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...
April 16, 2015
The Nebraska State Department of Roads (NDOR) released its annual report recently, in which the agency outlined performance measures and ancillary initiatives in its “Toward Zero Deaths” safety program.
According to the report, the mission statement of the safety push is characterized as: “To...
April 16, 2015
Amidst seemingly ambivalent attitudes toward the expansion or regression of its rail services, Amtrak recently announced its intention to make a pilot bus program a permanent fixture in northeast Pennsylvania.
The bus service, known as the Thruway Bus, which is privately operated by Martz...
April 14, 2015
As the baseball season gets underway, officials with Minneapolis Metro Transit are looking to get Twins fans on public transit come game time.
Metro Transit is expanding its online ticket sales capability in order to allow fans who take the Twins Express Bus or the Green or Blue Line trains to...
April 13, 2015
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) announced late last week that it would return to the use of automated train technology on its Red Line subway artery for the first time since the deadly crash in June 2009 that had initially spurred widespread changes to the transit agency...
April 10, 2015
More than 70 people gathered at the Alabama State House steps earlier this week to call on state and federal leaders to provide a stable and sustainable source of public transportation funding. This gathering was held in advance of the Alabama Transit Symposium, which now is under way.
April 06, 2015
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s (SFMTA) “Muni Forward” program, which has been in offing for several years but until now has withstood numerous delays due to budget cuts and the Great Recession, is now primed for implementation, according to Muni officials.
April 01, 2015
Riders on Miami-Dade County’s transit group pay about $1 million in fares every 72 hours, but that’s not enough to compensate for the $1.5 million daily operation cost.
This daily operational deficit highlights the precarious state of the U.S. public transit funding. For Miami-Dade County, and...
March 31, 2015
The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has expressed concern that it may not have the money to continue providing Amtrak rail service between Portland and Eugene, according to budget discussions in the state capitol.
Gov. John Kitzhaber had earmarked $10.4 million to keep what is known as...
March 27, 2015
Plans to build a centralized hub that would span two city blocks in downtown Charlotte, N.C. are moving forward. The Metroplitan Transit Commission (MTC) approved the revised municipal agreement between the city of Charlotte and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (MCDOT), originally...
March 25, 2015
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is looking to replace the aging passenger cars on its three Amtrak routes between Detroit and Chicago. The proposed plan to purchase new cars has been met with criticism based on a prior unused purchase of another set of cars.
A state audit last...
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.
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...
March 18, 2015
The fate of streetcar systems is losing steam as many cities are abandoning building plans. Most recently, Arlington, Va., decided revitalizing its streetcar system was not worth the expense.
The faltering support has stalled larger cities from accelerating plans to revitalize citywide trolley...
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...
March 11, 2015
Americans took 10.8 billion trips on public transportation in 2014, the highest annual public transit ridership number in 58 years, according to a report released by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).
“Some public transit systems experienced all-time record high ridership last...
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...