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Montreal advocates want cheaper transit for the poor

Bus| February 14, 2013
Anti-poverty groups campaigned for cheaper fares for the impoverished and won support from a local leader, who called for a new fare category for the poor. However, the Société de Transport de Montréal said it could not afford to pay the approximate $33 million need annually to fund such a program.

New Flyer wins N.Y., Seattle contracts

Bus| February 14, 2013
New York’s Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority exercised options under an existing contract for 20 60-foot heavy-duty Xcelsior articulated clean diesel buses. Meanwhile, Daimler Buses North America assigned to New Flyer its contract with Seattle’s King County Metro Transit to build up to 381 Xcelsior heavy-duty 35- and 40-foot diesel-electric hybrid buses.
Bus| February 14, 2013

Valley Metro releases new ‘Notes’ music video

“ValleyMetro.org” is an upbeat song by indie, funk rock band Black Carl, of Tempe. The song demonstrates the ease of using Valley Metro’s website, ValleyMetro.org, to navigate the public transit system. The song is brought to life with an animated music video that portrays the adventures of a princess traveling to new exciting places by way of light rail demonstrating the practicality of the website.
Accessibility| February 14, 2013

Indiana's House Committee passes mass transit bill

More than 8,000 Hoosiers have signed petitions, encouraging lawmakers to authorize the referendum to place mass transit on the ballot so local voters can decide on how to fund an expanded transit system.
Bus| February 14, 2013

TriMet unveils FY14 budget outlook

No planned service restoration or cuts. The agency continues to face financial hurdles and uncertainty, but expects some breathing room due to an arbitrator’s selection of management’s labor contract proposal. Additionally, the agency continues to invest in new buses as they are cheaper to maintain and provide a better ride for customers.
Accessibility| February 14, 2013

APTA begins Early Career Program

A brand new national program dedicated to providing public and private sector public transportation professionals early in their careers with the skills, knowledge, insights, and networks needed to grow and succeed.
Motorcoach| February 14, 2013

ABC delivers to Mass. operators

In total, Tremblay's Bus Co. took delivery of six Van Hool C2045 VIPs, while Harrison Global took delivery two C2045s and two ABC M1235 mid-sized coaches.
Rail| February 14, 2013

Alstom to supply Ottawa light rail vehicles

Construction of the OLRT system project will start in the next few months and the system is expected to enter full service in spring of 2018.
Rail| February 14, 2013

Chicago Transit to add LEDs, add more Bombardiers

CTA will acquire an additional eight railcars, bringing the total order to 714 from 706, which will allow the CTA to have additional cars to more quickly replace aging railcars, some of which are more than 40 years old.
Bus| February 14, 2013

NJ Transit expanding fare payment technology

In January 2012, NJ Transit became the first transit agency in North America to introduce Bank Note Recycler technology, which allows the machines to dispense change in the form of paper bills — ones, fives, tens and twenties — instead of dollar coins.

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