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UMA begins search for new President/CEO

Motorcoach| December 29, 2016

The Executive Committee of the Board has engaged the services of Steve Klika, former president of the International Motor Coach Group, to manage the national search process.

Americans' views on transportation unveiled in new survey

Management & Operations| December 29, 2016

Election Day 2016, demonstrated that Americans realized other funding streams are needed by approving 22 ballot initiatives that will provide $203 billion in funding extensions and new revenue for state and local transportation projects.

Rail| December 28, 2016

Amtrak CEO talks Trump infrastructure plan, future

Other highlights include discussion of air travel vs. train travel and freight railroading and passenger train travel.

Rail| December 28, 2016

Alstom systems equip Hong Kong's newly opened first driverless metro

The four-mile-long South Island line will extend MTR services from Admiralty Station to the Southern District of Hong Kong Island in 11 minutes via four new stations.

Rail| December 28, 2016

Petition to expand KC Streetcar garners enough signatures for April vote

The streetcar plan would ask voters to approve a three-eighths-cent citywide sales tax for 25 years to help fund a $1 billion, 26-mile streetcar system, building on the city’s 2.2-mile streetcar starter route.

Rail| December 28, 2016

Duke concerned with possible light rail impact on hospital

Raising operational and safety issues, officials wrote a letter to GoTriangle saying they “cannot support” the rail line’s route as currently proposed, but still support the system.

Rail| December 28, 2016

Engine, signaling issues postpone SMART's 2016 rail launch

April 2017 is now the earliest projected launch date for the rail system, with SMART planning a startup period with no fares or reduced fares to entice the public into trying the train.

Management & Operations| December 27, 2016

APTA report finds public transit users save $9,712

The annual savings are based on the cost of commuting by public transportation compared to the cost of owning and driving a vehicle.

Rail| December 27, 2016

VW windfall could help clean up diesel train emissions at Chicago's Union Station

Agreement stipulates the money from the German automaker must be used to reduce lung- and heart-damaging nitrogen oxides emitted by diesel trains, buses, ferries and equipment.

Government Issues| December 27, 2016

FRA hits highest-ever rail penalty rate

For FY 2016, the agency expects to collect 79% of the civil penalties it issued to railroads, hazardous materials shippers and others for violating federal safety regulations, a 4% increase over FY2015, and the largest percentage rate ever closed by the agency.

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