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Posted on March 25, 2009

IBM seeks share of high-speed rail

NEW YORK — IBM and competitors are looking to tap various industries that will receive significant portions of the stimulus funds and are seeking an $8 billion share of high-speed tail funding. For the full story, click here.

 

Seattle transit debuts talking buses

TACOMA, Wa. — Pierce Transit’s new $35 million radio and communications system features a new communication center, GPS and an onboard voice belonging to a local radio personality. For the full story, click here.

 

MBTA proposes rail hikes, service cuts

BOSTON — With the transit agency’s budget at $160 million in the red and facing $8 billion in long-term debt, General Manager Daniel Grabauskas has filed paperwork to increase fares and reduce nightly service. For the full story, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BC Transit piloting video cameras on buses

Up to six cameras will be installed on each bus. There is no live monitoring of the video which will only be removed and viewed by authorized security staff following a reported incident. Only video required for security purposes will be retained, all other video will be erased.

Calif. agencies approve merger

Pending adoption by its member entities, the merger between Victor Valley Transit Authority and Barstow Area Transit is slated to take effect July 1, 2015.

MCI Stands Up for Transportation in Pembina, Chicago and Louisville

Officials at MCI’s Pembina plant included Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D.; North Dakota Commerce Department Commissioner Alan Anderson; Gail Hand, northeastern director for Sen Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.; Tom Brusegaard, regional director for Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D;  Pembina County Commissioner Hetty Walker; and Cavalier, N.D. Mayor Ken Briese.

Uber adds rickshaws to service in India

Drivers are told to say ‘namaste,’ a common Indian greeting, and are encouraged to use their meters. Uber pays its drivers an additional 40 rupees, or just over 60 cents, per ride on top of the fare.

2,627 complaints lodged on Fla.'s HART bus system

The unedited complaints represent only one side of the story and often are fired off by people who are upset. HART says its own GPS and video technology shows many are plain wrong. The agency relies upon the list to target areas of customer service that are in need of improvement.

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