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METRO Briefs

Posted on June 21, 2007

Chicago police to monitor buses via live video

CHICAGO — The Chicago Transit Authority is outfitting buses with radio equipment that transmits short distances so that onboard video feeds can be picked up by Wi-Fi hot spots and nearby police cars. To read the full story, click here.


Ark. proposal pits Amtrak against freight rail

WASHINGTON, Ark. — Amtrak is protesting a proposal to change a 35-year-old law allowing Amtrak priority on tracks owned by freight rail companies. The proposal's writer says too many fully loaded freight trains are left to idle while half-empty passenger trains pass, impacting air quality and traffic congestion. To read the full story, click here.


Dispute over signal warning hinders Calif. rail line

SAN DIEGO — Transit officials say the new 22-mile Sprinter rail line's signal system provides as much or more warning than required by state and federal laws, but engineers in some cities along the route say the system, linked to traffic signals near rail crossings, may not leave enough time to clear pedestrians and cars from the tracks. To read the full story, click here.


Pittsburgh transit cuts service by 15 percent


PITTSBURGH — Allegheny County's public transit system has reduced service as it tries to close a nearly $45 million deficit. Further cuts and a fare hike are possible in the coming months, absent a state bailout or other source of funding, officials say. To read the full story, click here.

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Deadline extended for Innovative Solutions Award submissions

Applications can be submitted either by the operation or the solutions provider and will be judged by our BusCon Advisory Board, with winners and shortlisted submissions recognized at BusCon’s Award Breakfast on Wednesday, Sept. 13.

Calif.'s GCTD breaks ground on ops, maintenance facility

The new facility will replace an outdated and deteriorating bus garage located on a three-acre site that was originally built in the 1970’s for a much smaller fleet.

London most expensive city to commute to work via public transit

New York City comes in it at No. 4 at a cost of approximately $120 per month, with Chicago and San Francisco at $102.10 and $86.10 per month, respectively.

Late U2 concert leaves transit officials upset over costs

The Wednesday night concert, which didn't wrap up until 11 p.m., forced the Valley Transportation Authority to add 11 extra after-hours trains to accommodate concertgoers.

Video shows Metro Transit officer asking about immigration status

Metro Transit Police Chief Harrington said in a statement that it's not his agency's practice to inquire about immigration status and has asked for an internal investigation into the encounter.

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