Transit

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...
public transportation
News October 11, 2018
Almost nine in 10 Americans, 86%, believe government should help fund public transportation, according to the findings of a new HNTB Corp. America THINKS national public opinion survey.   While this belief is held most strongly among Americans living in urban areas (92%), 85% of suburban...
Brian W. Budzynski
Article October 05, 2018
It has been several years since I was a regular on public transportation. Though I have for more than a decade now been rooted in the Cheeveresque suburbs, for a period of several years prior to this I lived in a filing cabinet apartment complex designed for singles on Chicago’s North Side, and...
Mobileye collision-avoidance system

The Mobileye collision-avoidance system was found to be 96% accurate for alerts warning of potential collisions. Photos courtesy of Mobileye.

Article October 05, 2018
Imagine that you are a bus driver in today’s urban environment. You are surrounded by rushed and distracted drivers and pedestrians, cyclists riding in your blind spots, delivery trucks stopping suddenly in front of you, and challenging weather resulting in treacherous road conditions. At the same...
Mobility-as-a-Service for small urban and rural communities

Photo: Adobe.stock.com / Evening_Tao

Article October 05, 2018
According to the MaaS Alliance, Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) puts customers at the center of transport services, offering them tailor-made mobility solutions based on their individual needs. MaaS integrates and sells mobility services in real-time information primarily by app. Currently, there are...
Rails next to trails
Article October 05, 2018
There are approximately 212,000 at-grade railroad crossings in the U.S., usually consisting of one or more railroad tracks crossing a public highway. In some cases, and increasingly commonly, there is an additional presence of a multi-use path or trail, which adds a new level of complexity to...
Railroad upgrades
News October 01, 2018
U.S. DOT Secretary Elaine Chao was joined today by Gov. Bruce Rauner (R-IL) and members of the Illinois congressional delegation for a grant announcement marking the award of $132,034,680 to the Illinois Department of Transportation.   The award funds the 75th Street Corridor Improvements and Argo...
transit expansion
News September 28, 2018
The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) has rolled out a sweeping expansion plan that extends light rail and bus lines across the city of Atlanta.   From the Emory campus to Campbellton Road, it would create new transportation options for several Atlanta neighborhoods. The plan...
bus route express lanes
News September 27, 2018
Washington State transportation officials have agreed to create direct transit lines between the booming South Lake Union and the Eastside in Seattle by building a new reversible I-5 express lane between S.R. 520 and Mercer Street for buses only.   The $70 million project, scheduled to open in 2023...
Leaders from both transit agencies and transportation network companies were on-hand at the APTA Annual Meeting to discuss present and future operations
News September 25, 2018
An increasingly important (and somewhat treacherous) topic in the transportation world is the question of whether mass transit and transportation network companies (TNCs) can operate in conjunction with one another, or, failing that, in, at least, something like mutually exclusive harmony.   In my...
SmartTransit is the go-to event for senior transit industry figures from across North America.
News September 17, 2018
SmartTransit is the go-to event for senior transit industry figures from across North America. Transportation technology is evolving faster than ever; digitalization, modernization and innovation are essential for transit to fight car culture and continue to be a viable mode of transportation. With...
Positive Train Control funding
News September 14, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) this week announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for at least $46 million for positive train control (PTC) systems grants.   This NOFO represents the balance of the $250 million PTC Consolidated Rail...
NYC subway station
News September 10, 2018
The Cortlandt Street station on the No. 1 line, a once heavily-used subway station destroyed when the Twin Towers collapsed on Sept. 11, 2001, finally reopened Saturday after being closed for nearly two decades.   The station, located directly below the World Trade Center, is one of the last...
public transit usage
News August 31, 2018
More public transit usage can significantly lessen cities' traffic death rates, according to a recent American Public Transportation Association (APTA) analysis.   Conducted by APTA and advocacy group Vision Zero Network, the analysis showed that metro areas that log more than 40 annual transit...
L.A. Metro Willowbrook
News August 29, 2018
The Los Angeles office of Stantec is working with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) on the Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station Improvement Project in Los Angeles.   The Project will reimagine the existing Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station as a community hub with an...
autonomous public transit
News August 23, 2018
Arlington, Texas, city leaders say they have approved a contract with a California-based self-driving car company for a one-year pilot program to run autonomous public transit within the city's entertainment district beginning this fall.    Beginning Oct. 19, the city and Drive.ai will roll out...
rail improvements
News August 22, 2018
New Mexico’s commuter rail system has pieced together enough funding to complete a $60 million safety upgrade required by the federal government.   The state’s congressional delegation announced Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded a $29.4 million grant to the Rail Runner...
Rail improvements
News August 20, 2018
Metrolink was awarded $6.5 million this week in state funding to begin design, rail operations modeling and environmental assessment on a $10 billion plan to improve regional rail before for the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic Games.   The funding from the California Transportation Commission is for the...
SYLPOE
News August 20, 2018
Southern California’s San Ysidro Land Port of Entry (LPOE)—the busiest international border crossing in the western hemisphere, with 70,000 northbound vehicle passengers and 20,000 northbound pedestrians crossing daily—officially opened on August 15, marked by a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by...
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