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Transit leaders urge Congress to move quickly on legislation

Accessibility| March 16, 2010
Since the last federal surface transportation act expired last fall, Congress has been granting short-term extensions. The current extension is scheduled to expire March 28.

Wabtec acquires Xorail for $40M

Rail| March 16, 2010
Provides a variety of engineering, design and construction services, mainly for railway signaling systems, and has annual sales of about $40 million. Wabtec expects the transaction to be accretive in the first year.
Accessibility| March 15, 2010

Mineta Institute publishes emergency management handbook

Specific guidance and management techniques are provided to aid emergency planning staff to create DHS-compliant systems.
Bus| March 15, 2010

Santa Clara, Calif. transit agency extends GM contract

Michael T. Burns, who earns $290,000 a year, will not seek a raise.
Bus| March 15, 2010

Wyoming becomes 20th state to ban texting while driving

On January 26, Sec.LaHood announced federal guidance to prohibit texting by drivers of commercial vehicles such as large trucks and buses. Truck and bus drivers who text while driving commercial vehicles may be subject to civil or criminal penalties of up to $2,750.
Rail| March 15, 2010

New Orleans receives $45M for streetcar expansion

Grant was part of $1.5 billion TIGER Award from the U.S. DOT. It will expand the historic New Orleans streetcars through the city’s central business district, a corridor that is home to significant commercial and business activity.
University| March 15, 2010

Princeton U. adds WeCar service

WeCar requires a $20 application fee and a $40 annual fee, allowing students to rent a Toyota Prius for $8 per hour or $42 per day. The service will also be available to faculty members beginning in April.
Bus| March 15, 2010

U. of S. Florida unveils new bus tracking system

The program is an automatic vehicle location (AVL) system, which is available on the Web, and can be downloaded on mobile hand-held devices, providing riders of the USF Bull Runner (the USF Tampa campus shuttle) with enhanced convenience and security.
University| March 15, 2010

Long-time Oklahoma U. parking, transportation director retires

Following a 26-year career, Theta Dempsey, parking and transportation services director for Cleveland Area Rapid Transit, has building, sandwich named in her honor.
Rail| March 15, 2010

L.A. funicular rail line reopens after nine years

Angels Flight, as it is known, reopened on Monday after receiving approval from the California Public Utilities Commission. It was closed in 2001 after a deadly accident left one man dead and seven others injured.

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