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Smoking ban on N.Y. rail platforms takes effect

Rail| November 16, 2011
Ban on Metro-North and Long Island Railroad station platforms began November 13. Notable New Yorkers including former New York Jet Joe Namath and former New York Yankee Tommy John lent their voices to a public education campaign letting customers know about the rules.

Wichita Transit launches interactive website seeking service input

Bus| November 16, 2011
WichitaTransitTalks.com, which acts as a virtual town hall, provides a convenient way for residents to share ideas, offer opinions and make recommendations on a broad variety of transit subjects including routes, services and possible expansion plans.
Rail| November 16, 2011

Report: Global expansion of high-speed rail surging

By 2014, high-speed trains will be operating in nearly 24 countries, including China, France, Italy, Japan, Spain, and the United States, up from only 14 countries today.
Management & Operations| November 16, 2011

Calif.'s NCTD receives "Good Repair" grant

The grant, which requires a 20% match, or $1,155,465 million in local TRANSNET funding, totals $5,777,325 million, enabling NCTD to purchase up to 12 CNG buses, replacing 12 older diesel coaches.
Bus| November 16, 2011

Chicago Transit approves budget, new fare system

Management initiatives will help reduce the existing $277 million deficit by $117 million and the proposed budget will close the remaining gap with anticipated work rule changes, health care reform and restraint in wage growth consistent with other metropolitan transit agencies.
Bus| November 16, 2011

Clean Energy partners in Mid-Atlantic

Quarles Petroleum Inc. operates approximately 125 fueling stations that serve its commercial vehicle fleet customers in strategic urban areas of Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and North Carolina.
Rail| November 16, 2011

Sonoma-Marin, Calif. rail supporters to rally

SMART has a $360 million plan to open an initial segment from Railroad Square in Santa Rosa to downtown San Rafael, with plans to extend the line to Cloverdale and to Larkspur as additional funding becomes available.
Bus| November 15, 2011

$14 billion in applications for TIGER III grants received

The U.S. DOT received 828 applications from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia, with the grant total far exceeding the $527 million set aside for the program.
Bus| November 15, 2011

Gainesville, Fla. RTS chooses design-build team

Funded largely by $23 million in federal monies, including a $9 million FTA grant, the new facility will include dispatch, administrative and maintenance facilities.
Rail| November 15, 2011

Calif. high-speed group to qualify design-build contractors

Initial construction in the Central Valley will begin next fall, upon completion of the environmental process. With an estimated value of $1.5 billion to $2 billion, this large design-build construction contract will be placed before the end of 2012.

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