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Railway copper thefts rise with price of metal

Rail| June 3, 2015

Copper, which now hovers at $3 a pound on the scrap market compared to about 80 cents a decade ago, is essential to the running of commuter railways, carrying electrical power from substations to the live third rail.

Most commuter rail systems won’t meet positive train control deadline

Security and Safety | June 3, 2015

Some commuter rail agencies will need another three to five years to complete PTC installations because of the scale and complexity of the systems and the resources needed, according to American Public Transportation Association President/CEO Michael Melaniphy.

Management & Operations| June 2, 2015

MTA New York City Transit President Bianco to retire

Carmen Bianco, 63, became acting president of New York City Transit in April 2013 and was permanently appointed to the position in September 2013 following a nationwide search. He had previously served since March 2010 as sr. VP, Department of Subways.

Security and Safety | June 2, 2015

No mechanical problems found in Amtrak crash, NTSB says

The train was travelling at 106 mph when it entered a 50 mph-restricted curve. As the train entered the curve, the engineer applied the emergency brakes.

Sustainability| June 2, 2015

Central Ohio Transit adds first of new Gillig CNG buses

COTA replaces one-twelfth of its fleet each year, based on the average 12-year life span of a bus. COTA’s average fleet age is 4.7 years, compared to the national average of 7.8 years (based on 2013 data)

Motorcoach| June 2, 2015

ABA forms Bus Maintenance and Repair Council

BusMARC's mission is to raise the level of maintenance awareness in the intercity bus and motorcoach industry, providing shop managers with the tools they need to build and improve their existing programs.

Management & Operations| June 2, 2015

WMATA temporarily suspends 'issue ads'

The ads bring in approximately $2 million dollars annually, so suspending those kinds of ads for the remainder of the year could cost the agency approximately $1 million, according to WMATA. The agency said its decision had nothing to do with any particular ad.

Government Issues| June 2, 2015

S.F. officials vow to ride public transit for 22 days

The challenge, spearheaded by the advocacy group San Francisco Transit Riders, will continue until June 22 and aims to help city officials gain familiarity with public transit and inspire them to improve the experience. 

Management & Operations| June 2, 2015

Brooklyn street named for slain N.Y. MTA bus driver

Edwin Thomas was stabbed by Horace Moore, on Dec. 1, 2008, in the chest and torso in front of passengers after trying to use an invalid MetroCard and demanding a transfer.

Rail| June 2, 2015

State to stop paying for idle Michigan railcars

A Michigan Department of Transportation official said the state will have spent $11.4 million when controversial lease payments are suspended under a tentative deal with Great Lakes Central Railroad.

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