Congress approved $1.4 billion for transit projects in March, but the Federal Transit Administration has awarded only $25 million so far, says Transportation for America. The FTA said the Capital Investment Grants Program projects mentioned by the group have not yet complied with all requirements to receive the grant funding.
Engineers, planners and politicians from Wake County and Chapel Hill, N.C., visited Richmond, Va., to experience its newly opened bus rapid transit line. The Research Triangle area of North Carolina is planning to begin bus rapid transit lines in Chapel Hill in 2022 and from downtown Raleigh by 2027.
Gewi, a German transportation software developer, has upgraded the analytics feature in its traffic information center software to better analyze and manage roadway information. New templates will display information such as the number of wrong-way drivers per road segment in reports available for time of day, day of week and more.
Quanergy, one of the first companies to promise smaller, more affordable lidar for self-driving cars, faces an uncertain future, with industry watchers noting it has gone quiet on an initial public offering, sought new investments and is reportedly seeking a new buyer. Quanergy has recently fallen short on delivering products within established timelines and has produced lidar devices that didn't meet expectations, sources say.
An intelligent electric vehicle from Germany, the iEV X, is a single-passenger car that can stretch to offer more room for a passenger and storage. The 30.7-inch-wide, 63-inch-long vehicle can be electrically lengthened to 74.8 inches and 86.6 inches.
US East Coast ports saw container imports hit a record high in June, indicating improvements since the expansion of the Panama Canal in 2016 have paid off. While volumes are still lower than at West Coast ports, East Coast ports have benefited from strong global trade ahead of imposed import tariffs.
Amazon invested $386 million into Amazon Seller Services, a component of its Amazon India arm, upping its full investment in the country to about $4 billion over the past five years. The company is investing heavily in warehouses and logistics operations.
Freight brokers have seen net operating profits increase 23% year over year in the second quarter, and purchased transport costs for dry van services climbed 37%, according to a survey from DAT Solutions. Cost controls along with strong volume growth have helped brokers offset increasing freight rates.
Autonomous vehicles will affect the engineering approach to roadway design, says Michael Babusci of Herbert, Rowland & Grubic. Babusci recommends that state departments of transportation be prepared for the changes autonomous vehicles will bring.
The much-anticipated $2.26 billion Transbay Transit Center, which features a 5.4-acre rooftop public park, has opened in San Francisco. It includes approximately 1.2 million square feet over six levels and was completed after 20 years of planning and almost 10 years of construction.