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News July 01, 2015
  Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) drivers walked off the job at 3 a.m., beginning a 72-hour strike. Union officials declared that the “work stoppage” will run through 3 a.m. Saturday.    MCTS spokesman Brendan Conway said in a statement, “ATU leaders called for a work stoppage despite...
News June 30, 2015
The waft out of Springfield is not promising for Amtrak, but that has not impeded the agency’s intention to make a major mark on a Windy City landmark.   According to officials, Amtrak plans to open restaurants, coffee shops and a grocery store as part of its plan to make Union Station a...
News June 29, 2015
In an day and age when the earmarking of scant funding is a perpetual political hot potato, the state of Tennessee is poised to step outside the arena of vague promises and make tax-based strides toward transit improvements.   Gov. Bill Haslam recently stipulated that proceeds from a potential fuel...
News June 25, 2015
Bit of a dip According to a report issued by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) approximately 2.6 billion trips were taken on U.S. public transportation systems in the first quarter of 2015, representing a 0.7% dip compared with the same period in 2014.   “On a national level,...
News June 18, 2015
A top official at the ride-sharing service Lyft and Sen. Bo Watson, R-Hixson, say Tennessee’s new law, which allows car-booking companies such as Lyft and Uber to operate statewide, has been applauded by both officials at Lyft and Sen. Bo Watson (R-Hixson), as a model for other states looking to...
News June 17, 2015
Following the catastrophic collapse of the embankment supporting the tracks near McCormick Boulevard north of Howard Street and south of Oakton Street on May 17, Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) Yellow Line, which runs from the city into nearby Skokie, suspended service indefinitely. According to...
News June 15, 2015
  Amtrak’s safety issues continue to compound—and now it looks though a delayed application fo federal safety standards may reroute or even close a major artery in the Southwest.   Late last week, Amtrak told congressional leaders that it might terminate the Southwest Chief service altogether...
News June 09, 2015
Yesterday, Monday, June 8, Metra Rail reopened the east ends of the Downers Grove Main Street platforms following the morning rush. The Main Street station is couched in the heart of the village’s downtown area and serves as a primary commuter stop between downtown Chicago and far western Aurora...
News June 08, 2015
In Orlando, Fla., commuter rail may well get a big boost, if SunRail officials' intentions come to fruition. At present, the current end of the northbound line is in DeBary, but SunRail officials last Friday formally requested federal money to extend service to DeLand, enabling the agency to...
News June 02, 2015
In a project that will, once opened, run 43 miles of track from the industrial parks near Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport to a transit station in downtown San Rafael, the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit project looks to be passenger-ready late next year.   This stretch of track accounts for...
News May 26, 2015
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, in partnership with labor leaders, is scheduled to break ground on a new transit hub that will make it easier to get around O'Hare International Airport.   The aim of the facility is to provide a major access point for travelers to and from O’Hare. At present, the...
News May 22, 2015
Not two weeks ago, Roads & Bridges reported on the launch of luxury bus service in the San Francisco area by Leap Transit, a move that was being greeted by commuters are both a welcome alternative and a divisive mode that seemed to segregate the wealthy from their blue-collar counterparts. Now...
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...
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...
News May 12, 2015
The State of California stated in a recent legal filing that the U.S. Department of Labor “has appeared to be acting as if the district court order had never (been) issued” regarding the freeing of more than $100 million in federal grants the state has earmarked for various transit agencies.   The...
News May 11, 2015
Downtown San Francisco is adding a bit of luxury to its public transit offerings. In conjunction with Leap, the city has begun offering bus routes on its morning and evening commute schedule running from the Marina district to downtown that offer spacious seating, free Wi-Fi and attendants who...
News April 30, 2015
Federal investigators have determined the Chicago Transit Authority shares in the blame for an accident last year in which a commuter train operator fell asleep and crashed into a platform at the O’Hare airport station, sending the lead car barreling up an escalator.   The National Transportation...
News April 27, 2015
The board of directors of Metra has approved a significant step toward satisfying the U.S. Congress’s 2008 mandate for Positive Train Control system implementation. The $80 million contract with Parsons Transportation Group reflects Metra’s request from the group to develop a “system integrator,”...
News April 23, 2015
Despite the proliferation of federal-level support for public transit system Amtrak, one state looks to pull back on its investment. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s proposed state budget would cut 40% of the state’s funding for Amtrak services. This measure has been characterized as one of several...
News April 22, 2015
  Some unfortunate news out of New Jersey: NJ TRANSIT has issued proposals aimed at addressing a $60 million budget gap that call for, among other measures, fare hikes and service reductions.   Fare increases would affect both rail and bus routes. The proposed monthly rate for the Metropark to New...
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