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Republicans call to reject $5.5B Calif.-to-Vegas HSR loan

Rail| March 13, 2013
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and Sen. Jeff Sessions, the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, claimed that the project is “costly, wasteful and risky.” ExpressWest’s founder/CEO and the National Association of Railroad Passengers both spoke out to defend the project.

VIA Rail Canada launches onboard entertainment

Rail| March 13, 2013
Partnered with CBC/Radio-Canada, the National Film Board of Canada, and The Historica-Dominion Institute to provide passengers on its trains free access to TV shows and documentaries.
Bus| March 13, 2013

Calif. agency adds triple bike racks

Gold Coast Transit will install new Sportworks racks on all 54 of its buses.
Rail| March 13, 2013

N.Y. subway crime down 16% in 2013

Police have stepped up their presence on late-night trains and more undercover officers have been conducting sting operations, particularly in the seven precincts with the highest numbers of subway felonies.
Motorcoach| March 13, 2013

Wichita, Kan. operator adds Temsa TS35

Coaches are equipped with a Cummins ISL 345 engine, Allison B500 transmission and three-point seat belts.
Rail| March 13, 2013

Bombardier Transportation names new President/COO

Lutz Bertling replaces André Navarri, who will remain as strategic advisor to the president/CEO until June 1, 2014 at which time he will retire from the organization.
Rail| March 13, 2013

Amtrak adds priority boarding for Hiawatha service

The route, with intermediate stops in Glenview, Ill., and in Wisconsin at Sturtevant and the Milwaukee Airport, carried nearly 839,000 passengers last year, ranking it among the top 10 Amtrak routes nationally.
Motorcoach| March 13, 2013

FMCSA shuts down N.Y. coach operator

An investigation of Ming An Inc.’s operations found that Ming An failed to conduct pre-employment drug and alcohol testing and allowed unqualified drivers to operate its vehicles in an unsafe manner with its drivers receiving numerous citations for speeding in excess of 15 miles per hour over posted speed limits.
Accessibility| March 12, 2013

LaHood to APTA Leg. audience: ‘We have more work to do’

Said that the sequester cuts about $100 million from the New Starts program, and the transportation industry needs people at every level of government to come together.
Bus| March 12, 2013

MBTA bus driver assaulted by group of teens

Between 15 and 20 teenagers punched a bus operator and tried to pull him from the driver’s side window. Transit Police Superintendent in Chief Joseph O’Connor said that the incident was unusual because assaults on bus drivers usually only involve one or two individuals.

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