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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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Bridj to launch D.C. service

While Founder Matt George is interested in connecting Capitol Hill, K Street and Dupont Circle, it’s not yet clear if those will be the neighborhoods Bridj starts with. The start-up is encouraging interested customers to request specific routes on its website

New Flyer wins N.Y. CNG bus contract

The contract for 110 XN40 buses contains a firm order for 52 buses with options for an additional 58 buses and is valued at approximately $53 million dollars.

CCW to provide Iowa with rebuilt artics

Des Moines Area Regional Transit's 60-foot low floor articulated buses will replace high-floor buses and include newly installed ramps, remanufactured power trains, transmissions, engines and brakes. It will also be equipped with two ADA compliant wheelchair lifts.

Texas' Capital Metro adds real-time information to bus fleet

The agency rolled out real-time data on MetroRapid and MetroRail last year, receiving strong positive feedback from customers.

AC Transit piloting Alexander Dennis double-deck bus

The 80-seat coach, offering its riders comfy excursions with spectacular views — particularly to and from San Francisco — made its first cruise on the Line U, from Fremont to Stanford University, before being deployed on other daily routes.

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