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Despite crashes, lax oversight for bus inspections

Motorcoach| April 3, 2012
Businesses that perform state of inspections of buses were able to continue to inspect buses even though cited by federal authorities for failings.

San Diego transit receives 100% compliance score from FTA

Bus| April 3, 2012
Gets perfect score for second consecutive time. Oversight committee compared MTS to other transit systems in the U.S. and found that it is the most efficiently operated transit agency among nine peer systems.
Bus| April 3, 2012

FTA releases $13.1M for fuel cell bus program

The funds, shared by Calstart in Pasadena, Calif.; the Center for Transportation and the Environment in Atlanta; and the Northeast Advanced Vehicle Consortium in Boston, will go to 11 research and demonstration projects.
Bus| April 3, 2012

Poll: 40% support state bailout for MBTA

The statewide results, which showed 34% of respondents opposed using state dollars to plug the transit system’s budget gap and 26% were undecided or did not know, came as a surprise to analysts, who expected wider opposition to state intervention.
Bus| April 2, 2012

D.C. Metro launches anti-sexual harassment campaign

The first phase of the campaign includes an online portal for customers to report incidents to Metro Transit Police, along with improved data tracking of incidents.
Bus| April 2, 2012

New global bus rapid transit database launched

Allows users to compare BRT systems and bus corridors in all 134 cities in 36 countries. The database includes 95 different indicators on system operations, design and cost, including metrics like the number of passengers per day, commercial speed and the length of corridors.
Rail| April 2, 2012

Revised Calif. high-speed plan cuts costs by $30 billion

Construction of the entire 520-mile rail system will finish in 2028, with service to begin in 2029. This improved system will cost $68.4 billion in year-of-expenditure dollars.
Bus| April 2, 2012

SEPTA police end strike

The primary cause of the nine-day strike was a 35-cent-an-hour difference in "certification" pay between the union's demand and SEPTA's offer. Transit police were seeking the pay as a way of getting a slight additional increase beyond the pattern set by the Transport Workers Union contract.
Rail| April 2, 2012

Metrolink to have positive train control by next year

The $200 million system is on an accelerated pace per a $20.9 million grant from the California DOT.
Bus| April 2, 2012

Sun Metro installs solar lighting at bus shelters

The solar lighting system was created to provide illumination to poorly lit bus stops in the El Paso area. Thirteen solar lighting units have been installed across the city.

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