As part of its rail state safety oversight project with the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT), TRA subject matter expert Bill Matthews traveled to Florence, Italy to witness key railcar testing.
Increasingly, U.S. transit agencies are considering BRT as an option that allows for higher volume than bus routes on common corridors, but requires less infrastructure investment than rail transit. TRA has worked with both mature and new BRT lines to maximize operational safety and security.
The Project Analyst supports TRA’s consulting staff and their highly varied, technical field work. Responsibilities include participating in client interviews, field assessments, and observations; documenting business processes; writing and editing reports and proposals; interpreting and editing client documentation and procedures; and providing data, information, and analyses for use by TRA.
TRA is seeking an intern to assist with overall marketing and business development activities. The position will also help with social media efforts and graphic design for marketing materials, as well as updating the TRA website and supporting proposal development and other outreach efforts.
The City of Atlanta is currently considering a proposal by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to create a municipal Department of Transportation. Such a move would put Atlanta in the company of peer cities like New York, Philadelphia, and Seattle, all of which have created entities to facilitate coordination between city departments that control assets in or near the street.
In a recently published brief, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) was encouraged that so many lawmakers agree on the need for infrastructure investment, and called for bipartisan efforts to address infrastructure spending needs.
TRA recently contracted with the West Virginia Department of Transportation (WVDOT) to assist eight small urban bus agencies in the development of safety management systems (SMS) and public transportation agency safety plans.
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA)’s new regulation, 49 CFR Part 673, requires transit agencies fitting certain criteria to implement Safety Management Systems (SMS) and have a Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP). To help agencies meet these requirements, TRA is working with several jurisdictions to develop and implement SMS programs and PTASPs.
After many months in development, our brand-new website is up and running, loaded with information about our team, our projects, our experience, and how we support transportation and infrastructure projects and oversight around the country.
2018 was an exciting year for TRA, as we expanded our reach to clients from coast to coast and added three new TRA team members. Our work included safety and security assessments, organizational and budget analysis, and technical support for a variety of projects, among other efforts. Below you'll find a brief summary of highlights from our work in 2018.
Public transportation investment received a boost this year with the announcement that $1.5 billion would be awarded through Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grants in Fiscal Year 2018, with 13 percent going to public transportation projects.
TRA has created a series of webinars designed to help transit agencies and state safety oversight (SSO) agencies understand and implement new requirements from the Federal Transit Administration around Public Transportation Agency Safety Plans (PTASPs).
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has issued a final rule governing the safety and operations of high-speed passenger trains in the United States, paving the way for high-speed rail to operate with fewer obstacles and setting safety standards for these systems across the industry.
I began working for TRA right after the completion of my Master's of Public Administration degree. Throughout school, I had worked for the Institute for Public Administration, in Newark, Delaware, where I focused on the development of complete communities and the interaction between transportation access and public health
In late September, TRA conducted a three-year audit of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority’s (GOAA) Automated People Mover (APM) systems on behalf of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).
I joined TRA after my graduate program in City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. My first clients were the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Rail Transit Safety Review Program and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s AirTrain Safety Oversight Board.
Under 49 CFR Part 673, all transit agencies receiving Urbanized Area Formula Funding Grants from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) must implement Public Transportation Safety Plans (PTASPs) that comply with this new regulation.
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) all recently achieved certification from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for their State Safety Oversight (SSO) programs this August.
Working with our partner and prime contractor CASE, TRA recently completed two-volume Transit Cooperative Research Project Research Report 193, "Tools and Strategies for Eliminating Assaults Against Transit Operators." We are proud of our work with CASE, and with this important transit security initiative.
TRA recently began an exciting project reviewing incident investigation procedures and recent investigation reports for a U.S. commuter rail agency. The commuter rail operator seeks to improve incident investigation processes, as well as the safety-related interaction between departments.