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Some oppose L.A. transit tax measure over fares

Bus| November 2, 2012
Opponents say Measure J, which would extend an existing transit tax from 2039 to 2069, providing money to speed completion of at least six rail projects by 2024, would significantly raise fares, cut bus lines or both due to the cost of operating so many new lines ahead of schedule.

SEPTA tapping riders for Instagram submissions

Bus| November 2, 2012
Encouraging riders, using the Instagram photo application, to take photos of SEPTA during their daily use of the system and caption the photo with what riding SEPTA means to them, along with the hash tag #iseptaphilly. Photos are aggregated into a live photo stream on
Bus| November 2, 2012

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

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.
Bus| November 2, 2012

Chicago transit systems seeing boost in ridership

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.

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