Transit

bus rapid transit
News August 13, 2018
The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) is getting ready to roll out a new rapid transit system in Utah County, nine months ahead of schedule.   Twenty-five new UTA buses will be hitting the roads around the cities of Provo and Orem. The buses are 60 ft long, expanded from the usual 40-ft UTA buses, and...
rail crossings
Article August 07, 2018
Rail-highway crossings present a special set of safety challenges for transportation professionals.   Due to their vastly different mass and maneuverability, motor vehicles and trains have very different operational characteristics. Quite often, an inattentive driver who makes a mistake at an...
Charlotte Blue Line extension

All photos: David Murphy, courtesy of HNTB

Article August 07, 2018
Ten years after it was proposed, the 9.3-mile extension of Charlotte Area Transit Systems’ (CATS) LYNX Blue Line opened to riders this March, providing a direct light rail connection from Uptown Charlotte to the main campus of University of North Carolina-Charlotte.   The extension, built at a cost...
transit funding
News August 03, 2018
The U.S. Senate yesterday approved a fiscal-year 2019 appropriations bill that provides $16.1 billion for public transit.   The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD), and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2019 also dedicates $2.5 billion for intercity passenger-rail grants. The...
transportation projects
News August 02, 2018
The U.S. Senate took action this week to send millions of dollars to Ohio for transportation and infrastructure projects.   Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) announced the bill's passage in a news release Wednesday afternoon.    The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill...
bus route suspensions
News July 31, 2018
Metro Transit, the primary public transportation provider in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area in Minnesota, is indefinitely suspending trips along dozens of bus routes beginning Tuesday, July 31, citing a growing shortage of bus drivers.   The state’s largest bus operator announced the cancellations...
Public transit safety rules
News July 19, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued two final regulations to strengthen the safety of public transportation systems, the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan rule and the Safety Certification Training Program rule.   With these actions, FTA has...
Wes Guckert
Article July 17, 2018
According to the BRT Centre of Excellence, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a major source of transportation for millions every day. There are 54 cities across Latin America that have a BRT system, transporting nearly 20 million people on a daily basis. Latin America makes up 62% of the global demand for...
autonomous shuttle
News July 06, 2018
Self-driving shuttles are expected to ferry passengers in the downtown streets of Columbus, Ohio, by the end of the year.   The Ohio Department of Transportation, the city of Columbus and Ohio State University (OSU) are seeking proposals from companies to operate and maintain low-speed, self-...
interstate improvements
News July 05, 2018
Improvements to I-80 were deemed critical in a regional transportation proposal by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP).   The agency’s “On to 2050" Transportation Plan also placed the proposed Illiana toll road on the back burner. The updated plan calls for $72.7 billion in...
Michael Sweeney, HNTB
Article July 02, 2018
With continued partisan gridlock in the U.S. Congress, it has been difficult for meaningful federal transportation initiatives to roll forward–and progress is likely to remain stalled until 2019 or later. President Trump admitted as much in a late-March speech when he predicted, “You’ll probably...
transit bus infrastructure
News June 22, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) yesterday announced the opportunity to apply for approximately $366.3 million in FY 2018 competitive grant funding for transit bus projects nationwide.    The Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment...
commuter rail line
News June 19, 2018
A long-awaited commuter rail line linking New Haven, Hartford and Springfield in Connecticut opened over the weekend with two days of free rides for the public.    The new line will nearly triple the number of trains that run along the I-91 corridor.   Gov. Dannel P. Malloy rode the new rail line...
bike-share for transit
News June 11, 2018
Coupling bike-share with public transit could be an important component when trying to increase light rail transit (LRT) ridership, according to a new study out of the University of Waterloo.   In their study, researchers from Waterloo explored the most efficient size of a bike pool that would...
Labor's Legacy in downtown Detroit, honoring the city's 300th anniversary in 2001.
News June 07, 2018
Once again, I missed more than I got to experience, but nonetheless there was much of interest. (Side note: Two members of the ITSA board visited the Traffic & Transit booth and I told them directly my dissatisfaction and concern about the number of concurrent sessions, and they did listen, so...
The first full day of the 2018 ITS America Annual Meeting in Detroit has come and gone, and with it some interesting stuff and also some undue frustration.
News June 06, 2018
Every annual gathering of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America is an excellent opportunity to engage in a condensed forum with a wide swathe of technological and operational issues and challenges related to developing smarter and safer modes of transportation. This year’s schedule is...
transit rules
News May 31, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) yesterday issued the Private Investment Project Procedures (PIPP) Final Rule that describes new procedures aimed at helping the federal government develop more effective approaches to spurring private...
Transit funding
News May 25, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced yesterday the availability of $25.8 million in grant funds to support transit planning efforts in communities across the country.   The competitive grant funds are provided through FTA’s Pilot Program for Transit...
Transit funding
News May 21, 2018
If the $90 billion public transit repair backlog in the U.S. is not addressed soon, it could result in a $340 billion loss to the country's economy over the next six years, according to a study recently released by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).    Conducted by the Economic...
U.S. Capitol
News May 21, 2018
The House Appropriations Committee recently released the FY 2019 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding bill. The legislation includes funding for the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT), the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and other related agencies.   In total...
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