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Two charged with stealing transit passes from shredding co.

Bus| October 27, 2011
Two men have been charged with stealing 80,000 prepaid Translink transit passes, worth an estimated $153,000, from the shredding company where they were employed. The passes were sent to the facility to be destroyed after an April 2010 fare increase.

Seattle firm wins bid to assemble streetcars

Rail| October 27, 2011
The six streetcar bodies, being designed by Czech Republic-based Inekon, will be delivered to Pacifica Marine for final assembly, testing and maintenance. The vehicles will begin service for the First Hill line in late 2013.
Bus| October 27, 2011

Attempted murder sought for accused in bus driver stabbing

The ATU is calling for prosecutors to press for attempted murder charges against Maurice Young, who allegedly stabbed a NJ Transit bus driver seven times. Union also says Young should face a federal charge that makes disabling a bus or train operator punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
Motorcoach| October 27, 2011

N.Y. bus safety crackdown removes 100-plus drivers from road

The inspections, conducted between September and October, resulted in 116 bus drivers and 95 buses being taken off the road throughout the state. In the New York City area alone, 48 drivers and 26 buses were taken out of service.
Rail| October 27, 2011

HDR wins Calif. rail contract

The contract includes work delivering the Redlands First-Mile Metrolink Extension and alternative analysis phase of the Redlands Passenger Rail Project.
Bus| October 27, 2011

TriMet faces FY2013 budget shortfall

The agency began its budget process three months ahead of schedule to begin developing options to respond to a projected $12 million to $17 million shortfall. The agency's FY12 operating budget is $444 million.
Rail| October 27, 2011

L.A. light rail, busway projects receive state funds

The money comes from Prop 1B bonds approved by California voters in 2006 to help pay for transportation needs throughout the state. The California Transportation Commission is in charge of allocating most of the $19.925 billion in bond money based on the merit and need of the projects.
Rail| October 27, 2011

Bombardier honored by Swiss for product development

Switzerland Trade and Investment Promotion Services presented its Tell award to the manufacturer in recognition of its Bombardier TWINDEXX Swiss Express intercity trains and the Bombardier MITRAC propulsion and control system.
Bus| October 26, 2011

Sound Transit launches smart phone website

Riders can use the new site to plan trips across the region on Sound Transit and partner agency buses and trains; look up bus and Sounder schedules; locate Sound Transit parking facilities and use GPS technology to enter start and end points in the trip planner.
Accessibility| October 26, 2011

Nashville, Tenn. transit CEO honored for accessible system

Paul J. Ballard was awarded for exceptional leadership in providing Nashville with an outstanding accessible transit system at the 30th Annual Awards for Artists with Disabilities. Under his leadership, Nashville MTA’s bus ridership has increased from 6.4 million annual passenger trips to a high of 9.4 million passenger trips. More than 175 new accessible buses and vans have been added to the fleet during his tenure.

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