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APTA Rail Meeting Looks at Lower-Cost Project Solutions

Rail| June 21, 2000
Amidst the euphoria over record rail ridership and new spending numbers, the 1,200 attendees at APTA’s rail conference this year were concerned about the increasingly crowded field in the new starts race.

ALSTOM Buys Fiat Rail Business

Rail| June 21, 2000
ALSTOM and FIAT have announced that ALSTOM will take a 51% stake in Fiat Ferroviaria, the Italian group’s rail transport equipment unit.
Rail| June 12, 2000

Plans at State, Local Levels Look to Spur Rail Investment

Legislation introduced at both state and federal levels of government in the U.S. propose to spend billions to fund intercity and urban rail upgrades over the next decade.
Rail| June 5, 2000

Amtrak Rebrands Southern California Passenger Rail Service, Now Dubbed “Pacific Surfliner”

Amtrak today rebranded its San Diego to San Luis Obispo passenger rail corridor, the second most heavily traveled corridor in its system. It’s now called the Pacific Surfliner service, replacing the San Diegans.
Management & Operations| May 30, 2000

Bus Takes Pages from Rail Playbook at the APTA Bus Conference

Bus technology that emulated railcar concepts got the most significant attention at the recently held American Public Transportation Association’s Bus & Paratransit Conference in Houston, Tex.
Rail| May 23, 2000

Manufacturers, Operators Take Lead On Common European High Speed Trainsets

ALSTOM and Siemens will work together to build a high-speed trainset that will be compatible with all major networks throughout western Europe.
Management & Operations| May 22, 2000

CARTA’s Marketing Campaign Targets Young Riders

In a marketing campaign designed to appeal to younger riders, the Charleston (South Carolina) Area Regional Transportation Authority distributed “Born to Ride” temporary tattoos, offered free shuttle service to concerts and set up a Website.
Rail| May 18, 2000

Maglev Proposals Due, States Request More Than One Area Be Selected

By the end of June, the seven finalists in the Federal Railroad Administration’s Maglev Deployment Program are required to submit plans to construct maglev in their respective states.

Construction Begins in South Jersey LRT, Hudson-Bergen Opens to Raves

Southern New Jersey Light Rail began construction on May 8 as part of a larger strategy of planned development in the state.
Rail| May 8, 2000

Barcelona Chooses Light Rail Concession

Autoritat del Transport Metropolita Spa (ATM), the local transportation authority acting on behalf of the Regional Government of Catalunya, the Municipality of Barcelona and other local Municipalities and Authorities, chose the Group TramMet consortium for its 16.8 km light rail project.

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