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Posted on May 20, 2009

Witnesses: BART transit officer seemed shocked

LOS ANGELES — During the preliminary hearing held on the shooting of an unarmed man in a BART station, several witnesses testifying for the prosecution said that the former BART transit officer looked surprised after pulling the trigger. For the full story, click here.

Fare evaders exploiting N.Y. MTA bus service

NEW YORK — Many riders are skipping the fare for the Bx12 express buses, which allow riders to buy tickets from either a MetroCard or coin-operated terminal before boarding. Fare-jumpers complain that terminals are often broken. For the full story, click here.

CATS transit chief heads to San Antonio

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — News of Charlotte Area Transit System CEO Keith Parker’s departure broke on Tuesday. He's leaving for a similar role at VIA Metropolitan Transit in San Antonio. 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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