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...
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...
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...
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,...
June 19, 2015
In an effort to combat congestion in our country’s urban areas, the U.S. DOT launched the Urban Partnership Agreement (UPA) program in 2007. The program infused nearly $900 million into transportation-related projects in four cities nationwide, including the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
June 18, 2015
A top official at the ride-sharing service Lyft and Sen. Bo Watson, R-Hixson, say Tennessee’s new law, which allows car-booking companies such as Lyft and Uber to operate statewide, has been applauded by both officials at Lyft and Sen. Bo Watson (R-Hixson), as a model for other states looking to...
June 17, 2015
Following the catastrophic collapse of the embankment supporting the tracks near McCormick Boulevard north of Howard Street and south of Oakton Street on May 17, Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) Yellow Line, which runs from the city into nearby Skokie, suspended service indefinitely. According to...
June 15, 2015
Amtrak’s safety issues continue to compound—and now it looks though a delayed application fo federal safety standards may reroute or even close a major artery in the Southwest.
Late last week, Amtrak told congressional leaders that it might terminate the Southwest Chief service altogether...
June 11, 2015
U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) have announced the formation of a bipartisan Senate Smart Transportation Caucus to focus on advancing new innovation in transportation technologies for improving overall safety and efficiency.
“New innovations and technologies are the...
June 09, 2015
The diverging diamond interchange (DDI) has recently become a popular alternative to other forms of interchange designs.
Since the first DDI installation in Springfield, Mo., in 2009, there have been 47 locations across the U.S. where DDIs have been installed. An example of a DDI in St. Louis, Mo...
June 09, 2015
Yesterday, Monday, June 8, Metra Rail reopened the east ends of the Downers Grove Main Street platforms following the morning rush. The Main Street station is couched in the heart of the village’s downtown area and serves as a primary commuter stop between downtown Chicago and far western Aurora...
June 08, 2015
In Orlando, Fla., commuter rail may well get a big boost, if SunRail officials' intentions come to fruition. At present, the current end of the northbound line is in DeBary, but SunRail officials last Friday formally requested federal money to extend service to DeLand, enabling the agency to...
June 05, 2015
The opening of the final stretch of I-485 in Charlotte, N.C., may be that last large-scale highway program in the city that does not include toll lanes.
Due to the lack of funding and the precarious future of the Highway Trust Fund, the North Carolina Department of Transportation is utilizing...
June 05, 2015
Amidst an intensive schedule that reflected both the demands of her position and sponsors’ and attendees’ desire to interact with the new president, Ms. Hopper made time to sit down with TM&E to discuss some issues related to ITS now and in the near future. The following is an edited...
June 02, 2015
In a project that will, once opened, run 43 miles of track from the industrial parks near Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport to a transit station in downtown San Rafael, the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit project looks to be passenger-ready late next year.
This stretch of track accounts for...
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...