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August 22, 2014

On-demand bus service Bridj facing regulation

The company received a letter that said it could not use many of its proposed stops in and around...

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August 19, 2014

U.S. DOT takes connected vehicle program to next level

Supports report with research findings in several key areas including technical feasibility, privacy...

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August 15, 2014

APTA: Public transportation users save $10,064 annually

The savings are based on the cost of commuting by public transportation compared to the cost of...

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August 15, 2014

19th BusCon Moves to Indianapolis, Touts Education and More

The Expo will feature plenty of vehicles and technology on the show floor as well as an expanded...

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FEATURES

Consultant Roundtable: Leading the Charge to Capitalize on New Transportation Mindset

Nine industry experts weigh in on key transportation topics. Whether it is maintaining and growing ridership on public transportation or taking advantage of new project delivery methods, many believe it is important to embrace today’s more modern approach to living, working and playing.


2014 Top Rail Projects Survey

With a reported $16.5 billion in projects, New York City Transit again tops the list, with the amount of streetcar projects in North America continuing to grow. Total project purse grows nearly 50% over 10 years.


Metrolink Leads the Way as PTC Deadline Looms

The California rail system turns from tragedy to triumph as it moves toward completing positive train control installation on its rail lines by 2015. The expedited effort was spurred in part by the 2008 collision that killed 25 passengers. For many systems, though, gaining radio frequency spectrum remains a challenge.


Time Running Out for Funding A New Transportation Bill

While there are some new solutions for funding a bill when MAP-21 expires being mentioned, there is still no mechanism, new or old, gaining bipartisan favor. Meanwhile, the fractious climate on Capitol Hill makes reaching an agreement even more difficult.




DEPARTMENTS

Pub Perspective: Too much reliance on consultants?

Many times, agencies feel they need to hire the least expensive consult team to help guard taxpayer money. My consultant contacts tell me this approach may violate state and federal laws.



Following string of incidents, FRA 45-day Metra investigation to focus on safety

Set to focus on Metra’s program of operational tests and inspections for all its operating crews, with special emphasis on training, qualification and testing of locomotive engineers.

Former T&I Chairman and champion of ‘intermodality’ Oberstar dies

James Oberstar, former chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (T&I) and long-time transportation advocate, died in May at age 79.



Pub Perspective: The most important P in PPP is the last one

The first thing to understand about P3s is that they are primarily a money-saving strategy and are still expected to earn a return on investment.

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