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UC Davis bus service offers real-time information

University| September 28, 2009
Each of the 50 buses in the Unitrans fleet has been outfitted with a global positioning system tracking unit that transmits its location every 10 seconds. In addition, NextBus algorithms use a bus's location, the schedule and historical data to predict its arrival time at each stop.

Zipcar expands car sharing service to UCLA, USC

University| September 28, 2009
Pilot program was made possible by a public-private partnership by Zipcar, Mayor Villaraigosa and the Los Angeles City Council and is intended as a first step toward a potentially larger expansion of car sharing in the Los Angeles area.
Rail| September 28, 2009

Alstom opens bogie test and validation center

Developed a new test bench that can accommodate complete bogies, including underframe, suspensions, transmission and engines.
Bus| September 28, 2009

Parsons appoints global biz dev. manager

In his new role, Adams will lead PTG's global sales and marketing program.
Bus| September 28, 2009

Ratp Dev acquires 2 bus companies

Additionally, Ratp Dev has created a dedicated American subsidiary, Ratp Dev USA, to ensure a successful setup and development of its business in the U.S. The objective is to become a major player in all segments of public transportation, including rail.
Bus| September 28, 2009

Mark IV reorganization plan wins court approval

Company will reduce debt obligations on its balance sheet from approximately $1.2 billion to approximately $400 million.
Bus| September 25, 2009

METRO Briefs

L.A. Metro fare system hits snag. Ads try to reduce fire risk. VRE to allow firearms.
Motorcoach| September 25, 2009

Safety Advocates file petition to curb cell use

Study found that texting increased the risk of a safety-critical driving event for truck drivers by 23.2 times. Another study conducted in 2006 found that drivers using cell phones failed to stop at stop signs 10 times more often than drivers not using cell phones.
Bus| September 25, 2009

Veolia unit to service Jackson, Miss. operation

PTM provides transit management, labor relations/collective bargaining and management consulting services to clients within the public transportation industry.
Motorcoach| September 25, 2009

Clean Energy to acquire BAF Technologies

Purchase price is approximately $8.3 million. BAF services include natural gas vehicle conversions, alternative fuel systems and research and development. Its vehicle conversions include taxis, limousines, vans, pick-up trucks and shuttle buses.

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