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Posted on August 5, 2009

S.F. Muni operations chief resigns

SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Chief Operating Officer, Kenneth McDonald, announced his resignation on Tuesday. Despite the announcement’s timing, which occurred after a series of collisions, McDonald provided data showing that accidents have decreased during his term. For the full story, click here.

 

U.S. DOT taps PSU professor

PORTLAND, Ore. — The U.S. Department of Transportation has selected Portland State University professor Robert L. Bertini to be the deputy administrator of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration. For the full story, click here.

 

NYC Transit seeking announcers

NEW YORK — NYC Transit is looking to hire more announcers and conducting a screening process, which involves interviewing and auditioning candidates before they make it to the “Dedicated Announcers Program.”  For the full story, click here.

 

 

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