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News August 28, 2015
Hawaii County is making its transit system compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as part of the settlement of a lawsuit filed by a Maui resident who claimed the county denied him equal access to public transportation.   The claimant employs an electric scooter to get around, and...
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...
News August 18, 2015
The Federal Railroad Administration has announced its intention to look into how Amtrak could better serve the Midwest with interstate passenger rail transit. Leaders in Ohio have expressed optimism that this investigation could take Cincinnati one step closer toward daily rail service to Chicago...
News August 14, 2015
The dream of solar-based, renewable energy driven mass transit may be taking a leap forward for select east coast cities. According to a recent report by the Boston Globe, city officials are considering the adoption of something called JPods, an above-ground rapid transit system that acts not...
News August 13, 2015
Maryland’s Red Line project was meant to be a 14.1-mile east-west corridor from Woodlawn to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center campus, punctuated by 19 stations. It would have served areas in western Baltimore County/City and downtown Baltimore, including Woodlawn, Edmondson Village, West...
News August 11, 2015
The town of Dwight, Ill., will today be the site of a significant groundbreaking that is being characterized as the first step toward the fulfillment of the promise of high-speed rail connecting the metropolises of Chicago and St. Louis.   The official groundbreaking event is expected to bring Sen...
News August 05, 2015
Construction of a second track for the expanded rail line from New Haven, Conn., to Springfield, Mass., began this week, a project that aims to boost north-south rail transportation from six daily round-trip trains to 17 per day south of Hartford and 12 per day north of Hartford.   According to...
News August 03, 2015
Every officer in the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority” (SEPTA) Transit Police Department will soon be equipped with a body camera. The agency intends to spend some $300,000 on the cameras in order to equip more than 270 officers by the end of this calendar year.   “Cameras will make good...
News July 28, 2015
The U.S. Senate’s six-year $350-billion proposed transportation bill has taken on miasmatic qualities, as lawmakers persist in altering its terms in advance of a vote. This has, however, lead to what could potentially be a boon to the public transit sector, as lawmakers shifted more funds to...
News July 22, 2015
While there has been much talk in recent months regarding transit improvements in the state, to the degree that an artery of service is being disbanded to free up cash in order to improve other lines of service, a recent hearing took place during which State Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn’s...
News July 16, 2015
Indianapolis city planners have announced their intent to offer developers huge savings— up to tens of thousands of dollars on large-scale projects—by reducing the required number of parking spaces for certain developments on the condition that bike racks, electric-car charging stations or other “...
News July 13, 2015
When the evening commute begins today, riders in select Colorado areas will have a new option to travel between some of Colorado’s biggest cities.  Bustang is a newly launched bus service aimed at connecting major cities and employment centers in the state. The service, which is Colorado’s first...
News July 08, 2015
Following Washington state lawmakers approval of a 12-cent hike in the state gas tax for road projects statewide, Sound Transit was given the authority to raise $15 billion to extend light rail up and down the Puget Sound region.   “As you build a light rail network, the ridership grows...
News July 07, 2015
According to local Portland, Maine, officials, Amtrak’s Downeaster is falling temporary victim to some long-anticipated tie replacement work and that delays and cancellations look to persist into the coming weeks.   The summer tourism season is now underway, but the rail authority is forced to bus...
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,...
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