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News March 24, 2015
According to recent findings disclosed by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the portion of the Washington D.C. streetcar line that describes a 2.2-mile route along H Street and Benning Road NE bears “no fatal flaws” that would prevent it’s opening to passengers.   The APTA...
News March 20, 2015
The Chicago Transit Authority this week has disheartening news for Chicago-area commuters in light of Governor Bruce Rauner’s proposed plan to cut $170 million from mass transit by 2016. The CTA provides 81% of transit rides in the metropolitan area, according to the Regional Transportation...
News March 13, 2015
The Connecticut Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Fastrak program, a $600 million bus line, was put through a trial run this week, which began in the town of New Britian.   The Fastrak buses are equipped with free WiFi and GPS tracking, which will allow riders to pinpoint exactly where the...
News March 10, 2015
Following what is quickly becoming a sign of digital progress within the state transit agencies, the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) has thrown it’s ring into the digital court in effort to help its Park and Ride service patrons no longer have to wonder how much longer they have to...
News March 06, 2015
This week, the U.S. House of Representatives moved to boost Amtrak’s service capabilities between Boston and Washington while simultaneously giving states a greater say in the local routes they help subsidize.   Approved by a vote of 316-101, the bipartisan bill authorizes $7.2 billion in federal...
News March 04, 2015
Of the multiple projects presently on the slate in some form or other of planning and construction for the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), there is one that might never meet the full potential of the agency’s vision for it.   According to MTA chairman Tom Prendergast, the...
News March 03, 2015
In effort to instill more efficiency, dependability and predictability into the bus service portion of its overall transit system, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has announced its intention to begin work on a project that will effectively double the present 3-mph average bus speed in a pre-...
News February 27, 2015
If a freshman Republican representative gets his way, it will soon become more of a penalty to carry an opened 40 oz. beer on a public bus in the state of Utah than to carry a concealed, unpermitted weapon.   Presently, carrying a concealed weapon on a train or bus within the state without a...
Article February 19, 2015
2014 has seen a government and auto industry cooperative effort to develop connected vehicles (CV), which may well lead to an explosion in public attention to intelligent transportation systems (ITS). According to Thomas Kern, interim president and CEO of the Intelligent Transportation Society of...
News February 17, 2015
  This past Thursday, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, chaired by Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), approved nearly $8 billion in funding for Amtrak, at a rate of $1.7 billion over four years, an increase over recent allotments.   In a twist to what has been described as contentious...
News January 05, 2015
One of the country’s most controversial public-transportation projects is about to commence, as the long-debated California high-speed rail (HSR) project is set to finally break ground this week.   Since its conception, the HSR effort—whose final result will create a 220-mph train line between San...
News December 16, 2014
While ride-sharing is just now achieving widespread popularity in the U.S., the city of Bremen, Germany has been taking the concept to the next level for several years by integrating it with the established public transportation system. More recently, the city has begun building car-sharing ports...
News December 09, 2014
The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted last week to raise the mass transit tax benefit that was cut in half at the beginning of 2014 back to $250—but only for this year, leaving the current reduced rate going forward.   Commuters’ wallets took a major hit when the tax benefit...
News October 31, 2014
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) may soon have a new way to share information with bus and train riders if an upcoming pilot test of beacon technology proves fruitful.   Smart beacons are a Bluetooth-based technology that send out a signal to communicate with nearby mobile devices. Many...
News October 30, 2014
Plans for a 300-mile high-speed rail (HSR) corridor connecting Detroit to Chicago and beyond took greater shape this week following discussion of a draft environmental impact statement on the project. Those in charge hope to have a final decision made on the project by next spring.   At present,...
News October 27, 2014
The times are changing in Louisville, Ky., with the governing Transit Authority of River City (TARC) preparing to debut a new fleet of all-electric buses to replace the long-standing trolley car system. TARC plans to have the full fleet of 10 buses roaming the city streets by the end of 2014.  ...
News October 24, 2014
Boston’s oldest subway line is set to enter the 21st century, as the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) announced it would begin providing real-time location data for Green Line trains starting in October. The MBTA will implement data sharing in three stages, with full integration...
News October 21, 2014
California’s long-awaited, long-debated high-speed rail (HSR) received confirmation to begin construction on Monday when the state Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of a lawsuit blocking the project. A second part of the suit still must be argued before a Sacramento County judge.   The...
News October 02, 2014
Following a groundbeaking ceremony Sept. 30, work is underway on the $1.4 billion Regional Connector Light Rail project in downtown Los Angeles. Upon completion in 2020, the new extension will fill a gap in the existing light-rail system.   The project consists of a 1.9-mile-long connector tunnel...
News September 26, 2014
Those in Pinellas County, Fla., hoping to bring mass transit to the area had their cause bolstered this week when State Sen. Jack Latvala publicly announced his support for the Greenlight Pinellas proposal. Latvala is the first politician to openly support the plan at the state level.   Greenlight...
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