Ryan Holeywell

Contributing Writer


January 27, 2014

Do Transportation Apps Compromise Safety?

Waze and other apps want to save drivers 10 minutes every day, but safety experts say it's too dangerous to use these apps while driving.

December 19, 2013

The Top Transportation Challenges in 2014

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's lead watchdog.

December 18, 2013

California Has a New Infrastructure Advocate

Former Caltrans Director Will Kempton is determined to help the Golden State generate billions of dollars for needed infrastructure improvements.

November 20, 2013

House Again Passes DATA Act

Transparency advocates praise the legislation, but states have questions about its costs.

November 4, 2013

Portland Takes on 'Distracted Walking'

The transit agency is outfitting buses and intersections with technology designed to get pedestrians to pay attention.

September 26, 2013

New York Designates 'Texting Zones' on Highways

New York officials believe they're the first to use signs to encourage drivers to use cellphones in safe, designated places like rest stops.

September 18, 2013

Tech Neutrality Among 7 Online Sales Tax Principles

While the legislation to allow states and localities to collect online sales taxes has stalled in Congress, one congressman is recommending seven simple principles to propel the issue forward.

September 13, 2013

Online Sales Tax Legislation Faces Uncertain Future in House

With Congress back in session, tough issues like Syria and the deficit may put the bill known as the Marketplace Fairness Act on the back burner.

September 4, 2013

DART, America's Longest Light Rail System, Turns 30

What made the conditions right for Dallas, of all places, to develop such an extensive light rail system?

August 14, 2013

6 Questions States Need to Ask About Self-Driving Cars

As more states pass laws authorizing testing of autonomous vehicles, key legal questions need to be answered.

August 6, 2013

Inside L.A.'s Quest to Fix the Nation’s Most Congested City

After years of development, Los Angeles reached a milestone that few, if any, other major cities can claim: Every single traffic light can be monitored and controlled remotely.

July 31, 2013

App Sends Traffic Complaints Straight to Congress

Hoping it will push U.S. lawmakers to develop a long-term transportation funding plan, infrastructure advocates developed a smartphone app that allows users to complain to members of Congress about their travel troubles.

July 22, 2013

Detroit Files for Chapter 9 Bankruptcy

The largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

July 19, 2013

Amtrak's New Locomotives Arrive

Nearly 70 new electric engines will service the Northeast Corridor. They are expected to be more reliable and faster than the aging fleet they replace.

July 18, 2013

Lawmakers Question Pace of Progress on NextGen

FAA is planning a system that will radically change how it manages air travel, but skeptics say it may be taking too long.

May 28, 2013

Some Question Whether Washington Bridge Collapse is an Example of Crumbling Infrastructure

The Washington bridge that collapsed and sent two cars into the river may have been too small for today's traffic, but experts say it wasn't an investment issue.

May 13, 2013

Has High-Speed Rail Been Derailed?

Four years after President Barack Obama declared high-speed rail a national priority, the financial hurdles seem higher than ever.

April 9, 2013

Oregon May Be 1st with Automatic Voter Registration

Secretary of State Kate Brown wants to make Oregon the first state to instantly register voters when they apply for a driver's license.

April 4, 2013

Denver's Ambitious Light Rail to Open This Month

The project marks the first completed portion of the region's ambitious FasTracks program.

April 3, 2013

Automated System May Ease L.A.'s Traffic Nightmare

In an effort to reduce congestion, every traffic light in Los Angeles is now controlled remotely by a software the city has given the federal government to share with other cities.

March 4, 2013

Indianapolis Aims to Have 1st All-Green Fleet

The city has a bold plan to make every vehicle in its fleet, including police cars, run on alternative fuels.

February 13, 2013

FCC's Wi-Fi Expansion Could Threaten Connected Vehicles Technology

Transportation stakeholders are urging the FCC to slow plans that could undermine much-anticipated technology that can help drivers avoid crashes.

January 29, 2013

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to Step Down

After serving for all four years of the president's first term, LaHood is departing at a key time of transition in the transportation community.

September 6, 2012

Texas and California's Contrasting High-Speed Rail Attempts

A Texas group says it can bring high-speed rail to the state at no cost to taxpayers.

August 29, 2012

New Fuel Standards Nearly Double Car Efficiency

Automakers will be required to manufacture vehicles that have an average fuel efficiency of 54.5 miles per gallon.

July 11, 2012

D.C. Museum Explores Design with Mini-Golf

The National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., builds an indoor miniature golf course.

June 19, 2012

Feds to Conduct 'Connected Vehicle' Pilot in August

U.S. Department of Transportation is studying technology that allows cars to communicate with each other in order to warn drivers of potential crashes.

May 16, 2012

Weston, Fla.: How a City of 65,000 Gets By on 9 Employees

Weston, Fla., relies almost entirely on contractors to perform city work. The city's technology is no exception.

May 4, 2012

States Fear DATA Act’s Costs

State and local governments say without federal funding, a bill working its way through Congress threatens to greatly increase the costs of reporting.

April 26, 2012

Mobile App Lets Parents Instantly Know About Student Absences

Three New York schools could soon pilot a new program developed by NYU graduate students.