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N.Y. subway train suspension caused by massive theft of copper cable

Rail| May 27, 2015

At least 500 feet of the valuable cable was discovered stolen from roughly 12 locations along the A train tracks near Howard Beach, and some signal equipment and track components were damaged as well by electrical current that could not flow through the cable.

L.A. Metro updates sex trafficking awareness campaign

Management & Operations| May 26, 2015

Includes 3,000 ads placed on buses and railcars across L.A. County. In addition, 85,000 brochures containing resources on how to help victims of human trafficking will be placed in Metro’s customer centers, stations, buses and trains.

Sustainability| May 26, 2015

OCTA, Calif. agencies launch water conservation initiative

Along with wrapped buses, the campaign will include printing and distributing window clings with the conservation message at public events that agencies also will use on their fleets.

Government Issues| May 26, 2015

Senate passes short-term extension of MAP-21

The unanimous voice vote sends the measure to President Barack Obama for signing into law before current transportation spending authority expires on May 31. The White House said Obama would sign the short-term fix if work continues towards a long-term bill.

Management & Operations| May 26, 2015

Pittsburgh agency considers charging fee for smart cards

The amount of the fee was not specified but could be in the $3 to $5 range. Existing cardholders would not be charged, and if the agency adopts a fee, those without ConnectCards would be encouraged to obtain them before the fee takes effect.

Bus| May 26, 2015

Antelope Valley Transit experiments with digital bus ads

Other cash-strapped California transit agencies, facing rising operating costs, are watching the potentially lucrative test run with interest, as current state law restricts digital signage on buses to route and service information.

Rail| May 26, 2015

Quicken Loans buys M-1 Rail naming rights

Detroit-based Quicken is owned by Dan Gilbert, who has been the $137 million streetcar project's co-chairman (with Roger Penske) nearly since its 2008 inception.

Bus| May 22, 2015

Calif. purchase incentives now available for New Flyer electric buses

The Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project was created by the California Air Resources Board to speed the early market introduction of clean, low-carbon hybrid and electric vehicles and is administered and implemented through a partnership with CALSTART.

Management & Operations| May 22, 2015

Ariz. streetcar line celebrates 1 millionth customer

The passenger was greeted on board by City of Tucson’s Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Sun Link dignitaries and received an annual SunGO pass for unlimited use on the Sun Link streetcar, Sun Tran bus system and select Sun Shuttle routes.

Government Issues| May 22, 2015

Sec. Foxx receives WTS 'Diversity Leadership' award

The WTS Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award is given to individuals who exhibit extraordinary efforts or initiatives in facilitating professional opportunities for women and minorities and contribute significantly to the promotion of diversity, inclusion, and multi-cultural awareness.

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