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Posted on March 6, 2009

NTSB: cell phone use a threat

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During hearings concerning the Metrolink crash that killed 25 people in September 2008, National Transportation Safety Board officials said that rules prohibiting cell phone use were poorly enforced and enforcement of rules banning their use will continue to be a problem because they are so ubiquitous. For the full story, click here.

Advocates urge Md. leaders to focus on transit

BALTIMORE – Representatives from two transit advocate groups urged Maryland’s elected officials to focus more on the state’s public transit system. For the full story, click here.

CTA selling, leasing surplus properties

CHICAGO – The Chicago Transit Authority has opened up its real estate portfolio in an attempt to sell or lease surplus properties and boost its bottom line. For the full story, click here.

 

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Man charged with murder after stabbing Winnipeg Transit bus driver

The incident occurred at 2 a.m., when the driver pulled up to the last stop of his shift and asked the man to leave the bus. After a physical altercation, which ended up outside the bus, ensued, the driver was stabbed multiple times.

N.Y.'s NICE to add 33 New Flyer buses

Twenty-eight 40-foot buses will replace existing buses in the NICE fleet that have reached the end of their useful life, while five 60-foot buses will be used on the customer's new bus rapid transit line, scheduled to start service in 2017.

Nova Bus, ABB partner for electric bus, charger delivery to N. America

The ABB DC fast charger, with the associated systems, is based on the common interface, which allows charging stations and electrified buses from different manufacturers to be used together.

Proterra names Horton to CCO post

Will lead the end-to-end customer lifecycle as Proterra triples production and initiates large-scale deployments across North America.

Stertil-Koni adds new capabilities to transmission jack

The battery-operated jack can be charged overnight and used without cables. The pneumatic jack has an attached air hose to keep it working. Previously, transmission jacks were manually hand-pumped, much like a car jack.

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