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Florida county launches first transit system

Bus| December 6, 2010
Santa Rosa Transit, a year-long pilot program, features 28 stops at various shopping centers and government buildings. Santa Rosa County received $78,000 in U.S. DOT funding and allocated $33,140 for the program.

Calif.’s Big Blue Bus honored for eco-maintenance facility

Bus| December 6, 2010
The $60M, 66,000 square-foot maintenance facility enables mechanics to service every type of alternative fueled vehicle, and features 600 roof-mounted photovoltaic panels, minimum energy water heaters to help reduce operating costs, and an urban runoff system to filter storm water.
Bus| December 6, 2010

Authorized Transmission Remfg. moves to expanded facility

The plant has an enclosed cleaning/processing department, sound-proof dyno testing area, large remanufacturing area for cellular and rebuilder work stations, employee and customer training room, and a large parts department and warehousing for its product line.
Rail| December 6, 2010

Dallas' Green Line light rail enters service on time, under budget

The 28-mile, 20-station, $1.8 billion project was completed on schedule and under budget on December 6, when it opened 24 miles and 15 stations creating new light rail connections for customers from southeast Dallas to the cities of Farmers Branch and Carrollton in the northwest.
Bus| December 6, 2010

Former BART officer to remain in jail

Johannes Mehserle was convicted for involuntary manslaughter, instead of murder, in the racially-charged case, which triggered a wave of looting and destruction in Oakland in July. His two-year sentence touched off more angry protests in November.
Bus| December 6, 2010

FMCSA appoints 3 experts to Medical Review Board

Appointed to a two-year term, members must possess expertise in a medical specialty, knowledge of transportation medical issues, experience on panels that develop medical standards and professional service and experience developing teaching programs.
Bus| December 6, 2010

Old San Francisco bus terminal meets wrecking ball

The wrecking ball is planned to remain in use for the next few months as the remainder of the old Terminal structure is removed. A temporary terminal located a few blocks away on Beale and Howard Streets will continue to serve bus operations until the new Transbay Transit Center opens its doors in 2017.
Rail| December 3, 2010

Report: Honolulu rail plan raises concerns

A Hawaii DOT report claims that general excise tax receipts dedicated to the rail system are likely to be nearly one third lower than anticipated in the project's current financial plan.
Bus| December 3, 2010

Houston Metro meets pledge, installs 100th bus shelter

As of Friday, the agency met its pledge to install 100 new bus shelters this year. The funds used to pay for the shelters came from local monies and federal grants, including the ARRA and Formula Funding Enhancement Grants.
Bus| December 3, 2010

Ohio DOT invests $15M in alt-fuel buses

The 38 new vehicles will include electric-diesel hybrid buses, cleaner ultra-low sulfur diesel vehicles, and buses that run on biodiesel or compressed natural gas. ODOT recently identified additional federal transportation dollars made available through significant project savings and supplementary federal resources.

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