TRANSPORTATION - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/TRANSPORTATION News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Congress is giving states the transportation blues http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57822850-68/congress-transportation-projects-tax.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57822850-68/congress-transportation-projects-tax.html.csp">Congress is giving states the transportation blues</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JOAN LOWY</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-15T17:18:35.746-06:00">Updated Apr 15, 2014 05:18PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Dayton, Ohio • On the road in a tour bus this week, the U.S. transportation secretary is spreading some bad news: the government’s Highway Trust Fund is nearly broke. If allowed to run dry, that could set back or shut down projects across the country, force widespread layoffs of construction workers and delay needed repairs and improvements. Anthony Foxx kicked off an eight-state bus trip in Ohio to whip up public support for congressional approval of legislation to keep federal transportation a...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-578228502014-04-15T17:18:35.746-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-15T17:18:35.746-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57822850@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:18:35 MDT Letter: Bonuses show UTA’s flaws http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57818124-82/bonuses-trains-transportation-uta.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57818124-82/bonuses-trains-transportation-uta.html.csp">Letter: Bonuses show UTA’s flaws</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By XXXXXX</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-15T16:44:28.065-06:00">Updated Apr 15, 2014 04:44PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">No one in the know is surprised at UTA’s outrageous bonuses ($1.7 million this year). The problem is that most don’t understand, and non-PC points of view are seldom published. UTA = “government-controlled transportation.” A state that supposedly cherishes freedom from big government sure pushes trains—the most gold-plated, impractical mode of transportation. But it’s a PC thing so trains rob the federal highway trust fund to pay around half of train construction costs (benefitting a few lar...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57818124@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:44:28 MDT Couple: Big rig on fire before deadly bus crash http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57812024-68/fire-bus-safety-truck.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57812024-68/fire-bus-safety-truck.html.csp">Couple: Big rig on fire before deadly bus crash</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By FENIT NIRAPPIL </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and JOAN LOWY</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-12T20:15:43.086-06:00">Updated Apr 12, 2014 08:15PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Orland, Calif. • A couple said a FedEx tractor-trailer was already on fire when it careened across a median, sideswiped their car and slammed into a bus carrying high school students, adding a new twist to the investigation of a crash that killed 10 people. Initial reports by police indicated the truck swerved to avoid a sedan that was traveling in the same direction in this town about 100 miles north of Sacramento, then went across the median. There was no mention of the truck being on fire. B...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-578120242014-04-12T20:15:43.086-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-12T20:15:43.086-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57812024@www.sltrib.com Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:15:43 MDT Sunstein: A cost-benefit analysis of making safer cars http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57794396-82/department-benefits-million-cost.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57794396-82/department-benefits-million-cost.html.csp">Sunstein: A cost-benefit analysis of making safer cars</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Cass R. Sunstein</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Bloomberg View</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-09T01:09:38.704-06:00">Updated Apr 9, 2014 01:09AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Can a federal regulation be worthwhile if its monetized costs exceed its monetized benefits? Consider the Department of Transportation’s decision last week to require rear-visibility cameras in essentially all new cars starting in 2018. The regulation will eventually affect millions of Americans, increasing the safety of these behind their cars, particularly children. Sound good? Here’s the problem: The Department of Transportation projects that the new regulation will cost between $546 million ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57794396@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Apr 2014 01:09:38 MDT Viaduct closure focus of open house http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57702376-90/1300-bridge-closed-lake.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57702376-90/1300-bridge-closed-lake.html.csp">Viaduct closure focus of open house</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-19T22:29:36.321-06:00">Updated Mar 19, 2014 10:29PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The 1300 South bridge, located between 500 and 700 West, will be closed for about one year beginning this summer as part of the overhaul of the east-west thoroughfare. Salt Lake City, in partnership with the Utah Department of Transportation, will host a public open house on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sorenson Unity Center, 1383 S. 900 West, to discuss and answer questions about the 1300 South project. The open house will cover how the closure will impact m...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57702376@www.sltrib.com Wed, 19 Mar 2014 22:29:36 MDT Utah sees major transit growth and hopes to double ridership by 2020 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57659844-78/transportation-bus-train-utah.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57659844-78/transportation-bus-train-utah.html.csp">Utah sees major transit growth and hopes to double ridership by 2020</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Jim Dalrymple II</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-11T16:39:03.01-06:00">Updated Mar 11, 2014 04:39PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">&lt;freeform&gt; Sarah Schulz sat hunched against the wind Monday at the City Center TRAX stop, staring down the rails for her train. On her back, she carried her young daughter. In the next seat, her young son rummaged through a bag looking for a snack. “We’ve been taking TRAX since we moved back to Salt Lake in November,” Shulz said. “It’s pretty easy. I don’t take a stroller and we stay mostly in the free fare zone.” Schulz is a veteran of public transit — she used to ride the bus to kinder...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57659844@www.sltrib.com Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:39:03 MDT The Washington Post: Obama’s risky transportation plan http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57660289-82/tax-transportation-funding-obama.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57660289-82/tax-transportation-funding-obama.html.csp">The Washington Post: Obama’s risky transportation plan</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-11T01:01:03.675-06:00">Updated Mar 11, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Even though both parties would prefer to stop legislating until Election Day, reality will intercede here and there. One case in point: The country needs to pay for its roads, rails, bridges and ports, but transportation funding is again approaching a crisis point. President Barack Obama weighed in recently, promising a crowd in St. Paul, Minn., that he would “send Congress a budget that funds rebuilding our transportation infrastructure in a more responsible way.” The plan he sent lawmakers may...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57660289@www.sltrib.com Tue, 11 Mar 2014 01:01:03 MDT Utah leads rise in commuter rail ridership; U.S. transit use up http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57659202-68/ridership-public-transit-transportation.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57659202-68/ridership-public-transit-transportation.html.csp">Utah leads rise in commuter rail ridership; U.S. transit use up</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JUSTIN PRITCHARD</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-10T11:29:13.491-06:00">Updated Mar 10, 2014 11:29AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Americans are boarding public buses, trains and subways in greater numbers than any time since the suburbs began booming. Nearly 10.7 billion trips in 2013, to be precise — the highest total since 1956, according to ridership data reported by transit systems nationally and released Monday by the American Public Transportation Association. APTA notes that nationally, commuter rail ridership increased by 2.1 percent in 2013. Leading the increase, with a new rail line that opened in December 2012, ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-576592022014-03-10T11:29:13.491-06:00" id="#license-2014-03-10T11:29:13.491-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57659202@www.sltrib.com Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:29:13 MDT House, Senate draw line in sand over pricey tech plan http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57637329-90/education-funding-funds-initiative.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57637329-90/education-funding-funds-initiative.html.csp">House, Senate draw line in sand over pricey tech plan</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Lee Davidson and robert gehrke</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-06T13:22:03.23-06:00">Updated Mar 6, 2014 01:22PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Senate Republican leaders say they are willing to spend $26 million on House Speaker Becky Lockhart’s education technology initiative — a far cry from the $200 million to $300 million the speaker sought for her legacy project and an enormous sticking point in budget negotiations entering the final week of the session. Senate budget chairman Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, said the question of how much to put into Lockhart’s education technology plan — and where the money should come from — is the only s...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57637329@www.sltrib.com Thu, 06 Mar 2014 13:22:03 MDT Lawmakers advance two bills to raise highway funds, including higher gas tax http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57630658-90/ads-bills-current-gallon.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57630658-90/ads-bills-current-gallon.html.csp">Lawmakers advance two bills to raise highway funds, including higher gas tax</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Lee Davidson</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-04T20:58:13.433-06:00">Updated Mar 4, 2014 08:58PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Two initiatives to raise more money for highways advanced Tuesday, including tweaking the gasoline tax so it would rise along with prices at the pump and allowing the Utah Department of Transportation to sell limited ads at rest stops and on its online traffic app. The House Transportation Committee passed both bills unanimously and sent them to the full House. SB60, by Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem, would change how Utah’s gasoline tax is calculated, so it would rise if gasoline prices increase i...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57630658@www.sltrib.com Tue, 04 Mar 2014 20:58:13 MDT Op-ed: Utah motor-fuel tax needs 21st Century rebuild http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57579554-82/fuel-tax-transportation-utah.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57579554-82/fuel-tax-transportation-utah.html.csp">Op-ed: Utah motor-fuel tax needs 21st Century rebuild</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By David R. Golden and H. David Burton</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-21T17:52:01.657-06:00">Updated Feb 21, 2014 05:52PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Utah has long been a leader in disciplined planning and investment in transportation. These principles have kept our economy moving, provided a platform for growth and improved our quality of life. However, the foundation for how we fund transportation – the motor-fuel tax – needs restructuring. This is not a new issue. Enacted in 1929, the motor-fuel tax has been increased 10 times to restore purchasing power and to meet the needs of our community. A fundamental flaw of a fixed per-gallon fuel...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57579554@www.sltrib.com Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:52:01 MDT Railroads that haul crude make deal with feds on safety measures http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57579365-68/oil-crude-safety-railroads.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57579365-68/oil-crude-safety-railroads.html.csp">Railroads that haul crude make deal with feds on safety measures</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MATTHEW BROWN and JOAN LOWY</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Associated Press </span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-21T17:41:40.841-06:00">Updated Feb 21, 2014 05:41PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">BILLINGS, Mont. • Railroads that haul volatile crude shipments have reached an agreement with U.S. transportation officials to adopt wide-ranging, voluntary safety measures after a string of explosive and deadly accidents. The deal signed Friday calls for oil trains to be slowed from a maximum of 50 to 40 miles per hour through major cities, more frequent track inspections and better emergency response planning along routes that carry trains hauling up to 3 million gallons of crude each. The new...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57579365@www.sltrib.com Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:41:40 MDT Cellphone calls on planes? Don’t ask the feds http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57580115-79/calls-ban-transportation-cellphone.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57580115-79/calls-ban-transportation-cellphone.html.csp">Cellphone calls on planes? Don’t ask the feds</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JOAN LOWY</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-21T13:12:02.593-06:00">Updated Feb 21, 2014 01:12PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • The government can’t seem to make up its mind about whether people should be allowed to make cellphone calls on passenger planes. Even as one federal agency considers allowing the calls, another now wants to make sure that doesn’t happen. The Department of Transportation signaled in a 22-page notice posted online Friday that it wants to retain a ban on inflight calls. The notice comes just two months after the Federal Communications Commission voted to pursue lifting the ban. Trans...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-575801152014-02-21T13:12:02.593-06:00" id="#license-2014-02-21T13:12:02.593-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57580115@www.sltrib.com Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:12:02 MDT