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Two-thirds of Americans likely to use HSR if available, survey says

Rail| September 24, 2015

The likelihood of respondents using high-speed rail for their work and leisure travel increases as they were informed that it will be less expensive than flying and that it will take less time than driving to their destination.

National Express wins Jackson, Miss. bus services contract

Management & Operations| September 24, 2015

The $52 million contract to manage and operate JATRAN is the company’s first public transportation contract in Mississippi.

Motorcoach| September 24, 2015

MCI to provide service, host hospitality tent for Philadelphia Papal visit

Drivers are invited to stop by the MCI hospitality tent for complimentary coffee and donuts, with opportunities to learn about MCI pre-owned coach inventory, parts specials, training on engine regeneration and wheelchair lifts, and more.

Rail| September 24, 2015

Seattle streetcar project possibly delayed beyond 2015

The issue is with the vehicles themselves. A problem with the propulsion system caused the first delays, and testing revealed "water damage in the inverters" for all seven cars.

Security and Safety | September 24, 2015

MBTA GM guarantees system's winter readiness

At a site in Dorchester, Frank DePaola showed Gov. Charlie Baker and reporters the new third rail that workers have been laying down on the above-ground portion of the Red Line’s Braintree branch. The new third rail has a small curvature on its top, so there won’t be a build-up of ice and snow that caused problems for trains last winter.

Rail| September 23, 2015

Richmond-to-Raleigh high-speed rail proposal gets all clear

The 162-mile route between the two cities in North Carolina and Virginia would utilize existing and former rail lines for approximately 60% of the route and is planned to be free from at-grade crossings of track and roads.

Rail| September 23, 2015

Metra will have to shut down unless PTC deadline extended

If Metra is unable to operate beyond December, it will work to ensure an orderly shutdown of its system and communicate with its customers with sufficient time for them to consider the effects of the shutdown, the resolution also states.

Rail| September 23, 2015

Operation Lifesaver's Joyce Rose to end tenure in 2015

Before joining Operation Lifesaver in December of 2012, Rose served as staff director for the Railroads Subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committe. The OLI board will conduct a search for Rose’s successor.

Rail| September 23, 2015

WMATA nears new tunnel cell service agreement

The project was supposed to have been completed three years ago, under a 2008 contract between WMATA and a consortium of Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, however, officials said several obstacles prevented the companies from wiring the tunnels.

Government Issues| September 22, 2015

Conn. looking to expand BRT system

The State Bond Commission will vote next week on a $7 million allocation that will allow CDOT to purchase buses and other capital equipment necessary to expand CTfastrak east of the Connecticut River into East Hartford and Manchester.

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