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METRO Briefs

Posted on December 5, 2008

MBTA to pilot seatless railcars

BOSTON – With demand steadily rising, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will begin a pilot project that will remove most of the seats from two of their Red Line cars, to create more room. For the full story, click here.

Politicians, advocates react to MTA panel plan

NEW YORK – Political leaders and transit advocates are reacting – some positively, some negatively – to a plan released by a Metropolitan Transportation Authority panel, which suggests a regional payroll tax on businesses and the self-employed and tolls on two bridges that are currently free to travel on. For the full story, click here.

Charlotte exec: rail success overshadows problems

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Bob Morgan, president of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, told local leaders in Norfolk, Va., where a light rail system is being planned, that Charlotte’s rail systems’ woes are being overshadowed by $1.8 billion of new development and ridership numbers that will shatter 20-year projections. For the full story, click here.


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Congressional leaders ask FCC to investigate impact of MBTA Wi-Fi project

The project would mean the installation of hundreds of 74-foot poles along every mile of track. However, as affected communities have learned details about the project, opposition has continued to gather steam.

COTA appoints interim president/CEO

Emille Williams, the agency's current VP, operations, will take over the position on Oct. 1 after the departure of current President/CEO W. Curtis Stitt.

Calif.'s SolTrans taps Kranda as executive director

Beth Kranda, who succeeds Mona Babauta, currently serves as Deputy Director of Transit, the City of Santa Rosa’s senior transit position.

City of New York makes recommendations for MTA subway plan

The plan from Mayor Bill de Blasio and his team comes ahead of the release of the MTA's so-called "subway turnaround plan" next week.

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