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

Rail| November 15, 2011
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.

N.Y. MTA, union begin negotiations

Bus| November 15, 2011
Due to budget cuts and rising operating costs, the MTA planned to freeze its budget for the next three years. Officials hope to get workers to agree to concessions similar to those recently made by New York State employees, but transit workers say they deserve raises.
Bus| November 15, 2011

Detroit bus service receives failing grade

A Detroit-based advocacy group tracked bus routes for a five-day period and found that there was about a 50-50 chance of people getting their bus on time.
Bus| November 15, 2011

Despite rise in driver assaults, SEPTA skeptical about shield use

The transit agency is unsure whether shields provide enough protection to offset drivers' concerns about comfort and the ability to exit quickly in an emergency.
Bus| November 14, 2011

Southern Calif. transit rolls out hydrogen-powered bus

Sunline Transit Agency’s new zero-emission American Fuel Cell Bus is FTA has invested more than $75 million in the project through the National Fuel Cell Bus Program.
Bus| November 14, 2011

Trip planning app helps Ithaca College students catch the bus

Developed by two faculty members, the free Ride14850 app works with an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch device.
Management & Operations| November 14, 2011

Quinnipiac U. students risk losing "drunk bus" privileges

Due to citations for public urination, intoxication and indecent exposure, Quinnipiac University students are at risk of losing weekly shuttle service, known as the "drunk bus," that takes them to downtown New Haven clubs.
Bus| November 14, 2011

Go Transit launches mobile trip planning app

In collaboration with Ryerson University, GO Transit developed the app which is now available on BlackBerry, iPhone and Android devices. The GO Mobile app allows users to view and bookmark GO schedules, see Union Station departure information and set arrival alerts. Text-to-speech functionality allows devices to read departure information aloud to users. The app is available in both English and French.
Bus| November 14, 2011

Lhota joins N.Y. MTA as executive director

Served as the New York City's deputy mayor, operations, under Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, where he oversaw day-to-day management of the city and supervised its agencies. He also served as budget director, where he managed the city's $36 billion operating budget and $45 billion capital budget, cut costs, led agency reorganizations and consolidations and implemented performance-based strategic planning.
Motorcoach| November 14, 2011

ABC acquires Hudson Body Co.

With over 60 years in the transportation service market, Hudson Body Co., a full-service body repair facility, specializes in truck and bus body repairs. The facility will continue to operate under the Hudson Body name, dba ABC Companies.

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