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Mass. rail systems launch real-time radio service

Rail| April 8, 2011
The system, which provides real-time information about the status of approaching trains on car radios, is now integrated with commuter rail's Passenger Train Information System, a computerized system that links real-time information from approaching trains to LED monitors at stations.

Calif. high-speed authority offers funds for local station planning

Rail| April 8, 2011
In this initial round of funding, the Authority has invited seven cities near the initial construction segment to apply: Merced, Fresno, Tulare/Kings, Bakersfield, San Jose, Gilroy and Palmdale.
Bus| April 7, 2011

Wash. transit unveils new double-decker buses

The 23 buses, dubbed the “Double Talls,” are replacing 60-foot articulated buses that were manufactured in 1998 and are beyond their federal replacement schedule. The vehicles will seat more passengers than the buses they are replacing, require less maintenance and less fuel than the buses they are replacing.
Motorcoach| April 7, 2011

ABC delivers Van Hools to California

Silver State Coach’s two new 57-passenger Van Hool T2145s feature Elite REI 5 monitor entertainment systems, rear passenger windows, three-point seat belts, passenger shades and curtains, extra handholds and Alcoa Dura Bright aluminum wheels.
Bus| April 7, 2011

S.F. Muni hires PR firm as labor negotiations approach

The $100,000 contract comes at a time when the agency is facing a $20 million deficit and the City of San Francisco is faced with a $380 million budget shortfall.
Motorcoach| April 7, 2011

Prevost delivers H3-45s to Detroit

Recognizing that many customers now travel with computers, cell phones, and other devices that require recharging, the company specified the 110-volt outlets in every seat pair.
Bus| April 7, 2011

Sound Transit revamps website, adds rider tools

The new website features an improved trip planner with interactive maps that provide more information about transit connections and the locations of stations, stops and parking. A “New Rider Guide" link provides easy access to basic information about Sound Transit services.
Accessibility| April 7, 2011

APTA: House budget proposal would cut jobs, transit options

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.
Accessibility| April 6, 2011

U.S. DOT issues ITS video challenge

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.

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