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NTSB issues 'urgent' recommendations to protect rail workers

Government Issues| December 23, 2013
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.

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

Bus| December 19, 2013
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.
Accessibility| December 19, 2013

Report outlines how cities can assess transit performance, boost efficiency

Public policy makers should eliminate duplications and/or have high-performing transit agencies manage services for low-performing adjacent areas, report recommends.
Government Issues| December 18, 2013

Canceling Cincinnati streetcar costs less than completion, audit shows

It would cost between $50.3 million and $80.1 million to cancel the project, while by comparison, it would cost between $104.6 million and $105.7 million to complete it.
Rail| December 18, 2013

Bombardier’s crossing tech featured in rail security project

Participated in the European Union-funded railway industry partnership for integrated security of rail transportation, Protectrail, as a consortium partner. As part of the project, Bombardier demonstrated its rail security solution, the EBI Gate 2000 level crossing system, at a test track in Żmigród, Poland.

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