FTA rule to improve bus testing, safety, reliability

Existing procedures used by the FTA Bus Testing Facility will largely remain intact, but data generated will be used to apply a new 100-point scoring system to tested buses, making it easier to compare similarly sized bus models from different manufacturers.

Officials have yet to launch Rio's $3 billion subway for Olympics

Despite a massive investment, the new subway ends 8 miles short of the Athletes' Village, so riders heading to Olympic venues will have to take a bus.

U.S. DOT makes $199M available for PTC implementation

The grants, which will be selected by the FRA and awarded and administered by the FTA, will help commuter railroads implement PTC, which prevents accidents and saves lives.

FTA issues transit asset management final rule

Lays out a strategic approach to maintain and improve capital assets, based on careful planning and improved decision-making, such as reviewing inventories and setting performance targets and budgets to achieve state of good repair goals.

Honolulu gets extension from Feds to fix rail plan

The city's mayor had wanted a June 2017 deadline, after the upcoming election and legislative session. He has also suggested shortening the route to stay within budget. 

U.S. transportation sector increases carbon footprint, study says

Industry, still the nation's largest emitter, accounts for about 29% of all emissions — down from nearly 36% in 1990. However, transportation — the country's second-largest contributor to greenhouse emissions — has increased its share from 24% in 1990 to 27% in 2014.

Autonomous vehicle expert joins MSU’s transportation division

Craig Shankwitz will lead the development of MSU's Western Transportation Institute research team that will explore and develop applications of autonomous and connected vehicle technologies to roads and transportation systems in rural areas and small cities, in both the public and private sector.

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