acting as a liaison between state departments of transportation and the Federal government. It is frequently called upon by Congress to conduct surveys, provide data, and testimony on matters relating to transportation such as the Federal-Aid Highway and Transit Bill, which is typically reauthorized every five to six years. The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) legislation which was signed intolaw in July 2012 will expire in September 30, 2014.
AASHTO ENGINEERING DivisionAASHTO develops and publishes engineering standards and guidelines which are used worldwide to design, construct, maintain, and operate highway and transportation facilities.
The standards and guidelines are contained in over 200 publications and documents that are developed by transportation experts from around the country and are available at http://bookstore.transportation.org. The engineering division also supports a number of cutting-edge programs and technologies to exchange real-time information between the roadside and vehicles to improve safety and mobility. The division also supports the development of computer software products based on many of its standards, specifications, and guide documents. The AASHTOWare® technical services program is founded on a best practices approach and allows member agencies to pool human and financial resources to produce software at a significant cost savings.