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METRO Briefs

Posted on August 21, 2009

Suspended Iowa driver given 4 options

DES MOINES, Iowa - A driver, who was suspended for refusing to drive a bus that had an atheist ad on the side, was given four possible solutions by the transit agency. For the full story, click here.  

Language on VIA Rail an issue

OTTAWA - Following reports that VIA Rail did not offer emergency instructions in French to 334 passengers who had to be evacuated from a train, the commissioner of official languages launched two investigations. For the full story, click here.

TriMet retools buses

PORTLAND, Ore. - To save fuel and cut emissions, TriMet pulled out its engines' hydraulically driven cooling fan and replaced them with eight small electrically powered fans that turn on discreetly, only when needed. For the full story, click here.  

 

 

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Ill. agency reduces night service to deal with lack of state funding

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

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