December 09, 2016
The Auto Insurance Center (AIC) has completed a study of the deadliest driving conditions by state throughout the U.S. from 2005 to 2015. The insurance news and information website used the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s fatal accident reporting system to reveal the cause of...
December 08, 2016
An infrastructure funding boost that was approved and paid for by Congress last year is once again on hold because of a short-term spending bill.
Under the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act passed in December 2015, investments in Highway Trust Fund transportation projects were...
December 05, 2016
The price tag for Honolulu’s rail project has jumped nearly $1 billion to $9.5 billion including financing, according to an updated financial plan given to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
The increase comes from another $1 billion in financing costs not previously disclosed. The plan...
December 01, 2016
The State of Ohio is investing $15 million to install advanced highway technology along its "Smart Mobility Corridor"—a 35‑mile stretch of U.S. 33 northwest of Columbus. It was used Wednesday, Nov. 30 for a demonstration run by Otto, a developer of self-driving vehicle technology.
November 30, 2016
Image source: Caltrans
A $6 billion project aimed at enhancing the environment and reducing traffic congestion along the I-5 corridor between Solana Beach and Carlsbad in California kicked off Tuesday.
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), along...
November 29, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump continues to fill his cabinet, and he picked one that has had a long shelf life as his next Transportation Secretary.
Elaine Chao was named to that position late Tuesday, Nov. 29. Chao served as Secretary of Labor under George W. Bush from 2001-2009, and also was...
November 28, 2016
In an unfortunate scenario over the recent Thanksgiving weekend, hackers apparently breached San Francisco’s mass transit system, forcing the agency to shut down its light-rail ticketing machines and point-of-payment systems and allowing passengers to ride for free.
A message reading “You hacked...
November 23, 2016
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is halfway through a statewide inspection of highway guardrails and has thus far found 144 sections that may not absorb the energy of a crash, putting drivers in danger.
Of the 120,000 crashes in Colorado per year, CDOT executive director Shailen...
November 22, 2016
Developers of what is billed as a world-class testing facility for driverless vehicles, along with Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, are breaking ground on the American Center for Mobility in Ypsilanti Township. The new facility will test new automotive technology, including driverless cars.
November 22, 2016
Seat belt use in the U.S. has reached its highest level since the federal government began regular national surveys in 1994, according to a study released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
“The best way folks can protect themselves...
November 21, 2016
Startup company nuTonomy, which has already hit public streets with robot taxis, will begin trying out autonomous vehicles in the city of Boston by year’s end.
The company, financed in part by Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford’s venture fund, announced a deal with the city of Boston and...
November 18, 2016
Photo source: MoDOT
Two special-assignment teams at the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) that have focused on providing outstanding customer service, keeping customers and MoDOT workers safe, and preparing for the transportation network of the future have won prestigious national awards from the American...
November 17, 2016
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is testing technology to make the tracks safer for its workers who fix and maintain the system.
Track workers will wear a band that alerts them when a train is approaching a work zone too fast. It is a system that is expected to give workers on...
November 16, 2016
The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) has begun installing some components of a new $1 billion crash-prevention system before a full design is complete in an effort to meet a 2018 federal deadline, railroad officials said.
Designing and installing positive train control (PTC) technology at the same...
November 15, 2016
Figure 1: Typical LiDAR setting
Connected vehicles have captured the public’s imagination. A multitude of new announcements from big automotive, technology companies and the U.S. DOT, coupled with the potential to greatly improve the safety and efficiency of surface transportation systems, has even public agencies evaluating the...
November 14, 2016
The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) has started work on new safety markings at the I-25/U.S. 285 interchange near Eldorado, adding directional arrows and reflectors.
The project is the first step in making the interchange safer. Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales on asked the state a...
November 14, 2016
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November 10, 2016
Mulling hundreds of billions of dollars in public transportation investment across referenda nationwide, voters approved 33 of 48 local and statewide public transit measures—a 69% passage rate (based on results as they currently stand). Los Angeles, Seattle and Atlanta were three major cities that...
November 04, 2016
After months of construction on the Amtrak route between Detroit and Chicago, service has returned to normal, just in time for the upcoming holiday season.
Three round-trip trains per day have been restored on the Wolverine line. In addition, 10 extra trains will be added during the Thanksgiving...
October 26, 2016
Amid political pressure from North Texas’ urban and suburban leaders, the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) board on Tuesday approved a plan to finance two major rail expansions and an overhaul of bus service.
Suburban officials hailed the plan’s funding for a rail line that connects the state’s...