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Feds release $12M in Hurricane Sandy relief for N.J., Conn.

Bus| November 2, 2012
New Jersey will use $10 million to help maintain essential traffic flow and repair sections of highway necessary to prevent further damage. Connecticut will use $2 million for general emergency federal aid highway repairs.

Chicago transit systems seeing boost in ridership

Bus| November 2, 2012
The Chicago Transit Authority, Metra and Pace accommodated more than 443.5 million passengers on the region’s rail and bus system, a 3.2% increase above last year and the highest reported ridership through August in the last 10 years.
Motorcoach| November 2, 2012

Judge dismissed charges against N.C. dispatcher in crash

Absolved all four counts of involuntary manslaughter filed against Sky Express’ Zhao Jian Chen, who was accused of ordering bus driver Kin Yiu Cheung to drive from North Carolina to New York, even though Cheung told him he was too tired. Cheung fell asleep and the bus overturned.
Rail| November 1, 2012

SEPTA defends shutdowns for Hurricane

Agency needed to shut down the service temporarily because of public safety concerns as well as for the safety of its employees, GM said.
Accessibility| November 1, 2012

NJ Transit resumes most bus service

Includes Access Link paratransit. Due to significant damage to the state’s public transportation network, NJ Transit rail service will remain suspended until further notice.
Accessibility| November 1, 2012

Up and running, N.Y. MTA offering free transit

To encourage the use of public transit as the region slowly recovers from the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy, NYC Subway and Bus network, Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad, and Access-a-Ride services will be free for Thursday and Friday.
Bus| November 1, 2012

New Flyer, consortium partners receive $3.4M grant

Funding through Sustainable Development Technology Canada is to further enhance rapid-charge battery-electric bus propulsion technology.
Rail| November 1, 2012

Alstom awarded 2 MBTA fleet modernization contracts

Worth a combined value of approximately $220 million, the contracts will be executed at Alstom’s rolling stock manufacturing facility in Hornell, N.Y. Both projects are scheduled to begin immediately.
Bus| October 31, 2012

TriMet ups security, fare enforcement

A new K-9 team was certified to join the TriMet Transit Police Division, bringing the force to 62 officers including four full-time K-9 explosives teams. Additionally, six new fare enforcers start work, joining two others hired earlier this year, which brings the fare enforcement team to the full-time equivalent of 26.
Bus| October 31, 2012

U.S. DOT releases $17M in Hurricane Sandy emergency relief

Represents 100% of the state-requested funds — $10 million from New York, $3 million from Rhode Island and $4 million from North Carolina. Requests from these states are the first to arrive at the U.S. DOT and represent the first installment of federal-aid highway funds to help repair roads, bridges and tunnels in these two states.

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