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Metro-North worker killed by train in Manhattan

Management & Operations| March 12, 2014
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.

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

Rail| March 12, 2014
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.
Rail| March 12, 2014

Texas’ VIA streetcar development phase approved

This puts the agency on the path toward federal funding for future project phases. Local funding is already in place through a partnership with the City of San Antonio and Bexar County/Texas DOT.
Rail| March 12, 2014

Free L.A. art tours also teach lessons on using rail

Tour leaders offer instruction in using TAP fare cards, turnstiles and train travel etiquette.
Bus| March 11, 2014

NJ Transit, NFL no show at hearings on Super Bowl transit problems

The chairman of the committee that held the hearings says initial findings suggest the transit problems were caused by “an overreliance on expensive bus options that fans were unlikely to use” as well as the lack of a backup plan.
Accessibility| March 11, 2014

$100 billion needed for fed transit program, APTA says

Additionally, the plan calls for a number of policy changes in the program that will ensure that the industry provides effective and efficient public transportation.
Rail| March 11, 2014

Light rail vehicle market to reach $11 billion by 2020

The research covers the light rail and streetcar segments in North America — the second largest market after Europe.
Bus| March 11, 2014

NTSB chief to lead National Safety Council

Deborah A.P. Hersman was first appointed as a NTSB board member by President Bush in 2004 and before being named chairman by President Obama in 2009, 2011 and 2013, with unanimous Senate confirmation votes.
Bus| March 11, 2014

Texas’ Sun Metro adds 22 New Flyer buses to fleet

Features of the new vehicles include low floors, an electric air conditioning system and a rear facing wheelchair securement option.

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