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SMART leaves businesses out of loop by closing rail spurs

Government Issues| May 21, 2014
Says some spurs need to disappear to meet federal safety guidelines for its commuter rail project. SMART is upgrading some spurs that serve legitimate businesses but can't afford to restore all the switches.

L.A. receiving $2.1B for subway extension

Government Issues| May 21, 2014
Will receive $1.25 billion in construction grant funds from the FTA's Capital Investment Grant Program and up to $856 million from the U.S. DOT's TIFIA loan program.
Government Issues| May 21, 2014

NTSB issues recommendations to FRA, Metro-North

Urges FRA to remove the current inspection exemption for high-density commuter railroads and for Metro-North to stop making use of the exemption in the wake of an accident in December 2013.
Bus| May 20, 2014

3 candidates considered to lead Mich. RTA

Interviewing Michael Ford, CEO of the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority; Albert Martin, a former director of the Detroit Department of Transportation; and Brian Marshall, former CEO of the Capital Area Transit System in Baton Rouge, La.
Bus| May 20, 2014

Wis. transit bus impounded following fatal crash

On Monday, a 68-year-old man seen drinking alcohol on the bus was killed when he reportedly was struck by the bus after he fell into an area near the rear wheel and gutter of the road.
Government Issues| May 20, 2014

TIGER grant applications total $9.5B

Altogether, the U.S. DOT received 797 eligible applications, compared to 585 in 2013, from 49 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.
Bus| May 20, 2014

N.Y. MTA workers negotiate raise, pay higher premiums

The deal grants annual raises of 1% for 2012, 2013 and 2014 and 2% raises for 2015 and 2016. It also includes an improved dental plan and two weeks of paid maternity or paternity leave and higher health care contributions.
Accessibility| May 20, 2014

New W18 standards to provide increased safety for wheelchair passenger transport

In compliance with the new standards, Q’Straint has developed the QRT-360, the first retractor to meet the requirements.
Government Issues| May 20, 2014

Metro-North announces sweeping series of safety reforms

The reforms address factors identified during several serious safety incidents over the last year, as well as issues identified by an in-depth FRA review of its operating practices that took place this past winter.
University| May 19, 2014

U. of Arkansas sees second bus crash this year

On-board video allegedly shows that on May 6 a UA Transit bus driver ran a red light and hit another vehicle, injuring the two people in the vehicle. In February, a seven-year-old boy was struck by a UA bus and suffered critical injuries.

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