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Smart transportation developer US Ignite selected First Transit, in partnership with Perrone Robotics, as the autonomous vehicle (AV) shuttle provider for the Fort Carson, Colorado, Smart Transportation Testbed. This project is funded and managed by the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development…
August 04, 2020
The U.S. DOT recently announced announced $4.925 million in grants to fund four new Tier 1 University Transportation Centers (UTCs) to advance research and education programs that address critical transportation challenges facing the nation.   Reflecting the popularity of the program, the…
August 03, 2020
The North Carolina DOT (NCDOT) and its partners have released preliminary findings of a cooperative study to accelerate a region-wide network of high-quality transit routes to better connect the Triangle area. The study was a collaborative effort between NCDOT, the Regional Transportation Alliance…
July 30, 2020
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced the availability $225 million in grant funding through the Expedited Project Delivery (EPD) Pilot Program—$100 million of which is currently available for allocation. The program aims to achieve faster delivery of new transit capital projects…
July 29, 2020
StreetLight Data Inc. and Boston Consulting Group (BCG) recently announced their partnership to help the transportation industry make faster decisions, based on empirical data, during the unprecedented volatility of travel patterns and preferences resulting from COVID-19. In one of the first joint…
July 28, 2020
The U.S. DOT’s Build America Bureau provided a $851.15 million loan under the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) Program to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) for the Train Control Implementation and Rehabilitation Project in New England.  MBTA, the largest…
July 27, 2020
One year after announcing the launch of the Non-Traditional and Emerging Transportation Technology (NETT) Council, the U.S. DOT this week released Pathways to the Future of Transportation—a policy document that is intended to serve as a roadmap for innovators of new cross-modal technologies to…
July 24, 2020
Partnership to broadly deploy autonomous shuttles on public, private roads
Image: Merit Mile for Beep
Beep, a Florida-based autonomous Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) provider and Local Motors, the world’s first and only digital vehicle manufacturer, today announced a strategic partnership intended to significantly expand the number of autonomous vehicle shuttles on both public and private roads. This…
July 23, 2020
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Waymo announced the two companies have taken the next significant steps in the expansion of their autonomous driving technology partnership. Waymo will now work exclusively with FCA as its preferred partner for the development and testing of class 1-3 light…
July 22, 2020
Coordinating with the Arizona Commerce Authority, the Arizona DOT (ADOT) is exploring partnerships that would lead to the development of fiber optic infrastructure across Arizona. The goal is to create more affordable opportunities for wired and wireless broadband connectivity in rural communities…
July 21, 2020
Sound Transit breaks ground on Federal Way Link light-rail extension
Image: Sound Transit
Sound Transit in Washington State recently broke ground on the 7.8-mile Federal Way Link Extension, which will extend light rail from Angle Lake Station in SeaTac to the Federal Way Transit Center.  Opening in 2024, the route to Federal Way will offer service between South King County and Sea-Tac…
July 20, 2020
A project extending commuter rail services in California is one of many projects that has received FTA Capital Investment Grants program funding.
A project extending commuter rail services in California is one of many projects that has received FTA Capital Investment Grants program funding. Image: Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit via GAO
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report calling on the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to make its review process more transparent and effective for the agency's Capital Investment Grants (CIG) program. The GAO says FTA’s role is to evaluate and rate projects…
July 17, 2020
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