Topic : U.S. DOT

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Sound Transit secures $88M loan for light rail ops, maintenance facility

Rail| June 27, 2017

The credit agreement is the first of its kind in the nation in supporting four separate Sound Transit projects. It is expected to yield regional taxpayers long-term savings of between $200 million and $300 million in reduced borrowing costs.

Metra to install inward-facing locomotive cameras

Security and Safety | May 25, 2017

Congress in 2015 ordered the DOT to draft rules within two years to require passenger railroads to install inward-facing and outward-facing cameras in all locomotives and other operating compartments such as cab cars and Highliner cars.

Government Issues| May 18, 2017

U.S. Senate confirms Rosen as Dep. Sec. USDOT

He has extensive experience in the transportation sector, serving previously as General Counsel at both the DOT and the Office of Management and Budget.

Government Issues| May 4, 2017

Profile: Norm Mineta, Former Secretary of Transportation

The searchlights were going back and forth over his body, scanning the barracks as Norm Mineta slept. It was the middle of 1942, and Norm was ten years old, sleeping on a mattress stuffed with hay...

Sustainability| April 21, 2017

New Flyer showcases electric bus at U.S. DOT Earth Day Fair

The Xcelsior XE40 battery-electric 40-foot bus accommodates 76 passengers (40 seated). WMATA is the second major metropolitan transit fleet in the U.S. to place New Flyer’s battery-electric bus in service.

Management & Operations| April 20, 2017

FTA taps nonprofit to lead mobility-on-demand innovation project

The initiative, which will be lead by the Shared-Use Mobility Center, will focus on helping recipients of FTA’s Mobility On Demand Sandbox program funding demonstrate innovative transportation solutions in 11 cities across the U.S.

Government Issues| March 16, 2017

Trump's 'Skinny Budget' cuts U.S. DOT funding by $2.4B

Under the Administration’s proposal, the DOT's funding would be cut by 13%, to $16.2 billion, and limits funding for the Federal Transit Administration's Capital Investment program, eliminates funding for the Essential Air Service program, and ends federal support for long-distance Amtrak trains.

University| March 16, 2017

Capital Metro, RATP Dev hosting autonomous shuttle demonstration

The demonstration, which will be held March 16 to 17 on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin, is designed to illustrate how Capital Metro and RATP Dev are working together to provide new and innovative ways for people to move around Austin, while helping to reduce emissions that can damage the environment.

Government Issues| February 28, 2017

Pub Perspective: 2 Myths Undermine the Feds Role in Public Transit

These myths must be dispelled immediately. I will try to begin doing so below.

Management & Operations| February 28, 2017

UTA Works to Overcome 'Toughest Mile' Challenges

Outside of increasing the number of riders on the system, improving first/last mile solutions can improve connectivity and safety for transit users.

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