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S.F. Muni to offer all-door boarding systemwide

Bus| June 29, 2012
Expected to reduce travel times, increase reliability and potentially provide more space for customers throughout the vehicle. It will also leave more room at the front for those customers who are paying with cash and those with valid proof of payment who need to use the wheelchair lift or the bus kneeling feature.

Detroit bus drivers: Bedbugs on buses

Bus| June 29, 2012
About 50 Detroit DOT drivers have reported seeing the bugs on buses. The agency says that that any buses reported to have bedbugs will be cleaned and fumigated. The union says the agency needs to take more preventive measures.
Accessibility| June 29, 2012

Congress approves 2-year transportation bill

Under the agreement, federal transportation funding will continue at roughly $54 billion a year, with public transportation funds set at $8.36 billion in FY2012, $8.47 billion in FY 2013 and $8.595 billion in FY 2014.
Rail| June 29, 2012

VIA Rail Canada to streamline service, lay off 200

Adjusting frequencies on some routes to better reflect customer demand, while maintaining service on all current routes. The agency will focus resources on improving service and attracting more customers to routes where demand is strong and growing. The agency’s unionized workforce is expected to be reduced by about 9%.
Bus| June 29, 2012

Fla. district hopes to swap out school buses for transit

The Broward school district would pay the Broward County for the service and ultimately could retire some of the yellow school buses from the fleet to save transportation costs.
Bus| June 29, 2012

Fras-le names VP/GM

Rodrigo Meirelles will oversee the growth of Fras-le’s business in both markets, effective immediately.
Bus| June 29, 2012

SunLine, Amalgamated Transit reach labor agreement

Approximately 181 employees are represented by ATU 1277 including bus operators, mechanics, facility maintenance and utility employees. The agreement will be effective April 1, 2012 through March 31, 2014.
Rail| June 29, 2012

Honolulu rail project submits federal grant request

The FTA will take approximately 30 days to review it before forwarding the request to the Office of Management and Budget at the White House for its own 30-day review.
Rail| June 29, 2012

Bombardier French commuter train order extended

Deliveries will take place between 2014 and the end of 2016. The new vehicles will improve passenger comfort, capacity and performance on line A of the RER.
Rail| June 29, 2012

SEPTA captures regenerative braking energy from trains

When SEPTA's trains brake at each stop to load and unload thousands of Pennsylvania passengers, the kinetic energy of the train is converted into electricity. The agency will capture the regenerative braking energy of trains through a large-scale battery storage system and will deploy that energy as virtual power into the region's supplier of wholesale power frequency regulation and energy markets.

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