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Freight rail traffic is growing, but urban conflicts hinder infrastructure expansion

By Bill Holloway Much of the news surrounding railroads in recent years has focused on the uncertain future of high-speed passenger rail projects and Amtrak’s financial troubles. However, while passenger rail has been on the front page, freight railroads have been thriving. Revenues of the

Devil’s Slide dangers soon to be bypassed by tunnels

By Robbie Webber There hasn’t been a new highway tunnel built in California in 50 years, but new tunnels that will provide an alternative to a slide-prone stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway will be very impressive when they open. Built with an Austrian drilling technique, the twin bores

Increasing bicycle mode share leads to growing need for bicycle-specific traffic signals

By Mary Ebeling Managing traffic flow at intersections presents challenges, regardless of mode. But as the popularity of transportation bicycling continues to grow, traffic engineers, planners, and lawmakers are recognizing the need to incorporate bicycle-specific infrastructure into intersection

Private firms eyeing passenger rail in Florida, Texas, Nevada, and California

By Eric Sunquist While most attention has been focused on public efforts to improve U.S. passenger rail, private firms are also developing at least three intercity rail projects. Probably the most advanced of these is in Florida, where All Aboard Florida (AAF) plans Miami-Orlando service starting

With continued testing success, governments are embracing connected and self-driving vehicles

By Bill Holloway The California state senate recently voted unanimously to approve Senate Bill 1298, which would establish safety and performance standards for self-driving, or “autonomous,” vehicles. The bill now goes on to the state assembly. Florida and Nevada have already enacted

Accelerated Bridge Construction offers less hassle for drivers and faster implementation for DOTs

By Ashwat Anandanarayanan Accelerated bridge construction (ABC) techniques are transforming the replacement and construction of bridges across the country, and commuters are benefiting from shorter construction schedules. The central component of accelerated bridge construction is the use of

Southern California Association of Governments adopts strong sustainability plan

By Robbie Webber Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), representing more than 18 million people in Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties, voted unanimously on April 3 to adopt a transportation plan that focuses on transit and

More Americans commuting long distances to work

Between 2002 and 2009 the number of “super-commuters,” people who work in a metropolitan area’s central county while living outside the bounds of the metropolitan area, grew dramatically, far outpacing workforce growth rates, in all but two of the nation’s ten largest metropolitan labor

Promoting Bicycle Commuter Safety (Mineta Transportation Institute, 2012)

This report examines the “five Es” for increasing bicycle commuter safety, but focuses on education and engineering. Case studies from California and Portland, OR give first hand information about bicycle safety. Download the full report.

California’s New Emission Standards receive mixed reviews

California has approved new vehicle emission standards, which require that 15.4 percent of all new cars sold in the state by 2025 emit little or no tailpipe and carbon exhaust. Close to 40 percent of California’s greenhouse gas emissions come from vehicles. The new rules aim to stimulate