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Alstom’s high-speed trains enter service on Helsinki-St. Petersburg line

Rail| December 14, 2010
The four Pendolino trains, ordered by Karelian Trains, with a commercial speed of up to 137 mph, now link the two cities in three and a half hours, compared to the previous five-and-a-half hours.

Study: Increasing competition among transportation modes could cut oil consumption

Accessibility| December 14, 2010
The report analyzed the specific effect on oil demand from telecommuting, bus rapid transit, transit competition, improved transportation technology, vouchers and other policies. The group also recommended implementation strategies to maximize oil savings.
Motorcoach| December 14, 2010

FMCSA launches bus, truck accountability program

The centerpiece of the program is the Safety Measurement System, which will analyze all safety-based violations from inspections and crash data to determine a commercial motor carrier's on-road performance. The new safety program will allow FMCSA to reach more carriers earlier and deploy a range of corrective interventions to address a carrier's specific safety problems.
Rail| December 14, 2010

American Railcar will invest in leasing plan

ARI is currently in negotiations with American Railcar Leasing LLC (ARL), an affiliate, to enter into an agreement pursuant to which ARL would identify potential leasing customers for ARI in exchange for fees payable by ARI to ARL.
Accessibility| December 14, 2010

Commuter benefit extension passes Senate

The House still has to approve a companion bill before President Obama can sign the $848 billion tax cut package, along with the commuter tax break, into law.
Rail| December 14, 2010

NJ Transit wants to reappropriate $75M in tunnel money

Agency would like money to pay for multi-level railcars already on order.
Bus| December 14, 2010

DRI announces Panamanian orders

As previously reported, DRI concluded the acquisition of its remaining 50 percent interest in Mobitec Brazil in fourth quarter 2009 when the purchase was officially registered with the Brazilian government. Its 100 percent ownership of Mobitec Brazil was established on July 1, 2009.
Sustainability| December 13, 2010

Car-sharing option helps students get home for holidays

The Hertz Connect program lets college students at Oberlin University reserve cars by the hour or by the day for as little as $8 an hour, including gas and insurance.
Rail| December 13, 2010

N.J. DOT backs Princeton’s train upgrade plans

Despite opposition from residents, N.J. DOT chief Simpson supports Princeton’s plans to move the Dinky train station 460 feet south of the present station to accommodate the university’s plans for an arts and transit neighborhood.
Bus| December 13, 2010

U. of M., Ann Arbor transit conduct bus, rail improvement projects

Collaborating on a feasibility study for advanced transit options and Ann Arbor Transit Authority’s transit master plan, which aims to enhance the city’s bus system.

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