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N.Y. MTA reviewing safety in wake of car, train collision

Security and Safety | February 26, 2015

The Feb. 3 crash sparked an explosion and fire that burned out the first car of the train and sent pieces of third rail stabbing through the passenger area. The woman driving the SUV, as well as five men on the train, were killed. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash

Hyperloop to build full-scale track next year

Rail| February 26, 2015

The Quay Valley, Calif. Hyperloop track will be built using HTT’s tube, capsule and station models. It will be instrumental in optimizing passenger system needs — such as loading, departure and safety considerations — to ensure Hyperloop is ready for larger-scale operation.

Rail| February 25, 2015

Keolis/MBTA make strides with commuter rail snowstorm recovery

Milestones include the completion of snow and ice removal from all platforms and critical rail switches system-wide, as well as the addition of supplemental trains, doubledecker and standard passenger cars to increase capacity and combat overcrowding.

Rail| February 25, 2015

Alstom to deliver to Sydney Citadis X05

Company is responsible for the integrated tramway system, which includes the design, delivery and commissioning of 30 coupled Citadis X05 trams; power supply equipment, including APS -ground power supply; signaling systems, the energy recovery system HESOP, depot equipment and maintenance.

Rail| February 25, 2015

Ann Arbor transit official urged MDOT not to lease railcars

In 2009, more than a year before MDOT signed a contract to lease and refurbish the double-decker railcars, which since have cost the state about $12 million, an Ann Arbor transit official told MDOT the cars were not suitable for proposed commuter rail services because they didn't meet federal requirements.

Rail| February 25, 2015

Hitachi purchases manufacturer of Honolulu's rail system

Finmeccanica owns all of AnsaldoBreda, which is unprofitable, and 40% of Ansaldo STS, which is profitable, according to the report. The two Ansaldo companies formed a joint venture, Ansaldo Honolulu JV, to design and build the 20-mile, 21-station elevated train system for Oahu under a $1.4 billion contract.

Security and Safety | February 25, 2015

D.C. Metro launches new anti-harassment ads

The ads feature hands representing different races and genders to illustrate that harassment is not exclusive to any one group or sex. The concept was developed in collaboration with advocacy groups Collective Action for Safe Spaces and Stop Street Harassment, who have worked closely with Metro on this issue.

Rail| February 25, 2015

Report finds need for 24-hour San Francisco BART service

Currently, BART must shut down overnight for necessary maintenance work. The working group in its report recommended further study of the challenges to overnight BART service, but recognized that ultimately a second Transbay Tube may be necessary to ever have truly overnight transbay rail service.

Bus| February 24, 2015

AC Transit piloting Alexander Dennis double-deck bus

The 80-seat coach, offering its riders comfy excursions with spectacular views — particularly to and from San Francisco — made its first cruise on the Line U, from Fremont to Stanford University, before being deployed on other daily routes.

Government Issues| February 24, 2015

Foxx wraps bus tour, announces proposed rail safety rulemaking

The rule would require adoption and enforcement of federal and state safety laws, and require SSOAs to be financially and legally independent of the rail transit systems they oversee.

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