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Miami-Dade to improve transit accounting practices

Bus| January 13, 2011
After a preliminary audit issued by the FTA claimed that Miami-Dade Transit didn’t properly account for fare collections or follow rules for using federal money, which resulted in the suspendion of $180 million in grants, the County hired consultants to correct its procedures.

Martz Group begins simulator training for coach drivers

Motorcoach| January 13, 2011
The mobile classroom will rotate between all Martz locations (Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Florida) and provide newly hired and current drivers state-of-the-art training in situations such a tire blowouts, black ice, high winds, and much more that would be impossible to recreate on the highway.
Bus| January 13, 2011

Sun Tran offers free rides to Ariz. memorial event

Transit system provided more than 3,000 passenger trips to the event, featuring a speech by President Barack Obama.
Motorcoach| January 13, 2011

Seattle bus co. linked to scheme sells for $5M

An auction for the luxury motorcoach firm, MTR Western, was scheduled Wednesday morning, but of the two expected bidders only GTO submitted an offer for substantially all the bus assets.
Motorcoach| January 13, 2011

NHTSA issues new ejection mitigation rule

Vehicle manufacturers must develop a countermeasure for light passenger vehicles under 10,000 lbs. that prevents the equivalent of an unbelted adult from moving more than 4 inches past the side window opening in the event of a crash. The new standard will begin phasing in during 2013.
Rail| January 12, 2011

Officials: PATCO rail line sale unlikely

After an attempt by the Delaware River Port Authority to sell its commuter train line failed last month, the agency considered selling the line to a private buyer. Officials say that with $45.3 million in operating costs and only $24.8 million in revenue projected for 2011, the outlook is not promising.
Bus| January 12, 2011

FTA awards DesignLine fuel cell demo grant

The grant's focus combines company's existing lightweight chassis and robust, mature hybrid-drive train system with an advanced Ballard fuel cell, further chassis mass improvement research and next generation component development.
Bus| January 12, 2011

L.A. Metro retires last diesel bus

Metro now has 2,221 buses powered by compressed natural gas, as well as one electric bus and six gasoline-electric hybrids.
Rail| January 12, 2011

Bombardier receives Deutsche Bahn order

The order is valued at approximately $485 million. The double-deck coaches and locomotives are scheduled to enter service at the end of 2013.
Bus| January 12, 2011

Clean Energy to build, operate N.J. CNG station

The facility will support the Atlantic City Jitney Association's deployment of its new fleet of 190 clean-running, 13-passenger shuttle buses.

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