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Megabus offering 200,000 free seats

Motorcoach| December 6, 2011
Available for travel from Jan. 4 to March 1, 2012, to and from megabus.com’s U.S. cities and Toronto.

Amtrak unveils revamped Kansas station

Rail| December 6, 2011
The more than $1.5 million in improvements include a 500-foot passenger boarding platform, access to parking with designations compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and new exterior lighting designed to improve safety.
Bus| December 6, 2011

APTA: Failure to extend transit commuter benefits favors drivers

Legislation to temporarily establish parity between parking and transit/vanpool benefits at $230 per month per commuter was extended. However, the transit/vanpool portion of the benefit will revert to $125 per month when the provision expires at the end of the year while the parking benefit increases to $240.
Rail| December 5, 2011

Calgary advocates for poor oppose fare evasion fee

They argue that Calgary Transit’s plans to increase the fine for fare-evading light rail riders from $100 to $250 would target the wrong people and many of the city’s poor cannot afford the $2.75 charge to ride the train.
Bus| December 5, 2011

Texas Transit Institute releases sustainability guidebook

Offers state DOTs and other transportation agencies a series of practical, easy-to-use tools to integrate sustainability into current agency performance measurement programs.
Rail| December 5, 2011

L.A. Metro expands rail testing ahead of launch

The additional train testing is needed along the entire line in an effort to test the operation of the trains and all train and signal systems for the Metro Expo Line. No date has been set for the opening of the line. Metro will select an opening date for the public once all systems and trains are thoroughly tested and operated.
Bus| December 5, 2011

Calif.'s SunLine receives grant for more fuel-cell buses

Under this new award, Ballard will supply FCvelocityTM-HD6 power modules for ElDorado fuel-cell hybrid buses featuring a series hybrid-electric drive from lead integrator BAE Systems. These buses are expected to be operational in 2013.
Bus| December 2, 2011

Denver's P3 commuter rail project receives TIFIA loan

Will use loan to fund a portion of its contribution to the project and will begin drawing on the funds in 2013. In addition to FTA's contribution to the project, a consortium of private companies, known as the Denver Transit Partners, is responsible for financing around 24% of the project through tax-exempt private-activity bonds issued by RTD, equity contributions and other means.
Motorcoach| December 2, 2011

FMCSA orders Oregon operator to cease services

Agency says RC Investments Inc. failed to use properly licensed drivers and implement a driver drug and alcohol testing program. In addition, the carrier failed to regularly inspect its vehicles and ensure that its drivers are medically qualified.
Rail| December 2, 2011

BART transit officers cleared in civil rights trial

A federal jury concluded that Johannes Mehserle and four others did not deprive a man of his "constitutional rights by using excessive force," as claimed, or violate California law by retaliating against him for exercising his First Amendment right to criticize the police.

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