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Calif. light rail extension issues Notice to Proceed

Rail| April 4, 2012
Notice affords the Kiewit Parsons Joint Venture the ability to implement all aspects of the design-build contract, including design and construction of the 11.5-miles of tracks, stations, crossings, bridges, utilities, maintenance facility and more. The total project budget is $735 million.

Sierra Club rethinks stance on Hawaii rail

Rail| April 4, 2012
May rescind its support of the $5.3 billion steel-on-steel rail project proposal after surveying its 4,000 Oahu members.
Rail| April 4, 2012

BART unveils new railcar seats

In March BART began replacing existing wool seat assemblies in 100 cars with a brand new type of seat material. These train cars will be integrated into the existing fleet — a few cars at a time — until 100 cars are achieved.
Rail| April 4, 2012

Alstom to supply 28 trains to Germany

The trains will run on the Rhine-Ruhr transport network in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). They will enter service for DB Regio NRW GmbH in 2014.
Rail| April 4, 2012

Sound Transit's 2nd tunnel boring finished

Tunneling contractors will now focus on building 15 cross passages between the two tunnels. The overall $1.9 billion project is about halfway complete and scheduled to open in 2016.
Rail| April 4, 2012

Florida co. may build private passenger rail

Florida East Coast Industries’ “All Aboard Florida” would connect Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa and Orlando and utilize the 200 miles of track between these cities the company already owns and uses for freight.
Bus| April 3, 2012

Fla. city mulls sidewalk chalk transit campaign

While other cities have joined Broward County Transit's campaign to promote public transportation with pro-public transit slogans stenciled on its sidewalks, the city of Hollywood rejected it, due to concerns over inviting graffiti.
Motorcoach| April 3, 2012

Despite crashes, lax oversight for bus inspections

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

San Diego transit receives 100% compliance score from FTA

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.

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