Public Transit

Don’t Overlook Resiliency Benefits When Touting Transportation Improvements

Yes, mobility is important, but every dollar invested to improve infrastructure is also a dollar invested in being better prepared for the next major disaster.

Virginia Lawmaker Wants Answers on Whether D.C.'s Metro System Is Ready for a Cyberattack

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner: "I am concerned that WMATA may represent a particularly enticing target for more advanced threats."

Seattle-Area Transit Agency Takes Major Step to Build a Zero-Emissions Bus Fleet

After the successful testing of battery-electric technology, King County Metro plans to roll out the nation’s largest such system of environmentally friendly buses.

Chicago Secures $1 Billion in Federal Grant Funding for Rail Upgrades

The money will go toward work planned on the city’s Red and Purple Lines.

New York’s Other Costly and Long-Delayed Transportation Megaproject

Huzzah! The first phase of the expensive Second Avenue subway is open for business after a tortured 100-year history. But don’t overlook the even-more-expensive and delayed East Side Access project.

WMATA’s Latest Black Eye: Half of Safety Inspection Team Disciplined Following Derailment

The agency that operates the D.C. Metrorail system took major personnel action, including firing six employees, as part of an ongoing investigation into a July 29 derailment.

Route Fifty Roadmap: Raleigh’s New Union Station Starts to Take Shape

Incremental infrastructure improvements are laying the foundation for a bigger future in North Carolina’s capital city.

SFMTA 'Never Considered' Paying Ransom to Hackers

The feds are investigating a demand of 100 bitcoins to release the transit agency’s encrypted files.

Chicago’s Race Against Time; West Virginia Optimism vs. Realities of Market Forces

Also in our State and Local Weekend Digest: Pa. municipalities want cut of Uber gross receipts; Flint water delivery order; and missing police firearms in Tucson.

State and Local Government Elections: Ballot Initiatives We’re Tracking

Beyond races for the White House and Congress, voters across the nation are considering a wide variety of state and local proposals and initiatives. Here’s our rundown of what’s important to watch ...

SEPTA Strike Cripples Philly Transit; Chicago’s Deadly October

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Sacramento’s homeless toilet station costs; Milwaukee County’s proposed “wheel tax” to pay for crumbling infrastructure; and Colorado used as out-of-state ballot fodder.

The Promise and Pitfalls of Privatizing Public Transit

Start-ups are proving more efficient than government in areas like transportation. Should some services be privatized?

L.A. Metro Expands Nation’s Largest Clean-Air Bus Fleet With Federal Grant

Compressed natural gas buses have saved Los Angeles County an average of 47 cents per mile on fuel the past 15 years.

Kansas City’s Free Transit Plan for Election Day; Jackson, Miss.’s Pothole Payouts

Also in our State and Local Daily News Digest: Feds vs. polygamous towns in Ariz. and Utah; Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s appeal in N.D.; and N.Y.C.’s Second Ave. Subway nearly ready.

N.J. Transit Faces More Scrutiny; Landmark Designation Sought for Boston Icon

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Possible state worker strike looms in California; feds charge county executive in New York with corruption; and an ethical quandary for Chicago officials involving the Cubs.

Train in Hoboken Crash Had Malfunctioning Data Recorder; Ransomware Hits Honolulu Fire Dept.

Also in our State and Local Weekend News Digest: Louisiana’s “Deepwater Horizon” tax breaks; Illinois state government pays its electric bill; and sentence handed down in Kentucky bribery case.

Navigator Award Finalists: Kim Scott Heinle and Team From SEPTA Customer Service and Advocacy Dept.

A transit agency aims to take customer service challenges and use them as engagement opportunities.

U.S. Governors: Next President Must Increase Mass Transit Funding

“You have to prove to people you understand it’s their money and you’re spending it wisely,” says Delaware Gov. Jack Markell.

Navigator Award Finalist: Marcy Jaffe, National Rural Transit Assistance Program

Just like cities, rural and tribal communities need tech champions, too.

$1 Billion Grant Awarded For San Diego Trolley Project

Construction on the roughly 11-mile light rail extension is set to ramp up next month.

Bomb Threat Temporarily Derails Cincinnati Streetcar Service; Louisiana Mayors Criticize FEMA Flood Response

Also in Our State and Local Weekend Digest: A push to bump Trump off Minnesota's ballot; condemnation of Israel boycott riles New Yorkers; and bees collateral damage in S.C. mosquito spraying.

San Francisco Begs People Not to Assault Muni Drivers

The city says it’s struggling with a “disturbing trend” in attacks on bus and train operators.

San Francisco Wants You to Design Its Future Transit System

The city is asking for ideas on where to build future subway lines.

This App Aims to Incentivize Public Transit Ridership and Boost Local Businesses

Shop and Ride is connecting riders with merchant offers along their routes, and soon they met be able to redeem points for travel rewards.

The Simple Reason Why Two New Transit Projects Have Already Succeeded

Commuters have rushed to embrace new extensions for L.A. Metro’s Expo Line to Santa Monica and Link light rail in Seattle. But where will all those new West Coast straphangers fit?

County Executives Foil Vote for Detroit Regional Transit Network

For the umpteenth time, elected officials in Southeastern Michigan fail to cooperate. Can an agreement be saved?

D.C. Metro Drivers Keep 'Zoning Out'; Massachusetts Tick Bites Prove Costly

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Albuquerque bus rapid transit meets resistance; Scottsdale braces for development boom; and Cabela's might leave Nebraska.

Minority Neighborhoods Benefit From Shared Mobility Systems

Chicago is expanding its bikeshare program into disadvantaged communities, increasing cost-effective access to jobs and educational opportunities.

A Peek Inside New York's Subway Redesign Plan

Governor Andrew Cuomo revealed details of his plan to make over the city’s aging transit system.

Damaged SEPTA Trains Slow Philadelphia Commute; Police Oversight Crumbles in Portland

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Demolishing a California surfer fort; Montana's unclear Medicaid costs; and NYC government's bed bug problem.

Attention Localities Looking to Boost Bicycle Ridership

Through 'The Big Jump," PeopleForBikes wants to find a replicable formula for creating strong bike communities.

Dear Austin: You Didn’t Lose the ‘Smart City Challenge’ Because of Uber

Being a smart city means far more than just catering to economically-advantaged tech-savvy individuals. It’s also about effective use of technology to bridge divides in local communities.

No, Alphabet Isn't Conspiring to Take Over Public Transit in Columbus

Contrary to a recent article, “smart” transportation technologies like those from Sidewalk Labs aren’t really a big secret. Plus, cities want them.