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Court: Ex-BART worker who killed Oscar Grant not immune from lawsuit

Government Issues| August 1, 2013
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Johannes Mehserle's claim of immunity, which stated that the facts in the case showed he “was acting consistently within the legitimate law enforcement objective of arresting Grant." The ruling allows Grant's father to sue over the killing.

Chicago transit absenteeism drops 22% over last 2 years

Bus| August 1, 2013
Reduction is due to CTA making better efforts to manage frequent causes of absenteeism such as sick leave and job-related injuries. The changes are set to save the transit system more than $10 million compared to 2011.
Motorcoach| August 1, 2013

Report: Motorcoach travel more cost effective, efficient than Amtrak

Analysis compares consumer and societal costs associated with 20 trips between select U.S. city pairs on both Amtrak and scheduled intercity motorcoaches. Findings include motorcoaches average less than 25% of the cost to provide comparable Amtrak Service; and only two Amtrak lines generate enough revenue to cover operating and capital costs.
Bus| August 1, 2013

DesignLine halts operations, furloughs workers

Closes operations for 10 days. The hybrid and bus manufacturer declined to comment on the reason for the furloughs. DesignLine has struggled in recent years with a lawsuit and missed deadlines.
Bus| July 31, 2013

Allied to acquire Thor Industries for $100 million

Thor's bus business includes Champion Bus Inc., General Coach America Inc., Goshen Coach Inc., El Dorado National California Inc. and El Dorado National Kansas Inc.
Management & Operations| July 31, 2013

N.Y. MTA buys insurance protection for future 'Sandy' storms

Transaction provides protection in the unlikely event that the water level reaches designated heights in the New York City Metropolitan Region during any hurricane, tropical cyclone or tropical storm through August 5, 2016.
Rail| July 31, 2013

Amtrak, Siemens demo testing of new locomotives

Testing includes maximum speed runs, acceleration and braking, operating with Amtrak passenger coach cars attached and testing the overall performance capabilities of the locomotive.
Rail| July 31, 2013

Alstom awarded turnkey Riyadh metro project

Will provide a complete automatic and driverless metro system to equip three of the six lines for the Saudi Arabian-based Riyadh Development Authority.
Rail| July 31, 2013

Bombardier sponsors 'Millennial' train journey

The transcontinental train journey was developed to empower enterprising 18-to-34-year olds to advance new ideas that benefit local communities.
Rail| July 31, 2013

Miami-Dade celebrates one year anniversary of rail service to airport

The opening of Metrorail’s 23rd station, the Miami International Airport Station, and Orange Line service to the station, changed the way residents and visitors travel to and from the airport. More than 750,000 people have passed through the MIA Station since its inauguration on July 28, 2012.

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