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Illinois bus system creates safe haven for community

Bus| November 8, 2011
With the cooperation of local emergency response agencies and police departments, River Valley Metro has set up a program to help individuals in all types of situations, whether it is a child that is being bullied, frightened, mentally or physically abused or just locked out of their home.

Detroit’s SMART adds 3 hybrid buses to fleet

Bus| November 8, 2011
Agency used ARRA funds to purchase the buses. Manufactured by Gillig, the hybrid-electric vehicles are 40 percent more fuel efficient.
Motorcoach| November 7, 2011

Megabus forecasts 70% increase in holiday bus travel

Company expects ridership to be up 54 percent in the Northeast and 85 percent in the Midwest.
Motorcoach| November 7, 2011

FMCSA orders N.C. operator to cease services

ATA Trail was immediately shut down after FMCSA safety investigators found the company in violation of multiple federal standards, including using drivers without the required medical qualifications, violating hours-of-service rules for drivers, operating without the proper insurance, and using vehicles that were not regularly inspected and repaired.
Bus| November 7, 2011

Niagara Falls agencies to receive Nova 40 ft., 60 ft. buses

By combining their procurement, both authorities will benefit from Nova Bus' common platform for the 40-foot Nova LFS and the 62-foot articulated LFX buses.
Rail| November 4, 2011

Phoenix Metro ridership still up

Phoenix Metro averaged 45,867 daily weekday riders in October; 36,725 daily riders on Saturdays; and 22,376 on Sundays. The Saturday average is also the highest on record.
Rail| November 4, 2011

Calif. HSR authority unveils small biz plan, approves funding

The first document was a draft of a new Small Business Policy, outlining contracting requirements to advance the participation of Small Businesses (SBs), Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (DVBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) and Micro-Businesses in the authority's procurement process.
Bus| November 4, 2011

Detroit drivers’ union pushes for police on buses

One-hundred drivers walked out on their jobs, saying they are afraid to board the buses after one driver was recently beaten on a bus. Police officers used to ride on the buses before budget cuts.
Rail| November 4, 2011

Amtrak pilots e-ticketing on Downeaster service

Passengers will be able to print their tickets from their home, office or at Amtrak ticket offices and Quik-Trak kiosks. Passengers also will be able to use their smart phones to present their eTickets to the conductor by opening the eTicket PDF document from their email on their smart phone and displaying the barcode for the conductor to scan.
Rail| November 3, 2011

Amtrak integrates NEC development with new business line

Concurrent with the new plan, Al Engel, VP of High-Speed Rail, has advised the company he is leaving in December to pursue other opportunities.

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