Public Transportation

News March 08, 2016
Kansas City launched a one-year pilot program, which is a mix bus and ride sharing services. The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) merged with urban technology company Bridj to create a faster and customized mode of transportation.  KCATA is using 10 locally made Ford vans to...
News February 10, 2016
A proposed passenger rail line linking Fort Worth, Texas, with Atlanta, Ga., is in the works for the North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority and is projected to open in three years.   The rail line will span 815 miles between the two major cities and will not be a high-speed rail with a top...
News February 08, 2016
New Jersey Transit and its unions are preparing to go on strike March 13 over pay and health benefits, effectively shutting down train service, crippling the region’s transportation system. The impending strike would make it impossible for New York and New Jersey area commuters to get to work.  ...
News February 05, 2016
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a $2.5 billion plan this week to run an electric streetcar system along the city’s waterfront between Astoria, Queens and Sunset Park, Brooklyn, stretching some 16 miles over all.   The Brooklyn Queens Connector (BQX) will be the one of the largest urban...
News February 04, 2016
After five years of unsuccessful negotiations with NJ Transit, a coalition of 17 rail unions appears to be on the brink of what is being called a “soft strike” in next month. The last NJ Transit work stoppage took place in March 1983, when employees walked off for 34 days.   The rail unions have...
News December 17, 2015
The Federal Transit Administration this week ordered Washington D.C. Metro to address a list of more than 200 safety issues, some of which date back to 2000, that agency officials were aware of but may not have resolved. Such issues range from the small (out-of-date fire extinguishers) to the...
News December 16, 2015
Bus rapid transit (BRT) will arrive in downtown Chicago just a day before the official start of winter. Dubbed the Loop Link, the city’s first BRT corridor will skirt both Union Station and Ogilvie Transportation Center, describing a route east on Washington Street to Michigan Avenue and then back...
News December 15, 2015
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s investigative section launched an audit to determine if the Federal Transit Administration has the tools and personnel to carry out its new role overseeing the safety of Washington D.C. area Metro’s rail operations.   Previously, a 2012 audit looked broadly...
News October 09, 2015
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has rejected a proposal by Christopher A. Hart, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board that would have beefed up federal oversight of Washington D.C.’s Metrorail system, subjecting the failure-prone subway to stricter safety regulations and...
Article October 07, 2015
Sometimes, taking the bus in a busy system in a busy area can be a gamble.   As a rider, you know that the bus is coming eventually, but traffic can impact how quickly it gets to you. Buses need to stop safely, pick up passengers and collect fares, and then get back into traffic, leading to speed...
Article October 07, 2015
People in the world’s premier cities are increasingly interconnected through digital and mobile technologies, and the ways they communicate, gather information and transact are in constant flux.   But the public transportation fare payment systems they use to move about have struggled to keep pace...
News October 06, 2015
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority received an average rating in a new statewide evaluation of rail transit station, while the best grades went to two Bay Area transit agencies.   The study was conducted by the Center for Law, Energy and the Environment at UC Berkeley and...
News October 02, 2015
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has issued a proposed rule that would require public transportation agencies to monitor and manage capital assets in effort to achieve and maintain an overall state of good repair.   The proposed rule would require public transportation agencies to develop a...
News September 25, 2015
Work on the Eglinton Crosstown light-rail transit (LRT) project is set to make a major step forward, as tunnel boring machines, named Don and Humber, respectively, will begin their journey westward, starting from the launch shaft located east of Brentcliffe Road and proceeding towards Yonge Street...
News September 24, 2015
A new provision in New Jersey state law prohibits the state’s department of transportation (DOT) from contributing more than $500,000 to any light-rail project. However, the measure is now drawing fire from both sides of the aisle and these legislators have the provision in their collective...
News September 16, 2015
The Gateway Corridor Gold Line in the Twin Cities, Minn., will receive a $1 million federal grant to help plan for development around 13 proposed bus rapid transit stations between downtown St. Paul and Woodbury.   The grant is sourced via a new Federal Transit Administration pilot program for...
News September 08, 2015
According to Chicago area transit officials, Metra has selected Parsons to install positive train control (PTC) on the railroad’s commuter-rail lines. The contract—$80 million—represents Metra’s biggest PTC expenditure to date and will require Parsons to install an electronic train management...
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...
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...
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...
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