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Honolulu rail project GM says costs lower than expected

Rail| April 21, 2011
In addition to revenues from the general excise tax, now expected to be $3.3 billion over the next 20 years, the project shaved off $200 million from the cost officials reported in a financial plan submitted to the Federal Transit Administration.

Boston's T to offer commuter rail info app

Bus| April 21, 2011
Plans to launch apps in late May providing commuter rail passengers with real-time info on train arrivals.
Bus| April 21, 2011

Mass. maintenance, ops facility awarded $39M

The new building will replace WRTA's current facility, a 77-year-old "trolley barn" that was converted to maintain and operate buses in the 1940s when the trolleys were phased out.
Accessibility| April 21, 2011

Valley Metro mobility center wins innovation award

A full-size bus and bus shelter are part of the indoor landscape, as well as varied pavement and ground applications. Input on the development of the Mobility Center was considered by a paratransit technical advisory committee and a regional paratransit stakeholders group.
Accessibility| April 21, 2011

New Chicago Transit Authority chief named

Forrest Claypool served two terms as Cook County Commissioner where he spearheaded whistleblower legislation to help crack down on fraud, led the fight against waste and excessive taxes, and championed healthcare reforms that are making primary care more accessible to Cook County residents.
Rail| April 20, 2011

American Railcar: Ohio Castings plant to restart production

Company is one-third owner of Ohio Castings, which provides access to railcar castings at a favorable price, according to the company.
Sustainability| April 20, 2011

N.Y. MTA continues efforts to reduce carbon footprint

By reducing paper consumption, switching to alternative fuels, recycling, installing energy-saving LED lights and buying certified “green” cleaning agents, B&T has reduced the amount of greenhouse gases released into the air by nearly 1.6 million pounds, or 19 percent since 2006.
Bus| April 20, 2011

Monterey, Calif. transit system honored by U.S. Army

The U.S. Army Garrison, Presidio of Monterey earned the award for successfully teaming with Monterey-Salinas Transit by utilizing the Mass Transportation Benefit Program and the Transportation Incentive Program to promote transit use to and from the base.
Accessibility| April 20, 2011

Mass. Gov. targets MBTA’s paratransit costs

Gov. Deval Patrick green lighted a commission to find ways to make the paratransit service more cost-effective after a report showed it cost taxpayers $90 million last year.
Accessibility| April 20, 2011

Pace pilots paratransit real-time arrival info

Riders using the agency’s pickup van service will receive automated status phone calls 10 to 15 minutes before their ride is scheduled to arrive. If successful, next steps include online trip booking and cancellations.

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