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D.C. Metro to replace troubled railcars

Rail| April 10, 2013
Plans to spend $215 million over the next five years to replace 100 4000-series railcars under a contract with Kawaski. The cars have had numerous problems with brakes, lights and air conditioning. An overhaul for the cars would cost about $1.5 million per car.

Oregon DOT named in tour bus crash lawsuit

Motorcoach| April 9, 2013
Follows a coach crash last December that killed nine and injured 38. Claims of ODOT’s negligence include failure to equip the stretch of Interstate 84 with barriers strong enough to prevent the bus from leaving the roadway and not adequately plowing and sanding the freeway.
Bus| April 9, 2013

Calif. shuttle service renews MV contract

Company will continue to operate and maintain Irvine’s iShuttle. The new contract term began March 31 and will extend four base years with two one-year renewal options.
Bus| April 9, 2013

Veolia taps Larsen to lead IntelliRide division

Ryan Larsen recently served as president of Ecolane, an innovative web-based software for managing paratransit. His previous roles include president and founder of Local Motion ITS Inc., and VP at DynTek.
Bus| April 9, 2013

New Flyer wins Sun Metro CNG bus contract

Five-year contract contains a firm order for 13 CNG 60-foot buses, and nine CNG 40-foot buses. Additionally, the contract includes four, one-year options for up to 108 60-foot CNG buses and up to 72 40-foot CNG buses.
Rail| April 9, 2013

Amtrak sets ridership record for March

Was the single best month ever in the history of the service. October, December and January each set individual monthly records as well.
Accessibility| April 9, 2013

Pierce Transit board rejects merit raise proposal

Sought to switch more than 100 nonunion employees to a market-driven salary system with annual raises awarded by merit only, not by cost-of-living or automatic step increases.
Rail| April 9, 2013

CTA investing $20M in rail improvements

Will enable Green Line tracks and stations to accommodate additional trains during the Red Line South reconstruction — a $425 million initiative that will completely rebuild the Red Line between Cermak/Chinatown and 95th Street over a five-month period beginning May 19.
Accessibility| April 9, 2013

79% surveyed would recommend NJ Transit

The survey asked bus, rail, light rail and Access Link paratransit customers to rate the agency on a scale of 0 to 10. Customers also considered 41 attributes of the system related to facilities, service, vehicles, communications and the overall experience using NJ Transit.
Bus| April 9, 2013

GreenRoad adds advanced tracking

Provides fleet operators with a new level of insight into fleet performance, resulting in improved fuel economy, better asset utilization and enhanced productivity.

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