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

Rail| December 14, 2016

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.

SEPTA joins federal Confidential Close Call Reporting System

Security and Safety | December 14, 2016

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.

Management & Operations| December 13, 2016

DASH GM, Modell to receive proclamation from city council

Modell was instrumental in growing the system from 17 buses and 30 employees to operating on 10 routes with 79 buses, 5 trolleys and more than 185 employees.

Rail| December 13, 2016

M-1 RAIL unveils streetcar station design concept

Stations will be Wi-Fi enabled, heated and equipped with security cameras, emergency phones, and next-vehicle alert screens.

Security and Safety | December 13, 2016

Sen. Schumer calls for mass transit employees to be checked against terror list

Said positions like engineers, train conductors, and those maintaining the tracks on both rail lines like Amtrak as well as subways, should be checked against the watch list, similar to the way airline employees current are.

Bus| December 13, 2016

BC Transit to rollout camera systems across entire bus fleet

The cost of the camera systems is being funded in part by a $160-million agreement with the federal government, which will also help cover the cost of new GPS bus-tracking technology and other upgrades.

Sustainability| December 13, 2016

Mass. agency adds 3 Proterra electric buses, fast chargers

The buses will serve communities along PVTA's Route P21E in Holyoke and Springfield. In addition to state-contributed funds, PVTA purchased the Proterra Catalyst FC buses with funds from the Federal Highway and Transit Administration.

Rail| December 13, 2016

Alstom inaugurates first Regiolis train in Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region

The trains consist of four cars with a total capacity of 220 seats and offer increased comfort thanks to seats equipped with individual reading lights, electric sockets, and raisable footrests, as well as spaces dedicated to bicycles and luggage, large bay windows, and reduced noise levels.

Management & Operations| December 13, 2016

Colorado town proposing e-cig, cigarette ban on buses

Officials say they have had a number of complaints about cigarette smoking, particularly in the downtown terminal where the lack of ventilation causes both irritation and potential public health issues for passengers.

University| December 12, 2016

Texas A&M working with EPA to optimize fleet performance

The research team will monitor the engine (speed, RPM, load, and other parameters) data along with GPS information in order to analyze the bus fleet drive cycles, and identify characteristics such as idle time and speed distribution.

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