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The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) announces that a TIGER III Application Package developed by Whitehouse Group for the City of Philadelphia was awarded $10.0 million. The project will implement a transit signal priority program, pedestrian improvements and advanced traffic management along highly-congested corridors within the City of Philadelphia. > view

Under contract to Michael Baker, Jr., Whitehouse Group completes an assessment of several suburban Philadelphia shared-ride transportation providers for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The providers volunteered for a Pilot implementation that will assess new technology that will allow for the more efficient scheduling and monitoring of regional paratransit trips. The project documented the opportunities, challenges and risks associated with implementing uniform regional fares, service policies, scheduling, information technology and communication platforms for Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties.

Whitehouse Group assists Port San Antonio to develop a Surface Transportation Program - Metropolitan Mobility (STP-MM) funding application to the San Antonio-Bexar County MPO that proposes to realign Quintana Road, add left turn and acceleration / deceleration lanes within the Quintana Road and Dunston Road intersection, construct bike and pedestrian facilities, and install flood control improvements. This project will help promote the Port's global economic competitiveness as well as improve regional safety and mobility.

Whitehouse Group supports the City of Philadelphia to develop a grant application for Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) TIGER III funding. The project will implement transit signal priority (TSP) improvements along on three key corridors: Castor/Oxford, Bustleton and Woodland Avenues. By upgrading more than 100 existing traffic controllers, connecting controllers to the City's traffic management system (TMS), and outfitting transit vehicles with emitters to actuate signals, the project will improve transit and non-transit operating speeds in the City's slowest commute corridors. This project represents one component of Philadelphia's "Complete Streets" and "Transit First" initiatives. >view

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awards $1.5 million in federal funding to support the University Boulevard Alternatives Analysis. The funding application package, developed by Whitehouse Group, will allow local agencies to evaluate enhanced bus, bus rapid transit and other multimodal alternatives along a 27-mile corridor in Broward County, Florida. > view

Under contract to Gannett Fleming, Inc., Whitehouse Group conducts a Data Mining and Interpretation Workshop, hosted by the Southeast Florida FSUTMS Users Group, designed for transportation professionals who want to build hands-on knowledge of applying statistical methods and interpretative techniques on assortment of available travel characteristics databases. Participants gained an understanding of the procedures used to extract descriptive statistics from national surveys and utilized statistical methods to produce vital information to help decision-makers craft transportation policies sensitive to local demographics, commuter characteristics and livability issues. >view

Whitehouse Group relocates corporate headquarters within the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area. The new location provides greater access to Capitol Hill, improved proximity to commercial amenities and better office expansion opportunities. > view

Whitehouse Group completes review of the ridership forecasts and associated materials for the Orlando, Florida and Phoenix, Arizona New Starts projects for the Federal Transit Administration. The project preserved the projections for Central Phoenix East Valley Light-rail and the Central Florida Commuter Rail corridors in preparation for Before-and-After studies that will be conducted for each project.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announces that a Transportation, Community, and System Preservation (TCSP) Application Package developed by Whitehouse Group, under contract to Michael Baker, Jr., for the City of Philadelphia was awarded more than $3.2 million. The grant is the highest dollar amount awarded to a single project in the 2011 discretionary period. The project will implement a transit signal priority program along five (5) highly-congested corridors within the City of Philadelphia. > view

In support of Jacobs Engineering Group, Whitehouse Group completes demographic analyses, ridership forecasts, and corridor needs assessments as part of the FAST FORWARD: Regional Transit System Plan for the Indian Nations Council of Governments in Tulsa, Oklahoma. > view

Whitehouse Group assists Broward MPO with developing grant applications to obtain Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5339 Alternatives Analysis Program funding for several corridors within Broward County. Overall, the FTA allotted $25 million to support a limited number of alternatives analysis activities and develop information for local decision-makers.

Congressman John Mica, Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, recommends a 6-year, $230 billion transportation proposal that would comprise a major cut in transportation funding. Other highlights include the streamlining of highway projects by scaling back environmental review requirements and other clearances while giving more control to state and local authorities. > view

The Federal Transit Administration and National Transit Institute announces Improving NEPA: An FTA Update webinar to advance understanding of streamlined management of the environmental review process for transit projects by providing current information on federal requirements, identifying best practices, and facilitating discussion. > view

Whitehouse Group co-authors article with the Indian Nations Council of Governments to the CTPP Status Report, published by the US Department of Transportation, regarding the use of Census Transportation Planning Package (CTPP) data to evaluate the reliability of travel forecast assumptions. > view

Whitehouse Group opens regional office within the Fort Lauderdale area to support a variety of projects in South Florida. > view

Whitehouse Group teams with Travel Behavior Associates to produce a set of low-cost National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) analysis packages that are directly usable in any travel forecasting model or policy analyses. > read more

Under contract to Cambridge Systematics, Whitehouse Group completes pilot study to evaluate various integrated land use / transportation model frameworks for the Florida Department of Transportation.

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) releases Census Transportation Planning Package (CTPP) data and launches interactive website. > view

Under contract to Michael Baker, Jr., Whitehouse Group completes research to determine the feasibility of using Global Positioning System (GPS) enabled smart phone technology in fixed route and paratransit environments for automatic vehicle location (AVL) and communications for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

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