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The Wyoming House Transportation Committee voted to table a bill that would have kicked off the effort of tolling Interstate 80 in southern Wyoming.

The Senate had passed the bill, but the committee in a straw poll at the beginning of the meeting didn't express much interest in passing it.

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Lawmakers have taken a major step to begin tolling Interstate 80, the highway cutting across southern Wyoming.

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When Wyoming resident Celeste Armstrong had her driver's license suspended a year ago, she had no way of knowing that her case could completely change the way licenses are suspended. But the University of Wyoming's Defender Aid Clinic took up her case and eventually won in Albany County District Court.

Clinic Director Professor Lauren McLane and Student Attorney Nathan Yanchek demonstrated that the Wyoming Department of Transportation had been using the wrong law to suspend licenses. Wyoming Public Radio's Jeff Victor spoke with McLane about what this means for Wyoming drivers.

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Wyoming's House Transportation Committee voted to advance a bill that would increase the state's fuel tax by nine cents.

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The Wyoming Department of Transportation has announced the results of its 2020 aviation economic impact study.

According to the study, aviation generates around $2 billion directly or indirectly in Wyoming each year. It adds that the industry supports nearly 22,000 jobs and $942 million payroll throughout the state and not just in aviation.

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About 30 states already have regulatory frameworks set up to safely and efficiently introduce autonomous vehicles into the states. Now, state lawmakers are working to get Wyoming caught up.

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The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) is looking at new options to generate revenue as the department faces a $135 million revenue shortfall.

The department is mainly funded by federal dollars and a fuel tax, but WYDOT Director Luke Reiner said the tax has its limitations.

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A University of Wyoming team is creating an app that they hope will better predict hazardous winter weather across the region. 

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The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) may soon adopt technology that could give them an earlier warning when a "creeper" landslide is occurring and allows them to respond. 

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The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) is closing 10 rest stops in the state in order to save money. The department's revenue is greatly impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a drop in fuel tax revenue, as well as overall underfunding.

"We took a hard look at all of our rest areas and came up with a list of those that we feel we can close with a minimal amount of impact to our travelers," said WYDOT Director Luke Reiner. "It was a hard decision but one that we came to based on the needs of the public and to ensure we maintain a balanced budget."

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The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) is receiving around $28 million from the Federal Transit Administration to distribute to local agencies stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Around $6 million will go to transit systems in Casper and Cheyenne. Forty-one other local transit authorities, like the START bus program in Jackson and the Wind River Transit Authority, will share $12.3 million to help fund their programs for the rest of the year.

The state legislature's Joint Transportation, Highways and Military Affairs Committee met this week to discuss revenue issues facing the state's transportation department.

The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) presented a potential solution to its revenue shortfall: a road user charge. That's when drivers, both commercial and personal, pay a fee for the miles they drive on state roads and highways. Several states, including some in our region, are working on similar ideas.

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The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) will be meeting with the legislature's Joint Transportation, Highways and Military Committee this week.

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This is the time of year when lots of drivers are typically on Wyoming highways. But like in so many other ways, this spring has been far from usual.

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Thanks to recent federal legislation, 33 airports in the state will receive aid to support operations.

The CARES Act includes $10 billion for qualified U.S. airports. Wyoming will receive $49.75 million, spread amongst its airports, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Many have been affected by a lack of travel, with some altering the number of flights coming in or out or pausing operations altogether.

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There are an estimated 6,000 big game animals killed by vehicle collisions each year in the state. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department and other agencies have been trying to find ways to reduce that number for years. Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler spoke with Game and Fish's Deputy Director Angi Bruce to talk about the department's new initiative and what it means for animals and drivers in the state.

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A proposed bill before the Wyoming Legislature this session is considering tolling along Interstate 80.

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I'm riding shotgun in Randy Okray's snow plow. He's the Gillette maintenance crew leader for the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT). Okray is clearing up Interstate 90.

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The Wyoming Department of Transportation is reminding residents to use extra caution around snow plows on highways.

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Next time Wyoming residents renew their IDs they will receive an updated card.

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The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) and the city of Gillette are sharing the cost of a study that will examine a major overpass in town.

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Reducing speed limits might sound like a cheap, easy way to keep both human and wildlife safe on Wyoming roads.

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The Wyoming Department of Transportation's (WYDOT) efforts to improve wildlife crossings in the state have gotten a boost from the federal government.

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The Wyoming Transportation Commission has awarded a contract for the project that looks to make Highway 59 near Wright safer.

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Sheridan's Main Street is the heart of the city. There's a historic theater, shops, and restaurants that show off its Western heritage. It's the place where the community gathers for festivals and events. And now, it might be changing.

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Sheridan's Main Street reconfiguration test was found to be successful from both the community and the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT). That's according to the results of both a community survey and data from WYDOT.

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The Wyoming Department of Transportation is currently working on its master plan that would cover the department's vision for the next five years. But in the meantime, WYDOT has released its list of the projects it wants to tackle in 2020. Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler spoke with WYDOT director Luke Reiner about how the State Transportation Improvement Plan shows how the department is struggling with a lack of funding.

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Statewide traffic fatalities are way up from last year around the same time. That's according to Cody Beers, a public relations specialist with the Wyoming Department of Transportation. Beers said there have been 84 traffic fatalities this year as of July 9, compared to 49 last year.

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Multiple energy industry trucks have crashed on a stretch of mountain road between Laramie and a booming energy field in Jackson County, Colorado. The trucks spilled fracking fluids and diesel into a nearby creek; one driver was killed.

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A project to repair a slide on the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway, 20 miles from Cody, will be resuming work next week. The $5.54 million repair started last August after the road slid in April.

Cody Beers, a public relations specialist with the Wyoming Department of Transportation, said this road is very important to the state because it connects Wyoming to the North East Entrance of Yellowstone National Park and the All-American Beartooth Highway.

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