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MTA to close Sandy damaged tunnels for repairs

Rail| June 5, 2013
Temporary fixes brought those tunnels back into service, but the damage has led to increased failures of components, a growing number of delayed trains and a pressing need to make permanent repairs.

Court schedules hearing on Honolulu rail appeal

Government Issues| June 5, 2013
Expedited for Aug. 15 at the appeals court in San Francisco. However, the delayed project is still on schedule to resume construction in September after gaining approval of its archaeological surveys.
Rail| June 5, 2013

S.F. Muni light rail posts 50% on-time performance

The low number is caused by aging trains, run-down tracks, outdated scheduling and few reserve vehicles to deploy when rail vehicles break down. The agency plans to update its scheduling, hire more supervisors and put out a bid next year for a new batch of light rail vehicles, which could be in service by 2017.
Rail| June 5, 2013

Siemens installing regenerative battery on TriMet train

In energy savings mode, the energy storage unit absorbs the energy generated by braking rail vehicles and stores it until the system can safely feed it back to the power supply during vehicle acceleration.
Management & Operations| June 5, 2013

Chicago transit, rail union spar over seniority rules

Several hundred Chicago Transit Authority rail union employees protested alleged violations in a four-year labor agreement. The workers claimed that management is violating seniority rules that let customer service employees at rail stations select their work hours. The agency said it is following the agreement and scheduling employees to best serve riders at its busiest stations.
Rail| June 5, 2013

SEPTA team wins APTA Rail Roadeo

The Rail Transit Team Achievement Award is given to the system with the highest rail operator and maintainer team combined score. The winning team members were Rob Brooks, Don Chakov, Nicholas Baldassarre, Adrian Mapp and Sharon Mapp.
Rail| June 5, 2013

N.Y. MTA 2nd Avenue project wins award

Developed a Community Outreach Program, which includes Public Workshops, Construction Advisory Committees, monthly newsletters, community underground tours and the creation of a Community Information Center.
Rail| June 5, 2013

OLI chief talks rail safety at APTA conference

President/CEO Joyce Rose told attendees of the APTA 2013 Rail Conference that with record-breaking ridership on the nation’s rail transit systems, there’s an increased risk of safety incidents involving drivers and pedestrians at rail crossings, along mixed-used rights of way and for pedestrians.
Accessibility| June 5, 2013

Q'Straint, Sure-Lok to use Omni anchor line

This means that properties will be able to mix and match retractors and manual belts from both companies simply by using Omni Floor Anchor Systems.
Accessibility| June 4, 2013

Senior transit services underfunded, underdeveloped, study says

Because one-third to two-thirds of all elderly people do not live or travel within the obligatory service corridors, study recommends expanding paratransit services to areas where elderly people are living without them.

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