Six states acquire FHWA funds to accelerate innovative projects

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recently announced that it has awarded funds to Arizona, Florida, Delaware, Minnesota, Michigan, Rhode Island and New Mexico’s Pueblo of Acoma tribal government to further their innovative projects; the funds, which exceed $6.4 million, are taken from the Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration program and will be solely dedicated to improving the mobility, safety and project delivery in the areas. Read More »

Indiana beginning inspections of overhead signage structures.

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will begin inspecting the support structures for overhead signs on roads in the Lafayette, Crawfordsville, Plainfield and the Terre Haute areas next week. Collins Engineers, based in Chicago, Illinois, has been retained by INDOT to conduct the inspections on all of the state's 3,700 signage structures by the year 2021. Read More »

FRA reveals cause of Mount Carbon derailment

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) recently revealed the cause of the CSX/Plains All American derailment on Feb. 16 in Mount Carbon, as well as the association’s plans to stop any similar accidents from happening in the future; the accident caused 27 cars to derail, the evacuation of hundreds of local residents and a fire that burned for several days afterward. Read More »

Foxx issues edict that contradicts NTSB's recommendations

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently took issue with the National Transportation Safety Board's recommendation to transfer oversight of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to the Federal Railroad Administration. Instead, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said he has put the Federal Transit Administration in charge of WMATA oversight. Read More »

American Airlines announces September capacity, traffic and load figures

American Airlines Group recently announced the figures from September of this year as well as the results from its year-to-date traffic; the group’s sum revenue passenger miles (RPMs) amounts to 18.1 billion, which is an increase of 7.2 percent when compared to September of last year, and the airline’s sum capacity amounts to 21.9 billion available seat miles (ASMs), which shows a rise of 3.7 percent compared to Sept. 2014. Read More »

I-405 express toll lanes reduce travel time

A week after the new Interstate 405 express toll lanes were opened to commuters in early October, experts have reported that drivers have saved time 15 to 20 minutes in their daily commutes. Thanks to the double express toll lanes extending from Bothell to Bellevue, more vehicles are also on the move, with the average HOV lane volumes handlinh approximately 1,600 vehicles per hour. Read More »

Mesilla Valley Transportation purchases Allison Transmission's TC10 truck

Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT) recently announced that it has chosen the new TC10 by Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. as one of its Class 8 truck purchases for the 2015 to 2016 year; MVT ran real-world comparisons of automated manual, manual and automatic transmissions to choose its selection -- now, approximately one third of MVT’s fleet will use the TC10 in 2016. Read More »

Association of American Railroads calls freight rail vital to U.S. economic growth

America’s freight rail system is second to none in the world and continues to play a critical role in the country’s economic growth, Ed Greenberg, spokesman for the Association of American Railroads, recently told TI News Daily. Greenberg said freight railroads provide a vital link for American farmers, manufacturers and resource producers to the domestic and global marketplace. Read More »

Michigan DOT reveals survey feedback for I-275 project

Thanks to public feedback in a survey, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has chosen the best option for necessary lane closures on Interstate 275; the survey for public feedback concerned road closure options that are needed for crews to complete the I-275 project next year, and the survey was conducted online from Oct. 2 through 9. Read More »

Boat traffic closes 1st Ave. S. Bridge

Officials with the Washington Department of Transportation (WDOT) recently announced that 1st Ave. S. Bridge was closed today because of boat traffic; for motorists, the north bound as well as south bound lanes of State Route 99 over 1st Ave. S. Bridge (MP 26) were closed beginning at 12:50 p.m. because of boat traffic, and the drivers experienced a delay amounting to approximately 15 minutes. Read More »

Full-time and part-time airline employment data released for August

The Bureau of Transportation (BTS), a division of the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), recently released updates on its airline employment webpage to show the full-time and part-time employment data from Aug. 2015; the report contains figures for total employment, which includes both full-time as well as part-time employees, with all U.S. airlines, whether they are charter, passenger or cargo airlines. Read More »

Large truckload carriers report increase in second driver turnover

Large truckload carriers recently reported that they have experienced an increase in second quarter driver turnover rates, amounting to 87 percent; in spite of this three percent increase, the 87 percent is still less than the most recent average: this figure is at its lowest point ever since 2011’s second quarter, and it is also below the average of 95 percent from the year 2014. Read More »

Construction starts on I-5 Berkeley Street overpass in Lakewood

Construction recently started on the Berkeley Street overpass above Interstate 5 in Lakewood, Washington, and motorists who typically use Berkeley Street should notice activity and construction work around the overpass as the crews begin their work; the project is the responsibility of contractor crews who will build a double-turn lane connecting southbound I-5 and Berkeley Street. Read More »

FTA releases transportation guidelines for disabled Americans

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently released updated guidelines for Americans with disabilities and their service dogs; currently, every time employees with public transit agencies encounter questions involve passengers who have a service dog, the employees must access the transportation regulations from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which takes significant time and effort as provisions dedicated to service animals are located in three different sections of the regulat Read More »