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France adds Alstom trains in $188.4M order

Rail| January 12, 2010
The initial contract, signed in October 2009, totaled $1.1 billion for the supply of 100 Coradia Polyvalent trains. The first 119 trainsets will be distributed beginning in 2013, with the total number of trains potentially reaching 1,000 units and generating over $10 billion.

Amtrak to make major upgrades in 2010

Rail| January 12, 2010
Plans include replacing and expanding fleet of locomotives and passenger railcars with the purchase of several hundred single-level and bi-level long distance passenger railcars and more than a hundred locomotives.
Bus| January 11, 2010

N.Y. MTA to unveil Website makeover

Overhaul ordered by new MTA Chairman Jay Walder on the first day on the job last fall.
Rail| January 11, 2010

Hampton Roads Transit's Townes to retire

CEO to part agency in February.
Rail| January 11, 2010

Chicago Transit completes rail expansion project

Platforms at 16 stations were extended to provide space for eight-car trains resulting in a one-third increase in capacity over the six-car configuration. Eight-car train operation began on March 30, 2008.
Rail| January 11, 2010

Old Dominion U., Mass. Co. to test Maglev

MagneMotion Inc., a company founded by Richard D. Thornton, emeritus professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, received a $7.9-million grant in 2008 from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to conduct a three-phase test of its patented Maglev technology.
Sustainability| January 11, 2010

Georgetown university switches to biodiesel

University cites desire to lessen carbon footprint.
Bus| January 11, 2010

U. of Wyoming to purchase buses with fed funds

The buses will be put out for bid this spring and should arrive in eight months to a year, depending on manufacturer lead times.
Bus| January 11, 2010

Web Extra: COTA to take text messaging system-wide

Positive results during a pilot program are spurring the agency to bring text messaging capability to all its bus lines and, eventually, provide real-time bus updates rather than just scheduled arrivals.
Rail| January 11, 2010

American High-Speed Rail Alliance forms

Under the leadership of President Eric C. Peterson, the organization will broaden its scope to promote high-speed rail in cooperation with the broad range of stakeholders; including federal and state governments, associations, manufacturers, service providers, consumers and advocates.

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