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Amtrak Derailment Investigations Underway

Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board have recently launched an investigation into the deadly derailment of Amtrak’s Empire Builder train in a remote section of north-centr...


Solar-Powered Train Sets Speed Record

Recently, inventors of what’s being dubbed the first-ever solar-powered locomotive put their transportation vehicle to the test on a railroad track in Sonoma, California.


FTA Announces $2.2B in Transit Grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration recently announced the availability of $2.2 billion in competitive grants for transit systems.


Purple Line Officials Announce Contractor Timeline

At the beginning of the month, Maryland transit officials announced plans to have a new construction team in place for the $2-billion Purple Line light-rail project by mid-February.


New Report Blames Welds in MX Metro Collapse

Recently, Norwegian risk management firm DNV issued its final report regarding the deadly subway overpass collapse in Mexico City in May, finding that poor welds on the infrastructure were t...


Amtrak Invests $7.3B in New Equipment

Passenger railroad service Amtrak has recently announced a contract agreement with California-based Siemens Mobility Inc. for the manufacture of a new fleet of up to 83 multi-powered modern ...


$2.1B AirTrain Approved for LaGuardia Project

A large piece of the puzzle has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration for the LaGuardia Airport project—a $2 billion AirTrain.


Pittsburgh Launches Innovative Mobility Service

Earlier this month, Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto joined the Department of Mobility and Infrastructure and partners today in launching Move PGH—a first of its kind Mobility as a Service sy...


Purple Line Secures New Funding

Last month, Maryland’s three-member Board of Public Works approved an agency request to add $183.5 million to cover expanded project responsibilities for the partially built $2-billion Purpl...


Prelim Findings Show Plagued MX Metro

Preliminary findings of Norwegian risk management firm DNV’s investigation into the deadly subway overpass collapse in Mexico City last month have revealed a structural fault as a leading ca...


MTA Suspends Several Track Inspectors

Last week, Metropolitan Transportation Authority Inspector General Carolyn Pokorny announced the findings of a nearly year-long investigation into the neglect of several track inspectors.


Markup Begins on $547B Highway Bill

Yesterday, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee began what is believed will be a days-long mark up process on the recently introduced Investing in a New Vision for the Envir...


Railway Safety Questioned in Pakistan Crash

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has ordered investigations into the country’s railway safety fault lines in wake of Monday’s (June 7) train derailment and collision, which caused at leas...


Hudson Tunnel Gains Federal Approval

The Federal Railroad Administration and Federal Transit Administration have issued the final Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision for the $11.6 billion Hudson River Tunnel P...


Senate Committee Approves $304B Highway Bill

Last Wednesday (May 26), the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee was reported to have unanimously voted in favor of a five-year, $303.5-billion highway bill.


Hyperloop Predicts Service by 2027

Co-founder and Chief Executive Josh Giegel of American transport tech company Virgin Hyperloop recently announced that commercial operations could happen as early as 2027.


Firm Tapped to Investigate MX Metro Collapse

In the events following the subway overpass collapse in Mexico City at the beginning of the month, Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum has recently announced that Norwegian risk management firm DNV has ...


NY Lawmaker Introduces Amtrak Repair Bill

New York Representative Ritchie Torres introduced bill H.R. 3002 last week, requiring that Amtrak adopt a repair-in-place method for track maintenance, rehabilitation and other purposes.


Mexico City Metro Overpass Collapse Kills 23

On Monday evening (May 3), a subway overpass in Mexico City collapsed into a busy boulevard, causing cars of the passenger train to fall into the street below.


Cuomo Announces More Penn Station Plans

In an agenda outlined by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, MTA, Amtrack and New Jersey Transit have announced new options to transform Penn Station following what they’re calling a yearlong “re-en...


CA City to Turn Train Station into Mixed-Use

Sacramento recently issued a green light on a 31-acre plan that aims to convert a train station into a pedestrian-friendly mixed-used development.


Honolulu Rail Costs Inflate as Construction Halts, Again

As a result of Interim Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation CEO Lori Kahikina halting work on the ongoing Honolulu rail project, the cost of the project has now ballooned to over $12 ...


$1.6B NYC Hall Opens in Penn Station Project

At the start of the year, New York City celebrated the opening of the Moynihan Train Hall, the $1.6 billion project that’s part of a larger effort of work on the historic Penn Station.


USDOT Releases Hyperloop Standards Review

On Friday (Jan. 15), the United States Department of Transportation released the “Hyperloop Standards Desk Review,” which plans to aid policymakers in better understanding standards and regu...


Antimicrobial Coatings to be Tested on Transit

Diversified natural resources company, Teck Resources Limited (Vancouver, Canada) recently announced that it would be testing its antimicrobial copper coatings on high-touch transit surfaces...


$1.5B MO Airport Project Completion Date Set

Missouri’s $1.5 billion Kansas City International Airport project officially has its targeted completion date, according to Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas.


CA Invests $2B in Infrastructure Projects

Last week, the California Transportation Commission announced it had approved $2 billion for 56 new infrastructure projects that aim to address a variety of transportation needs throughout t...


MD Purple Line Settles Dispute, JV Returns

According to reports, the Maryland Department of Transportation has managed to salvage its relationship with most of the contractors involved in public private partnership, Purple Line Trans...


Senate Committee Releases 2021 Funding Bills

The Senate Committee on Appropriations released all 12 of its fiscal year 2021 funding measures and subcommittee allocations earlier this month, highlighting $74.8 billion for the transporta...


Terminal B at $8B LaGuardia Project Nearly Complete

Work is continuing at the $8 billion LaGuardia International Airport project at LaGuardia Gateway Partners recently released a Fall 2020 update for the $4 billion Terminal B.


Virgin Hyperloop Unveils Certification Center Location

American transportation technology company Virgin Hyperloop has recently announced that after years of testing and developing hyperloop technology at their full-scale test site in North Las ...


FTA Announces Final Rule for PMO

At the end of September, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration announced a final rule amending FTA regulations for Project Management Oversight of transit ca...


South FL Rail Shaves Project Timeline

Thanks to the use of Italian company Petrucco’s box-jacking system, rail officials working on South Florida’s $2.7 billion, 170-mile Brightline high-speed rail extension will see the constru...


Joint Venture Leaves MD Purple Line Project

Last week, construction came to a halt at Maryland’s $5.6 billion Purple Line light-rail project, as joint venture Purple Line Transit Partners proceeded with its decision to depart from the...


Hudson Tunnel Costs Hike, Start Delayed

New York’s proposed Hudson River rail tunnel project has climbed in cost and time. With the price tag now sitting at $11.6 billion, the start date has been pushed back to 2022.


Judge Orders Work to Continue on Purple Line

Work is moving forward at Maryland’s $2 billion light rail project after a judge earlier this month issued a temporary restraining order against Purple Line Transit Partners LLC, preventing ...


Amtrak Behind, Over Budget on NY Hall Project

A new report from Amtrak has revealed that its part of New York’s Moynihan Train Hall project is delayed and over budget, and will likely not open by the project’s initial deadline of Decemb...


Bids Wanted for IL Train Station Reno

The City of Naperville, Illinois, is seeking bids for improvement of the Naperville Metra Fourth Avenue Train Station.


NJ Transit Issues Plan Without Funding

Earlier this month, the New Jersey Transit Corporation announced its development of a $5.8 billion, five-year capital plan and 10-year strategic plan, identifying a comprehensive vision for ...


Team Announced for Philly Station Renovation

Amtrak recently announced that it has selected the development team for the renovation of Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station.


Boring Completes Second Las Vegas Tunnel

Just last month, Elon Musk’s The Boring Company announced that it had completed its second tunnel in the Las Vegas Convention Center’s future underground express transportation system projec...


NJ Transit Awards $4.1M Contract for Penn Station

The New Jersey Transit Board of Directors recently authorized a $4.1 million contract for a preliminary design as well as engineering and construction assistance for the Central Concourse Ex...


Partnership Quits $2B MD Purple Line Project

At the beginning of the month, Purple Line Transit Constructors—a partnership consisting of Fluor (Irving, Texas), Lane Construction Corp. (Cheshire, Connecticut) and Traylor Bros Inc. (Evan...


WA's Sound Transit Halts Most Construction

As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is associated health risks, Sound Transit Construction announced that it would be suspending most of its construction on transit expansion projects...


USDOT Announces COVID-19 Relief Funding

At the beginning of the month, the United States Department of Transportation announced $25 billion in federal funding allocations for the nation’s transportation systems and $1 billion in f...


San Diego Seeking Bids for Transit Project

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System is seeking bids for its Fashion Valley Elevator Replacement project in San Diego, California.


MAD Architects Design Hyperloop

Beijing-based architecture firm MAD Architects has recently announced a collaboration project with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) for a new elevated transport system des...


DC Silver Line Project Facing Another Delay

In the latest development in Washington, D.C.’s $6 billion Silver Line project, officials have reported that the entire rail line is more than $260 million over budget and all three phases a...


$600M Work on NYC's Penn Station Begins

Construction has officially begun on the new $600 million entrance for New York City’s Pennsylvania Station.


CA Transit Center to Reopen Next Month

The Transbay Joint Powers Authority on Tuesday announced that after a review of the fixes made to San Francisco’s $2.2 billion Salesforce Transit Center, officials confirmed that the structu...


CA Transit Center Fixes Complete

Repairs and reinforcements at San Francisco’s plagued Salesforce Transit Center are reportedly complete, though a timeline of precisely when the $2.2 billion facility will reopen remains unc...


NYC Rail Rehab Considered Despite Funding

Project organizers for the Hudson Tunnel—a new rail tunnel slated to run between New York and New Jersey— are reviewing their options after key federal funding for the $13 billion project pr...


Subcontractors Disputes CA Transit Center Finds

On the heels of a report from San Francisco’s Transbay Joint Powers Authority that said multiple inspections failed to miss a construction error in the $2.2 billion Salesforce Transit Center...


Report: Work Error Missed in CA Transbay Center

San Francisco’s Transbay Joint Powers Authority Executive Director Mark Zabaneh revealed at a March 14 meeting that multiple inspections failed to miss a lapse in the building process in the...


CA Transit Center Fix Gets June Completion Date

The fix for the $2.2 billion Salesforce Transit Center in San Francisco is now officially underway as shoring went up along one of the streets last weekend. Repair work, though, is estimated...


Fix for CA Transit Center Gets Green Light

Late last week, the Transbay Joint Powers Authority green-lighted the repair of the two fractured beams in San Francisco’s Salesforce Transit Center.


Amtrak Shortlists Companies for Philly Project

In its effort to revamp Philadelphia’s William H. Gray III 30th Street Station, Amtrak recently released its shortlist of four teams to be master developer on the historic project.


Boring Company Completes Test Tunnel

Elon Musk’s Boring Company has completed its first test tunnel, located in Hawthorne, California, ahead of the Dec. 10 opening date. The billionaire also recently announced the founding of T...


CA Transit Center Could Undergo Full Review

The investigation of the cracks found at San Francisco’s SalesForce Transit Center is ongoing after the Transbay Joint Powers Authority called for a complete structural evaluation of the bui...


Boring Company Test Tunnel to Open Mid-December

Elon Musk’s Boring Company will be opening its first test tunnel in December in Hawthorne, California, according to reports. The company will be hosting an event to showcase the project Dec....


CA Transit Contractor Sues Owner for $150M

The general contractor joint venture that built the $2.2 billion Salesforce Transit Center in San Francisco is now suing the structure’s owner—the Transbay Joint Powers Authority—for $150 mi...


Shoring Complete at San Francisco Transit Center

San Francisco’s Transbay Joint Powers Authority confirmed earlier this week that the shoring systems for the sections where cracked steel beams were found in the Salesforce Transit Center ha...


Another Crack Found at CA Transit Center

A day after San Francisco’s Transbay Joint Powers Authority shut down its $2.2 billion Salesforce Transit Center following the discovery of a cracked steel beam, another fissure has been fou...


Cracked Beam Forces CA Transit Hub to Close

San Francisco’s Transbay Joint Powers Authority shut down its $2.2 billion Salesforce Transit Center on Tuesday (Sept. 25) after workers discovered a cracked steel beam in the ceiling of the...


Boring Company Introduces Tunnel Garage Prototype

Elon Musk’s Boring Company was recently granted approval from the Hawthorne City Council to implement a new addition to its tunnel prototype—a garage that would connect a passenger’s car dir...


JV Tapped for $200M VA Metro Station

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and the City of Alexandria, Virginia, have officially awarded a $213.7 million construction contract for the Potomac Yard station, a projec...


DC Metro Contractor Indicted on Bribery Charge

An official from a civil and general construction contractor based in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., has been indicted on a single charge of attempting to bribe a public official, an alleg...


DC Contractor Indicted on Bribery Charge

An official from a civil and general construction contractor based in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., has been indicted on a single charge of attempting to bribe a public official, an alleg...


SF Tunnel Death Spurs Contractor Checks

A week after a worker was struck and fatally injured by a steel beam while working on a $40 million transit tunnel improvement project in San Francisco, the city’s transit authority is promi...


Contractor Pleads Guilty in Metro Concrete Case

The quality-control manager who oversaw testing of concrete used on the D.C. Metro Silver Line extension project pleaded guilty Friday to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and ha...


Contractor Admits Guilt in Metro Concrete Fraud

The quality-control manager who oversaw testing of concrete used on the D.C. Metro Silver Line extension project pleaded guilty Friday to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and ha...


Government Joins DC Metro Concrete Suit

The commonwealth of Viriginia and the U.S. government have joined a whistleblower lawsuit filed more than two years ago against the fabricator of concrete used on the D.C. Metro’s Silver Lin...


Government Joins DC Metro Concrete Suit

The commonwealth of Viriginia and the U.S. government have joined a whistleblower lawsuit filed more than two years ago against the fabricator of concrete used on the D.C. Metro’s Silver Lin...


Boring Company Unveils Images of Gantry

After winning the bid to build a tunnel for Chicago’s transit system between downtown and O’Hare Airport, Elon Musk’s Boring Company last week revealed the gantry being developed for the Loo...


Chicago, Boring Company Plan Tunnel to O'Hare

The City of Chicago has chosen to move forward with a plan for Elon Musk’s The Boring Company to build a tunnel to transport passengers to and from O’Hare International Airport, a project th...


Hyperloop Projects Move Forward

After months with little in the way of updates, transit startup Hyperloop Transportation Technologies last week revealed progress in two countries: a track set to be built in Abu Dhabi, and ...


Congress Orders Study on Transit Project Costs

The U.S. Government Accountability Office will be taking a look at the cost of mass-transit infrastructure projects in the country, and especially in the New York City area, to determine why...


Hyperloop Firm Begins Multi-State Study

One of two companies seeking to make the “Hyperloop” high-speed transit system a reality is one step closer, after announcing an agreement with agencies in two states to begin a feasibility ...


A Empresa Hyperloop Começa Estudo Multi-estatal

Uma das duas companhias que buscam fazer realidade o sistema de trânsito de alta velocidade "Hyperloop" está um passo mais perto, depois de anunciar um acordo com agências em dois estados pa...


NY State Orders MTA Lead-Paint Study

Months after a painters union expressed concerns about lead paint chips falling from New York City’s elevated train stations, Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week signed a piece of legislation requir...


Toronto Rail Cars Need Urgent Corrosion Fix

The cars on one Toronto light metro line will be getting some TLC to address considerable corrosion in the 30-year-old fleet.


Brutal: Architects Plea for DC Paint Project's End

A white paint job at an historic, brutalist metro vault in Washington D.C. is causing some to see red.


Transit Projects Take Time to ‘Pay Back’ Carbon

It’s common sense that, on the face of things, mass transit is more eco-friendly than a model in which individuals all drive their own cars wherever they need to go. But how much does the ac...


New Report Calculates Congestion’s Cost

Traffic congestion isn’t just an annoyance; it’s a big economic drain, according to a new report from a transportation analytics firm.


FTA Updates Grant Awardee Guidelines

The U.S. government agency overseeing federal aid for public transit projects has issued a newly revised document to help those who have been awarded grants to understand their responsibilit...


Trump Picks Elaine Chao for DOT Secretary

President-elect Donald Trump has named former labor secretary Elaine Chao as his choice to head the U.S. Department of Transportation.


Hyperloop One Touts Seamless Transportation

The Dubai-to-Abu Dhabi Hyperloop track that architectural and design group Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) teased late last month is coming together in a way that makes the seemingly futuristic tr...


Concrete Collapse Traps 3 in Tunnel

Canadian safety officials are investigating an accident in a light rail transit project tunnel that temporarily trapped three construction workers Thursday (Nov. 10).


Lead Paint Bloats Mural Costs, Timeline

Transforming a transit bridge into a work of public art turned into more than one metropolitan Atlanta city bargained for after lead paint was revealed to exist on the structure.


End in Sight for NJ Work Freeze

Nearly three months after all nonessential road, bridge and transit projects were halted in New Jersey, the state’s governor and political leaders have reached an agreement on how to repleni...


Penn Station to Get Revamp

New York City's main intercity railroad station is scheduled for a redesign.


Cuomo Launches Penn Station Overhaul

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has unveiled plans to revamp New York City’s Pennsylvania Station, a project reportedly under consideration for more than two decades.


Group Names Best Transportation Projects

Several bridge projects are vying for recognition as the best transportation project in the United States in the 2016 America's Transportation Awards competition.


Mini Bay Bridge Comes to Town

San Francisco loves its new San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge so much, it seems, that the city will be building a duplicate smaller version as part of its new downtown transit center and neig...


DC Transit Officials Face Concrete Concerns

Crumbling concrete is under scrutiny at one Washington, D.C., transit station this month. Investigators recently discovered concrete damage in a bridge outside the Rhode Island Avenue Statio...


Bus Painters Embellish Liverpool Liveries

The painting team at one of Europe’s largest bus and train transport services organizations has lent its skills to transforming three double-decker buses into mobile artworks.


‘Straddling Bus’ Doubles Up on Travel Lanes

When it comes to improving transportation infrastructure, relieving traffic congestion is often a top consideration.


CA Agency Presents 40-Year, $120B Plan

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has issued what it terms a “bold plan to transform transportation.”


Transit Project Uncovers Historic Road

Construction workers in Canada found they had dug back in time while preparing a site for the region’s light rail transit project.


Norway to Invest $1B in ‘Super-Cycleways’

In an effort to reduce its residents’ reliance on cars, one Scandinavian country is aiming to spend nearly $1 billion to build a new network of highways … for bikes only.


DOT Promotes Project Funding Sources

The U.S. Department of Transportation has made known two potential sources of funding for infrastructure projects across the country.


$98.1B Slated for FY2017 USDOT Work

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has shared detailed information on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s budget for fiscal year 2017 in a series of recent statements.


Long-Awaited Transportation Bill Passes

Transportation funding advocates, federal agencies and even elected officials might agree that the final passage of a long-term highway bill is a Christmas miracle.


Outlook: Construction to ‘Disappoint’

CHICAGO—The good news: Roads and bridges will see greater investment than other nonresidential sectors in the years ahead. The bad news: That's not saying much. And it will still be far less...


Standoff Grips $120M Problem Project

Not so fast. That's the word from Montgomery County, MD, which has advised Washington, D.C.'s transit agency that it cannot simply bail out of a troubled $120 million project that it ...


Agency Wants Out of Botched $120M Hub

Already $80 million over budget and more than two years behind schedule, a $120 million Maryland transit center will not be used as planned because its structural flaws are too expensive to ...


Obama Proposes 6% DOT Hike in 2014

The nation's beleaguered bridges, pipelines, roads, rail systems, ports, airports, maritime operations and transit systems could begin upgrades in FY 2014, if President Obama's $77 billion b...


Fish Story: Salmon Bus Baits for Bids

A plan to hook tourists and reel in local artists has spawned a new bid solicitation by a local transit agency in Alaska.


Artistic Bus Plan Spawns Bid Request

A local Alaskan transit agency has issued a fishy request for proposals—specifically, the development and application of a salmon-themed graphic design, infused with Northwest Coast Native a...


The Bus Stops Here ... for $1M

After 18 months and more than $1 million, Arlington, VA, has cut the ribbon on its newest piece of infrastructure: a bus stop.


OR Awards Bus Bay Coating Contract

The floors of a Portland, OR, bus maintenance facility will be getting a major upgrade with the recent award of a coating contract to The Rodriguez Corp.


 
 
   

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