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Calgary advocates for poor oppose fare evasion fee

Rail| December 5, 2011
They argue that Calgary Transit’s plans to increase the fine for fare-evading light rail riders from $100 to $250 would target the wrong people and many of the city’s poor cannot afford the $2.75 charge to ride the train.

Texas Transit Institute releases sustainability guidebook

Bus| December 5, 2011
Offers state DOTs and other transportation agencies a series of practical, easy-to-use tools to integrate sustainability into current agency performance measurement programs.
Rail| December 5, 2011

L.A. Metro expands rail testing ahead of launch

The additional train testing is needed along the entire line in an effort to test the operation of the trains and all train and signal systems for the Metro Expo Line. No date has been set for the opening of the line. Metro will select an opening date for the public once all systems and trains are thoroughly tested and operated.
Bus| December 5, 2011

Calif.'s SunLine receives grant for more fuel-cell buses

Under this new award, Ballard will supply FCvelocityTM-HD6 power modules for ElDorado fuel-cell hybrid buses featuring a series hybrid-electric drive from lead integrator BAE Systems. These buses are expected to be operational in 2013.
Bus| December 2, 2011

Denver's P3 commuter rail project receives TIFIA loan

Will use loan to fund a portion of its contribution to the project and will begin drawing on the funds in 2013. In addition to FTA's contribution to the project, a consortium of private companies, known as the Denver Transit Partners, is responsible for financing around 24% of the project through tax-exempt private-activity bonds issued by RTD, equity contributions and other means.
Motorcoach| December 2, 2011

FMCSA orders Oregon operator to cease services

Agency says RC Investments Inc. failed to use properly licensed drivers and implement a driver drug and alcohol testing program. In addition, the carrier failed to regularly inspect its vehicles and ensure that its drivers are medically qualified.
Rail| December 2, 2011

BART transit officers cleared in civil rights trial

A federal jury concluded that Johannes Mehserle and four others did not deprive a man of his "constitutional rights by using excessive force," as claimed, or violate California law by retaliating against him for exercising his First Amendment right to criticize the police.
Bus| December 2, 2011

Miami-Dade transit unveils trip planning app

Gives users bus schedules by bus stop, Metrorail train arrival times, and fare information, as well as Google trip planning.
Rail| December 1, 2011

N.Y. MTA unveils underground space for proposed park

Two architects are in talks to develop the long-retired Essex Street Trolley Terminal into an underground park that would use fiber optics and other cutting edge technology to nurture tree and plant life.
Rail| December 1, 2011

BART set to prohibit cell phone blackouts in stations

The transit agency came under fire by free speech advocates after it interrupted cellphone service during an Aug. 11 blackout in an attempt to thwart a planned protest related to transit police shootings.

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