Regulatory

Transit Briefs: Project Connect, OC Transpo, Sound Transit, VTA

Austin’s Project Connect enters the development phase. Also, debit card payments are now available on OC Transpo; Sound Transit’s Federal Way Link Extension (FWLE) project earns an Envision Platinum Sustainability Award; and the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) receives regional funding to move transit-oriented development (TOD) projects forward.

Mike Schwark (Photograph Courtesy of Mike Schwark)
Commentary

CN-IANR Merger Proposal: ‘Value Add’ for Ag

To be competitive and profitable, agricultural producers across the country are focusing on their cost of production, managing margins, and being forward-thinking on their grain and livestock marketing. In Iowa, and most any state, a piece to the puzzle that literally links all of these is rail. 

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FTA Awards $343MM for Station Accessibility Projects

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on May 28 reported that eight transit systems in eight states will share $343 million to make their rail stations “more accessible and in line with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards” by installing elevators, renovating platforms for level boarding, improving signage, and improving visual and audio systems.

USDOT Issues RFI for Potential Applications of AI

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Infrastructure (ARPA-I) on May 22 announced that it is seeking potential applicants of Artificial Intelligence (AI) across all modes of transportation, as well

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FTA: $10.5MM Available for TOD Planning

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on May 23 reported that approximately $10.5 million in Fiscal Year 2024 competitive grant funds are available to support local planning and investment near transit hubs, with a focus on projects that plan for affordable housing.

FRA said its three recently finalized reports on the “safety and performance of long trains” include findings from tests conducted on air brake racks (pictured) and the air brake system of a stationary train to examine how the length of long trains affects air brake system behavior and performance. (Photograph Courtesy of FRA)

FRA Finalizes Research Reports on Long Trains

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on May 22 announced that it has finalized three reports on the “safety and performance of long trains,” which have been submitted to the National Academy of