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Posted on September 16, 2009

Senate proposal would allow guns on Amtrak

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Wednesday, the Senate voted to let passengers bring handguns in their checked baggage onto Amtrak. The proposal seeks to give riders rights similar to those of airline passengers. Opponents say Amtrak doesn’t have the security structure in place. For the full story, click here.

 

New transportation chief appointed to Mass.

 

BOSTON — On Tuesday, Gov. Deval Patrick selected Jeffrey B. Mullan to succeed James A. Aloisi Jr. as Massachusett's transportation chief. For the full story, click here.

 

Japan begins campaign against groping on trains

TOKYO — The National Police Agency is cracking down on Websites that provide tips on how to grope women on trains without getting caught. They will also set up a study group with railway operators to discuss other measures to take to stop gropers. For the full story, click here.

 

 

 

 

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Antelope Valley Transit experiments with digital bus ads

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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.

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