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DOT in Crisis News May 21, 2015
  TRIP, the national non-profit transportation research group, has conducted research into the road conditions of all 50 states, releasing periodic reports cataloging and analyzing the state of road and bridges. According to a recent report, only seven states ranked higher than Maine in poor road...
Funding News May 20, 2015
The House approved a two-month extension of funding for transportation projects. The extension, which passed 387-35 will continue funding for the Highway Trust Fund through July 31. The bill now goes to the Senate for approval.   Rep. Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland, the No. 2 Democrat in the House,...
Funding News May 19, 2015
Connecticut may be one of the few states that won't have to enter panic mode if a sharp drop in transportation funds occurs if Congress does not pass a long-term solution to transportation funding.    Connecticut Department of Transportation spokesman Judd Everhart said, "We have all funding in...
Bridges Case Studies May 19, 2015
Getting a crane in position to help do repairs on a major highway requires a lot of planning and the right machine capacity and configuration to get the job done—all in a tight space and on a tight timeline. When it happened near Toronto, ALL Canada Crane Rental was ready to help.   On Thursday,...
Public Transportation News May 19, 2015
Passenger rail service Amtrak was recently ordered by federal regulators to immediately improve safety along its Northeast Corridor from Washington to Boston; this demand comes in the wake of the disastrous derailment of Northeast Regional Train 188, which had been traveling at greater than twice...
Public Transportation News May 18, 2015
Earlier today, Roads & Bridges reported on Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s intent to cut funding for transportation the his state over the next six years. Almost as though karma were spring-loaded for action, a major artery of citywide public transit answered—and answered with vigor.   Late...
DOT in Crisis News May 18, 2015
Illinois Gov. Rauner proposed the first multi-year highway improvement plan that would continue to tighten spending on roads and bridges.   The fiscal 2016-2021 statewide construction plan would spend approximately $8.4 billion over a six-year period, according to the Illinois Department of...
Smart & Resilient Cities News May 18, 2015
The warm California sun will shine this summer on a technologic breakthrough, according to officials at Google. The latest version of the tech giant’s self-driving car prototype will take to public roadways soon. The vehicle, which is described as a pod-like two-seat carrier that operates sans gas...
News May 15, 2015
The House and Senate appear ready to work up a two-month extension of MAP-21. The measure is expected to be part of the next House Rules Committee hearing on May 18, and the Senate will try and fast track its proposal.   Republicans in the House originally wanted an extension that would last until...
Funding News May 15, 2015
The Senate is planning to hold a hearing for a six-year transportation funding bill, but not until after the pending May 31 deadline for extending the current infrastructure spending measure.    However, it doesn’t look like much of that funding will go towards the nation’s transportation needs.  ...
Article May 14, 2015
Traffic-signal retiming is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve traffic flow and one of the most basic strategies to help mitigate congestion.   But outdated or poor traffic-signal timing accounts for a significant portion of traffic delay in urban areas.   More than half of the signals...
Article May 14, 2015
In 1995, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) initiated the Traffic Incident Management Enhancement (TIME) Program to improve the safety and efficiency of the freeway system in Wisconsin and to emphasize the importance of incident management in overall system operations.   Not only...
Article May 14, 2015
In January, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) launched the public beta testing of CTA Train Tracker, a web-enabled technology initiative that provides estimated arrival times for trains at all 144 rail stations across the CTA’s eight rail lines.   The initiative is the natural progression of the...
Article May 14, 2015
On Nov. 29, 2011, the ribbon was cut on the very first project in the nation funded by a federal TIGER grant. Notably, the project finished four months ahead of schedule and paves the way for a highly anticipated commuter rail line that will link Massachusetts’ south coast to the city of Boston.  ...
Article May 14, 2015
Priced “managed lanes” (MLs) are one of the great transportation success stories of the past decade, with such lanes now in operation on expressways in many metro areas and new megaprojects adding such capacity in the Dallas, Fort Worth, Miami and Washington, D.C., areas. Because the ML concept has...
Article May 14, 2015
Road congestion results in a huge waste of time and productivity for millions of people. In 2005, traffic congestion cost an estimated $78.2 billion in 437 urban areas in the U.S., according to the Texas Transportation Institute’s 2007 Urban Mobility Report. The travel-time index, which is the...
Article May 14, 2015
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/‌DOT) recently began research on a demonstration that will involve 500 participants testing technology that could someday be used to collect a mileage-based user fee. The research project, called the Minnesota Road Fee Test, is scheduled to end by...
Article May 14, 2015
The Illinois State Toll Highway Authority has developed and maintained a strong operations focus for several decades.   This integrated operations approach centers around cooperation among numerous internal and external groups. These include the Illinois State Police, local emergency responders,...
Article May 14, 2015
Although light-rail transit systems are not included in a 2008 federal law mandating positive train control (PTC) adoption, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) plans to retrofit its Green Line with the safety system, providing a model for systems nationwide.   At 200,000...

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