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METRO Briefs

Posted on September 21, 2006

Colorado awards Denver $16.9 million for commuter line
DENVER — The Colorado Department of Transportation’s board of directors voted to award Denver $16.9 million for the design and purchase of right of way needed to build commuter rail lines into its downtown Union Station. The money comes from both state and matching funds and is contingent on future budgets. For the full story, click here. BART board allows alcohol ads
OAKLAND — The Bay Area Rapid Transit District’s (BART) board approved making an exception to their alcohol advertising ban, by allowing up to 17% of advertising in BART cars and stations to be alcohol related. BART staff estimated that lifting the ban would increase its annual advertising revenue by $400,000 a year. For the full story, click here. NYC’s Moynihan rail station plan hits snag
ALBANY, N.Y. — Plans to move New York City’s Pennsylvania Station one block to the historic Farley Post Office have been delayed for the second time in a row after the state’s Assembly said it needed more information. The ambitious plan aims to honor New York’s former U.S. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan. 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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