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Posted on May 13, 2009

Report: Driver caused Calif. coach crash

SAN FRANCISCO — According to a preliminary report by the California Highway Patrol, the driver in the April 28 accident failed to negotiate a curve on the U.S. 101 overpass, causing the bus to hit a guardrail and overturn. For the full story, click here.

 

Amtrak: High-speed rail unrealistic

CHICAGO — Joseph Boardman, Amtrak’s president/CEO, said to Illinois lawmakers at a hearing Monday that introducing high-speed rail in the Midwest would be too expensive and less efficient than providing more frequent service between cities. For the full story, click here.

 

Report: BRT cheaper than rail to Oakland airport

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — TransForm, an Oakland, Calif.-based public transit advocacy group, claims that the BART’s $522 million plan for an elevated tram to the Oakland International Airport is 10-times more expensive than adding BRT 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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