Friday, September 18, 2015

Transportation News Round-Up: September 18, 2015

Photo from RunwayGirlNetwork.

It's been a busy week in the world of transportation policy. Below are some articles I think are worth reading on a variety of subjects under the transportation umbrella:

The Hill: Railroads years behind schedule on automating trains
Most major railroads are years behind schedule implementing Positive Train Control (PTC), the train automation system that might have prevented Amtrak's May derailment and others like it. It's a critical rail safety issue, but some want the deadline pushed back.

NBC/Reuters: China to Help Build Las Vegas-to-Los Angeles High-Speed Railway
A high-speed rail system linking Las Vegas to Los Angeles takes a step closer to becoming reality as China's largest train maker signs a deal to help build a railway linking the two cities. Trains would travel 150mph on the 230 stretch of track, shortening travel time from four hours to just over one. I'll be interested in seeing whether service will connect easily to California's own HSR system, currently being constructed between LA and San Francisco

Runway Girl Network: What airlines can learn from Japan’s Shinkansen bullet trains
Here's an interesting article that goes in-depth into what makes Japan's bullet trains the envy of the world - and what best practices can be brought into the aviation industry. This includes multi-door boarding to increase efficiency, regional food offerings, and the availability of power outlets for riders. I'd be interested in seeing which of these tips could be brought to US rail lines.

Equipment World: USDOT announces $42 million for next-gen connected vehicles and infrastructure technology
The US Department of Transportation is investing in the future of transportation by funding pilot projects in three jurisdictions to test vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications. If successful, this technology could greatly improve traffic safety and the efficient flow of people and goods.

WestportNow: Marpe: CDOT Report Finds Cribari Bridge ‘Severely Deficient’In local news, an important and historic bridge in my hometown has been identified as "severely deficient" and must be rehabilitated or replaced - and quickly. This could present an interesting case study to those interested in infrastructure repair, as the necessity of replacing the bridge is counter-weighted by the bridge's historic nature and cultural value, and the fact that it's narrow enough to control what types of traffic can travel through the surrounding neighborhood. It will be interesting to see what decisions are made based on these tradeoffs.
USDOT announces $42 million for next-gen connected vehicles and infrastructure technology - See more at: http://www.equipmentworld.com/usdot-announces-42-million-for-next-gen-connected-vehicles-and-infrastructure-technology/#sthash.Xk00yBeL.dpuf
USDOT announces $42 million for next-gen connected vehicles and infrastructure technology - See more at: http://www.equipmentworld.com/usdot-announces-42-million-for-next-gen-connected-vehicles-and-infrastructure-technology/#sthash.Xk00yBeL.dpuf
USDOT announces $42 million for next-gen connected vehicles and infrastructure technology - See more at: http://www.equipmentworld.com/usdot-announces-42-million-for-next-gen-connected-vehicles-and-infrastructure-technology/#sthash.Xk00yBeL.dpuf
USDOT announces $42 million for next-gen connected vehicles and infrastructure technology - See more at: http://www.equipmentworld.com/usdot-announces-42-million-for-next-gen-connected-vehicles-and-infrastructure-technology/#sthash.Xk00yBeL.dpuf
USDOT announces $42 million for next-gen connected vehicles and infrastructure technology - See more at: http://www.equipmentworld.com/usdot-announces-42-million-for-next-gen-connected-vehicles-and-infrastructure-technology/#sthash.Xk00yBeL.dpuf
 
And for the very academic among us, here's a report identifying environmental performance measures that state DOT's can integrate into their performance management program to ensure environmental factors are taken into consideration. The report recommends performance metrics in five categories - air quality, energy and climate, materials recycling, stormwater, and wildlife and ecosystems - and includes a spreadsheet for state agencies interested in implementing its recommendations.

Happy reading!

No comments:

Post a Comment