As the U.S. grapples with the ongoing challenges presented by the coronavirus and its impacts, many transit agencies are examining how adjustments to daily life and the needs of transit riders will impact their operations over the coming months and years.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, TRA has adapted to new ways of doing business. Although the Philadelphia headquarters office is closed and travel on hold, TRA continues to meet clients’ needs in innovative ways.
In order to help the finances of public transportation in the United States, the CARES Act allocates $25 billion to be distributed to public transportation providers throughout the United States. TRA has created a briefing on essential CARES Act information, detailing how the legislation impacts public transit agencies.
In the wake of several accidents and calls for additional oversight, regulators are beginning to recognize the need to develop policies around Autonomous Vehicles (AV) and how they will be required to operate in the public sphere.
Over the past several weeks, TRA team members have traveled to West Virginia to conduct training on new Public Transportation Agency Safety Plans (PTASPs) that will go into effect at bus agencies around the country on June 20, 2020.
In allocations for the fiscal year 2020-2021, the list for which Congress released this month, the FTA has granted several high-profile transit system extensions significant dollar amounts to increase their coverage, as well as projects dedicated to performing state of good repair maintenance.
Public transportation remains a critical link in the mobility network of the San Francisco Bay Area, yet with the area’s current growth patterns, many large organizations are rethinking transportation options for their employees.
2019 saw new advances in the transportation industry move at lightning speed, yet some of the most significant changes for public transit in particular came from increased interest and investment from both federal and municipal governments.
Highlights from TRA's year include expanded projects with state safety oversight clients, new work with state DOTs on Public Transportation Agency Safety Plans, and international travel to assist with fire testing for new rail vehicles.
2019 was a year of growth for TRA, as we witnessed the transformation of our headquarters space at 1608 Walnut Street, added four new staff members to our roster, and expanded our client support to new locations and types of work.
A team of TRA personnel, led by Senior Consultant Bill Matthews, recently conducted a review of safety functions at Denver Transit Operators (DTO). DTO provides operations and maintenance of the Denver Regional Transportation District’s commuter rail lines.
The U.S. Senate has released its transportation funding plan, including investments in the sorts of projects that promote transportation energy efficiency, reduced particulate pollution, and infrastructure resiliency to the effects of climate change.
TRA team members were in Texas, California, Florida, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Tennessee, and New York this past month supporting the work of state safety oversight agencies and transit agencies in their safety and security projects.
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.