February 11, 2016
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx highlighted $3.5 billion recommended in President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget to advance the construction or completion of 31 rail, bus rapid transit and streetcar projects in 18 states. These projects, competitively funded through the Federal Transit...
February 10, 2016
A proposed passenger rail line linking Fort Worth, Texas, with Atlanta, Ga., is in the works for the North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority and is projected to open in three years.
The rail line will span 815 miles between the two major cities and will not be a high-speed rail with a top...
February 09, 2016
I-405 express toll lanes are generating over three times more money than the state of Washington originally forecasted. Washington state law requires that the money collected from the tolls must be reinvested in I-405.
Drivers spent $3.7 million between September 2015 and December 2015, with...
February 08, 2016
New Jersey Transit and its unions are preparing to go on strike March 13 over pay and health benefits, effectively shutting down train service, crippling the region’s transportation system. The impending strike would make it impossible for New York and New Jersey area commuters to get to work.
February 05, 2016
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a $2.5 billion plan this week to run an electric streetcar system along the city’s waterfront between Astoria, Queens and Sunset Park, Brooklyn, stretching some 16 miles over all.
The Brooklyn Queens Connector (BQX) will be the one of the largest urban...
February 04, 2016
Urban Engines, a Google Ventures-backed startup in based in Los Altos, Calif., is trying to go large with its software, called the “Space/Time Engine,” which aggregates real-time traffic data and feeds it into predictive models. The goal of the software is to give users the ability to see what...
February 04, 2016
After five years of unsuccessful negotiations with NJ Transit, a coalition of 17 rail unions appears to be on the brink of what is being called a “soft strike” in next month. The last NJ Transit work stoppage took place in March 1983, when employees walked off for 34 days.
The rail unions have...
February 03, 2016
According to a study released by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, expansion of the Atlanta, Ga., area’s MARTA rail system, tagged at $8 billion, could provide new access to transit for nearly 600,000 workers and simultaneously inject $5.2 billion into the region’s economy.
The study, conducted by...
February 01, 2016
A new app developed by Urban Engines—founded by a group of former Google engineers and Stanford researchers—allows transit agencies to determine the most efficient way of getting from Point A to Point B.
Urban Engines pulls a wide variety of data and the app will offer different combinations of...
February 01, 2016
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) opened the first 3.14-mile section of the $1.6 billion Wekiva Parkway toll road project in Orlando, with that part of S.R. 429 becoming the first in the central Florida area to only use electronic tolling.
The toll on that first parkway segment is...
January 29, 2016
The auto industry is pushing for the regulation of fully autonomous vehicles as opposed to the proposal that only allows vehicles to operate themselves if a licensed driver is behind the wheel and ready to take over.
At a public workshop in Sacramento, Calif., the California Department of Motor...
January 28, 2016
The Texas Transportation Commission (TTC) unveiled a $1.3 billion plan this week targeted at reducing traffic congestion on some of the most clogged corridors in the state.
The plan calls for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to direct funds for 14 roadway projects specifically...
January 27, 2016
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is asking the Commonwealth Transportation Board for $900,000 to install high-tech detection systems on westbound I-64 to warn trucks of height restrictions on the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT).
Drivers currently have to pull over to an...
January 26, 2016
The Niagara Falls International Railway Station and Transportation Center has been in the works for nearly a decade, but completion is now in sight. The new station could be ready as soon as May once the final phase of the project is completed.
Scrufari Construction of Niagara Falls won the $22.7...
January 25, 2016
New data released by the U.S. DOT Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) shows that U.S. driving reached 2.88 trillion miles by the end of November, making it likely that U.S. drivers will make 2015 the most heavily traveled year in history.
The new data, published in FHWA’s latest “Traffic Volume...
January 25, 2016
A snowstorm dumped as much as 20-30 in. of snow in some states like New York, Maryland and Virginia this past weekend shut down major roadways and public transit for much of the weekend. Snow plows are still working to clear and deice roadways, and transit is slowly returning to normal operation...
January 21, 2016
The Iowa DOT opened a new traffic management center in Ankeny to track traffic conditions and accidents statewide.
Prior to the new traffic center there was a smaller traffic center located in the basement of the DOT’s headquarters in Ames.
Installed for $257,000, the center can display 48...
January 20, 2016
With the most challenging part behind them, the M-1 Rail is still due for an early 2017 opening. Originally, the rail was to be up and running this fall. It was delayed due to expected testing time, Dan Lijana, M-1 communications officer said.
The most strenuous part of construction happened...
January 19, 2016
The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) is exploring a road user charging (RUC) system as an alternative to the gas tax.
HDOT awarded a contract to D’Artagnan to conduct a state-wide feasibility study of RUC. D’Artagnan will research and assess the current road finance situation and trends...
January 18, 2016
The U.S. DOT and 17 automakers, including General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Co., reached an agreement on vehicle cybersecurity.
Automakers also agreed to reform and improve the way they report fatalities, injuries and warranty claims to the government.
“DOT and the automakers...