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Geographic preference in FHWA and FTA contracting—balancing competition with local hiring preferences

By Mary Ebeling For 40 years state, local, and tribal governments that wished to use local hiring preferences for transportation projects have been prevented from doing so by federal restrictions barring this consideration. The restriction prevents governments from offering workforce development

Protecting federal taxpayer interest; training a local workforce—L.A. Crenshaw light rail line

By Mary Ebeling Long-standing FTA and USDOT policy prohibits geographic preferences in hiring for construction projects. Historically, the dominance of federal funds on projects led to the idea that jobs paid for by national taxes should not be restricted geographically, and a policy was born.

FTA pushes to link transit and affordable housing

By Chris Spahr In August, New and Small Starts Evaluation and Rating Guidance was released by the Federal Transit Administration. The New and Small Starts Programs are FTA’s primary grant program for funding major capital investments for rapid rail, light rail, bus rapid transit, commuter rail,

Bus Rapid Transit: Projects Improve Transit Service and Can Contribute to Economic Development (GAO, 2012)

GAO was asked to examine (1) features included in BRT projects funded by the FTA; (2) BRT project performance in terms of ridership and service and how they compare to rail transit projects; (3) how BRT-projects’ costs differ from rail transit project costs; and (4) the extent to which

Bike share programs’ support of transit constrained by FTA funding rules

By Mary Ebeling The benefits to transit riders of having bike racks on buses and trains and bike storage at transit stops are well known. New bike share programs offer another opportunity to provide better access to public transit, bridging the important “last mile” between trip origins and

Peer-to-Peer Information Exchange on Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and Bus Priority Best Practices (FTA, 2011)

The purpose of this effort has been to foster a dialogue among peers at transportation and planning agencies about their experiences with promoting public transit and, in particular, the challenges they face related to bus rapid transit (BRT) projects, as well as the solutions that they have

Bike sharing: An on-demand mobility solution

During the National Bike Summit, and the following day at a special session sponsored by FTA and NACTO, local officials and advocates heard about bike sharing best practices, research, funding opportunities, and updates from existing programs. Dr. Susan Shaheen from the Transportation

FTA proposes shifting the focus of transit investment evaluations from commute time reduction to ridership and other metrics

The Federal Transit Administration’s proposed changes to the way it evaluates transit investment  funding under the New Starts and Small Starts programs would shift the focus from travel time reduction to projected ridership and the cost per trip. Under the proposed changes, the project’s

Governor Abercrombie Approves Final Honolulu Rail Transit EIS

Hawaii’s Governor Abercrombie accepted the final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed Honolulu Rail Transit project on December 16.  With the governor’s acceptance, the City of Honolulu anticipates that the FTA will issue a record of decision (ROD), which will allow the City