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

Rail| December 10, 2014

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.

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

Management & Operations| December 10, 2014

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.

Rail| December 9, 2014

Chicago breaks gound on $203M station project

The revitalized station will serve as an economic anchor for the historic Uptown neighborhood by stimulating local business and promoting job growth.

Bus| December 8, 2014

Univ. of Md. student groups push for hybrid buses

The Department of Transportation Services currently has four hybrid buses and buys about eight new standard buses each year, DOTS Director David Allen told the paper.

University| December 8, 2014

Student group aims for inter-UC campus bus system

The Associated Students of the University of California aims to expand upon the existing Berkeley-Davis shuttle, a part of the UC Fleet Services. The shuttle charges $11 for a one-way ticket and uses university-owned buses.

University| December 8, 2014

Fresno State students trend toward alternative transportation

After finding that about 10% of students live within a mile of campus, Traffic Operations is looking into improving bicycle access, creating specialized parking for carpooling and improving convenience of buses.

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