Transportation

From highway, rail and airport projects to transportation advancements, such as the Hyperloop, CEG's Transportation page gives you the news you need about these important projects.


Bay Cities Paving & Grading Inc. is on target to deliver the Metropolitan Transportation Commission's (MTC) $139 million I-880 express lanes project between Oakland and Milpitas in late summer, an initiative that will create 45 mi. of new express lanes.

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) announced June 19 that the Portal North Bridge replacement — a key component of the broader Gateway Project that includes building a new trans-Hudson rail tunnel — has officially moved forward into the engineering phase of the program.

Brightline began talks in late May with Miami-Dade County to build five train platforms between Miami and Aventura and launch a $425 million commuter-rail system as the for-profit rail company plans to launch express trains to Orlando in the coming years.

In late May, as part of the larger construction of the new high-speed Virgin Trains rail line through Brevard County, crews closed the railroad crossing at Prospect Avenue in Melbourne for two years to build new twin bridges spanning Crane Creek. Since the beginning of the year, Virgin Trains has worked to put down tracks in several parts of the city, including along heavily used roads such as New Haven Boulevard and Strawbridge Avenue in Melbourne, which split the downtown area.

Since 2018, a luxurious passenger train service has been transporting people between downtown Miami and West Palm Beach, with a stop in Fort Lauderdale. The Brightline trains have proven to be popular with business passengers and tourists alike, as they are a faster alternative to the often-congested highways of South Florida.

The Iowa Transportation Commission approved the Fiscal Year 2021-2025 Iowa Transportation Improvement Program at its meeting on June 9. The program documents investments in Iowa's multimodal transportation system covering aviation, public transit, railroads, trails and highways.

The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) announced construction on the Fremont Southeast Beltway could begin as early as July 6 due to financial support from the Fremont community. In 2018, the project was fast tracked and moved from the 2024 construction season to 2020 due to the growing need to improve mobility and support truck traffic associated with economic growth of the region.

Gov. Doug Ducey and state, local and federal officials recently broke ground on a $134 million project to improve mobility and safety on a 3.75-mi. Nogales highway. The project, once completed, will help increase international trade coming through Nogales by linking the Mariposa Port of Entry and Interstate 19.

Construction of Ogden's bus rapid transit (BRT) line is finally slated to begin this fall. The Utah Transit Authority has selected Stacy and Witbeck Inc. as the general contractor. The UTA estimated the construction cost at $101 million for the 5.3-mi.

CHICAGO (AP) The Illinois Tollway board has approved agreements with two major railroads that help clear the way for a western highway access into O'Hare International Airport that tollway officials have long argued is crucial to the airport's expansion.

The Iowa Department of Transportation presented the Iowa Transportation Commission with the draft Fiscal Year 2021-2025 Iowa Transportation Improvement Program at its May 12 meeting. The program documents investments in Iowa's multimodal transportation system covering aviation, public transit, railroads, trails and highways.