Washington, D.C. — At its Legislative Conference, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) released recommendations for authorization of the transportation bill that is set to expire at the end of September. The APTA plan calls on Congress to authorize a $100.4 billion federal transit program over six years, which would grow the current $10.7 billion annual program to $22.2 billion by 2020. In addition, it calls for a number of policy changes in the program that will ensure that the industry provides effective and efficient public transportation.
Washington, D.C. — During 2014, Amtrak plans to move forward on key improvement projects, including continued installation of positive train control safety technology, the start of major construction to upgrade Northeast Corridor high-speed rail, and expansion of station accessibility for passengers with disabilities.
Washington, D.C. — In 2013, Americans took 10.7 billion trips on public transportation, which is the highest annual public transit ridership number in 57 years, according to a report released by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). This was the eighth year in a row that more than 10 billion trips were taken on public transportation systems nationwide. While vehicle miles traveled on roads (VMT) went up 0.3 percent, public transportation use in 2013 increased by 1.1 percent.
Seattle — Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) bridge engineers have scheduled an additional in-depth inspection of the State Route 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct on Saturday, March 22. During the viaduct’s most recent inspection, WSDOT bridge crews observed new cracks, as well as movement and widening of existing cracks, along girders and supports near Spring and Seneca streets. While the viaduct remains safe for travel, WSDOT bridge engineers need a second inspection to gather more information about the cracks before they can make repairs.
Pittsburgh, Pa. — The Mon/Fayette Expressway, Turnpike 43, Uniontown to Brownsville, won the American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania (ACEC/PA) Grand Conceptor award in ACEC/PA's 2014 Diamond Awards for Engineering Excellence competition. The Grand Conceptor award is the top award of the competition, which recognizes outstanding achievements of Pennsylvania's engineering firms. Gannett Fleming served as design manager of the project.
ST. PAUL, Minn. – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx joined President Barack Obama to announce that $600 million will be made available to fund transportation projects across the country under a sixth round of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s highly successful Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant program. The announcement was made at the Union Depot in St. Paul, which received $35 million in the first round of TIGER to renovate the facility and restore tracks.
HARRISBURG, PA. — PennDOT announced that five teams have submitted statements of qualification for the department's Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, an innovative Public Private Partnership (P3) aimed at reducing the state's number of structurally deficient bridges. Through the project, at least 500 bridges of similar design would be replaced under one contract. Cost savings are anticipated since the same basic design and construction standards will be used for multiple bridges.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The impending insolvency of the federal Highway Trust Fund poses a threat to state budgets, the construction industry and the overall economy that is real and that is even closer than originally estimated, according to Mike Hancock, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) president and secretary of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
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