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Seattle coach co. linked to scandal up for auction

Motorcoach| December 16, 2010
MTR Western is the biggest asset in the bankruptcy estate of Darren Berg, who's been charged by federal prosecutors with running a Ponzi scheme that cost investors more than $100 million.

Proterra builds first battery-electric bus at S.C. plant

Bus| December 16, 2010
The first bus will be sent to Altoona for safety testing. The EcoRide BE35 will be the first all-electric bus that the center will be testing and once completed, allows Proterra to mass produce and sell the bus on a commercial scale.
Rail| December 16, 2010

Amtrak’s Acela turns 10, plans for more success

After becoming a popular alternative to air and car travel in the Northeast Corridor, the operator plans to build onto its success with a plan for a bullet train that would run at speeds of up to 220 miles per hour.
Bus| December 16, 2010

D.C. Metro hit with severe staff shortage

The agency needs to fill more than 210 vacant positions for bus operators, train operators and station managers. A hiring freeze, stricter standards and retiring operators are behind the majority of staff losses.
Rail| December 16, 2010

N.J. eligible for $128M rail tunnel refund

After the state repays the $271M it owes the federal government for canceling the Access to the Region’s Core commuter-rail tunnel project, the FTA will return $128 million, so New Jersey can replenish other state transportation accounts that were depleted to finance the project.
Rail| December 15, 2010

Report: Hampton Roads hid light rail costs from feds

Transit officials knew that The Tide project would cost more than the $232 million figure they gave to the government back in 2007.
Accessibility| December 15, 2010

S.F. MTA unveils 100th transit shelter

Some of the new transit shelters will use third-generation organic-dye-based photovoltaic solar film to power the shelter lights and information systems. The structures of the new shelters use steel with high-recycled content as well as energy-efficient LEDs.
Bus| December 15, 2010

DesignLine receives substantial financing

The patented and proprietary designs for hybrid and all-electric buses significantly reduce emissions and provide lower total life-cycle operational costs, according to the company.
Bus| December 15, 2010

FTA awards tribes $15.1M for transit upgrades

Tribal Transit program funds will provide grants to tribes for 59 separate projects, including transit equipment purchases and facility construction and improvements.
Bus| December 15, 2010

Leaders call for renewed fed infrastructure investment

An estimated $2.2 trillion investment is needed over the next five years just to get America's entire current infrastructure into "good condition" — an increase of 38 percent from five years ago.

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