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Denver RTD breaks ground on commuter rail project

Rail| August 26, 2010
The $1 billion East Corridor commuter rail line is part of the FasTracks Eagle P3 project, an innovative public-private partnership that also includes the Gold Line to Arvada and Wheat Ridge and a segment of the Northwest Rail Corridor to south Westminster.

SEPTA seeks $29.3M from feds for smart card system

Bus| August 26, 2010
Under the proposal, SEPTA would use the grant from the U.S. DOT's TIGER II program, along with $48M in SEPTA funding, to begin implementing the fare payment technology.
Accessibility| August 26, 2010

Pace, Omnitrans extend First Transit contracts

Both extensions call for company to continue providing paratransit services.
Bus| August 26, 2010

Chicago, transit advocacy group plan ‘Car-Free Day’

Active Transportation Alliance, the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra, Pace and Chicago RTA have teamed up to encourage people to get around on transit, by bike, or on foot on Sept. 22.
Rail| August 26, 2010

Metrolink offers $200M settlement to Chatsworth victims

Federal law currently caps liability for passenger rail accidents at $200 million, but attorneys for the victims of the 2008 rail accident say costs will far exceed that amount.
Bus| August 26, 2010

DriveCam to install new cameras on D.C. Metro buses

System will capture video and audio inside and outside of Metrobuses, detect when an operator makes a defensive move to avoid an accident, brakes or accelerates suddenly, turns sharply, or is involved in an incident.
Accessibility| August 25, 2010

NYC Accessible Dispatch pilot saw low customer usage

Project provided 5,828 dispatches in two years, for a cost of $177 per call. The Taxi & Limo Commission received about eight calls per day for the service – far below the 250 calls expected, officials report.
Accessibility| August 25, 2010

Advocacy groups file suit against N.Y. MTA over transit cuts

After New York City MTA cut 38 bus lines and reduced service on another 76, advocates say the cuts have had a disparate impact on the disabled and plan to file suit based on a discrimination claim.
Accessibility| August 25, 2010

Calif. city adds first CNG paratransit vehicles

Equipped to accommodate 15 passengers, the buses feature El Dorado Aerotech bodies, are built on Ford F-450 chassis and include a fuel door micro switch to prohibit accidental drive-away.The buses also include new electronic destination signs.
Accessibility| August 25, 2010

N.Y. MTA considers MV-1 accessible SUVs for paratransit fleet

In a pilot program to diversify its mix of vehicles, MTA is looking at "purpose-built wheelchair accessible vehicles." The MV-1's upfront and maintenance costs would add up to less than that of a traditional paratransit bus, officials say.

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