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Software Routing and Logistics Videos December 26, 2017
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Michigan’s Independence Bridge to close for $1.45 million repair
Bridges News December 26, 2017
The Independence Bridge in Bay City, Mich., will close in January to allow crews to replace the bascule span deck grating, span stringers and sidewalks.   The project, funded through federal, state and local money, will top $1.45 million.   Construction is expected to be completed at the end of...
Leonia, N.J., is going to extremes to avoid navigation app-derived traffic jams
Road Traffic Safety News December 26, 2017
The extreme always seems to make an impression, and town officials in Leonia, N.J., are banking on it being just that.   According to a recent piece in the New York Times, the roads cutting through the Jersey borough of less than 10,000 souls are a regularly suggested alternate route on popular...
Study calls Washington D.C.’s traffic resilience into question
Traffic Management News December 26, 2017
Not the merriest news for this time of year, but the District of Columbia ranks as the worst of 40 major metro areas in the U.S., according to a new study by researchers at Northeastern University’s Network Science Institute. The study found Washington D.C. to be the least “traffic resilient” of...
Streetcars will connect St. Paul, Minn., and Twin Cities airport
Transit News December 22, 2017
The way for 2025 will hopefully feel like a short one for residents of the Minneapolis-St. Paul region. For at that time, if all goes according to plan, ground will be broken on the Riverview Corridor transit project, a streetcar service line connecting downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis-St. Paul...
Missouri DOT has big project plans for 2018
Road Construction News December 22, 2017
It looks like 2018 will be, officials hope, a banner year in road and bridge work in the state of Missouri, as the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) begins to outline the scope of some major projects it is looking to tackle in the coming year.   Among the planned projects, a portion of...
I-5 derailment in Washington State

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Safety News December 21, 2017
Less than two and a half days after an Amtrak train derailed near DuPont, Wash., killing three and sending cars and debris onto I-5, state officials opened two of three southbound lanes in time for Wednesday’s evening commute.   The third lane is expected to open Thursday morning after the final...
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Safety News December 20, 2017
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will be looking at driver distraction as a possible cause to the Amtrak 501 derailment over I-5 near Tacoma, Wash.   Badly damaged cameras were recovered from the engineer’s cab and have been sent to the NTSB’s laboratory in Washington, D.C. It...
Traffic relief
Highway Construction News December 20, 2017
In an effort to deliver on his commitment to provide innovative transportation solutions for the state of Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan announced $461 million in new traffic relief initiatives for the Baltimore region, including adding lanes to 27 miles of highway to alleviate congestion on the...
Autonomous transit
Automated Vehicles News December 20, 2017
A bill before the Maine Legislature would help set the stage for putting self-driving buses on the streets of Portland and other communities in the state within the next five years.   The proposal, sparked by the Portland city manager’s interest in autonomous transit, is the first piece of Maine...
Guardrails Videos December 19, 2017
Contractors in two states turned unanimously to RSI’s MSKT to comply with FHWA and AASHTO MASH standards.
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Highway Construction News December 19, 2017
The construction on U.S. 10 and SH 441 in Wisconsin will be finished a year earlier than expected, Gov. Scott Walker announced Monday during a visit to Appleton.   The work is expected to be completed in 2019—a full year ahead of schedule—as a result of savings announced earlier this year that...
High-speed rail
High-Speed Rail News December 19, 2017
Amtrak passenger service at speeds up to 90 mph should begin in the summer of 2018 in Illinois with the states’ seven-year, nearly $2 billion high-speed rail project in its final months.   Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn said in an interview this week with The...
I-5 near Tacoma, Washington

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Transit News December 18, 2017
An Amtrak train derailed on Monday morning, blocking southbound lanes of a highway near Tacoma, Wash.   The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) tweeted a picture of the derailment at 7:45 a.m. PST, showing what appeared to be at least one rail car hanging off a bridge over the...
Michigan’s American Center for Mobility proving grounds open

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Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS News December 18, 2017
Located on the 500-acre historic Willow Run bomber factory site in Ypsilanti Township, Mich., the American Center for Mobility (ACM) has opened a state-of-the-art proving grounds for connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) testing, with Visteon and the Toyota Research Institute conducting initial...
U.S. DOT announces funds to improve transit on tribal lands
Transit News December 15, 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the award of approximately $5 million to help American Indian and Alaskan Native tribal governments initiate, continue and improve transit service on tribal lands. The funding is provided through the FTA’s Tribal...
Georgia’s Fulton County floats transit plan that includes BRT service
Traffic Management News December 15, 2017
After a series of public forums in which county representatives engaged with residents, officials in Fulton County, Ga., have created a transit master plan that calls for extensions of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA).   The $16 billion plan also calls for light rail at the...
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Safety Products Case Studies December 14, 2017
The city of Toronto, Canada, launched the King Street Transit Pilot Project just a month ago, on Nov. 13, 2017. The purpose of the project is to improve transit reliability, capacity and speed. Giving priority to streetcars, the project does not allow personal vehicles through certain intersections...
Uber
Law News December 14, 2017
The Justice Department is conducting at least one criminal investigation into ride-hailing company Uber, according to a letter made public this week.   The letter from the U.S. attorney's office for the Northern District of California does not specify exactly what is being investigated, but said...
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Traffic Safety News December 14, 2017
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is launching a pilot program this winter that will help harness the technology already available on the Triangle Expressway (SH 540 in western Wake County) to curb wrong-way crashes.   According to NCDOT, there were more than 500 wrong-way...
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