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Senate subcommittee approves $100M for rail, New Starts

Rail| April 18, 2012
Approved a $53.4 billion appropriations bill funding investments in the nation's roads, bridges, rail and transit systems, and airports, as well as housing assistance for low-income families and veterans.

Wisconsin terminates Talgo maintenance contract

Rail| April 18, 2012
In a letter, a state lawyer said the costs of testing the trains are rising and that they do not meet federal accessibility standards for the disabled. A spokesperson for Talgo Inc. denied both points and warned the cancellation could lead to legal action.
Rail| April 18, 2012

UTA: ‘distracted walking’ fines, other measures working

Officials say that it appears, anecdotally, to have “changed the way people behave.” The agency has also replaced sound walls that blocked pedestrian views of trains and added pedestrian swing gates and extra signs to improve safety at rail crossings.
Rail| April 18, 2012

Minneapolis to battle over 3 light rail lines

Local officials from the Southwest, Northwest and Eastern regions are all seeking $100 million or more in state funding for each of three possible light rail lines. However, in the Republican-controlled legislature, both houses have resisted providing even a $25 million down payment on the state’s share of the proposed $1.25 billion line in the Southwest Corridor.
Rail| April 18, 2012

Siemens awarded Greek signaling contract

The scope of supply includes the electronic interlockings and outdoor equipment, as well as the trackside components for automatic train control system. Furthermore, 17 trains will be fitted with Siemens onboard units. The first phase will be commissioned in autumn 2013.
Rail| April 17, 2012

Amtrak earns TSA recognition for security

Included a review of topics such as an agency's security plans, security training, drills/exercise programs, public outreach efforts and background check programs.
Bus| April 17, 2012

GO Transit to deploy INIT fleet management system

Includes an intermodal CAD/AVL system, on-board mobile data terminals, automatic passenger counting technology, next stop announcements, in-vehicle variable message signs, real-time vehicle diagnostics; and interfaces to existing destination signs; bike rack sensors, and wheelchair lift sensors.
Accessibility| April 17, 2012

Repair backlog jeopardizes transit service demand

Decades of deferred repairs and modernization projects have many transit agencies scrambling to keep trains and buses in operation.
Bus| April 17, 2012

N.Y. Senator proposes Tasers for transit workers

After a recent increase in violence against transit workers, Sen. Eric Adams is re-introducing his proposal from last year to let commuter train and Amtrak crews carry Tasers and extending it to bus drivers and subway contractors.
Motorcoach| April 17, 2012

Coach America reschedules sale auction date

The one-week delay reflects the timely submission from the Pre-Petition First Lien Agent, pursuant to Section 9.1 of the Prepetition First Lien Credit Agreement, of its intent to submit a Credit Bid under Section 363 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

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