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Transit News May 09, 2016
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has threatened to withhold funding from the D.C. Metro and shut it down if it does not comply with safety directives issued by federal overseers on Saturday.   According to documents originally obtained by WAMU Radio, the FTA directives require Metro to...
Construction Planning News May 09, 2016
A late April agreement between the Indiana and Illinois Departments of Transportation aims to keep the Illiana Expressway project alive, though Illinois has yet to put it back on the state’s agenda.   The agreement between the two transportation agencies has Indiana paying to make changes to the...
Autonomous Vehicle Systems News May 09, 2016
Click here to take this week's poll question, which wonders about our readiness and desire for self-driving vehicles.
A Michigan bridge that went from four months to just four days in construction time.

A Michigan bridge that went from four months to just four days in construction time.

Accelerated Construction Case Studies May 06, 2016
In 2013, the American Society of Civil Engineers conducted its latest comprehensive assessment of U.S. infrastructure systems. The results painted a grim picture, with the country earning a D+ grade. Along with the unsatisfactory score, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association...
Road Maintenance News May 06, 2016
According to a report from a national transportation nonprofit, disrepair on Wisconsin's roadways and bridges is costing residents of the state about $6 billion dollars a year.   The study, released on Thursday by TRIP, a District of Columbia-based transportation organization, shows 42% of major...
Traffic Safety News May 06, 2016
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is praising the state’s wrong-way driver detection system for keeping drivers safe on the roads.   According to RIDOT, since its inception last year, the technology prevented crashes where the systems are installed and a total of 47 wrong-way...
Equipment Products May 06, 2016
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Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) News May 05, 2016
Though many residents would welcome a Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) commuter rail expansion into Gwinnett County, some local officials may be warming to a mass transit alternative that could cost substantially less: bus rapid transit.   As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has...
Construction Planning News May 05, 2016
Roughly $3.5 billion in bonding would fund 45 much-needed road and bridge projects across Colorado, including the Interstate 70 mountain corridor, under a bill introduced late Monday in the legislature.   Dubbed the Fix Colorado Roads Act, the measure seeks to establish a "sustainable solution to...
Road Construction News May 04, 2016
Once again, the time of year has come to submit nominations for the Top 10 Roads projects for 2016.    Created in 2000, Roads & Bridges' Top 10 Roads awards recognize the top road projects in North America each year. Nominations are submitted to the R&B editorial staff, who determine the...
Funding News May 04, 2016
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced an opportunity to apply for $8 million in federal funding for projects that demonstrate innovative approaches to mobility issues in public transportation.   The program, known as the Mobility on...
Bridges News May 04, 2016
Nearly 20 bridges in South Dakota are in the process of being replaced or improved thanks to new funding passed by the state legislature. The South Dakota Transportation Commission approved $8 million for bridge improvement projects across the state.   The state’s Secretary of Transportation Darin...
Traffic Management News May 03, 2016
On Monday, transportation officials activated real-time traffic signs in the Taunton area that they plan to expand across the state by the end of the year.   Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) officials say they plan to have 137 signs in place, covering more than 700 miles of...
Bridge Construction News May 03, 2016
The new Tappan Zee Bridge project in New York is earning high marks for its low injury rate. Constructors officials from the site said Monday the total recordable incident rate for the nearly $4 billion project is 0.63 percent per 100 employees, more than five times lower than the 3.5 percent...
Asphalt Videos May 03, 2016
WinterPave asphalt anti-freeze is an anti-icing additive mixed with asphalt during production that helps prevent ice from adhering to the pavement, allowing for easier snow removal.
Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS News May 02, 2016
The installation of concrete poles topped with electronic equipment along I-75 from US-27 to the Alachua County line are part of the Florida Department of Transportation's (FDOT) 511 Traveler Information system, which includes real-time video and obstruction warnings aimed at notifying drivers...
Funding News May 02, 2016
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced a $357 million Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to finance the construction of four new toll lanes on State Highway (SH) 288 in Houston, Texas.   “The TIFIA...

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Safety Products Case Studies April 29, 2016
Distracted driving crashes are a prime factor in traffic fatalities and injuries. The National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA) reports that 3,179 people were killed and 431,100 injured on U.S. roadways in 2014 because of distracted driving. Those figures are comparable to the two...
Equipment Case Studies April 29, 2016
The dramatic changes in Texas weather can create a wide range of maintenance issues for the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT). Wind, rain, heat and even droughts can create the immediate need to clear away vegetation, clean drainage canals or remove fallen or overgrown trees along roadways...
Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS News April 29, 2016
Users of the Pennsylvania Turnpike's Trip Talk app are part of pilot program – one that is transmitting live updates about the construction to their cars and into their phones. It might not sound like much – after all, our phones receive messages all the time – but it's a first step toward what...
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