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Fed pilot could give local workers advantage in transportation projects

Government Issues| March 5, 2015

The year-long pilot is proposed as an experiment under FHWA’s “Special Experimental Project No. 14” and FTA experimental authorities, provisions made possible by Congress to allow the agencies leeway in finding new and more effective means of building, maintaining and managing federal transportation projects.

$30B Phoenix transportation plan headed to voters

Management & Operations| March 5, 2015

Set for vote as soon as August, the proposed plan includes up to 117 miles of new, high-capacity transit, such as light rail, bus rapid transit or streetcars. About $2.4 billion would help maintain major city streets while adding new bicycle lanes and street lights.

Rail| March 5, 2015

34 properties purchased for $70M along Honolulu rail transit route

HART's property acquisitions range in price from $22,304 to about $6 million. In June, HART said that it has to acquire 213 properties for the project, and that it had an acquisition budget of $222 million.

Rail| March 4, 2015

Alstom opens new Brazilian Citadis production line

The new production facility will serve the Brazilian market and, in a near future, the Latin America region where a number of new tramway projects are emerging. When fully operational, the facility will employ around 150 people.

Rail| March 4, 2015

FRA ramps up campaign to address nationwide grade crossing safety

The first phase of the effort calls upon local law enforcement agencies to show a greater presence at grade crossings, issue citations to drivers that violate rules of the road at crossings and consider rapid implementation of best practices for grade crossing safety.

Rail| March 4, 2015

S.C. city seeking elevated transit line bids

The first phase of the plan would construct a four-mile section elevated guideway above a section of abandoned railroad tracks. The first section of the elevated railway could connect Clemson University's International Center for Automotive Research campus with downtown Greenville.

Management & Operations| March 4, 2015

Former MBTA chief: System fix, expansion 'tall order'

Rich Davey said plans for a $2.2 billion commuter rail extension and fixing the system without raising new taxes will be difficult.

Rail| March 4, 2015

MBTA considers options to compensate riders for snow woes

One option included offering one week of free fares throughout the system ($6 million in lost revenue).

Bus| March 3, 2015

Allison,Cummins hybrid-electric system recieves CARB certification

Allows sales of model year 2015 Allison H 40/50 EP™ hybrid propulsion system paired with the Cummins ISB6.7 and ISL9 diesel-electric hybrid engines for transit buses and coaches.

Security and Safety | March 3, 2015

Train engineer in Metrolink derailment crash dies

The death of train engineer Glenn Steele, 62, marks the first fatality in the Feb. 24 crash in which a Metrolink train struck a truck stopped on the Ventura County Line tracks and derailed, injuring 28.

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