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L.A. transit backers meet, discuss lower sales tax measure threshold

Bus| February 1, 2013
Proposing a change in voter approval of a sales tax from two-thirds to 55% The move follows the close defeat of Los Angeles County’s Measure J, a $90-billion transit sales tax extension. It fell short of a two-thirds "yes" vote by half of one percentage point.

NJ Transit looks to acquire new train yards

Rail| February 1, 2013
Would build them far from where the storm-surge waters from Superstorm Sandy swamped the agency’s upper Hoboken and Meadowlands Maintenance Center yards. Nearly one-quarter of the agency’s fleet was damaged by flooding. Storm recovery aid allocation could be a deciding factor.
Bus| February 1, 2013

TriMet adds 4 Gillig hybrid buses

The hybrids, with technology similar to a Chevy Volt, will run one of the busiest routes among the agency’s 79 bus lines. With the addition of the hybrids, 55 new buses have been put into service since October.
Bus| January 31, 2013

Freedman Seating to equip Chicago’s new Nova buses

Chicago Transit Authority board approved the purchase of at least 300 buses up to as many as 450 buses, which will include light-weight, durable seating from the local supplier.
Rail| January 31, 2013

$4.5B N.Y. subway track to open in 2016

The new track is expected to carry 220,000 riders a day upon completion.
Bus| January 31, 2013

Neb. considers light rail, bus rapid transit

Omaha transit officials hope to spur growth in the eastern portion of the city. The study process is expected to be completed by May.
Bus| January 31, 2013

New Flyer to deliver Xcelsiors to Ala.

Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority signed a five-year contract containing a firm order of 20 CNG buses with three options of up to 10 CNG buses each. In addition to the firm order for 20 buses, the agency is also exercising 10 option buses at this time.
Rail| January 31, 2013

NJ Transit boasts record on-time performance, celebrates rail milestone

In 2012, the agency achieved 96.4% on-time performance, breaking the previous record of 96.2% set in 1995. This was achieved even while operating nearly 23% more trains than the former record calendar year. Meanwhile, the agency’s rail operation is celebrating its 30th anniversary.
Rail| January 31, 2013

IBM report targets areas for Nashville transportation growth

The Transit Alliance commissioned IBM to analyze transportation networks across the region and identify initiatives that could reduce congestion and stress on Middle Tennessee’s current infrastructure.
Rail| January 31, 2013

Agency assumes So. Fla. rail corridor responsibility

South Florida Regional Transportation Authority will receive an additional $11.5 million annually of dedicated funding for assuming dispatch and maintenance of the South Florida Rail Corridor.

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