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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 February 03, 2016
According to a study released by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, expansion of the Atlanta, Ga., area’s MARTA rail system, tagged at $8 billion, could provide new access to transit for nearly 600,000 workers and simultaneously inject $5.2 billion into the region’s economy.   The study, conducted by...
News February 01, 2016
A new app developed by Urban Engines—founded by a group of former Google engineers and Stanford researchers—allows transit agencies to determine the most efficient way of getting from Point A to Point B.    Urban Engines pulls a wide variety of data and the app will offer different combinations of...
News January 26, 2016
The Niagara Falls International Railway Station and Transportation Center has been in the works for nearly a decade, but completion is now in sight. The new station could be ready as soon as May once the final phase of the project is completed.   Scrufari Construction of Niagara Falls won the $22.7...
News January 20, 2016
With the most challenging part behind them, the M-1 Rail is still due for an early 2017 opening. Originally, the rail was to be up and running this fall. It was delayed due to expected testing time, Dan Lijana, M-1 communications officer said.   The most strenuous part of construction happened...
News January 11, 2016
TransLoc has partnered with Uber in order to better ally itself with public transit agencies. The partnership is intended to marry the strengths of public transit with the convenience and reliability of ride-sharing applications such as Uber.   TransLoc, which builds technology products for public...
News January 07, 2016
The Sound Transit Light Rail line set to open by the end of March 2016, allowing quick travel between the University of Washington, Capitol hill and Sea-Tac Airport.  The project has been stalled in the planning phase for 20 years, ever since voters approved the plan in 1996 and was originally...
News December 30, 2015
Archaeological discoveries made this past May have, according to officials, added seven months and $5 million in protracted costs to Indianapolis’ IndyGo Downtown bus transit center project.   The transit center, which when completed with be a hub for most of the city's bus lines, is now on pace to...
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 December 14, 2015
Toronto commuter rail operator Go Transit has taken delivery of its first locomotive to comply with the latest US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 4 emissions regulations.   Motive Power Industries (MPI), a subsidiary of Wabtec, took receipt in 2012 of a $32.8 million order from the...
News December 07, 2015
The New Haven-to-Springfield commuter rail line system, it was announced, will now take about a year longer that scheduled to reach operability, and cost $135 million more than expected. State officials, however, maintain that they have secured a crucial commitment from Amtrak that will keep work...
News November 30, 2015
Construction on the Valley Line light-rail transit (LRT) line might be in line for a spring start-up following the announcement of a successful letting on the 13-km project.   The $1.8-billion line will be built and run by TransEd Partners, a partnership that includes well-known names Bombardier ...
News November 23, 2015
Amtrak ridership has dipped to an all-time low in Iowa due to low gasoline prices in the state. A total of 57,611 people took Amtrak trains at six stations in southern Iowa over the past year, according to data from the National Rail Passenger Corp. That was up less than 1 percent over a year...
News November 03, 2015
Approximately $292 billion will be used for transit projects in the Bay Area over the next 25 years. The plans include rail, bus and commute routes for the public, which are all designed to give commuters alternatives to getting around the city so they can avoid driving.   San Francisco is aiming...
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...
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