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Passenger rail reform bill passes first hurdle

Rail| June 25, 2015

The “Railroad Reform, Enhancement, and Efficiency Act,” which was unanimously approved by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, would authorize Amtrak for the next four years at an average $1.65 billion a year. Additionally, $570 million in total grant funding would be made available every year.

Canadian Megabus crash injures 23

Motorcoach| June 25, 2015

Ontario police is investigating the accident and hasn’t made any determination on what caused the crash yet.

Rail| June 25, 2015

Sound Transit completes first phase of University Link testing

Over the past several months Sound Transit contractors have installed and tested new power, safety, train control and communications systems in most of the 3.1 miles of tunnels between Westlake Station in downtown Seattle and the University of Washington.

Motorcoach| June 25, 2015

FMCSA's military bus, truck driver program a huge success

In the past 12 months alone, another 4,000 individuals, including Reserves, National Guard and U.S. Coast Guard service members, have taken advantage of the program, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Security and Safety | June 24, 2015

Calif.'s Metrolink operating PTC on 341 miles of agency-hosted lines

Following approval from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Metrolink began operating PTC RSD on the last of Metrolink's hosted rail system on June 14. RSD simply means trains in revenue service or in Metrolink's case, with passengers on board.

Rail| June 24, 2015

D.C. train operator told to stay put in smoke-filled tunnel

Train operator James Curley told NTSB investigators that people on the train were “yelling, screaming, kicking and banging on the glass doors” as he was repeatedly told to wait in the tunnel.

Rail| June 24, 2015

Area states, agencies set to pay more to maintain NEC

In December, the Northeast Corridor Infrastructure and Operations Advisory Commission voted, 17-1, to approve a new cost-sharing policy, designed to spread the burden for spending $425 million a year for the next three years for maintenance and upgrades on the corridor.

Motorcoach| June 23, 2015

Annett Bus Lines joins IMG

A second generation family company, owned and operated by brothers Brian and David Annett, Annett Bus Lines enhances the IMG network with multiple locations around Central and Northern Florida including Jacksonville, Ocala, Sebring and Madison/Tallahassee.

Rail| June 23, 2015

One in 10 miles of Cleveland rail track under 'go slow' orders

Aging track ties and instability in the track bed, or ballast, that force operators to apply the brakes to proceed safely is partly to blame in addition to a $150 million budget gap that would bring the rail system to a state of good repair.

Bus| June 23, 2015

Boston could benefit from more BRT, report says

The report argues that the city should be pushing for the “gold standard” of BRT. That would include a control station that monitors buses and ensures they come at well-spaced intervals and enclosed stops that shelter customers.

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