Transit

public transit; public transportation ridership
News April 17, 2019
Americans took 9.9 billion trips on public transportation in 2018, according to a report released this week by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).   Compared to public transit ridership in 2017, there was a 2% decrease in ridership. Compared to 2017, commuter rail ridership in...
bus rapid transit; Las Vegas transit
News April 15, 2019
The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) recently voted to boost public transit along the Maryland Parkway in Las Vegas by establishing a bus rapid transit (BRT) line to replace the existing Rte. 109 bus services.   According to the Las Vegas Sun, the new BRT line will have...
bus rapid transit project funding
News April 11, 2019
The U.S. DOT’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently announced a total of $1.36 billion in federal funding allocations to 16 new and existing transit projects in the Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program.   FTA is allocating approximately $424.8 million in appropriated FY 2018 CIG funding...
S-Line Utah Transit Authority

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News April 11, 2019
Utah Transit Authority (UTA) representatives, along with elected state officials, this week commemorated the completion of the S-Line streetcar double track construction project.   The new section of double tracking from 300 East to 500 East will allow UTA to provide 15-minute streetcar service...
New York City traffic congestion Manhattan
News April 03, 2019
New York City is set to become the first major metropolitan area in the nation to implement a fee for motorists entering the city's most traffic-congested roadways.   According to a report from NPR, state lawmakers approved the plan earlier this week, and the new tolls are expected to take effect...
public transportation safety
News April 02, 2019
The U.S. DOT's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently launched a new Human Trafficking Awareness and Public Safety Initiative.    The initiative includes two Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFOs) totaling $4 million to prevent human trafficking and other crimes that may occur on buses,...
road, bridge infrastructure funding proposal
News March 28, 2019
Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, who is making a run as a Democratic presidential candidate for the 2020 race, today released a trillion-dollar proposal to help rebuild the nation's roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects.   According to the details of the plan from her campaign, Klobuchar...
positive train control; rail safety
News March 26, 2019
Washington State DOT (WSDOT) officials recently announced the implementation of positive train control (PTC) technology has been fully activated along the Amtrak Cascades corridor, an update put in place in order to prevent future derailments.   The Amtrak Cascades corridor incorporates the Point...
MARTA Atlanta DOT

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News March 21, 2019
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms recently announced plans to establish the city's first dedicated Department of Transportation (DOT) to improve the safety and accessibility of city streets, and to meet the increasing demands of Atlanta’s growing population.   The move is a key pillar of Mayor...
APTA public transportation investments
News March 21, 2019
With Congress looking to move an infrastructure bill forward this spring, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) this week released new research identifying at least $232 billion in critical public transportation investments.   The findings were unveiled as part of a report that was...
White House FY 2020 budget
News March 20, 2019
The Trump administration recently released further information regarding the president's FY 2020 budget, which includes impacts on the annual Highway Trust Fund balances and outlay projections, a new report from ARTBA says.   The new details could pose a problem for the Highway Trust Fund, which is...
Hudson River Tunnel project Amtrak

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News March 18, 2019
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) rated the Hudson River rail tunnel project between New York and New Jersey with a medium-low grade in its most recently released ratings for infrastructure projects around the country.   According to the Associated Press, this is the same rating the agency...
rail transit accident Chicago
News March 14, 2019
A driver was killed and three others were injured Tuesday night on the Chicago Transit Authority's (CTA) Blue Line when an SUV rolled onto the tracks and was hit by an oncoming train.   According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the driver of the SUV was heading down I-190 near the northwest suburb of...
underpass at La Jolla Colony Drive in San Diego

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News March 12, 2019
On Tuesday, March 12, La Jolla Colony Drive in San Diego will be closed for preparations associated with the construction of a Mid-Coast Trolley underpass.    This underpass will allow the Trolley to pass under La Jolla Colony Drive as it travels along the eastern side of I-5. The future Trolley...
transportation funding; road and bridge construction
News March 08, 2019
Legislators in 37 states have introduced 185 bills aimed at boosting transportation investment in the first two months of 2019, a new analysis from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s Transportation Investment Advocacy Center (ARTBA-TIAC) finds.   This number is higher...
transit; public transportation; New York; tolling
News March 05, 2019
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced a proposal to transform the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and create funding streams for the agency.   For starters, the plan calls for the MTA to develop a reorganization plan to make the agency more efficient...
rail transit funding Amtrak Southwest Chief

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News February 28, 2019
Amtrak announced this week that it will provide matching funds to enable a federal grant to be awarded for safety and reliability upgrades on the Southwest Chief route in Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico.   Earlier in the month, Congress passed an appropriations bill which included critical funding...
high-speed rail Texas
News February 25, 2019
Construction may begin on the high-speed rail project from Dallas to Houston as soon as late 2019 or early 2020, according to a report from the Houston Chronicle.   Developer Texas Central Partners is the company behind the proposed bullet train that would transport passengers between two of the...
Chicago-area Metra rail service suffers decreased ridership
News February 21, 2019
In the Chicago metropolitan area, Metra Rail is the system that gets commuting workers in and out of the city. Its service runs nearly 50 miles outside the city proper, but a recent disclosure by Metra seems to indicate that some people are turning away from the ease of a train ride and are more...
California high-speed rail
News February 20, 2019
The U.S. DOT announced yesterday that the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) intends to cancel $929 million in federal grant funds yet to be paid for the California High-Speed Rail project envisioned to connect the L.A. Basin to the San Francisco Bay Area.   In addition, the department announced...
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