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ROADS/BRIDGES: FHWA launches national tunnel inspection program

The U.S. DOT’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) published the final rule for national tunnel inspection standards that will serve as the foundation of the nation’s first standardized tunnel inspection program. It will be modeled after the FHWA’s successful bridge program established nearly a half-century ago to ensure the safety of the nation’s bridges.   Original author: mshoup
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ROADS/BRIDGES: U.S. GOP unveils $8.1 billion short-term highway funding fix

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled H.R. 3038, an $8.1 billion plan to fund highway and rail transit projects through the end of 2015. The bill would be paid for by extending an airport security fee increase and various tax rule changes.   Original author: mshoup
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AUTOMATED VEHICLES: New report explores human machine interface

This week, TU-Automotive announced the release of its 40-page Automated Vehicle HMI Report, which explores the role of HMI in bridging the gap between fully autonomous vehicles and the driver.   While autonomous technology is far from ready to handle all driving conditions, understanding the Human Machine Interface (HMI) is crucial, according to the report, for the driver to safely take control of the vehicle. The report was created with the intent of mapping out in detail the routes the industry is taking to achieve HMI success.   Original author: bbudzynski
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ROADS/BRIDGES: U.S. DOT releases table ranking road & bridge conditions by state

The U.S. DOT released a table ranking state road and bridge conditions .   Indiana ranks No.1 for the best road conditions, while Illinois and Connecticut are tied for last place.   The nation's poor road and bridge conditions cost each motorist an average of $300 annually. Nearly half the country's roads and more than 25% of its bridges are in "poor" condition.   Original author: mshoup
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DOT IN CRISIS: Kentucky has $165.4 million surplus, but Road Fund falls short

Kentucky’s federal revenues are up 5%, totaling a $165.4 million surplus in the general fund, but the state’s road fund still has a $20 million deficit, according to a state revenue report.   Original author: mshoup
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TRANSIT: Colorado’s Bustang revs up today

When the evening commute begins today, riders in select Colorado areas will have a new option to travel between some of Colorado’s biggest cities.   Bustang  is a newly launched bus service aimed at connecting major cities and employment centers in the state. The service, which is Colorado’s first state-owned and operated bus system, will begin to allow commuters to travel to and from Denver, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins and Glenwood Springs.   Original author: bbudzynski
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DOT IN CRISIS: U.S. DOT finds fully one-quarter of Alabama roads in bad shape

According to infrastructure statistics on all 50 states that were released by the U.S. Department of Transportation beneath the fog of imminent expiration of national highway funding at month’s end, a quarter of Alabama's roads are in bad shape, a percentage that puts the state among the  least deficient in the country .   Original author: bbudzynski
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ROADS/BRIDGES: Caltrans prepares for Presidio Parkway debut

The Golden Gate Bridge will not be the golden ticket when it comes to traffic movement this weekend.   Crews will be shutting down Doyle Drive, part of Highway 101, to prep for the shift over to the new Presidio Parkway. The Parkway, a $1.1 billion job, consists of four tunnels and restored connections to Highway 1 and Park Presidio Boulevard. The transition is expected to make traffic a nightmare on Highway 1, especially during Friday’s evening commute, and motorists are being told to avoid the area all together.   Original author: bwilson
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TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT: Waze data aiding Boston against traffic jams

Google-owned traffic-monitoring app Waze has aided the city of Boston in cracking down on double parking and now it seems that city officials are hoping to leverage their data to tweak traffic lights and road signs in order to ease chronic traffic jams.   Waze monitors traffic problems by collecting GPS data from users on its network and allows them report things they see along the way, such as broken-down cars or police cruisers waiting to spring a speed trap.   Original author: bbudzynski
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ROADS/BRIDGES: McConnell rejects gas tax hike, but doesn’t present a backup plan

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ruled out raising the gas tax as a way to pay for the Highway Trust Fund, which will run out of money July 31.   “Let me just say we’re not going to raise the gas tax. We’re not going to raise the gas tax,” McConnell said. “The environment committee has come out with a six-year bill … but there is considerable skepticism that you could pay for a bill of a six-year duration.”   Original author: mshoup
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Legislature won’t derail Dallas-to-Houston bullet train

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California high-speed rail given funding extension
Siemens looks to wow Sacramento with high-speed rail demo
High-speed rail would cost Colorado $30 billion
Siemens promotes its Sacramento home base in bullet-train pitch (Video)
High speed train proposed between Portland and Vancouver
Legislature won’t derail Dallas-to-Houston bullet train : AUSTIN — A proposed bullet train between Dallas and Houston has survived a budgeting measure that could have derailed the push for Texas to have a high-speed rail line. On Thursday, budget writers removed a Senate-inserted rider in the spending plan that said the Texas Department of Transportation couldn’t spend any state money on “subsidizing or assisting in the construction of high-speed passenger rail.” Backers of the planned 240-mile line had said the provision would have effectively killed the privately funded endeavor. High-speed rail opponents, however, said they were simply trying to ensure that the state wouldn’t bail out the costly project if private funds dry up. The two-sentence provision in the massive $210 billion state spending plan had proved nettlesome in late-session budget negotiations, pitting rural lawmakers against those who represent Texas’ two biggest metropolitan areas. And though the language was deleted on...
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SmartRail USA Innovation Awards 2015 is launched

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Saudi Arabia awards $22.5bn Riyadh metro contracts (Video – Photo Gallery)
The transit system of the future begins at SmartRail USA Congress & Expo
Qatar rail and transport projects at $30bn, 2nd largest in Gulf
BEML bags Rs 1144 cr order from Delhi Metro
Birmingham Midland Metros £127m extension work starts
SmartRail USA Innovation Awards 2015 is launched : The inaugural SmartRail USA Innovation Awards 2015 is a nationwide search for new products and solutions for the transit (rail, metro and bus) industry. Launched this week by SmartRail World – the online home of transit innovation – and the winners will be presented at SmartRail USA Congress & Expo in Charlotte in October. There are two separate awards. Size isn’t important, entrants could be a one-person start-up, a transit operator or a global multi-national. Innovation is the key. Product Innovation of the Year – identifies the best and most innovative products in the rail industry. Hardware or software, it can be a new product, an update of an existing solution or an improved way of utilising current technology that will improve our industry. The focus can be large or small but the product and the improvement it makes is the important factor....
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Alstom ships the first Citadis tram to the city of Cuenca in Ecuador

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Alstom tram design excellence under the spotlight in Paris and Milan
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Alstom to supply the country’s first tramway system to the city of Cuenca
Alstom’s Citadis commissioned in Tours
Alstom delivers its 1,500th Citadis tram for the opening of the new T7 line in the Ile-de-France (Photo gallery)
Alstom ships the first Citadis tram to the city of Cuenca in Ecuador :The first Citadis tram for Cuenca has left Alstom’s factory at La Rochelle and is being shipped to Ecuador. On 17 May it is scheduled to leave the port of Antwerp towards its final destination where it is expected to arrive by end of June. The 13 remaining tram units are currently being manufactured at the Alstom site in La Rochelle. The last tram is expected to be completed by October 2015 with entry into commercial service scheduled for 2016. In 2013, the city of Cuenca chose the consortium CITA Cuenca (CIM, Ineo, TSO and Alstom), led by Alstom, for the supply of an integrated electromechanical tramway system. Alstom’s share also includes electrification, power supply and systems integration. Ecuador’s first tramway network spans 10 km and includes 27 stations, crossing the historic centre of the city over a...
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Hill International Completes Relocation of Corporate Headquarters to Philadelphia

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Hill International Acquires Turkish Project Management Firm IMS
Louis Berger opens Abu Dhabi office
Hill International-Louis Berger Joint Venture Awarded $265 Million Riyadh Metro Project Management Contract
Hill International Offers Global FIDIC Training throughout the Middle East
Hill International Offers Global FIDIC Training throughout the Middle East
Hill International Completes Relocation of Corporate Headquarters to Philadelphia :Hill International (NYSE:HIL), the global leader in managing construction risk, announced today that it has completed the relocation of its global corporate headquarters into Center City Philadelphia. Hill’s new address is One Commerce Square, 2005 Market Street, 17th Floor, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Tel: (215) 309-7700. The company’s new headquarters office contains approximately 60,000 square feet of office space pursuant to a 12-year lease with Brandywine Realty Trust. The new office space was designed by architecture and interior design firm L2Partridge and built by INTECH Construction. Hill was assisted on the relocation by real estate advisor Newmark Grubb Knight Frank. Hill’s former office in Marlton, New Jersey has been closed. The company has opened a new office in New Jersey located at 10 Woodbridge Center Drive, Suite 430, Woodbridge, New Jersey 07095. “We are very excited to have completed the move of our company’s...
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Siemens promotes its Sacramento home base in bullet-train pitch (Video)

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Why California’s high-speed rail is off track
Siemens looks to wow Sacramento with high-speed rail demo
Sacramento manufacturer Siemens to compete for California bullet-train contract
Siemens gets first advanced electric locomotives for Amtrak rolling
Rail board approves bullet train route from Fresno to Bakersfield
Siemens promotes its Sacramento home base in bullet-train pitch :With a billion-dollar California bullet train contract up for grabs this year, international rail giant Siemens stepped up to campaign this week, promoting itself as the “local” company in the race. Siemens, whose parent company is based in Germany, has been building bullet trains globally for years, like its competitors from China, Korea, France and Canada. But the manufacturer also operates a busy plant in south Sacramento, its North American manufacturing headquarters, where it launched an expansion in November to prepare the site for high-speed train manufacturing, in case it wins the contract. “We are community members here,” Siemens Rail Systems Division President Michael Cahill said during a tour of its French Road facility on Tuesday. “We think there is a benefit to being local.” To help make its presence known, Siemens this week installed a full-size mock-up of a high-speed rail...
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Siemens looks to wow Sacramento with high-speed rail demo

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Siemens promotes its Sacramento home base in bullet-train pitch (Video)
California high-speed rail given funding extension
Rail board approves bullet train route from Fresno to Bakersfield
A Solution for California’s Transportation Woes
High-Speed Rail Cost Weighs On Californians
Siemens looks to wow Sacramento with high-speed rail demo :There’s a $1 billion contract up in the air for California’s high-speed rail project — and Siemens is looking to win it. The German engineering company is exhibiting one of its high-speed train cars in front of the State Capitol in Sacramento, giving people a glimpse of what could be the future of rail transportation in California. The exhibit, which opened Wednesday morning, will run until 4 p.m. Thursday. Siemens already has a strong presence in the state’s capital. The company’s south Sacramento plant employs 800 people who are working on projects for Caltrans, San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency and Sacramento’s Regional Transit light-rail system. Siemens’ director of high-speed rail development, Armin Kick, says the bid to manufacture California’s high-speed trains could be very good for Sacramentans. “With high-speed rail there would be significant growth of our business here in Sacramento, and...
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SISCOG strengthens Brazilian market approach

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SISCOG Celebrates 20 Years of Partnership with Dutch Railways
Alstom Transport to open a new tramway manufacturing line in Brazil
Vossloh expanding business in South America
In March, USA railway transportation has increased, not being affected by the decline in steel delivery
UTPA opens Transportation Center for Railway Safety
SISCOG strengthens Brazilian market approach :SISCOG, the software company specialized in solutions for the optimised planning and management of resources in transportation companies, has engaged in a cooperation agreement with the Brazilian company SYSFER to intensify its commercial activity in Brazil and other South American countries. SISCOG, for several years now analyzing and directly approaching the Brazilian market, decided to join forces with a local company who shares its business vision and has an experience compatible with SISCOG’s type of solutions, thus enabling a comprehensive and customised support to future customers. With this local representation, based on a technical and commercial cooperation, SISCOG will be able to promote its products and services in Brazil and in all of South America more efficiently, as well as follow closely the evolution of this market. “We chose SYSFER to be our local partner because it is a solid company that for the past 20...
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Rail Safety Seminar & Expo

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Rail Events : Rail Safety Seminar & EXPO 2013 – Orlando
Railway Events : Transportation Research Board TRB Annual Meeting 2013
SmartRail USA Innovation Awards 2015 is launched
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Rail Safety Seminar & Expo : Rail Safety Seminars brings together international rail safety experts, researchers, suppliers, and industry professionals in a comfortable educational environment. We are on a mission to provide the kind of real-world, thought-provoking rail safety information that is simply not available anywhere else. We are proud to have hosted over 500 attendees from 20 countries*, and presented 105 international speakers to rail safety professionals from around the world!   Similar Railway & Urban Transport News Rail Events : Rail Safety Seminar & EXPO 2013 – Orlando Rail Safety Seminar & EXPO 2013 will bring together international rail safety experts, researchers, suppliers, and industry professionals in a comfortable educational environment between 8-10 April 2013 .  We are on a mission to provide the kind of real-world, thought-provoking rail safety information that is simply not available anywhere else. The seminar will focus on the […] Railway Events : Transportation Research Board...
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California High-Speed Rail Big Picture

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California high-speed rail given funding extension
California high-speed rail official discusses project during San Francisco visit
Balfour Beatty unit wins California rail contract extension
High-Speed Rail Cost Weighs On Californians
California high-speed survives crucial vote
The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) is responsible for planning,designing, building and operation of the first high-speed rail system in the nation. California high-speed rail will connect the mega-regions of the state, contribute to economic development and a cleaner environment, create jobs and preserve agricultural and protected lands. By 2029, the system will run from San Francisco to the Los Angeles basin in under three hours at speedscapable of over 200 miles per hour. The system will eventually extend to Sacramento and San Diego, totaling 800 miles with up to 24 stations. In addition,the Authority is working with regional partners to implement a statewide rail modernization plan that will invest billions of dollars in local and regional rail lines to meet the state’s 21st century transportation needs. California’s 170,000 miles of roadway are the busiest in the nation. Auto congestion drains $18.7 billion in lost time and wasted fuel from the...
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Crude-oil train derails in W Virginia (Video)

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Crude-oil train derails in W Virginia :A CSX crude-oil train has derailed in the US state of West Virginia, bursting into flames and prompting the evacuation of residents in two nearby towns, local reports said. The incident in Fayette County has also led to the shutdown of two water-treatment plants after one of the crude cars is said to have landed in a nearby river, according to CBS affiliate WOWK. CSX did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment. No injuries or fatalities were immediately reported. The Mount Carbon area is just over 30 miles south-east of Charleston, West Virginia. Evacuation orders have been issued for two nearby towns, Adena Village and Lower Boomer, with at least one house fire also reported, according to the Charleston Daily Mail. “At least one, possibly more, rail cars have gone into the Kanawha River,” the newspaper quoted the state Department of Military...
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