Transportation News Update: June 10, 2024

In this issue of our #TNU, we're summarizing articles covering topics including:

  • The face of commuter rail is evolving: How commuter railroad leaders envision their future
  • Transit ridership up 16% in 2023 to 79% of pre-pandemic levels according to APTA report, and $20.5B in federal grants available for public transit in 2024 + Shapiro highlights the importance of public transit to Pennsylvania's economy
  • Pittsburgh-New York: Twice-a-day Amtrak train service expansion, infrastructure costs, and impact on Pennsylvania commuters
  • 10-mile autonomous vehicle shuttle route planned for Detroit
  • 80 transportation infrastructure resilience projects—including one in Pittsburgh—get $830M from USDOT in first-of-their-kind grants dedicated to protecting surface transportation systems from extreme weather
  • Pittsburgh leadership declares adoption of Vision Zero aiming to eliminate traffic fatalities
  • POGOH Phase 3 bikeshare network expansion proposes new stations in many under-served neighborhoods including Squirrel Hill, Greenfield, Morningside, Highland Park, and more by mid-2025
  • Two transportation projects awarded $809k in funding from Multimodal Transportation Program to address critical sidewalk gaps in the Hill District & Larimer, and a new connection from the 10th Street Bridge to the Eliza Furnace Trail along Second Avenue
  • How transit agencies can succeed at outsourcing operations – Eno Center report delves into best practices for successful relationships with private sector
  • Tesla teases robotaxis again in new announcement, five years after originally telling investors that one million robotaxis would hit the road in 2020
  • As cities add dedicated bus and bike lanes as part of the effort to increase job access and provide multimodal transportation options, automated traffic enforcement is being used keeps them clear
  • Five reasons why people don't cycle to work, and 13 proposed solutions for overcoming the challenges