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Amtrak CEO: System funded 88% of operating costs

Rail| March 6, 2013
Joe Boardman explained to congressional committee that while the railroad has taken actions to chip away at operating costs and increase revenue, a vital component of its success has been the federal government’s willingness to invest in the Amtrak national network.

BNSF to test LNG use in road locomotives

Rail| March 6, 2013
Freight co. has been working with the two principal locomotive manufacturers, GE and EMD, a unit of Caterpillar, to develop the natural gas engine technology that will be used in the pilot.
Rail| March 6, 2013

MBTA seeks sponsors for rail Wi-Fi service

Offering includes a sponsorship program, which will provide partners with marketing rights and benefits, such as signage and advertising in commuter rail stations, railcars and ferry facilities; corporate presence on commuter rail system maps and schedules; control of a Wi-Fi landing page; links on the MBTA website; and intellectual property rights.
Bus| March 5, 2013

Worries mount over public transport for World Cup

Projects designed to modernize Brazilian cities for the 2014 soccer event, which included new metro lines, monorails and dedicated bus lines, are being scaled back, delayed or cancelled due to legal challenges, corruption and a lack of planning.
Accessibility| March 5, 2013

FTA, FEMA form disaster action plan for transit

New emergency relief authority provides FTA with primary responsibility for reimbursing emergency response and recovery costs after an emergency or disaster that affects public transportation systems and for helping to mitigate the impact of future disasters.
Accessibility| March 5, 2013

D.C. Metro shifts paratransit contract model to improve service quality

The contracts provide a new approach for determining when a paratransit vehicle is “late," as the contractor managing the scheduling and dispatching functions will share performance incentives and disincentives with the contractors delivering the service to customers.
Motorcoach| March 5, 2013

FMCSA appoints new motorcoach safety committee members

Committee is charged with providing information, advice and recommendations to FMCSA on safety programs and regulations for large trucks and commercial buses.

Bus| March 5, 2013

Calif.-based agency celebrates electric bus

The deployment of buses in Stockton was made possible by the California Energy Commission’s grant of $2.57 million under Assembly Bill 118 administered by CALSTART.
Bus| March 5, 2013

New OCTA CEO assumes post

Darrell Johnson, a 20-year veteran of the transportation industry, is responsible for planning, financing and coordinating Orange County's freeway, street and rail development, as well as managing bus services, commuter-rail services and paratransit service.
Accessibility| March 4, 2013

NJ Transit spent $40M on Sandy repairs, wipes out OT savings

The transportation agency paid $2.9 million less in 2012 than it did in 2011 to employees cashing out their unused sick and vacation time. It also paid $4.1 million less in overtime from the previous year.

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