During 2023, rail ridership grew by eight percentage points relative to 2019 (pre-pandemic) levels, ending the year at 70%, while bus ridership grew by 12 percentage points to 81% of 2019 levels, according to the latest APTA report. (Chart Courtesy of APTA)

APTA Releases Ridership Trends Report

After falling to 20% of pre-pandemic levels in April 2020, public transit has recovered to 79% of pre-pandemic levels as of March 2024, according to the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) latest ridership trends report.

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Watch: Salvors Remove First Containers From Dali

As the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) works toward its target of restoring full access to the Port of Baltimore by the end of May, the Unified Command responding to the incident has begun

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PHMSA Issues 2024 Emergency Response Guidebook

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has published the 2024 edition of its free emergency response manual that provides guidance to first responders on what to do during the initial

USACE Chief of Engineers Lt. Gen. Scott Spellmon views damage to the fallen Francis Scott Key Bridge. USACE is leading the effort to clear the channel as part of the larger interagency recovery effort to restore operations at the Port of Baltimore. (USACE Photograph by Maj. Spencer Garrison)

USACE Targets End-of-May Restoration of full Port of Baltimore Access

As work to cope with the aftermath of the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse continued, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced a tentative timeline for the restoration of safe navigation in and

The 8.5-mile Link 1 Line light rail extension from Northgate into Lynnwood will open Aug. 30, 2024, adding four new stations. (Sound Transit Photograph)

Transit Briefs: Denver RTD, Sound Transit, WMATA

Denver (Colo.) Regional Transportation District (RTD) spearheads a pilot project that integrates trip planning and fare payment in the Transit app. Also, Washington’s Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority (Sound Transit) announces the launch date for Link 1 Line service to Lynnwood, Wash.; and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) reports that efforts to reduce fare evasion and increase safety are working.

Operation Lifesaver Programs in 10 States to Share $200K in Grants

Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI), in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), on April 1 announced the award of $200,000 in competitive crossing safety awareness grants to Operation Lifesaver programs in 10 states.

Railway Age’s 2024 Short Line Railroad of the Year is Mississippi Export Railroad (MSE). (Chip Haffner Photograph, Courtesy of MSE)

MSE, W&LE, EIRR Accept Railway Age Awards

Mississippi Export Railroad (MSE) and Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Company (W&LE) accepted Railway Age’s 2024 Short Line and Regional Railroads of the Year Awards at the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association

OLI Awards $220K for Rail Safety Campaigns

Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI), in partnership with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Posner Foundation of Pittsburgh, has awarded $220,000 in competitive rail safety awareness grants to Operation Lifesaver programs in

Savage Tooele Railroad Company has proposed reinstituting common carrier freight rail service over an approximately six-mile segment of the former “Warner Branch” (abandoned in 1983 by UP predecessor Western Pacific Railroad Company), and to construct approximately five miles of new railroad line within the Lakeview Business Park, which has been under development since 2020 in Tooele County, Utah. (STB Photograph)

STB Approves Construction of 11-Mile Utah Rail Line (UPDATED 4/3)

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) on April 1 signed off on Savage Tooele Railroad Company’s proposal to build and operate approximately 11 miles of rail line in Tooele County, Utah, subject to certain environmental mitigation conditions.

USDOT OIG to FRA: Improve HOS, Fatigue Management Oversight Procedures

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) needs to improve procedures and planning as part of its oversight of railroad Hours of Service (HOS) compliance and passenger railroad fatigue management requirements, according to an