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Minneapolis to battle over 3 light rail lines

Rail| April 18, 2012
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.

Siemens awarded Greek signaling contract

Rail| April 18, 2012
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.
Bus| April 17, 2012

Chicago schools use 'bus tracker' for student safety

Chicago Public School officials have installed monitors equipped with Chicago Transit Authority bus tracker technology in 35 schools to help students know exactly when buses will arrive.
Bus| April 17, 2012

Cleveland RTA, labor union reach agreement

ATU members have been operating under the continued terms of the current contract since its expiration in August 2009.
Rail| April 17, 2012

Bombardier, MARTA team for FTA track safety pilot

Aims to mitigate the risks of accidents for passengers and transit system workers in the U.S. According to FTA statistics, between 2003 and 2008, 53% of reported rail transit worker fatalities were right-of-way related incidents.

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