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FRA completes Amtrak Vermonter Line upgrades

Rail| October 10, 2012
Included heavier continuously-welded rail, bridge work, new tie installation and ballast work. Improvements enable the scheduled running time for the line to be reduced by about a half hour and passenger-train track speeds in signaled territory to increase from 50 to 79 miles per hour.

Feds look into N.J. bus accident

Motorcoach| October 9, 2012
FMCSA officials are investigating the crash of a tour bus from Canada that injured 23 people in New Jersey. The bus slid down an embankment before falling on its side.
Bus| October 9, 2012

Survey: 67% of users say Detroit bus unreliable

The majority of respondents to a Detroit news survey who rely daily on the bus system described it as “irritating, frustrating and time-consuming.” Sixty-two percent of respondents proposals to build a light-rail system in the city.
Motorcoach| October 9, 2012

CVSA names Colo. State Patrol major as president

Major Mark Savage served as the CVSA VP for 2011-2012. Also elected Sergeant Thomas Fuller from the New York State Police as VP and Captain William Reese from the Idaho State Police as secretary/treasurer.
Sustainability| October 9, 2012

ROUSH shuttles service Colo. mountain visitors

Colorado Mountain Express’s price for propane autogas averages $1.72 per gallon, compared to the current average cost for gasoline at $3.80 per gallon in the area.
Accessibility| October 9, 2012

First Transit wins fixed-route, paratransit contract

Includes the management of 70 employees and the operation of 37 vehicles, which conducts more than 700,000 trips annually.
Motorcoach| October 9, 2012

ABC re-powers, updates coaches

Work completed at ABC Companies’ Nappanee, Ind., facility. Re-powers can also be completed at the ABC Minnesota and ABC Florida services facilities.
Bus| October 9, 2012

NJ Transit may cut free employee passes

As part of Gov. Chris Christie’s emphasis on accountability to New Jersey taxpayers, the agency proposed changing its 30-year blanket privilege allowing non-agreement employees unlimited, free travel on rail, light rail and bus services.
Accessibility| October 9, 2012

STV acquires Calif. architecture firm

Founded in 1958, VBN serves education, transportation, government and commercial clients, and has extensive experience in the design of transit facilities. The firm is also a registered green business.
Bus| October 9, 2012

TriMet, DART to debut mobile ticketing in 2013

TriMet signed a contract with local software company GlobeSherpa to pilot the system for its buses, MAX light rail and WES Commuter Rail. DART's system will be developed by Unwire, a Danish company with extensive experience in mobile ticketing for transit agencies, for $1.5 million.

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