Transportation


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    What US transit agencies worry most about right now

    Ridership, traffic congestion, finances, safety and transitioning bus fleets to cleaner fuels were were top of mind for transit agency leaders in a Keolis survey released today.

    By July 11, 2024
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    FTA awards nearly $1.5B for cleaner transit buses

    Projects in 117 communities received grants for low- or no-emission bus purchases and upgrades to bus facilities.

    By July 10, 2024
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    Top 5 stories from Smart Cities Dive

    From worsening climate change to a shifting transportation landscape and the housing affordability crisis, cities have their work cut out for them in 2024.

    By Smart Cities Dive staff
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    US high-speed rail projects: The latest news

    The latest update comes from California, where the High Desert Corridor Joint Powers Authority signed labor agreements for the construction, operation and maintenance of the proposed high-speed rail line.

    By Updated 20 hours ago
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    5 recommendations for high-speed rail success

    Decades of efforts to establish true high-speed rail in the U.S. “have not produced the desired outcomes,” a study from New York University’s Marron Institute of Urban Management says.

    By July 9, 2024
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    (2024). [Photograph]. Retrieved from U.S. Department of Transportation.
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    New Virginia-North Carolina intercity passenger rail line starts construction

    Trains could run at up to 110 mph along portions of the route connecting two of the busiest train stations in the Southeast.

    By July 8, 2024
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    FTA offers $1.9M in grants for tech that improves riders’ public transportation experience

    New payment methods, demand-responsive service and creative financing are among the types of projects that might qualify for a Federal Transit Administration grant program.

    By July 3, 2024
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    Amtrak awards $1.3B bridge contract along Northeast Corridor

    The railway span will replace a 117-year-old structure and allow a 55% increase in maximum speeds for Amtrak trains.

    By Joe Bousquin • July 3, 2024
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    DOT awards $1.8B in transportation infrastructure grants

    Nearly 150 road, rail, transit and port projects will receive discretionary grant funds from the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity, or RAISE, program.

    By July 2, 2024
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    Pedestrian traffic deaths declined in 2023 but remain above pre-pandemic levels

    Cities in Texas and California were among those seeing increases in pedestrian deaths from 2020 to 2022, the Governors Highway Safety Association said.

    By July 1, 2024
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    Lack of affordable electric vehicles will limit widespread US adoption until at least 2028: BofA

    Analysts at Bank of America and Bloomberg say U.S. EV penetration rates are slowing and are unlikely to reach 30% by 2030.

    By Robert Walton • June 27, 2024
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    What US mayors want from the next president, Congress

    The creation of a first-ever city mental health block grant, affordable housing investments and gun safety legislation are among the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ requests.

    By June 27, 2024
  • NY MTA board votes to defer congestion pricing plan until everyone agrees on it

    Board members acknowledged that without the agreement of the state and city transportation departments, the tolling program for Manhattan can't go forward.

    By June 26, 2024
  • When the line is finally completed, new subway stations will be opened at East Harlem at 106th and 116th Streets, and there will be a terminal at the 125th Street station complex on the Lexington Line in Harlem.
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    MTA halts 2 more NYC projects in funding fight over congestion pricing

    The pause in infrastructure construction is a major setback for the city’s development, said Carlo Scissura, president and CEO of the New York Building Congress.

    By Sebastian Obando • June 26, 2024
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    The best U.S. cities for biking in 2024

    PeopleForBikes named Minneapolis, Seattle and San Francisco the three best large cities for bicycling in 2024; three other cities were noted for becoming more bike-friendly.

    By June 26, 2024
  • MTA votes on New York congestion pricing plan Wednesday

    Gov. Hochul halted the tolling plan for vehicles entering Manhattan's business district. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's board of directors will vote on it as Inrix names New York the world's most congested city.

    By June 25, 2024
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    Air taxi company announces San Francisco Bay Area service plan

    The latest news from urban air mobility companies Archer Aviation and Joby Aviation includes acquisitions and agreements to ready themselves for 2025 flights.

    By June 24, 2024
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    Micromobility taxes, fees often out of sync with city policy goals: study

    The taxes and fees are 23 times higher, on average, than those on private vehicles, according to researchers at Lime and two universities.

    By June 21, 2024
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    NY congestion pricing pause already has consequences for infrastructure projects

    The region’s transit agency stopped subway extension work that relied on the plan’s revenue. Meanwhile, a final federal approval of the congestion pricing came through.

    By June 20, 2024
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    Virginia, Maine announce new state-supported intercity bus routes

    Both states are looking to expand their intercity bus services using federal and state funds.

    By June 18, 2024
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    ‘A totally different world’: Autonomous trucks prepare to go driverless in Texas

    Heavy-duty, driverless AVs could hit the state’s roads this year. The companies operating the vehicles say safety is a priority, but some critics are still concerned.

    By David Taube • June 17, 2024
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    (2024). "Revenue, Ridership, and Post-Pandemic Lessons in Public Transit" [Video]. Retrieved from T&I Committee Republicans/YouTube.
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    Public transit in the post-pandemic world: Views diverge at congressional hearing

    Some described transit as “essential” and needing stronger federal support, while others focused on the impact of higher costs and reduced ridership.

    By June 17, 2024
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    Megabus owner Coach USA files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

    The company has struggled to recover from the plummeting ridership and driver shortages sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    By June 14, 2024
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    Building high-speed rail is ‘not for the faint-hearted.’ Here’s how to get started.

    A new document from the U.S. High-Speed Rail Coalition outlines the steps advocates should follow in the early stages of planning a high-speed rail line.

    By June 13, 2024
  • People holding signs in an ornate building. The largest sign reads, "Gov Hochul don't defund the subway."
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    Transit agency faces $15B funding gap after NYC congestion pricing reversal

    “We’re going to fight like hell to make sure we don’t have to reduce service,” Metropolitan Transportation Authority chair and CEO Janno Lieber said.

    By June 12, 2024
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    Amazon’s Zoox expands robotaxi testing to Austin, Miami

    The company will use retrofitted Toyota Highlanders with safety drivers instead of its autonomous robotaxi to gather "valuable insights and feedback."

    By Haley Cawthon • June 12, 2024