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Posted on February 25, 2009

Gov. Doyle reviews Spain’s high-speed rail

MILWAUKEE, Wis. — In an effort to gather information for a potential high-speed rail line that would run from Chicago to Minneapolis, Gov. Jim Doyle visited Spain and investigated the high-speed rail system. For the full story, click here.

SunRail project cost climbs by $7M

DELAND, Fla. — The Florida Department of Transportation opened bids for SunRail. The lowest proposed price was still $7 million more than the maximum bid. The agency will cut some tasks before seeking new proposals. For the full story, click here.

CHP: driver in bus crash asleep at wheel

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The CHP said, in a report on an Oct. 2008 accident that killed 10 people, that the bus driver had fallen asleep moments before the wreck occurred. For the full story, click here.

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Boston could benefit from more BRT, report says

The report argues that the city should be pushing for the “gold standard” of BRT. That would include a control station that monitors buses and ensures they come at well-spaced intervals and enclosed stops that shelter customers.

Calif.'s OCTA to launch new bus design

The existing design, more than 20 years old, will be phased out to make way for the new look that prominently features a light blue and orange wave across the bus and the words “OC Bus.”

5 retired Honolulu buses to be turned into homeless shelters

According to the plan, each bus will serve a specific purpose, with some including restrooms and showers and others being equipped with beds.

Madison Metro discontinuing audible turn signals

Residents raised issues with the noise and questioned whether there is any proof of their effectiveness in increasing safety. Some also said they’re avoiding riding the bus because of the noise.

Coast RTA to purchase vehicles from DART

In reviewing the vehicles, the 2003 NABI buses average 329,000 miles; however, they all have received mid-life engine overhauls, which average less than 85,000 miles.

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