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Amtrak upgrades passenger Wi-Fi on Acela line

Rail| November 7, 2016

The upgraded technology allows Amtrak to incorporate higher-speed train-to-ground backhaul technologies, laying the foundation for further enhancements to the onboard customer experience.

Report questions federal oversight of WMATA

Management & Operations| November 7, 2016

The latest inspector general report found that even though the FTA has established safety performance criteria and set safety standards for WMATA, they are limited and unenforceable, which is hindering the agency’s ability to maximize its safety oversight.

University| November 7, 2016

Texas State University student struck, killed by party bus

The student was dragged more than 500 feet after being hit by the bus and found under the rear axle by the local Sherriff’s office.

Sustainability| November 7, 2016

BAE Systems delivers 7,000th hybrid-electric system for buses

The company’s Series-E system is configured to power buses with hybrid-electric power, and the same system components can also be configured to drive on pure-electric power by adding more batteries and removing the diesel engine.

Security and Safety | November 7, 2016

Fed review finds numerous safety violations on NJ Transit commuter rail

Violations include trains stopping too close to each other and workers using cell phones when they shouldn't have.

Management & Operations| November 7, 2016

Northern Va. Transportation Commission names new executive director

Kate Mattice will lead an organization that manages more than $200 million annually in state and federal grants for transit services in the Northern Virginia.

Motorcoach| November 4, 2016

Feds extend comment period for speed limiting device rulemaking

The new public comment deadline of Dec. 7, 2016, will provide all interested parties sufficient opportunity to fully develop and submit comments and evidentiary materials to the agencies

Accessibility| November 4, 2016

Community Transit awards surplus vans to nonprofits

Twelve non-profit groups from Snohomish Country, Wash. will be able to provide more than 26,000 trips to foster children, the homeless, disabled veterans and low-income residents due to the agency's Van GO program.

Sustainability| November 4, 2016

LA Metro to add 5 electric artics, eight charging stations for BRT route

The Orange Line will be the highest ridership transit service ever tested for all-electric operation. The project is expected to demonstrate the durability and reliability of lithium-ion battery technology for high ridership transit lines.

Sustainability| November 4, 2016

Tramways have significantly lower CO2 emissions than BRT, study says

The study concluded that over a 30-year lifetime, a tramway system emits about 50 percent of the CO2 as a BRT system operated with diesel buses, and about 30 percent less CO2 than a BRT system operated with hybrid buses.

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