Smart Columbus Linden Leap shuttle opening
The Linden LEAP self-driving shuttle launched in early February. Image: @SmartCbus via Twitter
Smart Columbus has temporarily halted its self-driving shuttle pilot program in the city's Linden neighborhood after one unexpectedly stopped last week, causing a female passenger to fall from her seat. According to a report from the Columbus Dispatch, the Linden LEAP shuttle had just left a…
February 25, 2020
The U.S. DOT recently published a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to apply for $1 billion in FY 2020 discretionary grant funding through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program. “BUILD grants will upgrade infrastructure…
February 24, 2020
NJ Transit makes key advancement in positive train control project
Image: @NJTRANSIT via Twitter
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) recently gave NJ Transit approval to begin revenue service demonstration (RSD) of its positive train control (PTC) system, moving NJ Transit one step closer to meeting the federally mandated deadline of PTC certification by December 31, 2020. “Entering the…
February 21, 2020
Moving America Forward transportation infrastructure
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Four Democratic presidential candidates discussed infrastructure challenges at a Feb. 16 campaign forum billed as the first-ever to focus on the issue. During the "Moving America Forward" infrastructure forum, all participating candidates agreed the nation needs to invest more to repair aging roads…
February 20, 2020
California High-Speed Rail Authority bullet train
Rendering of a possible California high-speed train concept. Image: California High-Speed Rail Authority
The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) recently issued its Draft 2020 Business Plan for public review and comment. The plan affirms the policy recommendation to the CHSRA board to develop a clean, electrified Merced-Fresno-Bakersfield high-speed rail interim service line in California’s…
February 19, 2020
New Acela tracks at Hornell, New York, Amtrak
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Amtrak is setting a new milestone by beginning high-speed rail testing of the first train set in its new Acela fleet. The first of Amtrak’s 28 new Acela train sets, scheduled to enter service throughout the Northeast Corridor (NEC) in 2021, will be leaving from Alstom’s facility in Hornell, New…
February 18, 2020
FTA announces research funding for rail transit, bus operator safety projects
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The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) this week announced the availability of $9.3 million in research funding for innovative projects that will improve rail transit and bus operator safety.  This includes $7.3 million for projects that demonstrate and evaluate new technologies, safer designs,…
February 14, 2020
Chicago Transit Authority small business enterprise initiative
CTA Green Line station. Image: @cta via Twitter
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) this week approved a contract that will allow eight Small Business Enterprise (SBE) firms to work as General Engineering Consultants (GEC), providing expertise on a number of technical services for CTA transit projects. The $20 million initiative is the first…
February 14, 2020
Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program Federal Transit Administration
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The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to apply for approximately $454.6 million in FY 2020 competitive grant funding for transit bus projects. The Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program is authorized to improve the condition of bus…
February 12, 2020
Nevada DOT Active Traffic Management freeway signs Project Neon
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The Nevada DOT (NDOT) this week partially activated the Active Traffic Management (ATM) freeway signs in the Las Vegas valley. Forty-two ATM signs were installed along north and southbound I-15 between Russell Road and Washington Avenue as well as along U.S. Highway 95 between Valley View and Las…
February 11, 2020
The North Dakota DOT (NDDOT) recently received a federal grant to use innovative technology to improve work-zone safety with an autonomous impact protection vehicle. The Federal Highway Administration awarded NDDOT a $241,687 grant through its Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) program this…
February 10, 2020
Georgia DOT expands infrastructure supporting connected vehicles
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The Georgia DOT (GDOT) has announced the release of a request for proposals from private sector partners to provide a turnkey connected vehicle (CV) solution for major roadways in metro Atlanta. The state of Georgia is already underway in pursuing a large active CV infrastructure deployment. To…
February 08, 2020