May 28, 2015
The Southeastern Pennslyvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) plans to spend $154 million on 18 new regional rail locomotives; replacing eight aging engines currently in operation.
If the purchase is approved by SEPTA’s board, the locomotives will be delivered by 2018. The new engines will...
May 27, 2015
The Alabama Department of Transportation’s (ALDOT) Southwest region has announced its intent to apply for federal grant subsidies in order to boost the intelligent transportation system (ITS) operations on three interstates.
ALDOT has been plain about its efforts to improve interstate safety and...
May 26, 2015
Bertha, the plagued tunnel-boring machine at the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement project in Seattle, has been dismantled and has revealed more damage than was expected.
Grit made its way into the rubber bearing seals, steel casings around the seals broke apart and pinion gears and the teeth that...
May 26, 2015
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, in partnership with labor leaders, is scheduled to break ground on a new transit hub that will make it easier to get around O'Hare International Airport.
The aim of the facility is to provide a major access point for travelers to and from O’Hare. At present, the...
May 22, 2015
Not two weeks ago, Roads & Bridges reported on the launch of luxury bus service in the San Francisco area by Leap Transit, a move that was being greeted by commuters are both a welcome alternative and a divisive mode that seemed to segregate the wealthy from their blue-collar counterparts. Now...
May 19, 2015
Passenger rail service Amtrak was recently ordered by federal regulators to immediately improve safety along its Northeast Corridor from Washington to Boston; this demand comes in the wake of the disastrous derailment of Northeast Regional Train 188, which had been traveling at greater than twice...
May 18, 2015
Earlier today, Roads & Bridges reported on Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s intent to cut funding for transportation the his state over the next six years. Almost as though karma were spring-loaded for action, a major artery of citywide public transit answered—and answered with vigor.
May 18, 2015
The warm California sun will shine this summer on a technologic breakthrough, according to officials at Google. The latest version of the tech giant’s self-driving car prototype will take to public roadways soon. The vehicle, which is described as a pod-like two-seat carrier that operates sans gas...
May 12, 2015
The State of California stated in a recent legal filing that the U.S. Department of Labor “has appeared to be acting as if the district court order had never (been) issued” regarding the freeing of more than $100 million in federal grants the state has earmarked for various transit agencies.
May 11, 2015
Downtown San Francisco is adding a bit of luxury to its public transit offerings. In conjunction with Leap, the city has begun offering bus routes on its morning and evening commute schedule running from the Marina district to downtown that offer spacious seating, free Wi-Fi and attendants who...
May 07, 2015
This week, the Mississippi Transportation Commission authorized the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) to change signage along U.S. Highway 78 to I-22 once federal application procedures are completed.
U.S. Highway 78 connects Memphis to Birmingham via New Albany, Tupelo and Fulton....
May 06, 2015
There has been much vaunted conversation these last few years regarding the feasibility and potential application of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology on U.S. roads. Thus far strides in this regard could best be described as baby steps. But one state is now looking to take a great, big stretch...
May 05, 2015
Adaptive signal-control technology (ASCT) describes any system that collects traffic detector data, evaluates traffic-signal performance and then updates signal timing in response to that evaluation.
As part of the Every Day Counts initiative, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) actively...
May 04, 2015
The Missouri House of Representatives approved a bill that will allow citizens to vote on the use of red light cameras. House Bill 207, sponsored by State Rep. Paul Curtman, was constructed behind the congressman’s belief that the use of red light cameras should banned in Missouri, erring toward...
April 30, 2015
Federal investigators have determined the Chicago Transit Authority shares in the blame for an accident last year in which a commuter train operator fell asleep and crashed into a platform at the O’Hare airport station, sending the lead car barreling up an escalator.
The National Transportation...
April 27, 2015
The board of directors of Metra has approved a significant step toward satisfying the U.S. Congress’s 2008 mandate for Positive Train Control system implementation. The $80 million contract with Parsons Transportation Group reflects Metra’s request from the group to develop a “system integrator,”...
April 23, 2015
The North Carolina House Transportation Committee approved a bill that would spare drivers the $250 penalty for speeding through highway work zones when no construction workers are present.
The bill faced criticism from state officials who feel that it would further endanger the lives of highway...
April 23, 2015
Despite the proliferation of federal-level support for public transit system Amtrak, one state looks to pull back on its investment. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s proposed state budget would cut 40% of the state’s funding for Amtrak services. This measure has been characterized as one of several...
April 22, 2015
Some unfortunate news out of New Jersey: NJ TRANSIT has issued proposals aimed at addressing a $60 million budget gap that call for, among other measures, fare hikes and service reductions.
Fare increases would affect both rail and bus routes. The proposed monthly rate for the Metropark to New...
April 20, 2015
The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) system, with the financial backing of the U.S. Department of Transportation in the form of $26 million in federal TIGER grants, has begun operating a 1.6-mile streetcar route that is, according to DART, “a starter line [that] traverses the Trinity River corridor...