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2-year transportation bill unanimously passed by EPW

Accessibility| November 9, 2011
The legislation maintains funding at current levels, reforms the nation's transportation programs to make them more efficient and provides robust assistance for transportation projects under the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) program to leverage state, local and private-sector funding, according to the EPW.

NJ Transit extends smart bus contract

Bus| November 9, 2011
The agency is currently taking delivery of 1,145 new buses that are already equipped with smart bus technology provided by Clever Devices. The procurement of additional smart bus platforms for the remaining buses, along with the contract amendment for contracted bus routes, will enable NJ Transit's entire bus fleet to be equipped with this technology.
Bus| November 9, 2011

Cleveland RTA receives $175K grant

The money will be divided into three different projects for RTA. The largest portion, $100,000 will help improve Transit Oriented Development (TOD) along the Red Line.
Bus| November 9, 2011

N.Y. Senator pushes for transit tax break extension

Sen. Charles Schumer called for Congress to renew the federal tax break that allows workers to use up to $230 a month of their salaries for transit costs. Nearly 3 million commuters nationwide take advantage of the benefit.
Rail| November 8, 2011

Chicago's new railcars unveiled

Total cost of the railcars, built by Bombardier Transportation, is $1.137 billion, which is funded by two CTA bond issuances backed by sales tax receipts. The remainder is paid for by $150 million in federal funds.
Bus| November 8, 2011

Report: Apollo Video 2010 video surveillance bus market leader

The company recently released new features to its ViM (Vehicle Information Management) Software, designed to mitigate the risk of video loss, reduce maintenance and operating costs and increase accessibility of video surveillance and fleet data.
Rail| November 8, 2011

Smiths Detection partners with bio tech co.

Smiths Detection will begin to market Nano-Intelligent Detection System through its global distribution network this month, alongside Prime Alert and BioCheck Bio-Detection kits.
Bus| November 8, 2011

Illinois bus system creates safe haven for community

With the cooperation of local emergency response agencies and police departments, River Valley Metro has set up a program to help individuals in all types of situations, whether it is a child that is being bullied, frightened, mentally or physically abused or just locked out of their home.
Bus| November 8, 2011

Detroit’s SMART adds 3 hybrid buses to fleet

Agency used ARRA funds to purchase the buses. Manufactured by Gillig, the hybrid-electric vehicles are 40 percent more fuel efficient.
Motorcoach| November 7, 2011

Megabus forecasts 70% increase in holiday bus travel

Company expects ridership to be up 54 percent in the Northeast and 85 percent in the Midwest.

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