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Northeast U.S. agencies awarded Sandy relief funds

Accessibility| March 7, 2013
The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act authorized a total of $10.9 billion, which is now reduced by 5%, or $545 million, because of the mandatory budget cuts known as sequestration that took effect on March 1.

Calif. HSR wins legal battle

Rail| March 6, 2013
A Sacramento County judge upheld the California High-Speed Rail Authority's environmental-review process for the controversial rail project in spite of an effort by Peninsula-area cities to stop it.
Accessibility| March 6, 2013

Public transit leaders head to D.C. for APTA Leg. meeting

Topics to be discussed include: ideas for new revenues to support shortfalls in the Highway Trust Fund and Mass Transit Account; implementation of MAP-21; and the outlook for passenger rail and rail safety legislation in 2013.
Rail| March 6, 2013

Miami-Dade Transit purchases plastic rail ties

Has already installed and is using the rail ties received in two prior orders from AXION through Eastern Rail Corp. throughout its 24.4-mile elevated rapid transit system.

Bus| March 6, 2013

AC Transit balances budget

New performance and management strategies have taken hold over the past year, cutting expenses, boosting workforce efficiency and winning approval from the AC Transit board of directors.
Rail| March 6, 2013

Wis. manufacturers may benefit from HSR expansion

A new report said that 73 Wisconsin supply chain companies, most of which are manufacturers, have the potential to gain production and jobs from work to build high-speed passenger rail lines across the U.S.
Rail| March 6, 2013

Md. Red Line receives FTA Record of Decision

This step makes the first major expansion of the Baltimore region’s transit network since the early 1990’s eligible for future federal approvals and funding.
Rail| March 6, 2013

N.Y. subway riders give free rides to protest fare hikes

A grassroots group of city riders launched a new campaign called “Swipe Back,” encouraging riders to use their unlimited MetroCards to swipe fellow riders in for free. The group hopes the campaign will send a message to the MTA that riders are fed up with fare hikes.
Bus| March 6, 2013

Congressional leaders push stricter Buy America rules

Under the Invest in American Jobs Act of 2013, all future highway, bridge, public transit, passenger rail, and airport projects financed by U.S. taxpayers would be stamped “Made in America” and crafted with American workmanship.
Bus| March 6, 2013

Siemens localizes electric-drive systems production

Move to Alpharetta, Ga., allows a quicker response to the production and service needs of its customers in North America, as well as meeting “Buy America” compliance.

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