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Posted on October 9, 2009

Driver convicted in casino bus crash

 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Quintin Watts, a Stockton motorcoach driver, has been convicted of 11 counts of gross vehicular manslaughter for a deadly rollover crash on Oct. 5, 2008. Authorities say Watts apparently dozed off at the wheel. For the full story, click here.

 

First Group weathering recession, expects more growth

 

CINCINNATI — Transportation provider First Group America prepared for the economic downturn by acquiring Greyhound Lines and Laidlaw International in 2007. Now, the company is positioned to grow from a stronger foundation. For the full story, click here.

 

LIRR not joining FRA safety program

 

NEW YORK — Long Island Rail Road is not participating in a federal program that would protect railroad whistle-blowers. The LIRR said it never was asked to take part in the program, but would consider it if invited by the FRA. For the full story, click here.

 

 

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Boston could benefit from more BRT, report says

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The existing design, more than 20 years old, will be phased out to make way for the new look that prominently features a light blue and orange wave across the bus and the words “OC Bus.”

5 retired Honolulu buses to be turned into homeless shelters

According to the plan, each bus will serve a specific purpose, with some including restrooms and showers and others being equipped with beds.

Madison Metro discontinuing audible turn signals

Residents raised issues with the noise and questioned whether there is any proof of their effectiveness in increasing safety. Some also said they’re avoiding riding the bus because of the noise.

Coast RTA to purchase vehicles from DART

In reviewing the vehicles, the 2003 NABI buses average 329,000 miles; however, they all have received mid-life engine overhauls, which average less than 85,000 miles.

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