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BART may trim seat size

Rail| June 7, 2011
Agency’s “seating labs” with passengers show that while they prefer wider seats, about 90 percent are willing to sacrifice about two inches from the current seats to allow for slightly wider aisles.

FMCSA issues cease and desist order against Sky Express Inc.

Motorcoach| June 6, 2011
The motorcoach carrier involved in the Virginia bus crash on May 31 is, according to the FMCSA, attempting to operate and sell tickets under a different company name, including 108 Tours and 108 Bus. The order is effective immediately.
Motorcoach| June 6, 2011

NTSB releases N.C. coach crash investigation summary

In its independent investigation to determine the cause of the crash of a 2000 Setra motorcoach, operated by Sky Express Inc. on May 31, the Board released a brief summary of the investigative work completed by NTSB investigators to date.
Rail| June 6, 2011

Alstom, Transmashholding to create electric train

The train is designed according to the principles of basic platform and modular construction, which will allow rapid modification of rolling stock of different types and composition and adaptation of any future power supply.
Rail| June 6, 2011

U.S. DOT encourages production of steel streetcar rails

Industry experts estimate that 18,000 metric tons of steel girder rail will be needed over the next three years to meet the demand of streetcar projects being planned and built in the U.S. That amount is expected to expand to upwards of 33,000 metric tons over the coming decade.
Bus| June 3, 2011

DRI's Swedish subsidiary wins contract

The order is valued at approximately $550 thousand.
Rail| June 3, 2011

Calif.-based Metrolink's camera program to move forward

This state court challenge is separate from BLET's federal challenge which Metrolink won in the federal court on similar motions and which the BLET appealed to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Bus| June 3, 2011

Maine latest state to ban texting while driving

With the addition, 33 states, the District of Columbia and Guam have now banned text messaging by all drivers. Eight states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands have prohibited all hand-held cell phone use while driving.
Bus| June 2, 2011

S.F. Muni, operators reach tentative agreement

The deal must still be ratified by members of Transport Workers Union Local 250-A.
Motorcoach| June 2, 2011

N.C. coach co. got U.S. DOT appeal before crash

Feds reversed a decision to shut down Charlotte, N.C.-based Sky Express discount bus service this spring and instead granted the carrier a 10-day reprieve. Three days later, one of the company’s buses overturned, killing four people and injuring dozens.

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