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Chicago Transit chief: No fare hikes, service cuts for 2011

Bus| September 30, 2010
The $1.337 billion proposed budget maintains current fares and service levels. The budget is $66.7 million, or 5.2 percent, more than the 2010 budget due in part to contractually required union wage increases, along with pension and healthcare obligations. These fixed increases were partially offset by management efficiencies that are expected to save nearly $54 million in 2011.

Chicago Transit Authority bus driver OT rises after layoffs

Bus| September 30, 2010
Agency has paid more than $1.9M in overtime to bus drivers — a 62 percent rise over the same period in 2009.
Motorcoach| September 30, 2010

Navistar’s IC Bus unveils new small shuttle series

Sharing a platform with the commercial-grade International TerraStarTM truck, which was introduced this past spring, the AC Series features frame rails rated to 80,000 PSI, and a full-tilt hood, allowing for unobstructed access to the engine compartment.
Rail| September 30, 2010

Vermont receives $50M Recovery Act grant for HSR

Funds will be used to install continuously welded rail and other track improvements, new crossties, and highway-rail grade crossing safety improvements on track owned by the New England Central Railroad, a RailAmerica Inc. property.
Bus| September 29, 2010

Baltimore MTA launches late bus reporting system for students

More than 300,000 students use the MTA for transportation to school, according to the school system, but late or overcrowded buses are an obstacle.
Bus| September 29, 2010

Okla. agency bus tracking system aids passengers, dispatchers

Bus arrival information is available via Web, smartphone or text message and the system also allows dispatchers to detect and avert bunching of buses.
Motorcoach| September 29, 2010

BP grants fund motorcoach tourism in Gulf Coast

A new motorcoach program to promote overnight stays pays up to $1,500 traveling allowance, plus $250 per night to qualified operators.
Rail| September 29, 2010

Amtrak's 30-year HSR plan would slash Northeast travel times

Trips between Washington and Boston would take three hours, about half the length of the current trip time. At speeds of 148 mph, trips between New York and Boston would take 84 minutes.
Rail| September 29, 2010

HDR to manage D.C. streetcar project

The 37-mile-long planned streetcar system touches every ward within the District, with a network of new streetcar lines operating in eight corridors, often connecting neighborhoods with Metro rail stations.
Rail| September 28, 2010

Halt of ARC tunnel project sparks debate about diverting funds

The $8.7 billion Access to the Region's Core (ARC) rail tunnel to New York, the largest public works project in the U.S., would be the first new rail tunnel built under the Hudson River in nearly 100 years.

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