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Senate votes not to move forward with transportation bill debate

Government Issues| July 22, 2015

Democrats voted in unison against proceeding to the 1,030-page bill, arguing they had no time to review the complicated legislation, with the cloture vote to proceed to consideration of the bill needing 60 total votes. There were indications there could be a re-vote on Wednesday.

Sound Transit's Lynwood LR extension completes environmental review

Rail| July 22, 2015

With the ROD in hand, Sound Transit can continue the process to compete for the federal funding that is necessary to help pay for the project.

Rail| July 22, 2015

Jacobs Engineering wins California high-speed rail contract

Will be the lead designer for the Dragados-Flatiron Joint Venture for the design-build contract and is responsible for the infrastructure design. Officials estimate the construction value to be $1.2 billion.

Government Issues| July 21, 2015

Senators reach deal on 6-year transportation bill

Details of the bill were not released, however, Sen. Boxer said the agreement will be posted Tuesday afternoon on the Internet so lawmakers and the public will have a chance to examine its details.

Motorcoach| July 21, 2015

Chinatown bus co. Fung Wah shuttering for good, owner says

Peilin Liang told NBC News in a telephone interview that without his company's two previous gates at Boston's South Station, which the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority gave away to Megabus and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, his company cannot financially stay afloat.

Bus| July 21, 2015

Mich. BRT plan on track, set for possible 2018 launch

The 8.3-mile route, with a proposed 27 stops, would replace the Capital Area Transportation Authority’s current Route 1 from downtown Lansing to the Meridian Mall. Results from the plan’s environmental assessment study are expected to be shared at a public hearing this fall.

Sustainability| July 21, 2015

Driverless, connected car testing site opens at U. of Michigan

Mcity is a 32-acre simulated urban and suburban environment that includes a network of roads with intersections, traffic signs and signals, streetlights, building facades, sidewalks and construction obstacles.

Rail| July 21, 2015

N.Y. MTA approves $206M signaling contract for Queens Blvd Line

The MTA gave preliminary approval to two contracts to Siemens Industry Inc. and Thales Transport & Security for the installation of a Communications-Based Train Control signaling system on one of New York City Transit’s busiest subway lines.

Security and Safety | July 21, 2015

Bombardier's anti-collision system for trams receives certification

The DAS system gives trams drivers advanced warning of a potential impact with pedestrians, bikers, other vehicles, or objects obstructing the tram tracks.

Security and Safety | July 21, 2015

D.C. Metro announces new, fire liaison post at its Rail Control Center

This addition will provide a uniformed fire officer in the “nerve center” of the Metrorail system 40 hours a week to help coordinate emergency communication between Metro and first responders.

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