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METRO Briefs

Posted on August 13, 2008

San Francisco to offer workers transit benefits

SAN FRANCISCO — A law requiring San Francisco businesses to provide employees with one of three transit incentive options that will save employers up to 9 percent in payroll taxes has been proposed. For the full story, click here.

Smart card hackers silenced

LAS VEGAS — After Boston transit officials filed a suit against three M.I.T. students, a U.S. district court judge has barred them from presenting information at a conference for security researchers on how to hack into smart cards for free rides. For the full story, click here.

Light rail line protested

LOS ANGELES — School district officials and a coalition of neighborhood groups have voiced safety concerns over a $863 million, 8.5-mile light rail line that would have at-grade crossings near two South Los Angeles schools. For the full story, click here.

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Amtrak designates developer for $1 billion Chicago Union Station revamp

Approximately 7,500 construction jobs are expected to be developed over the life of the more than $1 billion project, as well as an additional 7,000 to 8,000 permanent jobs.

NY employers exploring alternatives during Penn Station track work

Businesses and real estate specialists say inquiries have spiked for temporary office spaces that do not require travel through Penn Station, where weeks-long outages in July and August are expected to trigger a travel nightmare for employees living in New Jersey and Long Island suburbs.

Brightline unveils West Palm Beach station

The privately funded express inter-city passenger rail service will connect Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, with future service to Orlando.

Gov. Christie lays out deal with Amtrak for Penn Station track repairs

In announcing the deal, he said the Morris and Essex line will be most affected this summer. To offset the inconvenience, Christie is lowering the fare for a monthly pass, in some cases by as much as $280.

Alstom lands $55M German order for Coradia Lint trains

The diesel multiple units will be built in Alstom’s plant in Salzgitter and delivered by May 2019 to run on the RE Ulm-Aalen, RB Ulm-Langnau, and RB Ulm-Munderkingen lines.

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