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Bus| September 30, 2009
Pro-U.S. bias in Olympic contracts? St. Louis Metro searching for ideas. Without reauthorization projects may be delayed.

CTA launches online vendor database

Bus| September 30, 2009
Allows interested parties access to contract information dating back to 2003. Database contains information on more than 46,000 contracts.
Rail| September 30, 2009

Alstom to equip Italian trains, electrify Spanish rail

Will provide the diagnostic, monitoring, assistance and on-site maintenance of the onboard ERTMS level 2 equipments for 31 Trenitalia trains. Plans to provide electrification for Granada, Spain’s tramway system.
Rail| September 29, 2009

OLI: Distractions a factor in rail crossing crashes

These statistics are relevant as U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood convenes a September 30-October 1 Distracted Driving Summit in Washington, D.C.
Rail| September 29, 2009

AECOM lands $19.3M DART rail expansion

The project will complete the 26.5-mile Green Line and expand 20 miles of the Orange and Blue lines. Under the extension, the company will provide a variety of project control, system integration and staff support services.
Bus| September 29, 2009

NTSB: Transportation fatalities dropped in 2008

The data indicate that total transportation fatalities in all modes fell by almost four thousand, from 43,384 in 2007 to 39,397 in 2008. Along with a significant reduction in highway fatalities, rail and pipeline deaths also decreased, but fatalities in the aviation and marine modes ticked up slightly.
Bus| September 29, 2009

ARRA to fund Alabama transit

The city of Gadsden will use the funds for the purchase of four 30-foot passenger vehicles, acquisition of equipment and services and the construction of two covered transfer facilities.
Rail| September 29, 2009

RailComm recognized by Inc. magazine

Software provider ranked by magazine’s Inc. 5,000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. Acknowledged because of its revenue growth of 208.2 percent from 2005 to 2008. Ranked 1,528 on the overall list.
Motorcoach| September 29, 2009

Daimler Buses delivers 2 Setras to Va.

The two new Setra S 417 coaches delivered to Scenic America each feature the TopSky, a unique unobstructed view of the sky that creates an open feeling to the coach.
Bus| September 29, 2009

TIGGER grant to fund R.I. transit upgrades

The $345,000 will be used to convert to more energy efficient lighting systems. RIPTA expects to save $115,000 in annual electric utility expenses, cutting kilowatt usage by more than half.

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