Transit Tech Spotlight: Trip Planning – Fare Payment – Integration

The Coalition for Smarter Transportation has released a ‘Transit Tech Spotlight” that focuses on available technologies for trip planning, fare payment, and integration.Technology can play a critical role in improving rider experience, thus increasing transit ridership and reducing the number of people on our roads. Simple, seamless, and multi-modal trip planning and fare collection are…

USDOT Request Comments on AV 3.0 Document

The US Department of Transportation released a document entitled USDOT Automated Vehicles 3.0. AV 3.0 expands the scope to all surface on-road transportation systems and was developed through the input from a diverse set of stakeholder engagements, throughout the Nation. AV 3.0 is structured around three key areas: Advancing multi-modal safety, Reducing policy uncertainty, and Outlining…

Say No to Prop 6 – How Eliminating the Gas Tax Increase is Bad for California & the Nation

The Coalition for Smarter Transportation fully supports efforts in California to reject Prop 6. California recently increased their gas tax in an effort to raise funding for critical infrastructure and mass transit projects. An effort to eliminate that increase, known as Prop 6, will be on the ballot this November and its defeat is critical…

FTA Announces Funding Opportunity to Improve Access to Healthcare

Recognizing the important connection between access to healthcare and mobility, the FTA announced it is making available $6.3 million for a competitive grant program to fund projects that coordinate with transit services to improve access to healthcare. The announcement in the Federal Register can be found here – https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/09/13/2018-19897/fiscal-year-2018-competitive-funding-opportunity-access-and-mobility-partnership-grants. According to the FTA, “the Access…

TRB makes Funding Available Through Their Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) Program

TRB makes Funding Available Through Their Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) Program The Transportation Research Board has announced its annual solicitation through its Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) program. IDEA projects are open to all entities including public agencies and the private sector. A research component is critical. The IDEA program provides start-up funding for promising, but…

FHWA Announces Funding Availability for Bridge Replacement & Rehabilitation

The Federal Highway Administration has announced a funding opportunity and requests grant applications for FHWA’s Competitive Highway Bridge Program. Congress appropriated $225 million for FY 2018 to be awarded by DOT for a competitive highway bridge program. Eligible applicants are States that have a population density of less than 100 individuals per square mile. The funds…