Transportation Management

Welcome to the Transportation Management Channel, a special section that provides the user an in-depth look at the multiple aspects of traffic management — straight from sources of Roads & Bridges magazine and our Transportation Management & Engineering supplement.  Topics covered include intelligent transportation systems, traffic signals, traffic monitoring, intersection safety, traffic design software, electronic tolling and congestion pricing.

Rural roads top states poor condition

All images courtesy of TRIP

News May 24, 2019
America’s rural transportation system is in need of repairs and modernization to support economic growth in the nation’s heartland, according to a new report recently released by TRIP, a national transportation research nonprofit.   The report, Rural Connections: Challenges and Opportunities in...
Pettibone Traverse telehandlers with Bracing Systems Inc.
News May 24, 2019
Pettibone adds Bracing Systems Inc. to dealer network May 8, 2019—Pettibone/Traverse Lift LLC announces the addition of Bracing Systems Inc. to its dealer network. With locations in Hanover Park and Mokena, Illinois, Bracing Systems will primarily focus on sales and service of Traverse telehandlers...
Federal Transit Administration Access & Mobility Grants

Image: FTA

News May 22, 2019
The U.S. DOT’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced project selections totaling approximately $9.6 million to 37 projects led by transit agencies, governmental authorities, and nonprofit organizations to support innovative transportation solutions to expand access to health care.  ...
Colorado rockslide I-70 Glenwood Canyon

Image: Colorado DOT via Twitter

News May 22, 2019
A large rockslide fell onto I-70 in Glenwood Canyon of the Glenwood Springs area in Colorado, closing down both directions of traffic along the interstate for several hours Tuesday morning.   The slide first occurred around 7 a.m. Tuesday near mile marker 122, according to local reports. The...
Gov. JB Pritzker Illinois

Gov. Pritzker speaks at the Illinois Capitol in May 2019. Image: Gov. JB Pritzker via Twitter.

News May 22, 2019
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker recently introduced a sweeping plan to address a variety of infrastructure needs throughout the state, including raising the motor fuel tax and investing over $28 billion in combined local, state, and federal funding for transportation projects.   Dubbed Rebuild Illinois,...
TuSimple self-driving truck tests for USPS

Image: TuSimple via Twitter

News May 21, 2019
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) this week began a two-week trial to transport mail across three Southwestern states using self-driving trucks.   According to a report from Reuters, the postal service is working with San Diego-based startup TuSimple, which is using its self-driving truck fleet to...
Express lanes in Georgia; highway construction
News May 17, 2019
The Georgia DOT (GDOT) is planning to build new toll lanes along the top end of I-285—also known as The Perimeter—in the metro Atlanta region for a $4.6 billion expansion project.   According to GDOT, the I-285 top end in metro Atlanta is one of the most heavily traveled and congested interstate...
high-speed rail project California
News May 17, 2019
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced this week that the agency is officially terminating its agreement with the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) and is canceling the nearly $1 billion in funding for the state's high-speed rail project.   Back in February of this year, the...
Construction management for Caltrain improvements
News May 17, 2019
Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board selects LAN as part of construction management team for Caltrain improvements May 6, 2019—The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, the governing body for the Caltrain commuter rail transit service between San Francisco, San Jose and Gilroy, has selected civil...
Project Neon Las Vegas

A look at progress along Project Neon as of January 2019. Photo courtesy of Nevada DOT.

News May 16, 2019
The Nevada DOT (NDOT) announced this week that an expanded high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) network will open to Las Vegas traffic on Monday, May 20, marking an important step in the completion of Project Neon, the largest public works project in state history.   As a result of the opening, the Las...
bus transit projects

Image: FTA

News May 15, 2019
The U.S. DOT’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced the opportunity to apply for approximately $423.3 million in FY 2019 competitive grant funding for transit bus projects.   The Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program is authorized to improve the condition of bus infrastructure...
Road driving simulator testing Missouri S&T; MoDOT

Students use a driving simulator on the Missouri S&T campus to test the Route 160 roadway design before construction. Photo by Tom Wagner/Missouri S&T, ©2019 Missouri S&T

News May 15, 2019
Two undergraduate students at Missouri University of Science and Technology (S&T) used a driving simulator to help a civil engineering firm evaluate a new roadway design for the $18.6 million Route 160 widening project from Springfield to Willard, Missouri.   The students worked with Crawford,...
autonomous vehicles; self-driving trucks
News May 14, 2019
Testing of autonomous trucks is occurring this week along the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway in Tampa, Florida.   The self-driving trucks will be tested on the elevated reversible lanes of the expressway from Monday through Wednesday of this week between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day, according to a...
Greater Dayton RTA

Image: Greater Dayton RTA via Twitter

News May 13, 2019
The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (RTA) will be joining forces with the Ford Motor Company in a first-of-its-kind project to offer transportation in the region with Ford GoRide Health.   Under the RTA Connect family of services, Ford’s GoRide Health will add a new channel of...
state funding for public transportation
News May 13, 2019
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Council on Public Transportation recently published its 37th annual Survey of State Funding of Public Transportation, which offers a snap shot of state-by-state investments in public transit.   The survey chronicles how...
Congress House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee budget
News May 10, 2019
This week, leaders from the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure in the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy requesting two committee-related priorities be included in any upcoming budget agreement.   The letter was...
Public transportation and mobility improvements
News May 10, 2019
The U.S. DOT’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently announced the opportunity to apply for $15 million in research funds through the new Integrated Mobility Innovation (IMI) Demonstration program, which will support innovations in public transportation service models, payment systems, and...
I-4 Ultimate Improvement road construction project
News May 09, 2019
The I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project in Orlando, Florida, is reportedly falling behind on its scheduled 2021 completion date by nearly nine months.   According to local reports, I-4 Mobility Partners, the project builder, recently told the Florida DOT (FDOT) in a progress report that the $2.3...
Brian W. Budzynski
Article May 08, 2019
A few issues ago I got pretty snippy about the unnecessary complication of buying a transit ticket in Washington, D.C. This past January, I was again back in D.C., attending the Transportation Research Board’s Annual Meeting, and this time circumstance did not require me to use the city’s public...
Equitable, just, inclusive transportation
Article May 08, 2019
Transportation professionals play an important role in shaping the past, present and future of communities. The transportation network should connect people to jobs, education, opportunities and to each other. As keepers of the transportation network, we have a responsibility to the public because...
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