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Parsons Brinckerhoff to create asset tracking guide

Rail| June 29, 2011
Will develop and document a transit asset management framework and implementation guide that will support the FTA’s State of Good Repair and Asset Management Programs. FTA estimates a nationwide backlog of $50 billion to $80 billion in deferred maintenance and replacement needs, many of which are rail related.

Mass. commuter rail lines add quiet cars

Rail| June 28, 2011
Implemented “quiet zones” on all 13 of its commuter rail lines on Monday. The required quiet time will be imposed during peak commuting hours.
Bus| June 28, 2011

Long Island Rail saves ticketing hours, cleaning crews

Agreement reached between LIRR and the Transportation Communications Union modifies some contractual work rules and provides enough savings to avert the planned layoff of 17 ticket clerks in 2011. That would have resulted in the closure of ticket offices and the reduction of ticket window hours at a total of over 18 LIRR stations.
Bus| June 28, 2011

Miami-Dade honored for eco-friendly, efficient bus route

The Kendall Cruiser uses nine diesel-electric hybrid buses equipped with Wi-Fi on the heavily traveled east-west corridor.
Rail| June 28, 2011

FTA greenlights Maryland MTA’s Red Line

The light rail line, expected to be completed in 2020, will carry 57,000 riders per day in 2030 and cost approximately $1.8 billion in Year 2010 dollars. Accounting for inflation, the cost is approximately $2.2 billion.
Bus| June 28, 2011

King County Metro, partners expand transit promotion program

Bringing the “In Motion” program to five Seattle-area neighborhoods this summer to help residents increase their use of travel options, such as walking, cycling, riding the bus or water taxi, and sharing rides. People who pledge to drive less can earn rewards, including free ride tickets for King County Metro and Sound Transit, and items, discounts, and gift cards donated by local businesses.
Motorcoach| June 28, 2011

Prevost adds service finder app

The mobile app features detailed information about the seven Prevost Service Centers and 133 Prevost-certified Service Providers throughout North America. Users can view contact information and tap to automatically dial the phone number, send an e-mail, open the website or view a map showing the service provider’s location and turn-by-turn directions.
Bus| June 27, 2011

FTA awards $1.6 billion to 27 transit projects

New Starts projects tabbed to receive funds include Connecticut's New Britain-Hartford Busway, Denver's 13-station Eagle Commuter Rail project and Seattle's Rapid C bus rapid transit line.
Accessibility| June 27, 2011

Chicago Transit Authority cuts management positions

In addition to cutting 54 non-union positions, including 26 manager-level posts, the agency is reducing expenses which, when combined with personnel moves, will save $15 million annually.
Bus| June 27, 2011

Des Moines taps new GM from in-house

Elizabeth Presutti, the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority's chief development officer, replaces Brad Miller who is leaving to lead the St. Petersburg, Fla., transit system.

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