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New report assesses health cost of traffic congestion

Bus| May 26, 2011
While the study was not designed to address traffic congestion-reducing strategies, researchers said solutions would likely vary from community to community. Potential strategies range from better traffic management through congestion pricing, traffic light synchronization and more efficient response to traffic incidents to adding new highway and public transit capacity.

SEPTA engineers oppose vest requirement

Rail| May 26, 2011
Opposing the agency’s security requirement, due to concerns that they will be targets for terrorists. The engineers said they would prefer to wear an identification card on a lanyard around their necks.
Bus| May 26, 2011

Bipartisan group supports boost in funds for public transportation

The increase was included in an agreement reached between Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), who chairs the committee; Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, the committee's top Republican; and other senators on nearly $55 billion a year overall for the next big transportation bill.
Motorcoach| May 26, 2011

MCI to supply Los Angeles with 84 Commuter Coaches

The CNG-powered 40-foot coaches will be the first MCI models in the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation’s fleet. Each coach will be wheelchair-lift equipped and feature MCI’s Cummins ISL G 8.9 liter, 320hp engine, which meets 2010 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California’s California Air Resource Board (CARB) standards.
Rail| May 26, 2011

Amtrak launches online 'Ask Our Expert' program

Al Engel, Amtrak VP of high-speed rail, answered questions about high-speed rail submitted on Facebook and Twitter. His videotaped responses can be viewed on the Amtrak YouTube channel.
Accessibility| May 25, 2011

N.Y. MTA launches revamped website

The redesigned site features an enhanced Trip Planner, an App Center that offers a gallery of apps for iPhone and Android, and a Ways to Save section includes direct links to pages promoting travel savings.
Motorcoach| May 25, 2011

Driver in Utah tour bus crash pleads guilty

Yasushi Mikuni, the driver of a tour bus that crashed in Utah and killed three Japanese tourists last year, pleaded guilty to reduced charges. Mikuni, who escaped the accident with minor injuries, was driving for Canyon Transportation Inc.
Rail| May 25, 2011

Alstom's Chinese joint venture wins signaling contract

Will deliver the Urbalis CBTC (Communications Based Train Control) technology, which is an advanced train control system that integrates network communications with data transmission by radio.
Bus| May 25, 2011

TARTA, Avego team to provide riders mobile access

Avego originally provided the SMS and Web departure board services as part of a three-month Futurefleet pilot in 2010.
Bus| May 25, 2011

New Orleans transit defends $800-per-hour legal bill

In response to questions about how much its legal expenses are costing taxpayers, a New Orleans Regional Transit Authority Chairwoman commended the work done by its law firm, citing a range of duties that Haley has taken on as the agency struggled to rebuild itself after Hurricane Katrina.

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