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2015 California Passenger Rail Summit to meet in Sacramento

Rail| March 12, 2015

Kickoff Reception is Tuesday, April 28th, with panel discussions following the next day April 29th. Speakers will discuss funding, development, and strategic approaches to the growth of passenger rail in the state.

Fare evader crackdown helps SEPTA cut subway crime

Security and Safety | March 12, 2015

When "opportunistic thefts" began growing after cell phone service was introduced in the subways, transit police noticed that many thieves got into the subway without paying.

Management & Operations| March 12, 2015

San Mateo County Transit District names Hartnett as new transit head

Jim Hartnett replaces Michael J. Scanlon, who is retiring after a distinguished career in the transit industry, which includes running the District for more than 15 years.

Management & Operations| March 12, 2015

L.A. Metro taps Denver transit chief to lead agency

Phil Washington replaces Art Leahy, who announced in January that he would step down in April.

Rail| March 11, 2015

TriMet, Google team for real-time light rail info

BLE beacons enable capable nearby mobile devices to receive useful and relevant information. Using this signal, Google Maps can automatically and seamlessly provide information that is valuable to riders, including transit schedules and alerts to their mobile devices.

Rail| March 11, 2015

MBTA commuter rail system at 80% capacity

Keolis GM Gerald Francis expects system to by operating at 92% capacity in the next two weeks, with the goal still set to be fully operational by the end of March.

Rail| March 11, 2015

D.C. Streetcar could be scrapped without ever serving passengers

Acting Director of the District’s Department of Transportation, Leif Dormsjo, has brought in an outside team of light rail experts to determine whether the project can be saved.

Rail| March 10, 2015

Excavation begins for 3,000 skeletons unearthed in London tunneling

A team of 60 archaeologists will work in shifts, six days a week to remove skeletons and carefully record evidence for what may prove to be, in archaeology terms, London’s most valuable 16th and 17th-century cemetery site.

Rail| March 10, 2015

Texas bill would end use of federal funds for rail projects

If approved by lawmakers during the legislative session and signed by Gov. Greg Abbott, the bill would choke off state and local government access to federal transit funding for rail projects in the state, with the cities of Austin, Dallas and Houston all planning to expand their respective systems.

Bus| March 10, 2015

Pierce Transit taps Apollo for video surveillance

The decision comes after the agency conducted an analysis and product review period. Implementation of the project began in February and all work is expected to be completed by the end of April.

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