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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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Calif. purchase incentives now available for New Flyer electric buses

The Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project was created by the California Air Resources Board to speed the early market introduction of clean, low-carbon hybrid and electric vehicles and is administered and implemented through a partnership with CALSTART.

REI receives New Flyer's gold 'Supplier' award

The company was recognized for exceeding delivery expectations for the fourth year in a row.

Luxury bus Leap Transit shut down for operating illegally

The startup was recently granted what’s known as the “authority to operate” — a precursor to an official license. But by driving its route between the Marina district and the Financial District without a license, regulators determined that Leap was breaking the law, according to SFGate.

New York MTA bus ridership down

Tens of thousands have been ditching the bus in Brooklyn and Manhattan, while there were modest gains on Bronx and Staten Island routes; Queens had a small decline in ridership, according to the MTA figures. The decline is attributed to traffic congestion and fare hikes.

DC Circulator set to intro new diesel-electric buses

In addition to being more energy efficient, the new buses will have better air conditioning and USB ports for riders to charge their phones.

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