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Alstom awarded contract for 25 more 'Jazz' trains

Rail| April 23, 2015

The new orders, which are exercised as two options under a contract signed in 2012, bring Trenitalia’s mostly Italian Jazz fleet to 95 trainsets.

Judge rules N.Y. MTA must run 'anti-Jihad' ads on buses

Management & Operations| April 23, 2015

The ads, commissioned by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, were blocked by the MTA last year, after the authority argued they might incite violence. The group argued that the MTA’s move was a violation of free speech.

Bus| April 23, 2015

BC Transit piloting video cameras on buses

Up to six cameras will be installed on each bus. There is no live monitoring of the video which will only be removed and viewed by authorized security staff following a reported incident. Only video required for security purposes will be retained, all other video will be erased.

Management & Operations| April 23, 2015

Gov.'s MBTA legislation includes 3-year fiscal control board

"The T failed its stress test this winter when we needed it most, exposing the deep operational problems and lack of planning. We simply cannot afford a repeat and this legislation sets in motion significant reforms to once again deliver accountability, reliability and the world-class transportation system Massachusetts deserves," Gov. Baker said during a press conference announcing the legislation.

Rail| April 22, 2015

Japanese maglev train breaks own speed record

The train reached 375 miles per hour in a test run on Tuesday, surpassing its previous record of 361 miles per hour set in 2003. The train traveled for just over a mile at a speed exceeding 373 miles per hour.

Rail| April 22, 2015

VRE making first service expansion in 23 years

The $3.4 million North Virginia station is the first of several major projects the agency is pursuing as part of its goal to double ridership by 2040. Next month, it will launch a mobile app to give riders the option of purchasing and showing tickets via smartphones, and it will add a train to the Fredericksburg Line this summer.

Security and Safety | April 22, 2015

Minn. Metro Transit's police force growing with system

Already doubling its force over the last three years, Metro Transit Police Chief John Harrington wants to add nearly 100 more officers over the next five years.

 

Management & Operations| April 22, 2015

Ariz. Transit Association, DOT present Excellence Awards

Winners include Alan Wulkan, who received the Congressman Ed Pastor Friend of Transit Award, as well as the City of Tucson's Sun Link Streetcar and Transdev.

Rail| April 22, 2015

N.Y. subway ridership reaches 65-year high

The increased number of customers creates challenges for the MTA to operate the subway system while minimizing delays, crowding and inconvenience. The subway system has traditionally performed maintenance work during off-peak hours, which are now experiencing record ridership.

Rail| April 22, 2015

Mass. Gov. to unveil sweeping MBTA reforms

Gov. Charlie Baker recently secured the resignations of the six Patrick administration appointees on the state transportation board and had a "clarifying" conversation with the MBTA’s interim boss Frank DePaola after he went public with concerns about the governor’s plan.

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