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Transit offered $101.4M to promote clean-fuel tech

Bus| June 30, 2011
Money being provided competitively through the FTA's Sustainability Initiative, which includes: $51.5 million from the Clean Fuels Grant Program and $49.9 million from the TIGGER III Program.

Bus driver dies, dozens injured in Pa. crash

Motorcoach| June 29, 2011
A tour bus, operated by New Oriental Tours, rear-ended a tractor-trailer on the Pennsylvania turnpike while traveling from Kentucky to New Jersey. Dozens of passengers were hospitalized.
Bus| June 29, 2011

Austin, Texas’ Cap Metro to privatize bus routes

Board members voted unanimously on the issue. A recent analysis found that the agency could save $71 million by 2020 by outsourcing all of its service. The decision will affect about 810 union workers and may jeopardize federal grants.
Bus| June 29, 2011

AngelTrax releases new mobile video system

The MicroLinx is one of the first MDVRs from AngelTrax to feature built-in WLAN connectivity out of the box, allowing users to connect the DVR to their local network or a cellular carrier's GSM network to view live streaming video, download recorded video data remotely and receive instant system health notifications.
Rail| June 29, 2011

Parsons Brinckerhoff to create asset tracking guide

Will develop and document a transit asset management framework and implementation guide that will support the FTA’s State of Good Repair and Asset Management Programs. FTA estimates a nationwide backlog of $50 billion to $80 billion in deferred maintenance and replacement needs, many of which are rail related.
Rail| June 28, 2011

Mass. commuter rail lines add quiet cars

Implemented “quiet zones” on all 13 of its commuter rail lines on Monday. The required quiet time will be imposed during peak commuting hours.
Bus| June 28, 2011

Long Island Rail saves ticketing hours, cleaning crews

Agreement reached between LIRR and the Transportation Communications Union modifies some contractual work rules and provides enough savings to avert the planned layoff of 17 ticket clerks in 2011. That would have resulted in the closure of ticket offices and the reduction of ticket window hours at a total of over 18 LIRR stations.
Bus| June 28, 2011

Miami-Dade honored for eco-friendly, efficient bus route

The Kendall Cruiser uses nine diesel-electric hybrid buses equipped with Wi-Fi on the heavily traveled east-west corridor.
Rail| June 28, 2011

FTA greenlights Maryland MTA’s Red Line

The light rail line, expected to be completed in 2020, will carry 57,000 riders per day in 2030 and cost approximately $1.8 billion in Year 2010 dollars. Accounting for inflation, the cost is approximately $2.2 billion.
Bus| June 28, 2011

King County Metro, partners expand transit promotion program

Bringing the “In Motion” program to five Seattle-area neighborhoods this summer to help residents increase their use of travel options, such as walking, cycling, riding the bus or water taxi, and sharing rides. People who pledge to drive less can earn rewards, including free ride tickets for King County Metro and Sound Transit, and items, discounts, and gift cards donated by local businesses.

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