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Transit News March 30, 2016
A new mobile app allows cellphone users to report suspicious behavior or other concerns directly to the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS). The launch of the “See Something, Say Something” app is a move by CATS to plug into the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s synonymous national campaign,...
Safety Videos March 29, 2016
PSS SafetyWall ADA-compliant Pedestrian Longitudinal Channelizer provides safe, continuous guidance for pedestrians, especially those with limited vision, through sidewalk work zones.    SafetyWall also serves as guidance and channelizer for other applications, in addition to sidewalk work zones...
Safety News March 29, 2016
Small, localized channels of blowing dust are a consistent and dangerous problem for Arizona drivers. Resulting in obscured visibility, such channels played a role in a 19-car pileup that caused three deaths on I-10 near Picacho Peak on Oct. 29, 2013.   In effort to address this concern,...
Intelligent Transportation Systems Software News March 29, 2016
Commuters can now keep tabs on the reliability of Boston-area MBTA's subways and buses via a new at-hand web-based tool to keep the public aware of the transit agency's health.   The MBTA launched "Dashboard," a new website at mbtabackontrack.com, that for the first time enables riders to do their...
Maintenance Products March 28, 2016
The telematics-based Winter Road Maintenance Control and Reporting System is the first to integrate data from snowplow truck electronic spreader control systems and RWIS (road weather information system) stations to provide fleet managers with a suite of performance reports. Report data is updated...
Equipment Products March 28, 2016
The Gilson Rolling Thin Film Oven (RTFO) features fast 8-min. temperature recovery that strictly meets AASHTO and ASTM requirements, as well as a NIST traceable Platinum RTD temperature sensor. Silicone compression gaskets securely grip RTFO bottles for quick loading. Removable bottom tray means...
Highway Maintenance Products March 28, 2016
SafeLane surface overlay is an anti-icing tool to prevent ice and frost from creating hazardous roadways and bridges. The patented, epoxy-aggregate pavement overlay provides anti-icing capability through naturally reactive deicer release and better year-round traction, helping keep motorists safe...
Equipment Products March 28, 2016
It’s possible to work faster and safer with the new Vacuworx HL Series Hydraulic Barrier Lifters. 360° rotation lets you maneuver concrete barriers in confined spaces during road, bridge and highway applications. Wireless remote operation makes loading, unloading and installation fast and easy...
Retaining Walls Products March 28, 2016
TechWall is a precast counterfort retaining wall system which combines counterfort design advantages with the quality and efficiency of precast concrete. Key to efficiency of the system is the superiority of counterforts, acting as equivalent cantilever beams, in resisting lateral earth pressure....
Asphalt Products March 28, 2016
The new Super 2000-3i asphalt paver from Vögele elevates asphalt paving to a new level of performance. The 10-ft tracked Super 2000-3i replaces the Vision 5200-2i, and features a basic width of 10 ft and a maximum paving width of 28 ft, with a top placement rate of 1,540 tph. The tracked Super 2000...
Transit News March 28, 2016
Georgia’s recently concluded legislative session saw an unlikely victory for proponents of mass transit development. A plan to let the city of Atlanta pursue a $2.5 billion expansion of MARTA, which was championed by some of the same lawmakers who tried to defeat a similar proposal just weeks ago,...
Bridges News March 28, 2016
The following is an edited version of a release issued by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.   A growing number of state departments of transportation are leveraging innovative unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology to creatively improve safety, reduce traffic...

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Light Rail Transit (LRT) News March 25, 2016
Detroit’s M-1 Rail project, previously covered by Roads & Bridges, has received its official monnicker: the QLine.   The name was given by Dan Gilbert of Quicken Loans. The company has been a major financial contributor to the 3.3-mile modern streetcar line, which is slated to debut in 2017. It...
Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS News March 25, 2016
The federal government today charged seven Iranians with using a cyberattack to try to take over a New York dam. The Iranian hackers also allegedly targeted 46 of the nation's largest financial institutions, causing disruption to online services and making hundreds of thousands of Americans unable...
Maintenance News March 24, 2016
The only road leading to Alaska’s North Slope oil fields is at risk of severe flooding during the coming spring thaw. Climate experts believe the conditions will be similar to those that intermittently closed portions of the remote highway for more than two months in 2015.   State transportation...

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Culvert Repair / Rehabilitation Case Studies March 24, 2016
In the border town of McAllen, Texas, dealing with storm water run-off is a challenge. For local municipalities, it is paramount to modify storm-water infrastructure to keep up with rapid growth, and handle large amounts of water when the weather rapidly fluctuates.   After a severe drought prior...
Transportation Management News March 23, 2016
Construction started in 2014 on a $1.2 billion light-rail project near the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Track work will begin in late May to early June and will run nearly 20 miles once the 9.3-mile extension is open by August 2017   The Blue Line Extension includes 11 new bridges and...
Funding News March 23, 2016
The U.S. DOT’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced $15 million in grants for states under a new program to test alternative revenue mechanisms to help sustain the long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund.   “What is clear is that more investment in transportation is necessary to...
Transportation Management News March 22, 2016
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is launching a three-part “safety blitz” on D.C.’s Metro rail system.   “Starting today, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) WMATA Safety Oversight Office is launching a three-part safety blitz focused on key areas of safety concern: red signal overruns...
Funding News March 21, 2016
Los Angeles Metro unveiled a $120 billion spending plan over the next 40 years on the city’s transportation infrastructure. The proposed measure and project list will be presented to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority in June.   Initial projects included in the plan are...
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