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

Management & Operations| April 23, 2015

"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.

Japanese maglev train breaks own speed record

Rail| April 22, 2015

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.

Accessibility| April 22, 2015

Q'Straint's automatic rear-facing wheelchair securement station brought to market

Now available for buses and other transportation companies, the Quantum's self-securement process takes less than 25 seconds, and does not require the driver to leave his or her seat to help.

Bus| April 21, 2015

Calif. agencies approve merger

Pending adoption by its member entities, the merger between Victor Valley Transit Authority and Barstow Area Transit is slated to take effect July 1, 2015.

Management & Operations| April 21, 2015

GO Transit set to increase rail service by 50%

The agency currently offers about 1,500 trips a week on its regional rails. That will increase to about 2,200 in five years, and the provincial government is promising that by the time its electrification program is built out around 2024, there will be 6,000 weekly trains

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