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METRO Briefs

Posted on May 31, 2007

Mass. towns join transit authority for regional services

BOSTON — Five towns not serviced by MBTA buses have joined the Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority (GATRA) in order to take advantage of recent legislation allowing communities to use state-mandated MBTA assessments for regional transit authority services instead. To read the full story, click here.


Hudson River rail tunnel gets DOT backing

PRINCETON, N.J. — During a joint news conference with Gov. John Corzine last week, U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters vowed to work to make a new commuter rail tunnel under the Hudson River a reality. The proposed $7.5 billion tunnel would double commuter rail capacity between New York and New Jersey. To read the full story, click here.


Balloons could protect subways from fire, flood


WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a new program dubbed "Resilient Tunnel," Homeland Security officials are researching "inflatable structure technology" that could protect transit systems from underground floods and fires caused by terrorist bombs. To read the full story, click here.

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Gannon appointed to permanent GM post for King County Metro

Gannon, 47, served as interim GM from March 2016 until now. He was Metro Deputy GM from 2013-2016, and Human Resources manager for the King County DOT from 2011-2013.

Fla.'s HART to develop autonomous circulator route

The project would be one of the first of its kind in the U.S. utilizing autonomous technology and has the potential to become a genuine problem solver, according to FDOT and HART.

CTA's 2017 budget includes no fare increases, service cuts for 8th year

Long-term deals on fuel and increased non-fare revenue have helped CTA cope with reduced funding from the state and a decline in ridership, which fell to just under 500 million in 2016.

SORTA to sell advertising to pay for bus benches

In a separate ordinance, the city agreed to stop removing currently illegal benches at some stops unless they are unsafe.

Future for connected cars is promising, obstacles remain: study

Obstacles include privacy and security concerns, to a lack of infrastructure and the need for a legislative framework.

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