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Fla.'s HART unveils TECO streetcar extension

Rail| January 31, 2011
The 1/3-mile TECO extension will better connect some of Tampa’s most popular tourist, entertainment and business districts. The $5.3 million project was funded almost entirely by the U.S. DOT, including $1 million in ARRA funds.

Atlanta looks to form regional transit agency

Accessibility| January 28, 2011
The city’s mayor and other local leaders are pushing the legislature to form a regional mass transit agency to act as an umbrella over the multiple systems.
Bus| January 28, 2011

Hampton Roads extends acting CEO’s contract, cuts pay

Transportation District Commission renews agreement to keep Philip Shucet on board, but reduces monthly salary from $40,000 to $28,000.
Bus| January 28, 2011

Illinois transit rolls out 50 biodiesel buses

The vehicles, manufactured by Gillig, were funded through a series of federal grants, and feature automated voice annunciation with interior display; enhanced on-board video surveillance systems; an enhanced wheelchair restraint system; LED lighting; and fuel-fired heaters.
Rail| January 28, 2011

AASHTO: States making strides toward high-speed rail

15 of the 29 states that received ARRA grants are using the funds to expand and upgrade existing lines; purchase new locomotives, track, and other equipment; and modernize and build new train stations.
Management & Operations| January 28, 2011

Eurostar: American ridership up

While overall Eurostar passenger numbers in 2010 rose to 9.5 million compared with 9.2 million during 2009, the rail operator reported this figure included 310,000 travelers from the USA, a 14 percent increase from 2009's 273,000.
Bus| January 28, 2011

NTSB: Accidents show need for new safety culture perspective

Chairman Hersman discussed four investigations across all modes of transportation, highlighting several accidents that claimed the lives of dozens and encouraged attendees to embrace lessons learned to prevent future accidents.
Bus| January 28, 2011

DRI unit wins German bus, coach, truck contract

Mobitec AB subsidiary in Herrljunga, Sweden, signed a supply agreement with the MAN Truck & Bus Group
Rail| January 28, 2011

S.F. MTA begins phase 2 of light rail project

The $9.3 million utility relocation, to be completed by Synergy Project Management Inc, is expected to continue through June 2012.
Accessibility| January 28, 2011

U.S. DOT updates disadvantaged business program

New rulemaking will require greater accountability from state and local transportation agencies for including disadvantaged businesses in their spending plans. Also adds provisions to ensure that prime contractors fulfill commitments to use DBE subcontractors, and requires all states to accept DBE certifications obtained in other states, unless the state finds good cause not to accept it.

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