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FRA releases $50M for positive train control

Rail| November 19, 2010
Awards vary in size and scope ranging from $500,000 to $2M , and include private corporations, academic institutions and public authorities. Recipients include Southern California Regional Rail Authority, Amtrak and New York Metropolitan Transit Authority.

Alstom consortium to supply Spanish traction substations

Rail| November 18, 2010
The Madrid-Levante very high-speed line will link the cities of Madrid, Cuenca, Albacete, Valencia, Alicante, Castellon and Murcia. When the first section of approximately 272 miles enters commercial operation by the end of 2010, the Spanish very high-speed network will represent the longest network in Europe.
Bus| November 18, 2010

Report: Cleaner mass transit focus will spur alt-fuel's growth

Worldwide deliveries of hybrid buses is forecast to nearly triple from 5,514 vehicles in 2010 to 16,328 units in 2016. During the same period, natural gas bus deliveries will increase 61 percent to 15,937 vehicles.
Bus| November 18, 2010

Fort Worth's The T endorses long-range strategic plan

Plan would expand "transportation," improve "timeliness" and upgrade "technology." These three themes reflect public feedback to add more transit that goes to more places, more frequently, faster, on time and with improved customer amenities, especially the technology to check schedules and status of buses or trains online and from mobile devices.
Bus| November 18, 2010

OCTA honored for text messaging program

Agency recognized for its Text4Next program, which enables passengers to text a bus stop number and route number to “OCTAGO” to receive arrival times of the next three buses for that stop, giving customers the added flexibility to confirm bus schedules on the go.
Rail| November 18, 2010

Wis. activists rally for high-speed rail funds

Labor leaders and politicians gathered at the Milwaukee plant of train maker Talgo and spoke about their opposition of Gov.-elect Scott Walker’s plan to refuse the $810 million in federal stimulus funding.
Accessibility| November 18, 2010

Illinois senate to vote on state watchdog to monitor transit agencies

New legislation proposed by the state senate would give the state's executive inspector general authority to investigate the Chicago area's transit agencies. The proposal was created after financial abuse was exposed in an investigation involving Metra's late executive director.
Bus| November 18, 2010

FTA, Maine transit officials discuss grant app snafu

Administrator Peter Rogoff visited Portland and answered questions about an error in transmitting a grant application over the grants.gov Website. The FTA only received a four-page cover letter. The mistake potentially cost the state approximately $21 million in lost funding.
Rail| November 17, 2010

L.A. transit official stepping down from HSR panel

Richard Katz’s work on the state panel overseeing development of California's high-speed rail system is the focus of a state attorney general review, since he also serves on the boards of the L.A. County MTA and Metrolink. He will leave the panel on Dec. 1.
Accessibility| November 17, 2010

Azure Dynamics supplies hybrid shuttles to Western U.S.

CALSTART, Sacramento Regional Transit District, TriMet and the Utah Transit Authority were among the agencies that ordered the Balance Hybrid Electric shuttle buses.

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