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Traffic Safety News August 27, 2015
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tested collision-avoidance systems on 19 new auto models and granted its highest rating of “superior” to 14 of them. The remaining five were considered “advanced,” which is the institute’s second-highest designation.   “We've seen an uptick in the number...
Funding News August 25, 2015
On the heels of the ongoing M1-RAIL project that is reintroducing light rail service to he city’s downtown area, Detroit will now receive more than $1 million toward the opening of a public bike share program, one of 14 projects tapped to get federal funding in the region, according to the...
Traffic Management News August 25, 2015
Sacramento Regional Transit celebrated the opening of the Blue Line light rail extension this week. The 4.3-mile extension added four new stations, two pedestrian bridges and more than 2,700 park-and-ride spaces to the system, according to Regional Transit.   Regional Transit officials have stated...
DOT in Crisis News August 21, 2015
In a speech given at the recently held Irving Transportation and Water Summit, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) executive director Joe Weber told a room full of government officials and industry representatives that his agency would not stand as an advocate for rail transit or other mass...
Funding News August 17, 2015
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) said the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) has awarded more than $6.4 million in implementation assistance funding to 34 new transportation projects using...
Smart & Resilient Cities News August 14, 2015
The dream of solar-based, renewable energy driven mass transit may be taking a leap forward for select east coast cities. According to a recent report by the Boston Globe, city officials are considering the adoption of something called JPods, an above-ground rapid transit system that acts not...
Bridges News August 13, 2015
The county seat of Williamson County now has boasting rights to an Illinois first: a  diverging diamond interchange. Planning for the project, which opened yesterday to traffic, dates back to 2003.   Moreover, the recently renamed The Hill Avenue, formerly Morgan Avenue, was widened to satisfy...
Traffic Management News August 03, 2015
According to the Wall Street Journal, Germany’s biggest auto makers have clinched a deal to buy Nokia Corp.’s digital mapping business, beating out rival bidders for some of the vital technology for self-driving cars in a $3.1 billion acquisition. BMW AG, Daimler AG and Audi AG are confirmed as the...
Safety News August 03, 2015
Every officer in the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority” (SEPTA) Transit Police Department will soon be equipped with a body camera. The agency intends to spend some $300,000 on the cameras in order to equip more than 270 officers by the end of this calendar year.   “Cameras will make good...
Safety News July 30, 2015
In an announcement made this week, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx granted more than $7.1 million from the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration program to fund nine projects in Florida, Kansas, Montana, New Hampshire, Rhode Island...
Traffic Management Article July 27, 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 July 27, 2015
While Phoenix-area residents eagerly await the completion of a major extension of the city’s light-rail system, known as the Northwest Extension, they can use an application developed by the project’s joint venture contractors to stay connected with local businesses and get project updates.    The...
Traffic Management Article July 27, 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...
Safety News July 21, 2015
The New Jersey Center for Automated Road Transportation Safety at Fort Monmouth was announced this week after more than three years of planning and organization. The (501(c)(6)) nonprofit New Jersey Corporation’s mission is to substantially improve safety on existing conventional roadway...
Traffic Management News July 13, 2015
When the evening commute begins today, riders in select Colorado areas will have a new option to travel between some of Colorado’s biggest cities.  Bustang is a newly launched bus service aimed at connecting major cities and employment centers in the state. The service, which is Colorado’s first...
Smart & Resilient Cities News July 09, 2015
Google-owned traffic-monitoring app Waze has aided the city of Boston in cracking down on double parking and now it seems that city officials are hoping to leverage their data to tweak traffic lights and road signs in order to ease chronic traffic jams.   Waze monitors traffic problems by...
Safety News July 08, 2015
I-10 between Casa Grande Valley and the Phoenix metropolitan area has recently been outfitted with a new series of camera towers—but it is not the speed-demons that they are looking to capture.   According to Arizona Department of Transportation spokesman Harold Sanders, the cameras are designed to...
Funding News July 07, 2015
The Georgia Department of Transportation announced awards for three improvement projects under the Transportation Investment Act (TIA). The awarding of these projects signifies the major push the TIA Program and Georgia DOT are making towards letting all Band 1 projects.   TIA is a $1.6 billion...
Traffic Management Article June 19, 2015
In an effort to combat congestion in our country’s urban areas, the U.S. DOT launched the Urban Partnership Agreement (UPA) program in 2007. The program infused nearly $900 million into transportation-related projects in four cities nationwide, including the Twin Cities metropolitan area.  ...

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