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METRO Briefs

Posted on June 22, 2006

Canadian PM announces new measures to enhance transportation safety
CANADA — Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced a plan to invest $254 million over two years to help increase the country’s capability to detect and respond to potential terrorist attacks throughout its entire travel and transportation infrastructure, including passenger rail and transit operations. For the full story, click here. NJ Transit, Metro-North approve new contract
NEW YORK — New York’s Metro-North Railroad has agreed to pay approximately $1.3 million more each year to New Jersey Transit for providing service on the Port Jervis and Pascack Valley lines. The deal also includes an additional $690,000 a year for infrastructure improvements on the two lines, as well as a guarantee that Metro-North can add service on the Port Jervis line. For the full story, click here. Passengers self-evacuate BART train
SAN FRANCISCO — With a five-minute delay stretching to 30 minutes, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) passengers, who were stuck after the train hit a piece of metal debris on the tracks, pried open the doors to evacuate the railcar despite warnings they could be arrested by BART police. It was the second recent incident in which riders got off a train stopped between stations without permission from BART. For the full story, click here.

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Connect Transit receives state funds, avoids shutdown

The agency announced Thursday that the payment of almost $1.9 million covers the time period of July 2016 through September 2016 and is part of a nearly $17.6 million transfer to the Downstate Public Transportation Fund.

APTA names new chief counsel

Linda C. Ford currently serves as associate administrator of the FTA's Office of Civil Rights.

Report: Public transit, cities should learn from San Francisco Muni hack

WIRED said American public transit systems, which make daily life possible for millions, are an easy target, since many are aging and underfunded, with barely enough money to keep the trains running, let alone invest in IT security upgrades.

Ill. agency reduces night service to deal with lack of state funding

The roughly $180,000 in cost savings from the night service reductions for the Springfield Mass Transit District are less than one third of what is already being done while SMTD awaits delayed payments and a clearer budget picture from the state.

U. of Minn. study finds transit does not improve health

Previous studies have found that citizens in areas with more transit options have a lower BMI because transit use also includes walking and biking, however, using BMI for that conclusion doesn’t account for commuters who may eat fast food every day or substitute buses and trains for walking from place to place.

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