Industry News

California Tests Mileage Fee Plan as Answer to Dwindling Gas Tax

Dec. 3, 2020


California is looking at new ways to pay for road and other transportation projects, as officials brace for falling gasoline and diesel taxes due to the transition to zero-emission vehicles.

Transportation Corridor Agencies Name Valarie McFall Deputy Chief Executive Officer

June 24, 2020


The Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) announce the interim promotion of Valarie McFall to the position of the Agencies’ first Deputy CEO effective July 1. McFall will support the CEO by managing administrative functions, coordinating critical projects and initiatives, overseeing legislative and governmental activities, and fostering inter-agency relationships and partnerships to help fulfill TCA’s mission to improve regional mobility.

Inspire the Next Generation of Scientists & Innovators

Jan. 6, 2020

The EnCorps STEM Teaching Fellowship transitions professionals from science, technology, engineering and math industries to teaching in high-need middle and high schools. The Fellowship is a one or two-year pathway that includes training, guest teaching and earning a teaching credential in a highly-supported environment with a cohort of professional peers. Email SoCal Recruitment Coordinator Tanja Schroeder for more information

Video: The Women Working Construction Jobs on Metro Projects

June 6, 2019

The need to build infrastructure and improve what we already have begs a couple of questions: how do we get more folks to work in the transportation industry? And how do we make sure jobs go to local residents, including women? 

How Self-Driving Cars Can Help Make Cities Better

Feb. 22, 2019

Fortune reports that driverless cars can help reshape cities beyond easing traffic congestion. "These futuristic vehicles generate vast amounts of data that officials hope to use to fill potholes more quickly, replace parking lots with parks and create traffic lanes for buses and first responders." 

Governor Newsom Swears in
New CHP Commissioner

Nov. 17, 2020


Governor Gavin Newsom today administered the oath of office to California Highway Patrol (CHP) Commissioner Amanda Ray, a historic move making her the first woman in its 91-year history to lead the largest state law enforcement agency in the nation. 

Bergener Appointed OCTA’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer

March 31, 2020

The Orange County Transportation Authority has appointed Jennifer L. Bergener, a veteran of the agency and the transportation industry, to serve as OCTA’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer.

Public Scoping Notice: South County Traffic Relief Effort

Nov. 19, 2019

Caltrans, in cooperation with the Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency is initiating the preparation of an Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement for the South County Traffic Relief Effort (proposed project) in Orange County and San Diego County, California.

Beyond Speculations 2.0: Automated Vehicles & Public Policy

April 1, 2019

This report updates Eno's 2017 Beyond Speculation publication and discusses the current and future state of AVs, as well as the existing, proposed and expected implications for federal, state and local policy.

Study Explores How to Attract and Retain Women in the Transportation Industry

Feb. 14, 2019


In Mineta Transportation Institute's latest research report, MTI Research Associates Jodi Godfrey and Dr. Robert Bertini identify research needed to attract, promote and retain women in the transportation industry.

Metrolink Introduces New Loyalty and Rewards Program for Riders

Oct. 16, 2020


Metrolink, Southern California’s regional train service, launched SoCal Explorer, a new loyalty program that rewards riders with points as well as exclusive offers and perks from local businesses and attractions throughout the Southern California region. The program makes it more affordable for people to make taking the train a part of their everyday lifestyle.

Women Running the Railroad at Metrolink

March 5, 2020

More than 40 years ago, what began as a week-long celebration of women’s history has evolved into Women’s History Month, a national month-long recognition of women and their achievements.

This Women’s History Month we want to share some of the exceptional women who keep Metrolink running.

OCTA's Measure M Next 10 Plan Bringing Balanced Transportation Improvements to O.C.

Nov. 15, 2019

The Orange County Transportation Authority board adopted the 2019 Measure M2 Next 10 Delivery Plan, reflecting a balanced transportation system that supports sustainability while making improvements to freeways, streets and transit service throughout Orange County.

How A Rideshare Service Grew Fivefold In Less Than Two Years

March 20, 2019

Forbes profiles Hoa Pyles McManus, cofounder and chief of culture at Share, a microtransit service founded in 2016 to get children and adults to employers, schools, healthcare and senior facilities.

Women Account for 15 Percent of Transportation Workforce

Feb. 12, 2019


Streetsblog SF reports on a study that looks at why women are not nearly at parity in transportation — and how to fix it. 

Safe, Resilient & Locally Grown: Community-Based Traffic Safety Data & Approaches During a Pandemic

Nov. 12 & 19, 2020


The Southern California Association of Governments and its Go Human campaign, alongside AAA of Southern California, are hosting a virtual safety series on improving traffic conditions while reducing COVID-19 transmission. The series will explore community-based strategies focused on innovation and resiliency. 

Successful Ways to Attract, Retain Women in the Transportation Industry

Jan. 6, 2020

The transportation industry has historically been, and remains, classified as non-traditional by the Bureau of Labor Statistics with women accounting for less than 25% of the transportation occupations.

FasTrak Customers, You've Got Mail

June 6, 2019

Beginning this month, The Toll Roads of Orange County are mailing 15,000 new sticker transponders per weekday to FasTrak accountholders to replace the hard-case transponders currently in use. The new transparent, bandage-size transponder is free and adheres to the inside of a windshield to collect tolls.

A Fast-Changing Mobility Landscape

Feb. 26, 2019

Eno released a report looking at the themes and trends that are on the minds of leaders in cities, states and metro areas throughout the U.S. The survey of transit officials began with an open-ended question about their primary concerns over the next three years, followed by specific questions regarding their attitudes toward the deployment of new technology, partnerships and customer service, among others.

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