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OCTA defers January 2011 fare increase

Bus| October 27, 2010
The board of directors voted this week to defer the increase after hearing that measures taken during the past two years to provide for long-term sustainable service have been successful. Also leading to the deferral is better than expected sales tax revenues, according to OCTA.

Va. man arrested for part in D.C. rail terrorist plot

Rail| October 27, 2010
On Tuesday, a federal grand jury in Alexandria, Va., returned a three-count indictment against Farooque Ahmed, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Pakistan, charging him with attempting to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization, collecting information to assist in planning a terrorist attack on a transit facility, and attempting to provide material support to help carry out multiple bombings to cause mass casualties at D.C.-area Metrorail stations.
Bus| October 27, 2010

Transit subsidy may revert from $230 to $120

The rollback could happen by the end of the year because of partisan gridlock. The higher benefit could be extended for one year if a green energy tax bill, drafted by Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee, passes.
Rail| October 27, 2010

Parsons wins Metrolink PTC contract

It is the first application of PTC in compliance with the U.S. Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008, which mandates that passenger and freight railroads install PTC by 2015.
Bus| October 27, 2010

Rhode Island opens airport multi-modal facility

The $267 million InterLink provides for the area's first-ever connection between local bus service and the airport, rail service and rental cars. The FHWA provided $124.6 million in direct funding and the U.S. DOT provided a $42 million loan from its TIFIA program.
Motorcoach| October 27, 2010

RedCoach expands services to Tampa, Fla.

It currently services eight markets including: Orlando, Miami, Atlanta, Tampa, Gainesville, Tallahassee, Pompano Beach, and West Palm Beach. Jacksonville and Daytona Beach will be added to the list of destinations by the end of the year to meet customer demand.
Rail| October 26, 2010

China inaugurates high-speed Shanghai-Hangzhou rail line

The CRH380 train, built in China with Chinese technology, has been clocked at almost 262 mph, a world speed record, though it will usually operate at a maximum speed of 220 mph.
Bus| October 26, 2010

NJ Transit launches bus schedule text system

Based on a system of bus stop ID numbers — unique five-digit numbers the agency has assigned to each of its bus stops — My Bus enables customers who have cell phones with SMS (text messaging) capabilities to receive bus schedule information for a specific stop directly to their phones.
Bus| October 26, 2010

Detroit agency buys hybrid rapid transit buses

SMART entered into a piggy-back agreement with the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority which had an existing bus buy contract with New Flyer enabling SMART to receive the buses approximately nine months sooner.
Bus| October 26, 2010

NextBus wins Triad Transit System contract

Automatic Vehicle Locator units will be deployed on 164 buses across 72 routes. Per a five-year contract, the company will receive approximately $770,000 in revenue in the first year, which includes hardware, setup and service, and approximately $221,000, primarily as service revenue, for each of the remaining four years.

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