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Wabtec acquires aftermarket parts biz from GE

Rail| June 30, 2011
Product lines include AC and DC traction motors and related components; and electronic control systems, including contactors and relays. These capabilities will become part of Wabtec Global Services, which operates a network of eight service centers in North America.

Report: Feds undercount motorcoach crash deaths

Motorcoach| June 30, 2011
Discovered at least 14 accidents and 32 motorcoach occupant deaths not included in NHTSA's official tally of motorcoach crashes from 2003 to 2009.
Rail| June 30, 2011

Amtrak receives $563M loan for 70 Siemens trains

This is the largest loan issued through the FRA’s Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing program to date. The locomotives are more energy-efficient and will enable Amtrak to improve frequency, performance and reliability for regional and intercity routes along the Northeast and Keystone Corridors.
Bus| June 30, 2011

Transit offered $101.4M to promote clean-fuel tech

Money being provided competitively through the FTA's Sustainability Initiative, which includes: $51.5 million from the Clean Fuels Grant Program and $49.9 million from the TIGGER III Program.
Motorcoach| June 29, 2011

Bus driver dies, dozens injured in Pa. crash

A tour bus, operated by New Oriental Tours, rear-ended a tractor-trailer on the Pennsylvania turnpike while traveling from Kentucky to New Jersey. Dozens of passengers were hospitalized.
Bus| June 29, 2011

Austin, Texas’ Cap Metro to privatize bus routes

Board members voted unanimously on the issue. A recent analysis found that the agency could save $71 million by 2020 by outsourcing all of its service. The decision will affect about 810 union workers and may jeopardize federal grants.
Bus| June 29, 2011

AngelTrax releases new mobile video system

The MicroLinx is one of the first MDVRs from AngelTrax to feature built-in WLAN connectivity out of the box, allowing users to connect the DVR to their local network or a cellular carrier's GSM network to view live streaming video, download recorded video data remotely and receive instant system health notifications.
Rail| June 29, 2011

Parsons Brinckerhoff to create asset tracking guide

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.
Rail| June 28, 2011

Mass. commuter rail lines add quiet cars

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.

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