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New Orleans-to-Baton Rouge rail link has support, big obstacles

Rail| July 15, 2015

Trains would travel along tracks used for carrying freight stopping at up to seven possible stations, at a top speed of 79 mph. Instead of traveling back and forth up to eight times a day, there would be a morning train leaving in both directions, and an evening train taking passengers home, per revised plans.

Charlotte launches first streetcar system in 77 years

Rail| July 15, 2015

The CityLYNX Gold Line is the first 1.5-mile segment of a 10-mile streetcar system. It travels from the Charlotte Transportation Center to Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center with six stops.

Sustainability| July 14, 2015

IndyGo puts CCW's remanufactured electric buses in service

Since the rollout of the buses in early June, performance has exceeded 130 miles on a single four-hour charge of the 12 Lithium-Ion batteries.

Management & Operations| July 14, 2015

Missouri Gov. signs bill funding Kansas City transit

The bill, approved with bipartisan support in the Missouri General Assembly, provides about $35 million in annual funding for the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority. The legislation also permanently locks the tax in place, meaning it will no longer be subject to legislative renewal.

Government Issues| July 14, 2015

Foxx warns of damaging FHWA cutbacks after MAP-21 expires in August

The Highway Account is anticipated to dip below the $4 billion threshold, triggering cash management procedures and leading to delayed reimbursements to the states. Agency will also have to furlough employees.

Management & Operations| July 14, 2015

After pilot, WMATA considering scrapping fare payment plan

The new fare gates will employ near field communication technology, allowing riders to tap their credit cards, government IDs, or smartphones and have the fare immediately deducted from their accounts. While the pilot program appeared to work effectively for the few who used it, Metro conceded testing across media was insufficient.

Rail| July 14, 2015

NJ Transit to vote on inward facing cameras on locomotives, railcars

Inward facing cameras were recommended by the National Transportation Safety Board after several train crashes, including Amtrak derailment outside Philadelphia that killed eight and injured 200 passengers. NJ Transit started the process to buy the cameras earlier this year, prior to the Amtrak crash.

Rail| July 14, 2015

L.A. Metro rail system reaches 25-year milestone

From zero miles of rail in 1990 to 87 miles today and with five major rail lines under construction, including two more set to open next year that will add 17.6 more miles, modern Metro Rail is an amazing accomplishment.

Rail| July 14, 2015

Virginia Railway extends Keolis contract for 5 more years

The contract, which also includes providing maintenance for the trains, is valued up to $21 million for the first year.

Accessibility| July 13, 2015

Broward County reaches settlement with injured passenger's family

Despite being slowed by a rare spinal condition, the man was working at Goodwill Industries in 2012, when his wheelchair slipped off a lift that had been recalled as defective, but not repaired.

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