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AASHTO: States making strides toward high-speed rail

Rail| January 28, 2011
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.

Eurostar: American ridership up

Management & Operations| January 28, 2011
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.
Bus| January 27, 2011

Seattle lawmakers propose $30 congestion fee

A state representative has gotten 30 co-sponsors for a bill that would allow transit agencies to impose a "congestion reduction charge" per year on car-tabs in three area counties. If approved, the bill could bring in an estimated $38 million a year for King County Metro.
Accessibility| January 27, 2011

National Transit Institute seeks training proposals

Looking to revise four multi-day courses to be offered to new professionals and those who are currently engaged in federally funded procurement. The deadline for completed proposals is March 8.
Motorcoach| January 27, 2011

UMA Expo taps young operators for new ideas

One of the most popular sessions this year was "Young Guns," which featured five, under-35 gentlemen working in the industry discussing some of the obstacles they face and how they plan to lead the motorcoach industry into the future.
Rail| January 27, 2011

GO Transit approved for phased electrification of rail corridors

The year-long study recently completed by Metrolinx revealed important transportation benefits associated with electrification, and these benefits would increase over time and as service levels increase. These benefits include shorter travel times for riders and lower operating costs.

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