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...
July 27, 2015
To assist the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) in meeting the challenges of a $2 billion reconstruction of I-35 in central Texas, Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) has designed, deployed and implemented an advanced construction traveler information system to keep the public...
July 27, 2015
While Phoenix-area residents eagerly await the completion of a major extension of the city’s light-rail system, known as the Northwest Extension, they can use an application developed by the project’s joint venture contractors to stay connected with local businesses and get project updates.
July 27, 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...
July 23, 2015
German luxury car makers Audi, a unit of Volkswagen AG, Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler AG and BMW AG have agreed in principle to purchase Nokia’s HERE digital mapping service for approximately $2.7 billion. It is rumored that provided a deal is firmed up, the troika will invite other automotive...
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...
July 21, 2015
The New Jersey Center for Automated Road Transportation Safety at Fort Monmouth was announced this week after more than three years of planning and organization. The (501(c)(6)) nonprofit New Jersey Corporation’s mission is to substantially improve safety on existing conventional roadway...
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 “...
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...
July 09, 2015
Google-owned traffic-monitoring app Waze has aided the city of Boston in cracking down on double parking and now it seems that city officials are hoping to leverage their data to tweak traffic lights and road signs in order to ease chronic traffic jams.
Waze monitors traffic problems by...
July 08, 2015
I-10 between Casa Grande Valley and the Phoenix metropolitan area has recently been outfitted with a new series of camera towers—but it is not the speed-demons that they are looking to capture.
According to Arizona Department of Transportation spokesman Harold Sanders, the cameras are designed to...
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...
July 07, 2015
The Georgia Department of Transportation announced awards for three improvement projects under the Transportation Investment Act (TIA). The awarding of these projects signifies the major push the TIA Program and Georgia DOT are making towards letting all Band 1 projects.
TIA is a $1.6 billion...
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...
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...