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L.A. may invest in streetcar system

Rail| February 10, 2011
A plan for the four-mile circular system, backed by the Chamber of Commerce and downtown City Council Members Jose Huizar and Jan Perry, would tax local property owners to pay for about half of the cost.

Calif. transit chief offers to take pay cut

Accessibility| February 10, 2011
Mike Scanlon, CEO, San Mateo County Transit District, volunteered to sacrifice part of his $400,000 compensation package, since the three transit agencies he runs are undergoing serious budget problems. However, board members defended the salary, which they had approved.
Accessibility| February 10, 2011

NTSB on Twitter, YouTube

Will use the Twitter account to communicate with those interested in its investigative work and advocacy programs to enhance transportation safety. The YouTube channel will be a one-stop resource where the NTSB's advocacy video messages, transportation accident animations and other video products can be accessed.
Rail| February 9, 2011

Calif. High-Speed Rail Authority inviting private investment

Issues a "request for expressions of interest" as a first step in the procurement process that will award contracts for the first $5.5 billion in construction and ultimately for the design and construction of the entire system, its trainsets, and its operations and maintenance.
Rail| February 9, 2011

Canada: Rail important to economic future

Also highlighted was the collaborative work being done by industry, government and academic researchers through Transport Canada's Railway Research Advisory Board. The board is actively examining new approaches and seeking solutions to address transportation challenges such as infrastructure renewal, congestion, rising energy costs, environmental concerns and mobility.
Bus| February 9, 2011

Chicago Transit amends capital improvement program

The ordinance increases the capital budget from $599.5 million to $649.7 million.
Rail| February 9, 2011

'Build Week' comes to Cleveland rail station

FTA Administrator Rogoff toured the construction site for the new Puritas Rapid Transit station, a high-capacity rail station that will replace the original one built in 1966. Puritas is one of the busiest stations along Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority's Rapid Red Line.
Bus| February 9, 2011

Report: Portland best for public transportation

The Top 10 list released by U.S. News following President Obama's high-speed rail announcement weighed combination of investment, ridership and safety.
Accessibility| February 9, 2011

Ohio DOT cuts transit funding

Gov. Kasich administration officials are rescinding former Gov. Ted Strickland’s three-year, $150 million funding pledge to Ohio's public transit agencies. Instead, the state will split $80 million in federal transportation funding among 59 local transit authorities through 2013.
Bus| February 9, 2011

Clever Devices to equip N.J. buses with real-time info

The agency authorized a $22 million contract with the supplier for hardware, software and services for the installation of smart bus equipment on approximately 1,040 transit, cruiser and articulated buses.

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