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Task force reviews 2 plans for Chicago transit overhaul

Accessibility| March 13, 2014
One proposal would consolidate the CTA, Metra and Pace into a unified entity. The other plan would place the transit boards under the direction of the Illinois Department of Transportation, which would essentially give the governor control of the transit system.

Rare tree faces axe for Calif. commuter train

Government Issues| March 13, 2014
Preservationists are hoping to save the albino chimero coast redwood growing in the small Sonoma County town of Cotati, but federal regulators have determined the tree must come down for safety reasons because it is too close to a proposed set of new tracks.
Bus| March 13, 2014

New Mexico considers BRT

Mayor Richard Berry and other supporters are proposing a bus rapid transit line, with the City Hall and the Mid-Region Council of Governments mapping out potential routes. The city is designing a 17-mile route that may open in 2017.
Bus| March 13, 2014

Uber, Lyft ordered to cease operation in Madison, Wis.

The companies have been met with controversy because of an ordinance that requires all public transportation go through a process that includes a background check and review from the city.
Bus| March 13, 2014

DoubleMap acquires TapRide

The acquisition will enable the company to provide a single solution for real-time mobile mapping, ride hailing, and vehicle tracking for public transportation and any organization that moves passengers.
Management & Operations| March 12, 2014

Plan to triple cost of riding S.F.'s historic streetcars proposed

The plan is just one of several revenue-raising proposals the San Francisco MTA is considering in its budget, but none of the other suggestions has drawn nearly the same amount of attention.
Bus| March 12, 2014

San Francisco proceeds with New Flyer bus purchase

The new vehicles will replace buses currently in service that are more than 20 years old and account for 40% of system wide delays, due to mechanical issues.
Management & Operations| March 12, 2014

Metro-North worker killed by train in Manhattan

James Romansoff was an eight-year employee in Metro-North’s Power Department, and was part of a crew restoring power to tracks that had been closed for weekend maintenance work. The NTSB and the FRA are investigating the incident along with Metro-North and the MTA Police Department.
Rail| March 12, 2014

Bugs in Minn. Metro’s rail alert system irk riders

Riders say the electronic alerts for the Northstar Commuter line are often uninformative and arrive too late to be useful. A spokesman for Metro Transit says the system is still in beta testing and was rolled out before it was truly ready when delays on the line became frequent.
Government Issues| March 12, 2014

Amtrak to install PTC, upgrade high-speed corridor in 2014

Also plans to expand station accessibility for passengers with disabilities, with continuation of existing construction work at eight stations in three states and new construction activities at 21 stations in eight additional states.

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