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FTA releases $5M in tribal transit funding

Management & Operations| December 11, 2014

Competitively awarded FY2014 funds will allow tribes to continue operating or enhance existing transit service, launch new public transportation services, invest in new or replacement equipment, or plan for future transit needs.

New park-and-ride structure exemplifies Calif. agency’s sustainability commitment

Management & Operations| December 11, 2014

The five-level, 216,000-sq ft, 620-car parking structure is Foothill Transit’s first-ever agency-owned park and ride facility. The design embraces the materials and themes of the neighborhood, while promoting Foothill Transit’s goals of a dynamic visual experience for those entering the city by public transit.

Rail| December 10, 2014

150 protesters arrested after halting Amtrak, I-80 traffic in Berkeley

The protest, a continuation of several in the Bay Area over the past few nights, was in response to a New York grand jury’s decision on Wednesday to not indict a white police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man.

Rail| December 10, 2014

AECOM tapped for Minn. Metro's Southwest rail work

Company was the sole respondent to the council’s request for proposals for advanced design on the Southwest project. The proposed contract will go before the Met Council’s Transportation Committee and the full council this week.

Rail| December 10, 2014

Supreme Court weighing Amtrak's power over U.S. railroads

If Amtrak can set standards, it can establish priority over the private freight railroads on the other side of the legal dispute. If it lacks such authority, freight service would have greater influence.

Management & Operations| December 10, 2014

D.C. Metro, safety overseer reach testing agreement on new railcars

The chair of the Tri-State Oversight Committee, which monitors Metro’s operational safety, told the transit agency last month that she was not satisfied with the safety-certification process it was following as it prepared to put eight of the new railcars into passenger service early in 2015.

Management & Operations| December 9, 2014

Cincinnati Metro appoints Ferrell as CEO

Dwight Ferrell, who most recently served as the County Manager of Fulton County, Ga., also served as deputy GM/COO for MARTA for four years.

Rail| December 9, 2014

Conductor stops teen from jumping in front of train

When he saw the girl crying on the opposite platform while speaking on her cell phone about wanting to kill herself, it prompted him to race to the other platform and call the rail control center so a dispatcher could alert railway motormen and summon the police.

Bus| December 9, 2014

BC Transit liquidating hydrogen fuel-cell buses

The agency is now taking bids on the buses and will either sell them off or have them converted to use diesel or other fuel. They have been in storage for several months. The decision to kill the fleet reportedly has Canada's hydrogen proponents fuming.

Bus| December 9, 2014

Report: Effects of gas prices vary by modes, other factors

The study focused on 10 U.S. census urbanized areas from 2002 to 2011 and provided information that could help transit agencies prepare to accommodate higher transit travel needs through pricing strategies, general financing, capacity management and operations planning of transit services during times of substantial gasoline price increases.

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