Public Transportation

Federal Transit Administration Access & Mobility Grants

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News May 22, 2019
The U.S. DOT’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced project selections totaling approximately $9.6 million to 37 projects led by transit agencies, governmental authorities, and nonprofit organizations to support innovative transportation solutions to expand access to health care.  ...
Gov. JB Pritzker Illinois

Gov. Pritzker speaks at the Illinois Capitol in May 2019. Image: Gov. JB Pritzker via Twitter.

News May 22, 2019
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker recently introduced a sweeping plan to address a variety of infrastructure needs throughout the state, including raising the motor fuel tax and investing over $28 billion in combined local, state, and federal funding for transportation projects.   Dubbed Rebuild Illinois,...
Greater Dayton RTA

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News May 13, 2019
The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (RTA) will be joining forces with the Ford Motor Company in a first-of-its-kind project to offer transportation in the region with Ford GoRide Health.   Under the RTA Connect family of services, Ford’s GoRide Health will add a new channel of...
state funding for public transportation
News May 13, 2019
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Council on Public Transportation recently published its 37th annual Survey of State Funding of Public Transportation, which offers a snap shot of state-by-state investments in public transit.   The survey chronicles how...
Public transportation and mobility improvements
News May 10, 2019
The U.S. DOT’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently announced the opportunity to apply for $15 million in research funds through the new Integrated Mobility Innovation (IMI) Demonstration program, which will support innovations in public transportation service models, payment systems, and...
Equitable, just, inclusive transportation
Article May 08, 2019
Transportation professionals play an important role in shaping the past, present and future of communities. The transportation network should connect people to jobs, education, opportunities and to each other. As keepers of the transportation network, we have a responsibility to the public because...
autonomous tech program for buses
News May 07, 2019
New Flyer of America Inc. and New Flyer Industries Canada ULC, the largest bus manufacturer in North America, recently announced the launch of their Autonomous Technology Program.    This program includes development and deployment of technology for Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) and...
Amtrak rail service
News May 07, 2019
Following the success of the previous year, Amtrak is on track for its best year as the company celebrates its 48th year of operations.    Fiscal year ridership is up 1.3% through March over FY18, and Amtrak is heading toward breakeven on an operating earnings basis by FY21. Amtrak has committed to...
future of public transportation
News April 29, 2019
The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) recently announced an update on the development of San Diego Forward: The 2021 Regional Plan, proposing to deliver a bold new transportation vision for San Diego County.   The new transportation plan—dubbed by SANDAG as the "5 Big Moves"—includes ...
OneNYC Better Buses Action Plan

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News April 29, 2019
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced measures to increase mobility on the city's streets that will be part of the 2019 OneNYC strategic plan.    The package announced includes a detailed plan on how NYCDOT will implement the Bus Action Plan with the goal of increasing bus speeds 25...
public transit; public transportation ridership
News April 17, 2019
Americans took 9.9 billion trips on public transportation in 2018, according to a report released this week by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).   Compared to public transit ridership in 2017, there was a 2% decrease in ridership. Compared to 2017, commuter rail ridership in...
public transportation safety
News April 02, 2019
The U.S. DOT's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently launched a new Human Trafficking Awareness and Public Safety Initiative.    The initiative includes two Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFOs) totaling $4 million to prevent human trafficking and other crimes that may occur on buses,...
positive train control; rail safety
News March 26, 2019
Washington State DOT (WSDOT) officials recently announced the implementation of positive train control (PTC) technology has been fully activated along the Amtrak Cascades corridor, an update put in place in order to prevent future derailments.   The Amtrak Cascades corridor incorporates the Point...
APTA public transportation investments
News March 21, 2019
With Congress looking to move an infrastructure bill forward this spring, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) this week released new research identifying at least $232 billion in critical public transportation investments.   The findings were unveiled as part of a report that was...
rail transit accident Chicago
News March 14, 2019
A driver was killed and three others were injured Tuesday night on the Chicago Transit Authority's (CTA) Blue Line when an SUV rolled onto the tracks and was hit by an oncoming train.   According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the driver of the SUV was heading down I-190 near the northwest suburb of...
underpass at La Jolla Colony Drive in San Diego

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News March 12, 2019
On Tuesday, March 12, La Jolla Colony Drive in San Diego will be closed for preparations associated with the construction of a Mid-Coast Trolley underpass.    This underpass will allow the Trolley to pass under La Jolla Colony Drive as it travels along the eastern side of I-5. The future Trolley...
transit; public transportation; New York; tolling
News March 05, 2019
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced a proposal to transform the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and create funding streams for the agency.   For starters, the plan calls for the MTA to develop a reorganization plan to make the agency more efficient...
Transportation grant funding
News December 12, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) yesterday announced the nearly $1.5 billion FY 2018 Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant awards, of which $195 million was awarded to public transportation-related projects.   Of the grants awarded, 13% were for 15...
bicycle and transit lane
News November 01, 2018
Two traffic lanes will be designated for bicyclists and Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) buses on a mile-long stretch of Halsted Street on the Near North Side of the city under a pilot program launching Thursday.   Beginning this week, a shared curbside lane in each direction of Halsted between...
public transportation
News October 11, 2018
Almost nine in 10 Americans, 86%, believe government should help fund public transportation, according to the findings of a new HNTB Corp. America THINKS national public opinion survey.   While this belief is held most strongly among Americans living in urban areas (92%), 85% of suburban...
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