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Study of subway 'bugs' aimed to improve public health

Rail| June 29, 2016

Harvard researchers collected samples from three MBTA subway lines, including swabbing seats, seat backs, walls, vertical and horizontal poles, and hanging grips inside train cars.

Citing progress, Ga. DOT will not shut down Atlanta streetcar system

Rail| June 29, 2016

Last month, Commissioner Russell McMurry threatened to close down the streetcar, citing the city’s failure to “provide timely, substantive and compliant responses” to the agency’s concerns.

Rail| June 29, 2016

Honolulu officials concerned staffing issues could delay rail project

Concerns over staffing shortages at Ansaldo Honolulu JV had initially surfaced in October. At the time, the company's project manager said the firm had already filled most of the positions in question months earlier.

Rail| June 29, 2016

N.Y., NJ agencies to receive $834M in Hurricane Sandy relief funds

Agencies can utilize recovery funds on any validated Sandy-related damage that meets FTA criteria, including repairs to tunnels owned by Amtrak and used by New Jersey Transit and the Long Island Railroad.

Government Issues| June 28, 2016

Secretive Alphabet unit aims to fix U.S. public transit

Sidewalk Labs, a secretive subsidiary of Alphabet (Google's parent co.), is initially offering its cloud software, called Flow, to Columbus, Ohio, the winner of a recent $50 million Smart City Challenge.

Management & Operations| June 28, 2016

Americans support higher gas taxes, spending revenue on public transit

The survey is year seven of an annual series that repeats the same questions each year. This year’s results show that support for raising transportation taxes has grown over the past six years.

Rail| June 28, 2016

First engine installed in Miami's Brightline locomotive

The Cummins QSK95 engine weighs 31,000 pounds. Installation took approximately six hours during which the engine was lowered into the locomotive by an overhead crane.

Management & Operations| June 28, 2016

NJ TRANSIT, 2 rail unions reach tentative agreement

United Transportation Union Local 60, which represents conductors, and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers were part of an 11-member coalition that reached deals with the agency in March, however the two unions’ membership voted against the proposal.

Bus| June 28, 2016

Proterra opens electric vehicle fast-charge tech to transit industry

The company will grant anyone royalty-free access to its patents covering its industry leading single-blade overhead charging design. This includes the bus-mounted, single-blade charging design and the overhead-charging coupler.

Security and Safety | June 28, 2016

Alstom supplies signaling to Sydney rail system

The installation of both the on-board and trackside equipment covers four test trains and an area of seven miles between the suburbs of Arncliffe and Oatley, in the South of Sydney.

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