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D.C. Streetcar could be scrapped without ever serving passengers

Rail| March 11, 2015

Acting Director of the District’s Department of Transportation, Leif Dormsjo, has brought in an outside team of light rail experts to determine whether the project can be saved.

Excavation begins for 3,000 skeletons unearthed in London tunneling

Rail| March 10, 2015

A team of 60 archaeologists will work in shifts, six days a week to remove skeletons and carefully record evidence for what may prove to be, in archaeology terms, London’s most valuable 16th and 17th-century cemetery site.

Rail| March 10, 2015

Texas bill would end use of federal funds for rail projects

If approved by lawmakers during the legislative session and signed by Gov. Greg Abbott, the bill would choke off state and local government access to federal transit funding for rail projects in the state, with the cities of Austin, Dallas and Houston all planning to expand their respective systems.

Bus| March 10, 2015

Pierce Transit taps Apollo for video surveillance

The decision comes after the agency conducted an analysis and product review period. Implementation of the project began in February and all work is expected to be completed by the end of April.

Motorcoach| March 10, 2015

Apple giving Calif. shuttle drivers wage increases

In addition, drivers who work the split shift, which requires them to drive routes in the morning and evening, will earn a higher hourly wage to make up for the downtime. Wages for drivers will rise 25 percent on average, depending on what they were making before and their seniority.

Security and Safety | March 10, 2015

N.C. Amtrak crash injures 55

Fifty-five of the 212 passengers aboard the Carolinian No. 80 suffered minor injuries in the accident, which occurred at the intersection of U.S. 301 and N.C. Highway 903, about 30 miles north of Rocky Mount. It was unclear whether any of the eight crew members were injured.

Management & Operations| March 10, 2015

D.C. Metro hires firms to rebuild image

The firms, O’Neill and Associates, whose roster includes the former managing director of the NTSB, and Hill + Knowlton Strategies, which has previously done work for the transit agency,  will assist the agency.

Accessibility| March 9, 2015

San Francisco kicks off free rides program for seniors, people with disabilities

Following unanimous approval by the SFMTA board in January, the SFMTA has worked tirelessly to meet the city’s demand for this program. In just over one month, the SFMTA has processed more than 38,000 applications for the Free Muni program expansion.

Management & Operations| March 9, 2015

Record 10.8 billion trips taken on public transit in 2014

Annual public transit ridership, the highest number in 58 years, increased even when gas prices declined by 42.9 cents in the fourth quarter.

Accessibility| March 9, 2015

Group accuses Montreal transit of ableism

The accusations stem from a human rights complaint by a rider who said a bus driver refused to lower the wheelchair ramp for her because she was using a walker and not a wheelchair. STM holds monthly meetings where they open the floor to citizens to ask questions directly to board members.

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