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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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SMART to spend $35 million on 80 new buses

Purchase comes as a result of last year’s election, where 66% of voters approved a tax increase to help the agency upgrade 135 vehicles through a four-year operating issue boost.

New York City Transit introduces bicycle racks to buses

Racks available on S53, S93 Routes for 1-Year pilot testing feasibility and impact to service.

National Express takes over operation of Merced's The BUS

The Bus offers fixed-route and paratransit services to the communities of The Joint Powers Authority of Merced County’s seven member agencies, including the Cities of Atwater, Dos Palos, Gustine, Livingston, Los Banos, and Merced, and the County of Merced.

Maine's Greater Portland Transit adds pass for high school students

The Transit Pass allows free and unlimited use of METRO bus routes during the academic school year, including weekends and break periods.

San Francisco introduces interactive, online performance dashboards

The site contains results from 13 key areas, including the percentage of on-time performance, mode share, crime stats, the agency’s carbon footprint, collision data and other information aligned with the SFMTA’s strategic plan.

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