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D.C. Metro starting stimulus project work

Accessibility| March 26, 2009
Projects target improved passenger and maintenance facilities, safety and security, information technology, operations and equipment.

METRO Briefs

Bus| March 25, 2009
IBM seeks share of high-speed rail. Seattle transit debuts talking buses. MBTA proposes rail hikes, service cuts.
Bus| March 25, 2009

N.Y. MTA raises fares, reduces service

Actions were required to implement the balanced budget passed by the agency's Board in December, which closed an approximately $1.2 billion deficit.
Bus| March 25, 2009

Calif's Big Blue Bus to receive $13M in ARRA funds

Agency will use funding to purchase: 10 new 30-foot gasoline-electric hybrid buses for use on neighborhood Mini Blue lines; three 60-foot flexible articulated buses that will be added to the busy Rapid 3 and Rapid 7 lines; and up to three 40-foot alternative fueled buses (manufactured by ElDorado National) that will replace several of the agency’s older diesel models.
Bus| March 25, 2009

San Diego MTS confirms shooting victims' identities

Two employees were pronounced dead at the scene, and a third employee was placed on life support and died at the University of California San Diego Medical Center.
Bus| March 25, 2009

Firefly equips transit fleet with micro-cell battery

Advanced battery technology comprises the use of lightweight, non-corroding and non-sulfating microcell foam plates to replace the heavy non-conductive lead metal plates typical of traditional lead acid batteries.
Accessibility| March 25, 2009

DOT, HUD team to promote sustainable communities

Agencies jointly funded a study by Reconnecting America's Center for Transit-Oriented Development (CTOD) in 2007 that showed that cost of living was dependent on the costs of housing and transportation combined.
Accessibility| March 25, 2009

ARRA to fund energy reduction, tribal transit

Greenhouse gas and energy reduction grant will be awarded on the basis of how much the proposed capital investment is expected to reduce either energy consumption or greenhouse gases. Funds will provide grants to Indian tribes for capital expenditures including transit equipment and facilities.
Bus| March 25, 2009

IC Bus celebrates achievements at annual meeting

Company hosted more than 80 representatives from 39 IC Bus dealers in a two-day meeting. Plans for the coming year were outlined and an awards ceremony was held.
Bus| March 25, 2009

D.C. Metro adds Twitter page

Social networking tool provides another avenue to communicate with customers, reaching a segment of the Metro riding population who readily turn to portable electronic devices for information.

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