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Sound Transit: Trump budget a “body blow”
The Trump Administration’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018, which would eliminate the Federal Transit Administration New Starts grant program that supports building new mass transit projects around the country,…
USDOT defers Caltrain electrification funding
Caltrain has warned that the viability of its project to electrify the 52-mile San Jose-San Francisco corridor may be in jeopardy after newly appointed United States Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao…
FTA issues directive to reduce the frequency of stop signal overruns
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued a public notice and request for comments on a proposed General Directive that would reduce the frequency of stop signal overruns in the rail…
$1B agreement for CTA's Red and Purple Lines
Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced Jan. 9 a $1 billion funding agreement for the first phase of the Red and Purple Modernization Program (RPM).
TEX Rail awarded $499 million FTA grant
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced Dec. 15 a $499.39 million federal grant agreement with the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (FWTA) to build TEX Rail, a…
$1 billion for San Diego Trolley
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has finalized a $1.04 billion federal grant agreement with the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) to extend existing Blue Line Trolley service from downtown…
FTA guiding Buy America requirements from 60% to 70%
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on Sept. 1, 2016 issued its final Buy America policy guidance advising transit agencies and transit vehicle manufacturers how to implement a phased increase in…
FTA makes $7 million available for safety grants
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has $7 million in grants available to support efforts that enhance the safety of transit workers and passengers.
Pennsylvania to allocate $61.9 billion to statewide transportation improvements
Pennsylvania’s State Transportation Commission (STC) has announced updates to the state’s 12-Year Transportation program, effective Oct. 1.
FTA issues final TAM rule
A final rule by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) requires the administration's grantees to develop management plans for their public transportation assets, including vehicles, facilities, equipment and other infrastructure.
USDOT moves forward on Gateway Program
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has moved the Hudson Tunnel Project and Portal North Bridge – both critical elements of the Gateway Program in the New York City area…
Final of FTA's $10.1 billion Sandy relief funds allocated
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is allocating the final $834.6 million available in Hurricane Sandy disaster recovery funding, aiming to provide maximum flexibility for impacted communities to direct repairs and…
FTA on track with TRACS
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is seeking nominations from the public transportation safety community for TRACS (Transit Advisory Committee for Safety) membership.
FWTA gets greenlight to start TEX Rail construction
The Federal Transit Administration has awarded a Letter of No Prejudice (LONP) to the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (FWTA) for TEX Rail, which means that construction for the 27-mile commuter…
CTA receives perfect score from FTA
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) announced on June 8, 2016 that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the top federal oversight agency for transit agencies, gave the CTA a perfect score…
FTA tightens safety screws on WMATA
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on May 7, 2016 issued an “urgent safety directive” to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) just one day after the agency released a…
Omnibus bill extends short line tax credit, funds TIGER and safety grants
The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate passed an omnibus spending bill late last week that will keep federal agencies funded through the end of September 2016.
Red and robust
San Diego’s landmark light rail system, with its distinctive bright red LRVs, continues to expand in ridership and reach.
LRT beats BRT on key metrics: FTA
For several decades, U.S. proponents of “bus rapid transit” (so-called BRT) have waged a veritable war against light rail transit (LRT), relying particularly on a claim that BRT is “just…
Galveston to reboot (diesel) streetcar
Galveston, Tex.'s City Council, in a 6-to-1 vote Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, approved proceeding to re-establish the citys 6.8-mile diesel trolley car operation, which was discontinued in 2008.
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