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Niagara Frontier transit cop cleared in spraying of protester

Bus| June 24, 2011
Despite a controversial excerpt of video on YouTube showing Transit Police Officer Adam M. Brodsky pepper-spraying anti-war protester Nate Buckley, agency officials say that a longer version and a bank security video presented a more complete picture that justified Brodsky's use of pepper spray.

Miami-Dade Transit faces service cuts amid financial woes

Bus| June 24, 2011
County Hall may soon cut services to Metrorail, Metrobus and Metromover if the transit agency’s financial crisis, spurred by a cutoff of FTA funding, doesn’t end soon.
Rail| June 24, 2011

Chicago to ease rail congestion with $126M ARRA grant

The Illinois DOT will invest the funds in the Englewood Flyover, a grade separation project south of Chicago Union Station that eliminates one of the most delay-prone intersections in the entire Amtrak system. It separates Rock Island District Metra commuter trains from Amtrak passenger trains traveling on the Norfolk Southern corridor.
Bus| June 23, 2011

D.C. Metro bus drivers voice safety concerns

After three incidents in the last two weeks where operators were attacked on their routes, drivers want more transit police officers on buses. Drivers also complained of broken surveillance cameras and radios.
Bus| June 23, 2011

Gillig to add Vanner hybrid beltless alternators to buses

Will be standard equipment on all of the manufacturer’s hybrid buses, replacing the alternator and the associated pulleys and belts.
Rail| June 23, 2011

Calif. high-speed rail group to begin rail improvements

Can now begin spending a $16 million grant that will support scheduling and safety improvements, including the design of a positive train control technology system, on the San Francisco to San Jose corridor.
Bus| June 23, 2011

Chicago Transit Authority enhancing security

Will double the number of security cameras across the rail system, while also working with police to enhance security for passengers. Chicago police will deploy teams, called Wolfpacks, as well as plainclothes officers to patrol the system.
Bus| June 23, 2011

Senators unveil transportation reauthorization bill framework

The legislation, “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, MAP-21,” funds programs at current levels and accommodates for inflation, providing $339.2 billion over six years and averaging $56.5 billion annually. Highlights include eliminating earmarks, consolidating programs, expediting project delivery and expanding the Transportation Innovation and Finance Act program.
Motorcoach| June 23, 2011

NTSB releases latest ‘Most Wanted List’

Highlights 10 safety issues that impact transportation nationwide, including addressing human fatigue, improving bus occupant safety and requiring image and onboard data recorders.
Bus| June 23, 2011

Cleveland RTA to renovate BRT station for $10.5M

FTA green lighted work on the University Circle Rapid Transit Station, which was awarded $10.5 million from the TIGER II Program in October 2010. The project will involve reconstructing the station, which includes consolidating the bus and transfer area and the rail station.

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