Advocates say the Federal Transit Administration is sitting on nearly $1.8 billion that’s supposed to help build light rail lines, streetcars and subway improvements. Delaying these projects, they argue, could increase costs for local transit agencies. A light rail train in Minneapolis. Some advocates are worried that delays in federal funding could threaten new rail projects in Minneapolis and other cities including Chicago, Dallas and New York. (AP/Janet Hostetter) Transit
This summer Metro Houston launched a podcast series about the inner workings of the transit line. It's geared towards those who have always wanted to know more about the mass transit agency. Metro's Laura Whitley is the producer and host of the podcast entitled "The Next Stop" which has released two episodes. To read the complete article and listen to the podcast, visit: https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/METRO-Houston-launches-a-podcast-13171623.php ht
What Retailers’ E-Commerce Strategies Reveal About the Future of the Big-Box Last-Mile Delivery Market E-commerce retail disruption seems to come in waves. In the last decade, we’ve seen the transformation of the retail industry for books, electronics, apparel, music, tickets, and travel. E-commerce disrupts more than just retail, though. It’s a logistics story, too. Savvy third-party logistics providers (3PLs) are eyeing the horizon, poised to catch the next wave. It’s one w
The Texas Department of Transportation announced Wednesday, Sept. 5 it will hold three public meetings in October related to US 380 through Collin County. At the public meetings TxDOT officials will discuss and receive public comment on proposed alignments for US 380 from the Collin County and Denton County line to the Hunt County line. TxDOT is expected to present two-three proposed alignments at these meetings, according to a presentation given at an Aug. 20 Collin County C
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has launched a new online interactive engagement tool to gather more public input as part of the agency’s NextGen Bus Study. The study, launched in January, is designed to create a new bus network that is more relevant, reflective of, and attractive to the residents of Los Angeles County when it launches in the fall of 2019. This effort will improve service to current customers, attract new customers and win back pa
Aug. 17--For the past year, county residents have been able to climb aboard commuter trains for the first time in decades, and many are hooked on SMART's green-and-silver cars that glide on 43 miles of track that link Marin and Sonoma counties. The $500 million Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit system that launched Aug. 25, 2017 is off to a solid start, reporting 700,000 passengers in its first year of service to date. The system has also carried more than 60,000 bicycles. "I ha
This spring, Progressive Railroading reached out to transit agencies to learn how they’re tackling first-and-last-mile challenges. Following are summaries of what Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), Chicago commuter railroad Metra and Seattle’s Sound Transit are doing.
DART “You’ve got modes of transportation that exist now that didn’t exist three years ago, much less 10 years ago,” says Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) President/Executive Director Gary Thomas. “That’s really
Using math and computer modeling, University of Waterloo researchers studied ways to couple bike-share programs with public transit Coupling bike-share with public transit could be an important component when trying to increase light rail transit (LRT) ridership, according to a new study out of the University of Waterloo. In their study, researchers from Waterloo explored the most efficient size of a bike pool that would ensure enough bikes would be available to commuters who
Passenger trains don’t operate in a vacuum. They compete for business against air and motor vehicles. The results of the competition are reflected in, and measured by, their respective market share. Automobiles win the competition for the great majority of intercity travel, even in the highest-density corridors. Amtrak’s strongest single train, in market share, output and average trip length, is the one that serves the least populated, second-longest and most remote market in
U.S. railroads moved 565,502 carloads and intermodal units during the week ending May 26, marking a 4.4 percent increase over the same week last year.
Total carloads ticked up 3 percent to 273,226 units during Week 21, while intermodal traffic grew 5.8 percent to 292,276 containers and trailers, according to Association of American Railroads (AAR) data.
Eight of the 10 carload commodity groups that AAR tracks on a weekly basis posted increases compared with the same week