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Alstom tests high-speed train at 225 mph

Rail| December 12, 2008
Test runs are to be performed on a 106-mile section of France's Eastern high-speed line between the Champagne-Ardenne and Lorraine stations.

METRO Briefs

Management & Operations| December 12, 2008
S.F. expands universal fare card testing. Las Vegas to check bus stops for safety. Brinks thanks driver for return of $80K.
Rail| December 12, 2008

FRA issues ROD for Calif. high-speed rail corridor

Decision supports State’s selection of preferred alignment and station locations, and considers the environmental benefits and adverse impacts associated with the preferred network alternative.
Rail| December 12, 2008

S.F. breaks ground on multi-modal transit center

Touted as the "Grand Central of the West", the center will serve more than 100,000 people per day through nine transportation systems once completed in 2014.
Rail| December 12, 2008

D.C.'s Metro testing wool seats in railcars

Agency also testing new floors, spring-loaded overhead handles on its series 6000 railcars and is currently installing nylon straps on up to 266 railcars.
Rail| December 12, 2008

Swedish authorities buy Alstom EMUs

The new Coradia Nordic EMUs (Electric Multiple Unit) have four articulated cars and can reach approximately 112 miles per hour. The trainsets will be designed and assembled at Alstom’s Salzgitter site in Germany while the ONIX traction system will be constructed at the site in Tarbes, France. They will be delivered by autumn 2010.
Bus| December 12, 2008

MBTA to use pay-by-phone service at select stations

Customers will be able to create an account using their mobile phone number and a credit/debit card, and have their parking fee automatically deducted from their account.
Rail| December 12, 2008

Driving decline hits one-year mark

Americans drove 3.5 percent less, or 8.9 billion fewer vehicle miles traveled, in October 2008 than October 2007, making it the sharpest decline of any October since 1971.
Management & Operations| December 12, 2008

L.A. granted $210M in federal funds for traffic, transit

Funds will finance conversion of existing HOV lanes to High-Occupancy Toll lanes, new bus service and park-and-ride facility improvements, and implement congestion pricing.
Bus| December 11, 2008

New Flyer receives more than $1B in bus orders

Of these orders, 1,294 buses are new orders and 188 buses are exercised options. When these orders combined with those previously reported, they bring the total number of buses ordered to date in 2008 to 4,815, representing a total of $2.78 billion in sales.

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