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Bombardier to supply France with 30 more double-deck EMUs

Management & Operations| December 23, 2013
Including this option, nine Regions have ordered a total of 159 Regio 2N EMUs. The delivery of the additional trains will take place from June 2016 until April 2017.

BART, union settle labor issues

Rail| December 23, 2013
The deal settles a dispute over paid medical leave for employees that arose last month after the two sides had approved an October agreement that ended the second of two strikes BART workers staged this year.
Accessibility| December 23, 2013

Mich. agency extends paratransit contract

The contract extension comes in the context of the need to issue a request for proposals for the service, and the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority’s possible implementation of a five-year transit improvement plan.
Government Issues| December 23, 2013

NTSB issues 'urgent' recommendations to protect rail workers

Calls on FTA to issue a directive to all rail transit agencies to require redundant protection for railway right-of-way workers, such as positive train control, secondary warning devices, or the use of a shunt — a safety device workers attach to rails that results in approaching trains receiving a stop signal.
Bus| December 19, 2013

U.S. DOT ranked 8th best place to work

Jumped up from ninth place in 2012 in rankings among large federal agencies released by the Partnership for Public Service. Marks a continued turnaround for the department that in 2009 ranked last in the survey.
Management & Operations| December 19, 2013

TTC subway 'guards,' collectors on verge of obsolescence

A plan to begin testing single-operator subway trains next year marks the beginning of the end of the guard position (the second operator).
Bus| December 19, 2013

BYD delivers electric buses to London

The ebus battery takes four to five hours to recharge from totally exhausted at a cost of approximately $31, representing a savings of up to 75% of fuel cost compared to a diesel bus.
Management & Operations| December 19, 2013

Cincinnati’s SORTA may take on streetcar operating costs

The decision is based upon assurances from the Cincinnati business and philanthropic communities that they will work with the agency in public-private partnership to secure the funds required. The FTA has also agreed to serve as a resource.
Rail| December 19, 2013

N.Y. MTA adds first official apps

Known as Metro-North Train Time and LIRR Train Time, the new apps are available now for Android and iPhone and are free to download.
Rail| December 19, 2013

Alstom awarded Hong Kong track contract

The project involves the extension of the existing Ma On Shan Line from Tai Wai to the West Rail via East Kowloon to form the “East West Corridor,” which includes seven stations.

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