Officials discuss prospects for long-term federal transportation bill

BY Jeremiah Shelor

CLARKSBURG — Last week, the U.S. Senate passed what officials are touting as a six-year solution to funding the nation’s transportation infrastructure. And though the bill, known as the DRIVE (Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy) Act, has yet to pass the U.S. House of Representatives, a long-term solution from Congress for… READ MORE »

Is Bus Rapid Transit Plan B for Baltimore?

BY Dan Rodericks & Maureen Harvie

Last month, Governor Larry Hogan shelved the Baltimore region’s Red Line – the long-planned $3 billion dollar light rail project to connect western Baltimore County with the southeastern side of the city. Since then, Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford said rapid buses are the way to go. But there is no money for such a project,… READ MORE »

Hudson Tunnel Plan Gets Sudden Attention After Commuter Meltdown

BY Jeff Plungis

After years in limbo, the Gateway rail-tunnel project under the Hudson River is having a moment. The entryway to Manhattan, proposed in 2011 after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie killed a similar project, has languished without financial commitments. After arduous commuter-train delays this month, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx called for meetings with Christie and… READ MORE »

After Winter Woes, New Board Takes Control of Boston Transit

BY Daniel C. Vock

Five months after winter storms brought Boston’s transit system to a standstill, Massachusetts is asking a group of five people to fix it. The to-do list for the the newly installed board is daunting. Besides better preparing for winter storms, the beleaguered Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) must figure out how to upgrade aging equipment,… READ MORE »

MARTA partners with Uber, adds Wi-Fi to buses

with a company that many viewed as the transit agency’s competition. MARTA officials say they are trying to make travel more convenient by partnering with Uber. Keith Parker, MARTA’s CEO, says with the new partnership you can link directly to Uber’s site from the MARTA app while you are still on the train platform, in… READ MORE »

Think America’s Roads Are Crumbling? Not Quite

BY Danielle Kurtzleben

Congress is one tiny step closer to funding America’s highways, as the Senate decided Wednesday night to open debate on their transportation bill as the July 31 deadline looms. The Highway Trust Fund has been in dire straits the last few years, spending more than it’s taking in. Because it gets its money from the… READ MORE »

Eno Center for Transportation Congratulates Keith Parker, Board Member and MARTA GM/CEO, On Prestigious Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 14, 2015 CONTACT: Ann Henebery aheneberyenotransorg 202-879-4707 571-331-5344   ENO CENTER FOR TRANSPORTATION CONGRATULATES KEITH PARKER, BOARD MEMBER AND MARTA GM/CEO, ON PRESTIGIOUS AWARD Parker Named 2015 Outstanding Public Transportation Manager by American Public Transportation Association Washington, DC – The Eno Center for Transportation – a neutral, non-partisan think tank –… READ MORE »

MARTA’s Parker named ’2015 Outstanding Public Transportation Manager’

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) has selected MARTA’s GM/CEO Keith T. Parker, AICP, as the 2015 Outstanding Public Transportation Manager. This highly prestigious award is in recognition of Parker’s major accomplishments at MARTA and his contributions to the public transportation industry during his two decade career. “I’m deeply humbled to be recognized by APTA’s… READ MORE »

Follow Reagan’s example, and fill up America’s highway fund

BY Joshua Schank and Jeff Davis

Can you name the U.S. president who raised taxes during a recession to fund increased infrastructure investment? Must be a real liberal, right? Actually, it was none other than Ronald Wilson Reagan, in 1982. He made this tough decision to ensure we had adequate investment in our transportation network. Reagan’s unlikely move is all the… READ MORE »

Pennsylvania Turnpike toll hike will be just one of many

BY Melissa Daniels

The cost to drive from one end of the Pennsylvania Turnpike to the other more than doubled in the past decade, a cost that will continue to rise as roadway funding needs increase statewide. Drivers paid $21.40 to make the 359-mile trip from the Ohio line to the Delaware River in 2004. By 2014, the… READ MORE »