Transit

News December 13, 2018
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has selected Walsh Construction, along with joint venture partner Fluor, as the preferred partner to design and build Phase One of the Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Program.   The $2.1 billion project will be the largest capital project in the CTA’s history...
Transportation grant funding
News December 12, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) yesterday announced the nearly $1.5 billion FY 2018 Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant awards, of which $195 million was awarded to public transportation-related projects.   Of the grants awarded, 13% were for 15...
high-speed rail in Florida
News November 29, 2018
Brightline got the go-ahead Wednesday from the state of Florida to negotiate for land to add high-speed passenger rail service from Orlando to Tampa.   The link envisioned would eventually connect with Brightline’s existing service in South Florida. The Florida Department of Transportation’s...
Boring Company tunnel

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News November 28, 2018
Elon Musk's Boring Co. is abandoning plans to build a 2.5-mile test tunnel underneath the 405 freeway and Sepulveda Boulevard in the Westside area of Los Angeles.   The controversial project had been the focus of a lawsuit filed by two neighborhood groups, accusing L.A. officials of violating state...
GAToRS bus stops
Article November 27, 2018
The implementation of connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technologies at the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), as part of the Florida Connected and Automated Vehicle Initiative (Florida-CAVI), has led to a collaboration with the University of Florida to create a test bed called the I-...
high-speed rail
News November 21, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued a final rule establishing safety standards for railroad passenger equipment.   The rule represents one of the most significant enhancements to the nation’s passenger rail design standards in a century,...
light-rail line
News November 20, 2018
Sound Transit has secured an agreement with the federal government for a $1.2 billion grant to go towards the planned 8.5-mile Northgate-to-Lynnwood light-rail line in Washington State, in the Seattle area.   The agreement between Sound Transit and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) still...
rideRTC transit app

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News November 16, 2018
Beginning Dec. 2, the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Southern Nevada will implement its annual transit service changes and improvements that include increased service on nine popular routes.   In addition to these service changes, the transit agency also has updated its rideRTC transit...
Connecticut DOT opens rail discount program to boost ridership
News November 14, 2018
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) has announced a new program that offers discounts and deals for rail riders at a variety of businesses in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. The Transit Rewards Program will be applied to riders that use the Hartford Line, the Shore Line East...
smart shuttles
News November 13, 2018
A new line of low-speed, self-driving shuttle buses will begin operating in Columbus, Ohio, starting in December as part of citywide efforts to improve transportation.   The project comes from the combined work of DriveOhio, a new initiative within the Ohio Department of Transportation; Smart...
road funding
News November 07, 2018
California voters rejected Proposition 6 at the polls on Tuesday, a measure to repeal a recent increase in the state’s gas tax, according to a report from The Mercury News.   The fate of Prop 6 was believed to determine the fate of California’s roads, bridges and transit, as the measure would have...
streetcar
News November 06, 2018
The new streetcar system in the city of Milwaukee opened late last week.   The roughly 2-mile system, known locally as The Hop, connects the city's east side to the Milwaukee Intermodal Station, which is served by Amtrak and intercity buses.   According to The Hop website, this initial route...
bicycle and transit lane
News November 01, 2018
Two traffic lanes will be designated for bicyclists and Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) buses on a mile-long stretch of Halsted Street on the Near North Side of the city under a pilot program launching Thursday.   Beginning this week, a shared curbside lane in each direction of Halsted between...
infrastructure software
News October 30, 2018
Bentley Systems Inc., the leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, recently announced some of their latest acquisitions, resources and services at the company’s 2018 Year in Infrastructure Conference in...
FTA grants
News October 29, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently awarded more than $12 million in competitive grant funds to improve bus transit service in central Illinois.   The grants will enable transit agencies to modernize bus fleets, improve service and enhance safety...
railroad crossing
News October 26, 2018
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has announced it has committed approximately $700,000 to help Amtrak make safety improvements at the public railroad crossing at Birnie Road in Longmeadow, in the western part of the state.   This funding is expected to cover approximately 90...
high-speed rail
News October 24, 2018
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown late last week released a new transportation plan that calls for establishing high-speed rail in the state.   Brown has expressed support for establishing high-speed rail service between Vancouver in British Columbia and Portland. She has directed the Oregon Department of...
driverless shuttle
News October 23, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ordered a transit operator last week to immediately stop transporting school children in Southwest Florida on a driverless shuttle.   The NHTSA on Friday issued a letter to Transdev North...
JTA bus simulator
Article October 16, 2018
With the understanding that many transit professionals throughout the nation experience similar safety challenges, the Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) funded TCRP Synthesis 126, with the purpose of documenting and sharing successful practices and...
high-speed rail
News October 12, 2018
High-level transportation officials from Oregon, Washington and British Columbia governments are in the process of discussing what a so-called ultra-high-speed rail line connecting the cities of Portland, Seattle and Vancouver would look like.   The rail discussion is in its infancy, but the...
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