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Operation Lifesaver launches Chicago safety campaign

Rail| January 14, 2011
The television safety campaign, targeting 18 to 34 year olds and Hispanic viewers, is aimed at preventing vehicle-train tragedies in the Chicago area, where crossing incidents increased in 2010.

D.C. Metro to preserve service without fare hikes

Bus| January 13, 2011
The $1.4 billion operating budget for Fiscal Year 2012 maintains the current level of rail, bus and paratransit services. The agency is doing more, while becoming more resource efficient. More than 91 cents of every Metro operating dollar directly funds core services, with only 9 cents funding support functions.
Motorcoach| January 13, 2011

NHTSA issues new ejection mitigation rule

Vehicle manufacturers must develop a countermeasure for light passenger vehicles under 10,000 lbs. that prevents the equivalent of an unbelted adult from moving more than 4 inches past the side window opening in the event of a crash. The new standard will begin phasing in during 2013.
Accessibility| January 11, 2011

N.Y. MTA taps new head of security

Douglas Zeigler, a 37-year veteran of the New York City Police Department, will oversee security for the MTA, including coordinating MTA security efforts with the Department of Homeland Security; FBI; the National Guard; the NYPD and State Police, and the MTA Police Department.
January 6, 2011

Sharing information for the good of safe operations

I have taken much pleasure during my 33 years in transit to see the unselfish sharing among transit training professionals. There are many opportunities each year to be part of this information sharing/gathering. You can start by researching the various industry conferences, workshops, etc. — a couple of great ones are listed below — and attending them.
Bus| January 3, 2011

D.C. Metro receives $150M to address NTSB recs

Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia will also provide $150 million in matching local funds to help pay for the improvements.
Bus| December 23, 2010

N.Y. bus drivers to face firing for cell phone offenses

Under the new policy, drivers caught talking on the phone just once could face dismissal, while in the past, drivers with good records could get several violations before being fired.
Rail| December 23, 2010

Chicago to continue 5000-series railcar tests

The 10 prototype railcars are being tested to determine how they perform when operating in the conditions that CTA's rail fleet is subjected to throughout the year. The prototypes must successfully complete testing on all eight rail lines.
Rail| December 17, 2010

D.C. Metro will conduct random carry-on inspections

The inspections, conducted in conjunction with TSA officials, are expected to take only minutes and designed to be non-intrusive, as police will randomly select bags or packages to check for hazardous materials using ionization technology as well as K-9 units trained to detect explosive materials.
Motorcoach| December 17, 2010

FMCSA proposes cell phone ban for bus, truck drivers

Drivers who violate these restrictions would face federal civil penalties of up to $2,750 for each offense and disqualification of their commercial driver's license (CDL) for multiple offenses. Additionally, states would suspend a driver's CDL after two or more violations of any state law on hand-held cell phone use.

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