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Death of driver in idling bus being investigated

Bus| August 2, 2011
After a NJ Transit bus was found idling at Manhattan's Port Authority Bus Terminal on Thursday for nearly five hours with its driver dead inside, the two agencies plan to examine their coordination procedures.

N.Y. MTA to borrow $6.9B, hike fares

Bus| August 2, 2011
Despite debt concerns, the agency is trying to ensure it can finish two tunnel projects. Plans to increase fares by 7.5 percent in 2013 and again in 2015 are also in the latest budget proposal. A final version will be approved in December.
Motorcoach| August 2, 2011

Study: Curbside operators grabbing Amtrak market share

Researchers found that Megabus and other curbside operators are attracting more riders, primarily younger ones, drawn to the convenience of amenities such as onboard Wi-Fi. Acela ridership remains unaffected.
Rail| August 2, 2011

NJ Transit launches second customer survey

Provides statistics and performance data to the public for the first time. Responding to the results of its first survey, which includes requests for improvement in on-time performance and handling of service disruptions, the agency plans to invest $217 million in rail infrastructure enhancements and explore new fare collection technology.
Rail| August 2, 2011

Utah extends 2 rail lines, adopts color-coded names

The new Mid-Jordan and West Valley City TRAX extensions will begin passenger service on Sunday. The completion of the extensions ushers in a new color-coded name system for the various rail lines.
Rail| August 1, 2011

Dallas streetcar project cleared to proceed

The 1.6-mile streetcar project is a collaborative endeavor involving the North Central Texas Council of Governments, City of Dallas and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), as well as the FTA.
Bus| August 1, 2011

AC Transit: Labor decisions save $7M

Employees will contribute 10 percent of the cost of their monthly medical and dental insurance premiums and receive one less paid holiday.
Motorcoach| August 1, 2011

D.C. Union Station group, coach operators reach agreement

The new agreement will enable passengers to board and disembark from the safe, weather-protected Union Station bus deck, improve access to other transportation and retail options available at Union Station, and reduce congestion in the District by moving buses off of busy city streets.
Bus| July 29, 2011

TriMet creates 2 diversity-focused positions

Johnell Bell has been selected as the agency's director of diversity and transit equity. In a newly created role, Martin Gonzalez, a TriMet employee since 2007, will serve as multicultural program manager.
Rail| July 29, 2011

FRA releases high-speed rail grants to Iowa, Nev.

Part of an effort to develop an integrated passenger rail network. The Iowa DOT received $400,000 to develop a freight and passenger rail transportation model which will expand on an existing statewide travel demand model. The Nevada DOT received $640,000 to fund the completion of the Nevada State Rail Plan.

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