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Documentary shows MBTA overnight work dangers

Bus| February 17, 2012
“Boston Under: After Hours,” a 44-minute film available on YouTube, follows the agency’s night crew through its shift, as workers deal with the challenges and dangers of the job.

Coach USA honored at UMA for green practices

Motorcoach| February 16, 2012
The Green Highway Award, established in 2008 and sponsored by Motor Coach Industries, recognizes companies that demonstrate organizational leadership in reducing carbon emissions. The award was presented to Coach USA because of its dedication to fuel conservation and idling reduction policies, recycling programs and facilities management.
Bus| February 16, 2012

Detroit transit to cut early morning bus service

Part of a plan to eliminate approximately $11 million in costs. The city reports that .5% of DDOT’s daily riders use bus service between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. and make up 6% of its daily costs.
Rail| February 16, 2012

Copper wire thieves hurting SEPTA rail service

Metal scavengers are cutting copper wires from overhead poles and between tracks, stranding trains and endangering passengers. As a result, the agency is spending about $500,000 a year to repair and replace damaged equipment.
Bus| February 16, 2012

Former bus drivers: Nashville MTA doesn’t train enough

Three former bus drivers, one of which was sued for causing accidents that injured other people, claim that the Nashville Metro Transit Authority fails to train and retrain drivers. A spokeswoman says the driver is a disgruntled former employee making false allegations.
Motorcoach| February 16, 2012

Megabus launches bus tracking app

Passengers on Midwest and Southeast routes can use Megabus USA to determine the estimated time of arrival for their bus and find bus stop locations.
Bus| February 16, 2012

Kansas transit plans tech upgrade

The Topeka Metropolitan Transit Authority is considering upgrading its system to include technological features, such as bus tracking, QR codes, automatic passenger counters, security codes and ticket vending machines, at a cost of approximately $2.6 million to $3.6 million.
Bus| February 16, 2012

Nova receives LFS bus order

The order also includes options on up to 21 additional buses over the 2013-2017 period.
Motorcoach| February 16, 2012

Setra unveils ESP at UMA EXPO

The active system improves handling safety and stability and is based on the electronic ABS advanced anti-lock braking system, which optimizes braking force. It is now standard on all S 417 and S 407 vehicles.
Rail| February 16, 2012

VRE taps Sumitomo for bi-level railcars

The base order is to supply eight cars at a contract price of $21 million and is scheduled to be delivered in 2014. The contract includes an option for VRE to purchase up to an additional 42 cars.

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