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Uber, taxicabs vying for New York MTA paratransit contracts

Accessibility| December 15, 2016

Several months ago, the state agency quietly began a “proof of concept” study in which Access-a-Ride users request a ride and the MTA dispatches one through an e-hail app such as Uber, Arro or Curb, the latter two used by cabs.

NJ Transit to install inward-facing cameras on trains, adds 100 employees

Rail| December 15, 2016

The actions are in response to the fatal Sept. 29 train crash in Hoboken, with the hires in response to revelations that NJ Transit has lost maintenance and safety employees.

Rail| December 14, 2016

N.Y.'s Second Avenue subway to open on time, Gov. Cuomo says

Inaugural ride will take place on New Year's Eve, with revenue service beginning at noon on January 1st.

Rail| December 14, 2016

Hudson River tunnels to take longer to fix than originally estimated

The new tunnels are the first part of the the multi-billion dollar Gateway Project, which includes building two new rail tunnels.

Government Issues| December 14, 2016

U.S. DOT releases toolkit to engage public in decision-making process

It uses clear design and plain language to explain the transportation decision-making process and describe how members of the public can work with their local and state transportation agencies in a proactive, constructive way.

Rail| December 14, 2016

With Miami light rail extension cost nearing $6B, alternative solution found

By expanding current rail systems, Miami-Dade could add about 30 miles of track for less than $4 billion, according to the latest estimate.

Rail| December 14, 2016

Calif. high-speed group approves plans to unlock billions in bond funds

Board members approved funding plans for the Central Valley and San Francisco-San Jose segments, as well as authorizing the issuance of a “request for qualifications” from potential train-operating companies.

Rail| December 14, 2016

Uber named Metra’s official rideshare partner

Uber’s name will be featured on a wide range of promotional materials, including posters displayed at train stations and on Metra trains, timetables, mailing inserts and at ticket office windows.

Rail| December 14, 2016

Sound Transit bond sale secures lower borrowing costs for light rail extensions

The $477 million sale consisted of fixed-rate bonds at a total interest cost of 3.596%. The favorable rate is significantly lower than the 5.3% average over the last 30 years.

Security and Safety | December 14, 2016

SEPTA joins federal Confidential Close Call Reporting System

Joins Amtrak, New Jersey Transit, Chicago’s Metra, MBTA/Keolis, Long Island Railroad, Metro North, and Pa.’s Strasburg Railroad as carriers that use the system.

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