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SEPTA releases annual sustainability report

Bus| January 24, 2013
Agency has seen more than 10% reductions in water and energy intensity. Work on the social goals has resulted in the hosting of four farmers markets on SEPTA property. Economically, sustainability efforts have helped control operating expenses.

Spain connects HSR service with rest of Europe

Rail| January 23, 2013
The newly opened high-speed line, connecting Madrid, Barcelona and Paris, is the first to connect with the rest of Europe.
Rail| January 23, 2013

Ore. transportation officials seeking comment on HSR

The Oregon Department of Transportation is hosting open houses across the state to present draft proposals and get public input while they study the feasibility of high-speed rail. The final recommendation and environmental impact report is expected to be published in 2015.
Rail| January 23, 2013

Hampton Roads Transit light rail study still under way

The study began in 2009 but has been delayed several times. The study is intended to give officials an idea of ridership, costs and logistics for a light rail extension.
Bus| January 23, 2013

Fla. transit officials consider new sales tax

If approved, the tax would pay for the construction of 24 miles of light rail and an expanded bus system for the Pinellas County Transit Authority.
Rail| January 23, 2013

Wash. senators sponsor bill to stop light rail

It would prevent the Columbia River Crossing project from going forward if it includes a light rail component. The state has yet to come up with the funds for light rail operation and maintenance.
Rail| January 23, 2013

Calif. engineers question HSR oversight

Bid requirements state that the independent contractor that would design and build the first phase of the project would hire the inspectors charged with testing the work on that segment. Critics, including a union that represents state engineers and some lawmakers, say that the arrangement could present a conflict of interest.
Rail| January 23, 2013

Amtrak, Calif. partner on HSR

Partnership advances each of their respective HSR programs, and could create efficiencies by ordering trains of similar specifications and develop a U.S. standard for HSR train equipment that can be manufactured and supplied domestically and produced for the rest of the world. An RFP could be issued by September, 2013 with an order placed during 2014.
Bus| January 22, 2013

Calif.’s Omnitrans launches real time info

NexTrip technology enables riders to text, click or call to access real-time information. CEO/GM Milo Victoria was instrumental in bringing the new technology to the agency.
Sustainability| January 22, 2013

Jordan ministry considers electric buses, cars

The Ministry of Environment and Onyx International Trade and Investment Company signed a memorandum of understanding to promote the use of electric vehicles in the country.

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