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METRO Briefs

Posted on July 8, 2009

BART foresaw D.C. Metro circuit problem

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The apparent malfunction responsible for last month’s Red Line collision, a “flickering” in a track circuit, is known to experts working with San Francisco Bay Area-based BART. Officials there had installed a separate system as a protection against the problem. For the full story, click here.

 

Car rental fees may increase 800 percent

MILWAUKEE — A provision in Wisconsin’s new state budget enables the Southeast Regional Transit Authority to raise the car rental fee up to 800 percent, to help fund a commuter rail line. For the full story, click here.

 

Japanese  rail workers’ smiles scanned

  

LONDON — The Keihin Electric Express Railway, a Tokyo rail company, is using a computer system to rate the smiles of its employees on a daily basis.  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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