Competition for Federal Grants Breeds Transportation Innovation

ISSUE / Week of August 1, 2016

  • August 03,2016

    Competition for Federal Grants Breeds Transportation Innovation

    FASTLANE,Federal Funding
    Last month’s unveiling of the winner of the Smart Cities Challenge got a lot of attention (congrats, Columbus!) That program, run by the U.S. Department of Transportation, awarded $140 million to...
  • August 03,2016

    A History of Infrastructure Bank Proposals

    Federal Funding,Federal Governance
    August 3, 2016 Investing in national transportation infrastructure became a significant talking point for both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as the candidates have proposed improvement programs...
Distracted Driving’s New Challenge: Pokemon Go
Pedestrian safety,TNCs,Traffic Safety

Distracted Driving’s New Challenge: Pokemon Go

August 3, 2016 Last month, like every month, Tennessee’s Highway Safety Office (HSO) joined numerous agencies across the United States in urging its residents to put their phones away while...

USDOT Announces FY16 TIGER Grant Recipients
Federal Funding,Federal Governance,Governance,State Governance

USDOT Announces FY16 TIGER Grant Recipients

July 29, 2016 The U.S. Department of Transportation today announced $485 million in surface transportation grants for fiscal year 2016 for 40 projects with an estimated total cost of $1.7...

Proposed STB Rule Would Enable Reciprocal Switching
Federal Governance,Freight,Freight rail,Governance,Rail,Railroads

Proposed STB Rule Would Enable Reciprocal Switching

August 3, 2016 On Wednesday, July 28, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to adopt reciprocal switching regulations proposed by the National...

$197 Million in PTC Implementation Grant Funding Soon To Be Available
Commuter Rail,FASTLANE,Federal Funding,Positive Train Control,Rail,Rail Safety,Railroads

$197 Million in PTC Implementation Grant Funding Soon To Be Available

August 3, 2016 On July 29, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced the availability of $197 million in grants to commuter railroads in fiscal year 2017 to implement positive train control...

A Brief History of Big Data (in Federal Transportation)
Data,Transit Technology

A Brief History of Big Data (in Federal Transportation)

Guest op-ed by Thomas Grogan, Senior Economist, HDR, Inc. Big Data is big. Big enough to generate 3.5 billion search results each day. Big enough to process over 25 million transit trips...

STB Withdraws Delay Calculation Policy, Adopts Arbitration Rules
Amtrak,FASTLANE,Federal Governance,Governance,Rail,Railroads

STB Withdraws Delay Calculation Policy, Adopts Arbitration Rules

August 3, 2016 In a pair of decisions last week, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) withdrew a controversial policy issued late last year on how to calculate Amtrak delays and also issued new...

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