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USDOT unveils Build America Transportation Investment Center
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) recently unveiled its Build America Transportation Investment Center (BATIC), which will serve as the single point of contact and coordination for states, municipalities and…
House T&I Committee introduces legislation for three-year PTC deadline extension
The U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee leadership introduced legislation to extend the deadline for U.S. railroads to implement Positive Train Control (PTC).
SunRail receives $93.4 million for expansion
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded a $93.4-million federal grant agreement to extend SunRail commuter rail service 17.2 miles from Southern Orlando to Osceola County. The extension will provide…
LACMTA names first chief innovation officer
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) has selected Dr. Joshua Schank as the first-ever head of its newly created Office of Extraordinary Innovation, effective October 5, 2015.
PEB issues recommendations in hopes to settle dispute between NJ Transit and union coalition
Presidential Emergency Board (PEB) 248 has issued its recommendations to settle the four-year contract dispute between New Jersey Transit and the Rail Labor Coalition of 14 unions representing 4,300 union…
LACMTA Board will explore safety options at 153 crossings
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) Board of Directors approved the contract for the L.A. County Grade Crossing and Corridor Safety Program, authorizing engineering studies to identify potential…
Metra safety director wins international safety award
Metra Director of Safety Hilary Konczal has been named to the World Safety Organization (WSO) Board of Directors and received the group's James K. Williams Award for his dedication to…
Steps taken at federal level to speed up infrastructure projects
The White House Office of Management and Budget, Council on Environmental Quality and U.S. Department of Transportation says the Obama Administration will take steps to accelerate critical infrastructure projects, including…
MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board’s first report not glowing, but encouraging
In its first report to the legislature, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB) detailed underlying problems at the MBTA that are even more serious…
Metra warns of service shutdown without PTC deadline extension
The Metra Board of Directors has formally called on Congress to extend the Dec. 31, 2015 deadline to install Positive Train Control (PTC), agreeing with a staff analysis that in…
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