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Alstom, Morocco launch first urban transit service

Rail| May 19, 2011
The train route between Rabat and Salé will run on a network of two lines that connect 31 stations and extend over a total of 12 miles. The fleet is made up of 19 double tramsets and six single bi-directional tramsets, which are scheduled to come into service in summer 2011.

Valley Metro releases latest ‘Notes’ video

Bus| May 19, 2011
The agency launched the campaign in November 2010. It consists of 11 original songs about how to use public transportation that were written and recorded by six local bands. The newest song, titled “Be Safe,” by Tempe band What Laura Says, shares safety tips for using the bus and light rail.
Rail| May 19, 2011

Amtrak seeking money for track tampering tech

Agency has increased security since documents seized from Osama Bin Laden's compound revealed al-Qaida planned to derail trains in the U.S.
Rail| May 19, 2011

Wabtec Corp. to provide brakes for NJ Transit railcars

Valued at about $12 million, the contract also includes draft gears and bench test equipment. Wabtec expects to start deliveries later this year.
Accessibility| May 18, 2011

Foundation helps enhance travel training programs

Group developed a grant initiative to benefit Centers for Independent Living and their Travel Training Programs.
Accessibility| May 18, 2011

R.I. transit authority to buy accessible taxicabs

The 10 vehicles will help fill a service void for those that don't qualify for RIPTA's paratransit services, or do not live near the agency's bus lines.
Bus| May 18, 2011

Cleveland RTA opens $9.6M renovated transit station

The reconstructed Puritas Rapid Transit Station features a 6,500 square foot main building, along with a 130-foot bridge connecting passengers to the train’s platform, and nearly 600 parking spaces, with a row of dedicated overnight spaces. Construction funding came from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.
Rail| May 18, 2011

Calif. high-speed authority, UK sign cooperative agreement

Currently has partnerships with eight other countries for high-speed rail planning and cooperative information sharing, including South Korea, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Spain.
Accessibility| May 18, 2011

Megabus to enhance ADA training for employees

Will provide refresher training to its employees and contractors regarding ADA requirements. The operator also will improve and modify, where needed, its written procedures to ensure that persons with disabilities receive accessible transportation within the meaning of the ADA.
Accessibility| May 18, 2011

Disabled Toronto student appeals TTC paratransit denial

Arti Shivdasani is turning to the Ontario Human Rights Commission to help her counter the agency’s decision, which says she no longer qualifies for paratransit service. The TTC is looking more closely into changes in customers’ mobility and removed 50 people from Wheel-Trans service last year.

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