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April 16, 2014

Metra releases names from 'patronage files'

Handwritten index cards reflecting patronage hiring at the agency dating back 30 years contain recommendations from dozens of politicians.


April 16, 2014

MTA awards contracts for East Side Access Manhattan tunnels, caverns

Contractors will line more than 10,000 linear feet of newly excavated tunnels with permanent structural concrete walls, and install complex communications systems in Grand Central Terminal’s future Long Island Rail Road concourse.


April 16, 2014

Mass. company raises $40M for rail ticket project

SilverRail Technologies' software integrates all of the world’s rail lines into a single source and includes both search and transaction technologies and initially targeted travel agencies.


April 16, 2014

Calif. HSR adopts new business plan, lowers revenue projection

New projections are 5% lower than initially expected by 2025 and 10% lower by 2040. The change was made based on research shows that Californians are taking shorter but more frequent trips.


April 16, 2014

Foxx touts Fed investment during Atlanta BeltLine visit

The completed project is expected to include a 22-mile streetcar loop with connections to the existing MARTA rail system and the downtown Atlanta Streetcar Project.


April 16, 2014

Florida to roll out new $1B commuter rail system

The first phase will start running along a major interstate corridor that runs through downtown Orlando on May 1. The system is expected to eventually tie into an extensive public transit network linking Orlando and Miami by a higher-speed rail system.


April 15, 2014

Lawyers argue case of Fla. transit chief firing

An attorney for Danny Ours, former executive director of Lakeland Area Mass Transit District, claimed that board members didn’t ask additional questions after an internal investigation that led to his firing in 2011. A lawyer for the transit system said there was "turmoil, chaos and low morale" under Ours' leadership.


April 15, 2014

Rules lag to help passengers escape crashed buses

Many of the 40 or so students aboard a bus that had collided with a tractor-trailer truck squeezed through a kicked-out window before the vehicle burst into flames.


April 15, 2014

Oklahoma City transit changing name, increasing service

The new identity, EMBARK, will represent all services — bus transit, parking and ferry.


April 15, 2014

FedEx truck not on fire before striking motorcoach

NTSB investigators have requested a list of the contents of the FedEx truck’s semi-trailers and will determine if any possibly hazardous materials could have been on board.


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