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MBTA's Bev Scott resigns amidst Boston weather issues

Management & Operations| February 12, 2015

The MBTA suspended rail service Monday night and Tuesday to clear snow from its tracks amid a record-setting period of snowfall in the Boston area. Gov. Charlie Baker and others had criticized the MBTA for its lackluster performance during the extreme snow and cold.

SPX Genfare announces organizational changes

Management & Operations| February 12, 2015

Kim Green is taking on a new role as executive director of Business Development for Genfare. Darren Dickson will take on the role of president of SPX Genfare.

Rail| February 11, 2015

Michigan DOT paying $1M per year for unused railcars

The department started leasing the cars in 2010 for two proposed commuter rail passenger,  however, nearly five years later, none of the cars has logged a single commuter passenger mile.

Rail| February 11, 2015

Rail workers involved in accidents face PTSD, depression

The National Center for Intermodal Transportation surveyed 363 commuter railroad operating employees for a 2011 report and found that 43.6% of them had been involved in at least one critical incident — accidents, near misses, collisions, personal injuries or contact with people or equipment on the tracks. Of those employees, 12.1% reported symptoms consistent with PTSD after the incidents.

Rail| February 11, 2015

Chicago's Blue Line receives $120M TIFIA loan

Significant upgrades to the track, power supply, and signal system along the 19-mile stretch of the Blue Line between the Loop and O’Hare Airport stations will reduce and eliminate “slow zones,” resulting in faster, more reliable service.

Rail| February 11, 2015

Minn. Metro Transit police breaking language barrier

Twenty Metro Transit Police Department officers are taking part in the agency’s first-ever in-house Spanish-language training program, to help officers build rapport with Hispanics and better serve the people they interact with

Rail| February 11, 2015

Bombardier joins Chinese joint venture

The new company will focus on rail transportation communication, signaling and integrated monitoring systems for the Chinese mass transit and light rail markets and be committed to introducing moving-block signaling technology for metro applications.

Security and Safety | February 11, 2015

Most identifiable bacteria on N.Y. subway are harmless, researchers say

The most commonly found organism (46.9%) was bacteria. Despite some riders' fears of catching cold or flu from fellow straphangers, viruses were rare — they made up .032% of the samples. However, some seasonal viruses are RNA viruses, not DNA viruses, and they would not be identified with the collection methods used in the study.

Motorcoach| February 10, 2015

ABC delivers Van Hool CX45s to Mich., Wis.

METRO's 2015 Innovative Operator BLue Lakes Charter and Tours takes delivery of four, while incoming ABA Chairman John Meier of Badger Coach and Badger Tour & Travel took delivery of his new vehicle at ABA's Marketplace in January.

Government Issues| February 10, 2015

NJ TRANSIT to develop warning system to prevent trains from being flooded

The proposed system would use water levels from monitoring stations and atmospheric forecasts to provide information for NJ TRANSIT officials to take action such as moving equipment prior to flooding. NJ TRANSIT officials said the work will be done in three phases, including development and testing, over a three-year time period.

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