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Bill to extend Honolulu rail tax moves to Gov.

Rail| May 7, 2015

The bill would generate about $1.8 billion in additional rail funding from Oahu’s 0.5% general excise tax surcharge by allowing it to expire in 2027 instead of 2022.

France's SNCF orders 19 Bombardier EMU commuter trains

Rail| May 7, 2015

The order, entirely financed by Ile-de-France's transport authority Syndicat des transports d'Ile-de-France (STIF), is valued at approximately $141 million.

New L.A. Metro chief to make nearly $350,000 a year in salary, stipends

Phil Washington, who most recently led Denver's Regional Transportation District, signed a four-year contract with the agency, which is in the middle of a multibillion-dollar rail-building boom, according to the report.

Ex-MBTA chief Scott says agency 'needs a state takeover,' in interview

Beverly Scott addresses several issues impacting the agency and public transportation in general during the interview, including criticism of excessive absenteeism and capital spending.

Rail| May 6, 2015

Texas' The T approves TEX Rail vehicle purchase

The board also agreed to a contract with a firm to handle preparations for TEX Rail construction, which could begin next year, approved the purchase of several properties to make way for the project, and OK’d a final design contract for two stations in North Richland Hills.

Security and Safety | May 6, 2015

Family of woman killed in Metro-North to file suit

The National Transportation Safety Board said Ellen Brody's SUV was stuck inside the railroad crossing gates moments before the train hit, but instead of backing up, she drove forward onto the tracks.

Rail| May 6, 2015

Report: U.S. high-speed rail can learn from Japan's early-warning earthquake system

JR East, a Japanese rail company, has developed systems to mitigate the damage to its facilities and personnel, including an early earthquake detection system, retrofitting existing facilities for seismic safety, developing more seismically resistant designs for new facilities, and holding earthquake response training and exercises for company staff.

Rail| May 6, 2015

Rural critics band together to stop Texas bullet train

The president of the recently formed Texans Against High-Speed Rail is leading a coalition of critics backing several bills that could kill, or at least hobble the Dallas-to-Houston high-speed rail system.

Rail| May 5, 2015

Bombardier to supply people mover system to Chicago's O'Hare

Bombardier’s scope of supply includes 36 INNOVIA APM 256 vehicles, the CITYFLO 650 Communications-Based Train Control system for driverless operation, as well as on-board communications.

Rail| May 5, 2015

Alstom to supply three extra train sets to Swiss Metro

Delivery of the three new train sets for the Lausanne Metro is scheduled for the second quarter of 2017 with entry into service planned for the last quarter of the same year. As well as being an automatic, ultra-modern metro, the m2 is also a feat of engineering, being the world’s only rubber-tired metro capable of operating on a slope with a gradient of 12%.

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