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

Security and Safety | February 11, 2015

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.

ABC delivers Van Hool CX45s to Mich., Wis.

Motorcoach| February 10, 2015

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.

Management & Operations| February 10, 2015

Seattle to sell ads to pay for new bus shelters

Until the Seattle DOT’s decision, advertising at bus shelters had been banned. The winner of the contract, which should be chosen by July, must also maintain the shelters.

Management & Operations| February 10, 2015

Beijing to introduce wearable smart cards

In addition to public transit, the device's paying function will extend to supermarkets, convenience stores, restaurants, vending machines and restaurants.

Security and Safety | February 10, 2015

Metro-North 'third rail' is a focus of crash inquiry

Four hundred feet of electrified third rail snapped into 12 pieces and speared the commuter train during a fiery collision with an SUV that was stopped on the tracks, killing six people.

Management & Operations| February 10, 2015

Mass. Gov. wants answers for transit 'failure' amid storms

After a day marked by more delays and stalled trains, the MBTA suspended all rail service Tuesday as the state digs out from a third major storm in two weeks.

Sustainability| February 9, 2015

Proterra grows market share with new FTA grant announcements

Six transit agencies awarded grants to purchase Proterra battery-electric buses and chargers.

Accessibility| February 9, 2015

Winnipeg operator adds MV-1

The Winnipeg Taxi Board initially denied Sunshine Transit Services an accessible limousine license in 2012. With the signing of the Accessibility for Manitobans Act, help from the Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities and the Public Interest Law Center, Manitoba's one and only accessible limo license was granted to Sunshine Transit Services in August 2014.

Management & Operations| February 9, 2015

Maryland Transit launches bus tracking system

My MTA Tracker for Bus uses GPS already installed on MTA buses to predict their arrival time at specific stops and routes. MTA engineers worked for more than one year to develop this technology by creating compatibility between state-of-the-art software and three separate operator logon systems currently utilized in MTA buses. 

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