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Chicago Transit announces crucial labor agreement

Rail| October 10, 2012
The agreement helps lower overtime costs by allowing the CTA to more efficiently run three consecutive work shifts at regular time, instead of overtime. The new work rules also lower the number of required workers on the afternoon shift, which includes the afternoon rush hour and is typically the least-efficient shift.

Metro-North rail due for upgrade

Rail| October 10, 2012
The job was advertised Friday and a construction contract will be awarded this fall for the replacement of all the original cables that lift the two, 330-foot-long main spans of the Harlem River Lift Bridge, located about 4.5 miles north of Grand Central.
Rail| October 10, 2012

Denver light rail is hit and miss

In some suburbs, such as Littleton, the light rail has revived retail and increased sales-tax revenue by 70%. However, places like Aurora have experienced little to no change since the arrival of light rail.
Accessibility| October 10, 2012

VIA chief accepts MARTA top post

Citing mainly personal reasons and the great opportunity, VIA President/CEO Keith Parker said he will leave San Antonio to become GM of the Altanta-based agency, starting there by early December.
Rail| October 10, 2012

D.C. Metro unveils new full-scale railcar mock-up

The transit authority unveils the mock-up of the 7000-series at an event in Maryland. The new cars represent the largest investment ever made in the fleet in the system's history.
Motorcoach| October 10, 2012

Premier Alaska Tours adds 2 Prevost H3-45s

When its ambitious plan is completed, the Anchorage-based company will have more than 50 Prevosts in its stable of 75 motorcoaches and support vehicles.
Bus| October 10, 2012

Canadian agency partners with INIT, Google

YRT/Viva is the first transit agency in Canada to offer real-time trip planning on Google with up-to-the-minute next bus departure information.
Motorcoach| October 10, 2012

ABC delivers 3 T2145s to Mich. operator

Vehicles are powered by a Detroit DD13 engine, driving through an Allison B500 automatic transmission, and feature Electronic Stability Control, Iteris lane departure warning systems and Alcoa Dura Bright aluminum wheels.
Bus| October 10, 2012

Veolia earns L.A. contract extension

The new contract goes into effect in November and includes operation of the city’s 130 vehicles in the fixed-route fleet.
Bus| October 10, 2012

Swedish institute develops new fire suppression standard

The objective has been to construct a model of an engine compartment where stakeholders can evaluate the firefighting performance of different suppression systems in a well-defined and objective way. The new standard SP method 4912, edition 3 has just been published.

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