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Report: Global expansion of high-speed rail surging

Rail| November 16, 2011
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.

Calif.'s NCTD receives "Good Repair" grant

Management & Operations| November 16, 2011
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.
Bus| November 15, 2011

N.Y. MTA, union begin negotiations

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.

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