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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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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.

Investing in bus systems may yield return for workforce and employers

The researchers found an increase in bus systems’ per capita operating expenditures is associated with a decrease in employee turnover. In turn, businesses save money by not having to train new workers or rebuild institutional knowledge within the firm.

New CTA tech aims to reduce bus delays, provide more consistent service

The technology, known as Bus Transit Management System (BTMS), provides real-time monitoring of bus movements and modern real-time communications between bus drivers and CTA’s Control Center.

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