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Posted on August 26, 2009

Detroit may lay off 113 bus drivers

DETROIT — Detroit Mayor Dave Bing is considering, among other options, cutting the jobs of 113 bus drivers in order to resolve a $300 million budget deficit. For the full story, click here.

 

MBTA defends railroad right-of-way licenses

STONEHAM, Mass. — Proponents for a potential bikepath have protested the MBTA’s offer of short-term licenses to railroad-right-of-way abutters. MBTA and local officials say that the agreements will prevent encroachment and make it easier to remove businesses from the space when the bikepath is built. For the full story, click here.

 

Suspended Iowa driver returns to work

DES MOINES, IOWA — After being suspended for refusing to drive a bus with an atheist group’s ad, bus driver Angela Shiel returned to work on Monday. She said she will refuse again if she is asked to drive another bus with the ad. For the full story, click here.

 

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Allison,Cummins hybrid-electric system recieves CARB certification

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N.Y. MTA expands courtesy ads to bus system

The campaign is similar to the one developed for subways, with the focus on reminding passengers that avoiding certain behaviors can ensure a faster and more pleasant ride for everyone. Reminders include step aside to let others off first; remove your backpack; and don’t clip your nails on the bus.

Bridj to launch D.C. service

While Founder Matt George is interested in connecting Capitol Hill, K Street and Dupont Circle, it’s not yet clear if those will be the neighborhoods Bridj starts with. The start-up is encouraging interested customers to request specific routes on its website

New Flyer wins N.Y. CNG bus contract

The contract for 110 XN40 buses contains a firm order for 52 buses with options for an additional 58 buses and is valued at approximately $53 million dollars.

CCW to provide Iowa with rebuilt artics

Des Moines Area Regional Transit's 60-foot low floor articulated buses will replace high-floor buses and include newly installed ramps, remanufactured power trains, transmissions, engines and brakes. It will also be equipped with two ADA compliant wheelchair lifts.

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