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D.C. Metro to replace track circuits

Rail| December 2, 2010
The agency will invest $10 million in beginning to replace approximately 400 Red Line track circuits, enabling it to run its trains in automatic mode. All 1,730 track circuits are slated for eventual replacement, at an estimated cost of $60.5 million.

Nova Bus BRT vehicle wins CUTA award

Bus| December 2, 2010
The articulated bus features include a modular ceiling panel — which diffuses indirect lighting — work tables in the rear, sconces, space saving back rests, redesigned driver partition, and floor-to-ceiling vertical stanchions.
Bus| December 2, 2010

Minn.'s Metro Transit rolls out city’s first BRT station

An event, to be held on Dec. 6, will promote the $4.5M station to nearby residents. Since ridership will not meet Metro Transit’s 2010 goal of 80 million riders, transit officials hope the new station draws more passengers.
Accessibility| December 1, 2010

Trapeze to equip Maryland Transit office

The agency’s operations management software enables employee sign ups, dispatching of daily activities, timekeeping, yard management and workforce management.
Bus| December 1, 2010

Foton announces unique charity offer to industry

From Jan. 1, 2011 until Dec. 31, 2011, the company will donate 1 percent of the base price of each bus purchased to a charity, non-profit organization or community project in the purchaser's local market.
Rail| December 1, 2010

FRA awards bio-based fuels, lubricants grants

With a similar grant, Amtrak equipped a Heartland Flyer train operating between Oklahoma City, Okla. and Ft. Worth, Texas to run on a biodiesel blend known as B20, which is 20 percent pure biofuel and 80 percent diesel.
Bus| December 1, 2010

FTA stresses equal access on Rosa Parks anniversary

Among the administration's responsibilities is overseeing the implementation of civil rights laws and regulations in the nation's transit agencies. These laws include Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.
Motorcoach| December 1, 2010

Motorcoach Council up for $250K Pepsi 'Green Travel' grant

The Council is encouraging members and their family and friends to vote for their grant application to “Promote Green Travel and Build Awareness of Green Transportation Options.” Anyone can vote for the campaign daily via mobile phone, desk top, laptop or smartphone.
Motorcoach| December 1, 2010

ABA, Terrapin Blue partner to offer security services

Terrapin Blue Holdings LLC will provide American Bus Association members with emergency preparedness and security services and assistance with establishing public-private partnerships. The company meets ABA’s criteria for being committed to help private motorcoach companies grow and thrive in the evolving North American motorcoach, tourism and group travel industry business environment.
Rail| November 30, 2010

Amtrak to allow firearms on most trains

Under the policy, beginning Dec. 15, guns can be brought aboard trains that have checked baggage service. Gun owners must inform Amtrak officials 24 hours ahead of departure.

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