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APTA: House budget proposal would cut jobs, transit options

Accessibility| April 7, 2011
President William Millar told the House of Representatives that transit reductions of 30 percent or more outlined in the FY 2012 budget proposal by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) would halt thousands projects needed in the years ahead. He added that while transportation programs account for less than 3 percent of the federal budget, they support or create more than 2.5 million jobs annually.

U.S. DOT issues ITS video challenge

Accessibility| April 6, 2011
The new national competition will showcase innovative ways that local communities use smart transportation technology to improve safety, mobility and the environment. Submissions are being sought through June 30 from state and local governments, transit agencies, private firms and students.
Motorcoach| April 6, 2011

Shuster introduces 'BUSES' safety bill

The "Bus Uniform Standards and Enhanced Safety (BUSES) Act of 2011" to increase safety and strengthen the U.S. DOT's oversight and ability to set uniform safety standards on new and existing buses and motorcoaches.
Rail| April 6, 2011

MBTA hires joint venture for Green Line project

HDR/Gilbane's role is preliminary design, design management, construction management and overall program management for MBTA.
Rail| April 6, 2011

LaHood: 24 states applied for high-speed rail funds

The states submitted nearly $10 billion in funding requests. The Federal Railroad Administration will begin its official review of the applications. A merit-driven process will be used to award the $2.4 billion to projects that can deliver public and economic benefits quickly.
Rail| April 6, 2011

Siemens to equip Houston Metro light rail for $83M

The deal, which includes spare parts and training for the vehicles, marks Siemens' second order from Houston Metro, which will bring the total number of Siemens S70 vehicles in Houston to 37.
Rail| April 5, 2011

Oregon using music to thwart rail station crime

Portland has found that playing classical music at the stations discourages loitering and crime. A bill in the Oregon Legislature, if passed, will expand the program to all light rail stops in high-crime areas in three neighboring counties.
Rail| April 5, 2011

Amtrak seeks $1.3B in high-speed rail funds

Looking to move forward with several Gateway Project infrastructure improvements, including replacing the more than 100-year-old movable Portal Bridge over the Hackensack River in New Jersey, with a new, high-level fixed bridge; and preliminary engineering and environmental analysis for two new tunnels under the Hudson River into Manhattan with related infrastructure improvements.
Rail| April 5, 2011

Bombardier to supply Australia with electric trains

Will provide and maintain 22 Bombardier 25kV three-car electric trains for approximately $278 million. The rail vehicles will be the first in Australia to meet new international crash standard specifications.
Rail| April 5, 2011

Alstom to supply Lyon, Pays de la Loire

Orders for tramsets to serve existing lines in France.

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