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Maintenance News April 16, 2015
The Nebraska State Department of Roads (NDOR) released its annual report recently, in which the agency outlined performance measures and ancillary initiatives in its “Toward Zero Deaths” safety program.   According to the report, the mission statement of the safety push is characterized as: “To...
Traffic Management News April 01, 2015
Riders on Miami-Dade County’s transit group pay about $1 million in fares every 72 hours, but that’s not enough to compensate for the $1.5 million daily operation cost.   This daily operational deficit highlights the precarious state of the U.S. public transit funding.  For Miami-Dade County, and...
Traffic Management News March 31, 2015
The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has expressed concern that it may not have the money to continue providing Amtrak rail service between Portland and Eugene, according to budget discussions in the state capitol.   Gov. John Kitzhaber had earmarked $10.4 million to keep what is known as...
Traffic Management News March 27, 2015
Plans to build a centralized hub that would span two city blocks in downtown Charlotte, N.C. are moving forward.  The Metroplitan Transit Commission (MTC) approved the revised municipal agreement between the city of Charlotte and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (MCDOT), originally...
Traffic Management News March 25, 2015
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is looking to replace the aging passenger cars on its three Amtrak routes between Detroit and Chicago. The proposed plan to purchase new cars has been met with criticism based on a prior unused purchase of another set of cars.   A state audit last...
Traffic Management News March 18, 2015
The fate of streetcar systems is losing steam as many cities are abandoning building plans.  Most recently, Arlington, Va., decided revitalizing its streetcar system was not worth the expense.    The faltering support has stalled larger cities from accelerating plans to revitalize citywide trolley...
Traffic Management News March 11, 2015
Americans took 10.8 billion trips on public transportation in 2014, the highest annual public transit ridership number in 58 years, according to a report released by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).   “Some public transit systems experienced all-time record high ridership last...
Traffic Management News March 10, 2015
Following what is quickly becoming a sign of digital progress within the state transit agencies, the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) has thrown it’s ring into the digital court in effort to help its Park and Ride service patrons no longer have to wonder how much longer they have to...
Traffic Management News March 03, 2015
In effort to instill more efficiency, dependability and predictability into the bus service portion of its overall transit system, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has announced its intention to begin work on a project that will effectively double the present 3-mph average bus speed in a pre-...
Highway Construction Article March 02, 2015

The new “Twins” offer three 12-ft driving lanes, a 4-ft inside shoulder and a 10-ft outside shoulder, as well as portal extensions beyond the rock face.

Colorado. Hearing the name of this great state brings to mind images of snow-capped peaks, clear mountain water used to brew Coors beer and the soft melody of John Denver’s timeless song, “Rocky Mountain High.”   One of the primary benefits of living in Colorado is the availability of so many...
Traffic Management News February 25, 2015
Miovision, a Canadian tech startup provides automated traffic data that seeks to decongest jam-packed roadways in major metro areas. After raising $30 million in financing, the startup is looking to expand beyond just car-counting and into a go-to traffic management system for commonly-named “smart...
Traffic Management News February 24, 2015
Funding for Amtrak rail services will see a $16 million cut in spending under Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget. This budget is among billions of dollars in cuts designed to relieve state debt.    This cut in spending is a somewhat unanticipated move considering it follows a unanimously...
Traffic Management Article February 19, 2015
To assist the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) in meeting the challenges of a $2 billion reconstruction of I-35 in central Texas, Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) has designed, deployed and implemented an advanced construction traveler information system to keep the public...
Traffic Management Article February 19, 2015
We’ve all heard the saying a picture is worth 1,000 words, even if it’s unclear who determined that value proposition. No one has determined the universal value of a video yet, but for the Melrose Park (Ill.) Police Department, it’s apparently $100.  That was the price of the ticket I got for...
Traffic Management Article February 19, 2015
2014 has seen a government and auto industry cooperative effort to develop connected vehicles (CV), which may well lead to an explosion in public attention to intelligent transportation systems (ITS). According to Thomas Kern, interim president and CEO of the Intelligent Transportation Society of...
Traffic Management News February 13, 2015
Railroads looking for an extension on the Dec. 31 deadline to install positive train control (PTC) will not get their wish, according to U.S. DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx. The federal government is contemplating a series of measures to help railroads implement the technology in the near-term.   PTC...
Traffic Management News February 12, 2015
A new wrong-way driver alert system in Florida has already helped improve safety in its first three months of operation, detecting six incidents in that timespan with no crashes reported.   The pilot project, deployed by the Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE), employs a ramp-based detection and...
Traffic Management News February 12, 2015
In a recent survey taken by Transportation Management & Engineering (TM&E), congestion relief was cited as a major factor in both 2014 state-level DOT spending and anticipated 2015 spending. And yet the dissemination of funds, over which most lawmakers are alternately brash and hedging, has...
Traffic Management News February 10, 2015
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is looking to move its wealth of transportation data into the cloud to allow greater access for commercial and government groups, and is searching for potential technology partners to facilitate the transition.   The agency issued a request for information...
Traffic Management News February 09, 2015
The Chicago Transportation Authority (CTA) received a major boost for its planned modernization of the Blue Line last week, gaining approval for a $120 million federal loan for the project.   The Blue Line is one of the most popular in the city’s elevated train system, carrying 80,000 passengers...

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