Charlotte Area Transit System receives DOT loan

The U.S. Department of Transportation has loaned the Charlotte Area Transit System $180 million to build the new LYNX Blue Line light rail in the North Carolina city. The loan is part of the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act and will be used to extend the rail line between the University of North Carolina Charlotte campus to Center City Charlotte. Read More »

U.S. communities receive grants to improve transit access

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA), which is part of the US Department of Transportation, recently announced that it has awarded several organizations throughout the US to improve access to public transit in communities. Each of the 21 organizations will receive a portion of $19.5 million available in grants from the FTA’s Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning Pilot Program. Read More »

11 US airports receive FAA environmental grants

Eleven airports recently received grants from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to improve their air quality by decreasing emissions. The funds, which amount to $24.5 million, are part of the Voluntary Airport Low Emission (VALE) as well as the Zero Emissions Airport Vehicle (ZEV) programs of the FAA. The FAA founded the VALE program in 2005 and the ZEV program in 2012. Read More »

BTS releases passenger airline employment data for July

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics recently released a report about passenger airline employment data for the month of July 2015.Compared to July 2014, scheduled passenger airlines has employed 2.7 percent more workers in July 2015. This is the 20th month in a row to show an increase in full-time equivalent (FTE) employment with U.S. scheduled passenger airlines. Read More »

PortMiami ready to handle new class of mega ships

The manufacturing of massive mega-ships is prompting ports around the world to refit infrastructure to handle the giant vessels, and PortMiami is now set to move into that new era, with its 50 to 52-foot Deep Dredge project and On-dock Intermodal Rail recently being completed, making it the only major logistics hub south of Virginia capable of handling fully loaded post-Panamax vessels. Read More »

U.S. DOT releases passenger travel facts, figures for 2015

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, has released a report -- "Passenger Travel Facts and Figures 2015" -- that provides readers with insight into the various trends and characteristics of U.S. travel, including the network travelers use, as well as the environmental, economic and safety results of such travel habits. Read More »

USDOT announces Beyond Traffic tour

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) recently announced that it is taking its Beyond Traffic U.S. conversation on a national tour; there are several regions throughout the U.S. where transportation important infrastructure was originally constructed by earlier generations, and when these infrastructures don’t work, failure of rail tunnels and deteriorating bridges occurs. Read More »

Michigan: New sealants, 'mixed crews' to boost highway-bridge longevity

Improved sealing processes and increased staffing have led to a longer lifespan for state highway bridges in Michigan, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) said recently. The North Region of MDOT has developed a proactive bridge-deck epoxy sealing program designed to make bridges last longer. The new sealing technique also will improve vehicles’ traction. Read More »

DOT announces locations for next-generation technology funding

The United States Department of Transportation has chosen New York City, Tampa (Florida) and Wyoming as the recipients of funds for next-generation technology for connected vehicles, a technology that has been specifically designed to make driving cleaner, safer and more efficient for various types of vehicles in the future generations. Read More »

Battelle to provide safety assessment of New York's Queens Boulevard Line transit upgrade

Battelle announced it has been awarded a $3.1 million contract to provide New York with safety assessments concerning the Queens Boulevard Line modernization project, which will fully upgrade one of the busiest transit lines in New York. Implementing a new radio-communications-based train control (CBTC) will give real-time data about speed conditions and vehicle position. Read More »

Virtual pocket clock to improve punctuality of MTA buses

MTA New York City Transit recently announced that the MTA Bus Time service will provide its users with a new virtual pocket “countdown clock” that will show bus location information according to distance-based information at any stop throughout the city, which will enable bus riders to see the time that their bus will arrive as well as enable them to plan their trips with better punctuality. Read More »

Report shows second-quarter profits for U.S. airlines

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics, a branch of the U.S. Department of Transportation, released a report Monday showing the financial data of airlines for the second quarter of 2015. According to the report, U.S. scheduled passenger airlines had an after-tax net profit of $5.5 billion for the second quarter of 2015, an increase from the $3.1 billion reported for first quarter. Read More »

Connecticut's Q Bridge project finished ahead of schedule

The four lanes of the new Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge, also known as Q Bridge, in Connecticut are scheduled to open to drivers on Monday now that construction project has been completed ahead of schedule, Gov. Dannel Malloy announced Sept. 18. Q Bridge, located on I-95 in New Haven, is the largest project in the Connecticut Department of Transportation's (DOT) history. Read More »

North Carolina's Southeast High-Speed Rail line shows progress

Last week, an important portion of the Southeast High-Speed Rail Corridor line received approval for its environmental impact statement, and now that the statement has been approved, the region is one step closer to attaining the crucial service between Raleigh and Richmond; the project planning first started in the early 1990s, and now the officials are closer to breaking ground. Read More »