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FTA releases $3M for workforce development

Bus| June 9, 2011
Twelve programs from across the nation successfully competed for the "Innovative Workforce Development" dollars. FTA received 35 applications with a total of $7.3 million in requests for the $3 million available.

Eno Transportation Foundation honors APTA's Millar

Accessibility| June 9, 2011
Since becoming president in 1996, Millar has expanded APTA's reach and effectiveness, winning several legislative victories that have substantially increased federal investment in public transportation.
Rail| June 9, 2011

Alstom to supply 26 French trams

Options for an additional five to 30 tramsets could be exercised at a later date.
Bus| June 9, 2011

CTA approves new procurement process

In the reverse auction bid process, vendors submit all other requirements of the bid package except for the price. The price is finalized during the auction where vendors have allotted time to under bid each other in order to secure contracts.
Rail| June 8, 2011

Bombardier wins Australia contract

The GoldLinQ consortium, of which the supplier is a member, will design, build, finance, operate and maintain the first stage of the Gold Coast Rapid Transit light rail public transportation system for the Queensland Government. Bombardier’s share of the contract is valued at approximately $265 million.
Rail| June 8, 2011

NJ Transit unveils new security text initiative

Through this initiative, called "Text Tips" or "Text Against Terror," customers will be able to report suspicious activity, packages or vehicles around NJ Transit facilities or onboard the system by sending a text message to agency's police department.
Rail| June 7, 2011

New Orleans breaks ground on streetcar project

In addition, Secretary LaHood said that the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority will receive a $400,000 grant from the FTA to establish a streetcar maintenance training program to assist in hiring and training skilled streetcar maintenance workers.
Bus| June 7, 2011

Cleveland RTA, police union reach labor agreement

The new contract, which was ratified nearly unanimously by Fraternal Order of Police - Ohio Labor Council members, is effective through Feb. 28, 2014.
Motorcoach| June 7, 2011

Feds label 26 Pa. coach carriers ‘higher risk’

Motor Carrier Safety Measurement System identified the operators as risky after incidents or investigation showed they exceeded acceptable benchmarks in at least one of five areas: Unsafe driving, driver fatigue, driver fitness, drivers operating while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and vehicle maintenance.
Motorcoach| June 7, 2011

Senators urge greater bus safety standards

In a letter to U.S. DOT Sec. Ray LaHood, six U.S. Senators pushed for quick implementation of safety standards to prevent fatigued bus drivers from getting behind the wheel after last week’s bus crash in Virginia.

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