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China’s rush to high-speed rail sparks glitches

Rail| July 21, 2011
Delays brought on by a short-circuit and power outages since the rail line between Beijing and Shanghai opened, in time for the Chinese Communist Party's 90th anniversary celebration, suspicion abounds that the project was rushed to open in time for the event.

Movers & Shakers: Nominate a transportation industry professional

Management & Operations| July 21, 2011
Are you or is someone you know an outstanding professional in the transportation industry? METRO Magazine will be profiling Movers & Shakers from the all over the U.S. and Canada, on both the public and private sides, from small businesses to large municipal agencies, for this special section of the September/October issue.
Bus| July 21, 2011

Fewer funds cut for Minn. in revised transportation bill

The state Republican House and Senate agreed to provide $78 million for regional transit in the next two years, about halfway between the $129 million approved for the previous two years and the $20 million they originally approved.
Bus| July 21, 2011

Portland's TriMet to fine first-time fare evaders

In response to concerns about whether the agency was collecting all of its fare revenue, TriMet is increasing the number of staff dedicated to fare enforcement. It will also shift from a warning and education focus to issuing citations and exclusions if riders are found without a valid fare. The base fine for not having a valid fare is $175; exclusions from the system can extend up to 90 days.
Bus| July 21, 2011

N.Y. MTA to cut $4B in capital program costs

The savings measures are detailed in a new report, include slashing administrative costs by 15 percent, and overhauling project approval and track work procedures.
Accessibility| July 21, 2011

S.F. Muni selects new leader

Ed Reiskin, the city's public works director since 2008, has no transportation agency experience, but has a reputation as a top-notch manager.
Bus| July 20, 2011

Greater Dayton RTA introduces 'Million Mile Club' for safe drivers

When hired, RTA operators receive 48 hours of classroom and on-the-road training. New paratransit operators get an additional 80 hours of training on the road. All operators at RTA also must take a one-day course in which they go through the paces of people with cognitive and physical disabilities.
Motorcoach| July 20, 2011

MCI delivers to N.Y., Pa.

Additionally, the company announced that it can now be found on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
Rail| July 20, 2011

Bombardier to supply Chicago for $1B

The Chicago Transit Authority has placed orders for 300 additional Bombardier Transportation rapid transit cars in addition to the 406 it contracted for in 2006. The 5000-Series cars will be the first in the agency’s fleet to utilize alternating current propulsion, a technology that permits dynamic braking regeneration.
Rail| July 20, 2011

Toronto makes heart defibrillators available at rail stations

Agency partnered with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario and the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion, and their partners, to provide at least one device at all 69 stations. Combined with platform paramedics on duty during rush hours, the TTC is helping to fast-track potentially life-saving response and treatment to more than 800,000 daily subway riders.

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