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Portland, Ore. to vote on rail spending

Rail| September 12, 2012
Voters in Oregon’s Clackamas County will decide on Ballot Measure 3-401, which would require county commissioners to get voter approval to spend money on new rail systems. If passed, the initiative could affect a light rail line currently under construction.

Amtrak ridership surges in 2012

Rail| September 12, 2012
Through 11 months of FY 2012, total Amtrak ridership is up 3.4% as compared to the same period last year. When the current fiscal year ends on September 30, Amtrak expects a new annual ridership record will be set, surpassing the current record of 30.2 million passengers established in FY 2011.
Rail| September 12, 2012

IBM to help with Ottawa light rail project

The City of Ottawa was awarded the assistance of seven consultants whose work would have cost about $400,000 as part of winning IBM’s 2012 Smarter Cities Challenge.
Rail| September 12, 2012

AECOM awarded Denver light rail contract

Will provide final design services for the RTD's forthcoming 10.5-mile I-225 light rail line, part of the region's ongoing FasTracks System.
Rail| September 12, 2012

ENSCO to equip Amtrak

The TrackIT Track Chart Management System hosts Amtrak’s official track charts and provides them as high-quality PDF digital copies or hard copies. It allows for easy updates to track chart information by loading Amtrak’s in-house asset database data on the application server, which updates the electronic track chart records.
Rail| September 11, 2012

Va. Railway appoints former CapMetro VP to CEO post

Doug Allen is a seasoned veteran of transportation operations with over 30 years of experience in the public and private sectors.
Rail| September 11, 2012

BART marks 40th year of service

Ridership, in its first year of service in 1972, totaled 15,000 trips per weekday. Last month, ridership reached 384,000 trips per weekday, the busiest in BART's history.
Bus| September 11, 2012

S.F. MTA approves New Flyer hybrid order

Production of the 40-foot Xcelsior hybrid buses is anticipated to begin in early 2013 and will be manufactured and assembled bumper-to-bumper in New Flyer’s St. Cloud, Minn. manufacturing facility. All buses are expected to be delivered by the end of the summer 2013.
Bus| September 11, 2012

Miami-Dade Transit unveils Android tracking app

Similar to the agency’s Transit Tracker iPhone app, the Transit Tracker for Android allows transit users to view bus schedules by bus stop and connecting bus routes; view real-time Metrorail train arrival times, including the ability map the location of trains as they approach a station; and plan a trip using Google trip planner.
Rail| September 11, 2012

Valley Metro accelerates light rail extension by 7 years

Will re-launch the 3.2-mile Northwest extension. The project has received approval to accelerate the completion year from 2023 to 2016. Final design is under way; construction will begin in early 2013.

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