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Senate passes short-term extension of MAP-21

Government Issues| May 26, 2015

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.

Pittsburgh agency considers charging fee for smart cards

Management & Operations| May 26, 2015

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.

Security and Safety | May 22, 2015

NTSB issues update on Philadelphia Amtrak crash investigation

An examination of the signals systems has revealed no anomalies or malfunctions. The NTSB has possession of the Amtrak engineer’s cell phone. Additionally, under its enforcement authority, the Federal Railroad Administration subpoenaed and obtained the engineer’s cell phone records and has shared that data with NTSB forensic experts.

Government Issues| May 22, 2015

Amtrak ordered to control Northeast Corridor train speed

The order is the latest in a series of actions the FRA has taken in the wake of last week’s derailment of Amtrak Train #188.

Rail| May 22, 2015

Apple to introduce transit maps to iOS9

The directions would offer the ability to plan trips, getting estimated travel times for bus, train and subway transit methods.

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