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N.Y. MTA considers using DNA to catch spitters

Bus| November 10, 2011
The spitting incidents, which usually happen on buses, but also on trains, are happening an average of 14 times a month, according to a CBS New York report.

Poll: 80% of Denver residents support transit expansion

Rail| November 10, 2011
Finding comes from the latest annual public opinion poll on Denver RTD’s FasTracks program. Survey also found that 56 percent of metro residents have a favorable impression of FasTracks, up seven percent from 2010.
Rail| November 10, 2011

NJ Transit unveils rail crossing safety plan, system map

Developed strategies in engineering, enforcement and education to ramp up safety across the state’s rail network, particularly in areas where trains travel through densely populated neighborhoods. New map features a more open design and new color scheme for easy customer reference, as well as enhancements to more clearly indicate transfer points and service areas by rail line.
Rail| November 10, 2011

Metrolink launches 'bike cars' to transport cyclists

As cycling's popularity as a commuting option continues to grow, Metrolink is introducing bike cars into weekday service on 34 trains to provide for additional bike storage. Cyclists gathered in Orange County for the inaugural ride.
Rail| November 10, 2011

N.Y. Comptroller: Metro-North unit abused OT rules

Supervisors for the signal-construction unit, which worked on Metro-North's Hudson and Harlem lines, assigned employees to nighttime duty even though they had day shifts, according to the report. The switch triggered a federal requirement that the workers rest while earning full pay during their regular shift the next day.
Rail| November 10, 2011

Mica drops effort to remove NEC from Amtrak

He had proposed placing the 457-mile route under U.S. government control and requiring competitive bidding to build tracks and run trains as fast as 220 miles per hour between Washington and Boston.
Rail| November 10, 2011

NTSB: Jumper wire install cause of Miami people mover crash

Determined that the probable cause of the Nov. 28, 2008, accident at Miami International Airport, involving an automated people mover train, was the installation of a “jumper wire” that prevented the overspeed/overshoot system from activating to stop the train when the crystal within the primary program stop module failed.
Bus| November 10, 2011

Feds release $35M to improve transportation for military families

The funds, part of the Obama Administration’s Joining Forces initiative, will support 55 projects in 32 states and Guam to enhance access to local, affordable transportation services for military families and spouses.
Bus| November 9, 2011

Pro-transit initiatives passed in N.C., Wash.

The election results bring the total so far in 2011 to 21 victories in 27 public transit elections. The numbers also reflect a long-term trend: since the year 2000, more than 73 percent of public transit ballot measures have passed.
Accessibility| November 9, 2011

2-year transportation bill unanimously passed by EPW

The legislation maintains funding at current levels, reforms the nation's transportation programs to make them more efficient and provides robust assistance for transportation projects under the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) program to leverage state, local and private-sector funding, according to the EPW.

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