Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., took pointed aim at changes being made to federal cost share for transit projects during a July 11 Environment and Public Works Committee hearing, noting that such changes could "make it more difficult for state and local agencies" to use low-interest federal loans to pay for all manner of infrastructure projects going forward. Gillibrand referenced a letter issued by the Federal Transit Administration back on June 29 that the agency will now
During a July 11 hearing held by Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on Capitol Hill, changes to Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act or "TIFIA" loans were urged to help shorten the application period and the timeline for their disbursement – both key issues for state departments of transportations seeking such loans for funding a variety of highway projects. "Overall the TIFIA program is great but there are areas to improve upon," explained B
In-car signals based on vehicle-to-vehicle communication could reduce commuting time by 20 percent, say researchers. The world’s first traffic light system began operating near the Houses of Parliament in London in 1868. It consisted of a set of gas lights operated by a policeman and designed to control the flow of horse-drawn traffic across the Thames. The trial was a success, at least as far as traffic control was concerned. But the experiment was short-lived. A few months
If the first half of 2018 was a bellwether, beneficial cargo owners will face unprecedented challenges using intermodal this peak season which appears to be starting earlier than in prior years. Intermodal traffic rose 7 percent in the first five months of the year, according to the Intermodal Association of north America. The number of 40-foot containers moving on the rails rose 7 percent, while 53-foot containers increased 6.4 Percent and trailer-on-flatcar shipments jumped
The COSCO Development calls at South Carolina Port Authority’s Port of Charleston. Photo: SCPA South Carolina Ports Authority reported a record container volume of 2.2 million twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) during its 2018 fiscal year. The new record represents an increase of three percent over the previous fiscal year, the Port Authority said. Closing out its fiscal year, SCPA handled 201,163 TEUs in June, the single highest month for container volume in the P
The timeline is to have the shuttles tested without passengers toward the end of 2018 Self-driving shuttles are expected to ferry passengers in the downtown streets of Columbus, Ohio, by the end of the year. The Ohio Department of Transportation, the city of Columbus and Ohio State University (OSU) are seeking proposals from companies to operate and maintain low-speed, self-driving shuttle service around the downtown riverfront area known as the Scioto Mile. It will be the fi
The report compared the 100 largest cities in the U.S. across 29 key metrics of driver-friendliness The personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018's best and worst cities to drive in. To determine the most driver-friendly places in the U.S., WalletHub compared the 100 largest cities in the nation across 29 key metrics of driver-friendliness. The data set ranges from average gas prices to annual hours in traffic congestion per auto commuter to auto-re
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is seeking input on the development of a new strategic plan to guide its programs and member services for fiscal years 2020-2022.
To gather feedback, the association has launched an online survey through July 31.
APTA's Strategic Plan Steering Committee is expected to complete a draft of the plan by early October and a final plan for approval by APTA's by Nov. 30.
The association's current strategic plan was approved
The rise of autonomous and smart connected vehicles on our highways has put a spotlight on the instances of auto cybercrime, and the relevance of suitable regulations in the industry. FreightWaves recently discussed the impact of these regulations on civil liability in detail, and as a continuation to that segment, spoke with David Barzilai, the Executive Chairman of Karamba Security, an Israeli company that focuses on securing automotive controllers from hackers via its soft
A decommissioned oil rig and ship stand ready to be scrapped at the Alang shipyard in western India in May 2018. PHOTO: AMIT DAVE/REUTERS ATHENS—Dire freight rates are pushing shipowners to scrap a record number of the biggest oil tankers this year, making it a bumper period for recycling yards in South Asia. Very large crude carriers, or VLCCs, move much of the world’s oil across the oceans. But there are far too many in operation in a shrinking market. Major oil producing c