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Chicago transit to cut 200 positions, benefits

Bus| October 11, 2011
As the Chicago Transit Authority prepares to release its 2012 budget, it also revised its sick and vacation policies. The personnel cuts will save the agency approximately $22 million annually at a time when the agency is facing a $277 million deficit. The sick and vacation leave policy changes will save the agency an estimated $15 million over the next six years.

Calif. makes cell phone ban for rail operators permanent

Rail| October 11, 2011
The decision, which was made during a Commission meeting last Thursday, also requires the installation of cameras to enforce the rule.
Rail| October 11, 2011

S.F. Muni installing cameras to enforce cell phone ban

The state commission, which regulates California's passenger rail operations, including Muni and BART, put an emergency ban on the books in the fall of 2008 — shortly after a train collision in Los Angeles County killed 25 people and injured more than 100 others.
Bus| October 11, 2011

Chicago Mayor makes public transit mandatory for city employees

The use of personal vehicles will be discouraged. Detailed reimbursement forms will include beginning and ending odometer readings listing all locations visited, along with a map that shows miles traveled.
Bus| October 11, 2011

Voith begins transit hybrid-drive system production

In recent multi-day real test runs, the DIWAhybrid-drive system gained an average of 16 percent efficiency, the company reported.
Bus| October 11, 2011

NJ Transit upgrades transit station for $7.9M

The new Plauderville Station is fully accessible to customers with disabilities, provides more convenient access to the station from the parking area and features platforms constructed with Armor Deck, a material with a structural polymer composite system used in place of concrete that resists corrosion and is maintenance-free.
Rail| October 11, 2011

FRA issues rail safety advisory

Goal is to raise awareness and ensure universal compliance with safety rules that protect employees who must physically place themselves between rolling equipment in the normal course of their work. Recommendations include ensuring the use of sound communication protocols to notify employees when going between two pieces of rolling equipment.
Rail| October 10, 2011

N.J. to pay feds $600M for ARC tunnel bill

Data tabulated by NJ Transit and released on Friday show that a net of $591.4 million was spent on the project from its formal inception in the summer of 2006 through August 31.
Motorcoach| October 10, 2011

Dattco takes delivery of Setra S 407

This marks the first delivery of the new North American ComfortClass from Setra, a brand of Daimler.
Rail| October 10, 2011

Canada to improve rail safety

The proposed amendments to the Railway Safety Act will encourage rail companies to create and maintain a culture of safety and penalize rule breakers.

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