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State DOTs Using Drones to Improve Safety, Collect Data and Cut Costs

WASHINGTON - A growing number of state departments of transportation are leveraging innovative drone technology to creatively improve safety, reduce traffic congestion and save money. According to a March 2016 survey by the American Association of State Highway…

Federal Transit Administration Announces Final Rule Strengthening State Safety Oversight of Rail Transit Systems

March 15, 2016 - in Corporate, Maintenance, Rail

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced a final rule that significantly strengthens…

PennSMART Brings IoT Lighting Systems and Streetscapes to Smart Cities, Municipalities and Campuses

March 14, 2016 - in Corporate, Design/Engineering

NORTH BRANFORD, CONN., March 14, 2016—When your light pole can scare away an intruder, capture video of a perpetrator, measure snowfall to trigger the…

Michigan’s Wing Plows Add Lighting Stick to be Seen

February 26, 2016 - in Corporate, Maintenance, Roads

Feb. 25, 2016—As wing plows become more widely used in the Upper Peninsula, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is using a simple innovation to make them more visible to motorists. Wing plows, typically deployed on the right side of a standard…

Federal Railroad Administration Awards Wisconsin $3 Million to Increase Safety along Railroad Crossings

February 23, 2016 - in Corporate, Maintenance, Rail

Village of Pewaukee, Wis. – The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today awarded a $3 million grant to the State of Wisconsin to increase safety at 10 railroad crossings along 10 miles of the Waukesha County Sealed Corridor Project. The project is one…

Mayor de Blasio Announces Increased Enforcement, New Measures on Crane Safety

February 8, 2016 - in Buildings, Construction, Corporate

NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced a four-point plan to increase safety when large cranes are operating. Those steps include new restrictions on crawler cranes during wind conditions, doubled fines for failure to safeguard equipment, increased…

Nonprofit Engineers Save Students in Nepal

February 5, 2016 - in Buildings, Corporate, Renewal/Retrofit

Dust falls from the cracks in the walls and ceiling as the floor shudders, sending gasps and small screams echoing off the temporary tin roofs. The teacher tries to calm the class memories of destruction in the not-so-distant past haunt the children. It takes…

FY17 Budget Proposal Contains Nearly $4 Billion for Automated Vehicles

January 14, 2016 - in Corporate, Planning, Sensors, Transportation

DETROIT – In his last State of the Union address, President Obama signaled his intent to invest in a 21st century transportation system.  U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today revealed part of the president’s proposal: a 10-year, nearly $4…

NTSB Unveils 2016 Most Wanted List, Stresses Technology

January 14, 2016 - in Corporate, Transportation

WASHINGTON – The National Transportation Safety Board unveiled its 2016 Most Wanted List of transportation safety improvements Wednesday, calling it a “road map from lessons learned to lives saved.” The list focuses on 10 broad safety improvements on…

Contact Voltage a Concern as Intelligent Transportation Sensors Proliferate

January 14, 2016 - in Corporate, Sensors, Transportation

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla., Jan. 13, 2016—Increased use of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) technology by municipal transportation departments and city planners brings with it increased safety risks to the public due to electrical faults. Called "contact…