Management & Operations

METRO Briefs

Posted on September 13, 2007

Chicago transit security documents leaked
CHICAGO — FTA-commissioned confidential documents authored by consulting firm Booz-Allen Hamilton illustrating Chicago's mass transit system vulnerabilities to terrorist attack were leaked via an online P2P (person-to-person) file-sharing network. An investigative reporter with WFLD Fox News in Chicago reported that he used a P2P program called LimeWire to obtain these documents. To read the full story, click here. Appropriations bill renews Amtrak subsidy
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Senate passed a $106 billion transportation and housing bill rejecting President Bush's proposed cuts to Amtrak, housing programs and community development projects. The bill would provide $1.4 billion for Amtrak, a perennial target of the administration. To read the full story, click here. S.F. bus cameras to catch parking violations
SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco has developed a pilot program that uses bus-mounted cameras to nab drivers who double park in transit-only lanes. A bill that would allow the camera enforcement passed the state Senate this week and is now waiting for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s signature. To read the full story, click here.

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

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