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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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New Flyer to invest $28 million in Ky. facility

The Shepherdsville, Ky. facility will fabricate parts for the manufacture of New Flyer transit buses, MCI motorcoaches, and spare parts for NFI Parts.

MCI names San Francisco Bay Area leadership team

The team consists of Mike Albertolle, manager of business development and service; Matthew Hiibel, service manager; Roland Schauer, shop supervisor; and Roman Bystron, parts supervisor.

Minn. Metro Transit union workers threaten strike during Super Bowl

The union’s president noted that although the most recent agreement was overwhelmingly rejected, he is optimistic an agreement will be reached before the deadline.

COMTO launching new Washington State chapter

Local charter agency members and supporters of COMTO Washington State include Pierce Transit, the Seattle Department of Transportation, Washington State Department of Transportation, Community Transit, and the Port of Seattle.

New York drops 'ladies and gentlemen' for more inclusive announcements

Effective immediately, subway conductors and bus drivers have been instructed to use gender-neutral language when communicating, such as "passengers," "riders," and "everyone."

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