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Honolulu gives rail project go-ahead

Rail| December 17, 2010
It is anticipated that the FTA will now issue a record of decision to allow Honolulu to break ground. Opponents say there are still more hurdles ahead before the $5.5 billion rail project starts rolling.

Sound Transit budget to continue project delivery momentum

Rail| December 17, 2010
Revenues expected through 2023 are $3.9 billion, or 25 percent, lower than forecasted in 2008 when voters approved the ST2 expansion plan. The ST2 plan included flexible provisions for delivering the projects during economic downturns including reducing the scope or delaying projects.
Rail| December 17, 2010

Sumitomo, Nippon Sharyo win N. Calif. contract

The estimated $57M contract for 18 DMUs includes options for Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit District and its partner agencies to purchase up to 146 cars. The delivery of 18 DMUs is scheduled from the end of 2013 through the middle of 2014.
Rail| December 17, 2010

Houston Metro, CAF reach settlement

The contracts are canceled and CAF will forego any additional payments for unpaid work and lost profits. In addition, CAF will refund $14 million to Metro. The agreement was ratified by Metro's board on Friday.
Motorcoach| December 16, 2010

Report: Intercity bus use continues surge

For the third year in a row, the intercity bus service was the fastest growing mode of intercity transportation, outpacing air and rail transportation, the study reports. Intercity bus operations expanded by 6 percent in 2010.
Rail| December 16, 2010

Wis. rail backers protest Gov. elect’s plans

Milwaukee protesters gathered again, this time at City Hall, to oppose Gov.-elect Scott Walker’s decision to rescind federal high-speed rail funds. They are demanding job creation alternatives.
Bus| December 16, 2010

Oklahoma receives $49.4M for multimodal bridge

The reconstructed bridge will be Tulsa's first multimodal crossing to accommodate highway, pedestrian and bicycle traffic, as well as high-speed intercity and commuter rail.
Motorcoach| December 16, 2010

Seattle coach co. linked to scandal up for auction

MTR Western is the biggest asset in the bankruptcy estate of Darren Berg, who's been charged by federal prosecutors with running a Ponzi scheme that cost investors more than $100 million.
Bus| December 16, 2010

Proterra builds first battery-electric bus at S.C. plant

The first bus will be sent to Altoona for safety testing. The EcoRide BE35 will be the first all-electric bus that the center will be testing and once completed, allows Proterra to mass produce and sell the bus on a commercial scale.
Rail| December 16, 2010

Amtrak’s Acela turns 10, plans for more success

After becoming a popular alternative to air and car travel in the Northeast Corridor, the operator plans to build onto its success with a plan for a bullet train that would run at speeds of up to 220 miles per hour.

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