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City asks Okla. transit to shrink bus coverage

Bus| September 14, 2012
Tulsa city councilors asked Tulsa Transit officials to prepare a plan for review that would shrink the bus system’s coverage area to provide more timely service. The system has an average wait time of 55 minutes between buses.

FTA releases $59M for clean energy buses

Bus| September 14, 2012
FY 2012 Clean Fuels Grant Program will help transit agencies purchase and support cleaner, greener buses. Recipients include St. Cloud, Minn., which will receive $3.3 million to renovate its Metro Bus Operations Center, and the Transit Authority of River City in Louisville, Ky., which will receive $4.4 million to replace outdated, high-emission trolley cars with zero-emission buses.
Bus| September 13, 2012

Nonprofit protests Calif. transit’s ad ban

AIDS Walk Los Angeles is protesting Big Blue Bus’s refusal to accept paid notices promoting the organization's fundraiser. The Santa Monica city attorney's office ordered the agency to stop accepting the ads because they violated its policy banning non-commercial advertising.
Motorcoach| September 13, 2012

Feds hold hearing on motorcoach safety program

The Highways and Transit Subcommittee received testimony from the FMCSA, the trucking and bus industry, law enforcement officials, and safety advocates on the CSA program.
Bus| September 13, 2012

B.C. Transit union votes to strike

Bus drivers, tradespeople and maintenance workers voted 98% in favor of a strike to support their demands for a fair collective agreement. The union has been working under a wage freeze for two years. However, the union has 90 days after a strike vote to serve notice.
Rail| September 13, 2012

Cubic brings smart card to Miami Airport

The international system integrator deployed the first phase of EASY Card in a record 15 months, with contract award in June 2008 and launch in September 2009. Less than a year later, Cubic added SFRTA’s Tri-Rail to the EASY Card system.
Rail| September 13, 2012

Final NYCT sub cars getting final makeover

The remaining 222 cars out of the original 600-car fleet are rotating through the Coney Island Overhaul Facility at a pace of four cars per week undergoing a limited-scope maintenance makeover intended to improve their performance and reliability until they are replaced by the fleet of 300 new R179 cars, due to begin arriving in 2014.
Motorcoach| September 13, 2012

Transportation Mgmt Svcs. acquires Coach America operations

Took on operations in 15 markets, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and Phoenix. The acquired businesses will operate under the Horizon Coach Lines brand name and will be based in Dallas.
Bus| September 13, 2012

Chicago transit expands service to cut travel times

Beginning in mid-December 2012, the Crowding Reduction Plan will add service to 48 bus routes, including the busiest and most crowded bus routes in the city, during peak times. It will also add 17 rail trips to the various lines during weekday rush periods.
Rail| September 13, 2012

D.C. Metro completes 5 NTSB recs

Outstanding safety recommendations included, enhance the safety redundancy of [Metro’s] train control system by evaluating track occupancy data on a real-time basis and Implementing cable insulation resistance testing as part of Metrorail’s periodic maintenance program.

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