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Report: U.S. high-speed rail can learn from Japan's early-warning earthquake system

Rail| May 6, 2015

JR East, a Japanese rail company, has developed systems to mitigate the damage to its facilities and personnel, including an early earthquake detection system, retrofitting existing facilities for seismic safety, developing more seismically resistant designs for new facilities, and holding earthquake response training and exercises for company staff.

Rural critics band together to stop Texas bullet train

Rail| May 6, 2015

The president of the recently formed Texans Against High-Speed Rail is leading a coalition of critics backing several bills that could kill, or at least hobble the Dallas-to-Houston high-speed rail system.

Rail| May 5, 2015

Bombardier to supply people mover system to Chicago's O'Hare

Bombardier’s scope of supply includes 36 INNOVIA APM 256 vehicles, the CITYFLO 650 Communications-Based Train Control system for driverless operation, as well as on-board communications.

Rail| May 5, 2015

Alstom to supply three extra train sets to Swiss Metro

Delivery of the three new train sets for the Lausanne Metro is scheduled for the second quarter of 2017 with entry into service planned for the last quarter of the same year. As well as being an automatic, ultra-modern metro, the m2 is also a feat of engineering, being the world’s only rubber-tired metro capable of operating on a slope with a gradient of 12%.

Accessibility| May 5, 2015

Mobility Ventures donates wheelchair-accessible MV-1 to Fort Worth charity

The event, held in conjunction with APTA's 2015 Bus & Paratransit Conference, recognized Catholic Charities Fort Worth for its dedication to providing service to those in need, according to the company. 

Bus| May 5, 2015

Agility Fuel, Cummins announce partnership, equity investment

The partnership includes technology development and integration of software and hardware between the natural gas engine and the onboard fuel storage and delivery system, to significantly improve performance and uptime.

Government Issues| May 5, 2015

APTA lauds 'Stand Up' Campaign, Expects Short-Term Fed Funding Fix

FTA Acting Administrator Therese McMillan highlighted a few programs that have been created to help fill the needs of the industry, including the FTA’s Ladders of Opportunity initiative, which made available $100 million in grants for transit agencies to modernize and expand transit bus service specifically for the purpose of connecting disadvantaged and low-income individuals, veterans, seniors, youths, and others with local workforce training, employment centers, healthcare and other vital services.

Chicago Transit Authority veteran Carter returns to lead agency

Dorval Carter Jr., who will become the first African-American CTA president, most recently served as Acting Chief of Staff to USDOT Secretary Anthony Foxx. He replaces Forrest Claypool, who is joining as chief of staff for Mayor Rahm Emanuel's second administration

Q&A: Fort Worth Transportation Authority's (The T) Paul Ballard

The T's President/CEO Ballard talks about his early career path of wanting to be a transit CEO to his love of vintage baseball movies and documentaries.

Accessibility| May 5, 2015

ADA Paratransit Eligibility Moving Toward a More Holistic Approach

Since its initial publication in 2003, Easter Seals Project ACTION’s “Determining ADA Paratransit Eligibility: An Approach, Recommendations and Training Materials,” has been the primary resource for agencies that assess individual applications for paratransit service.

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