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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BYD enters mass transit market with low-cost train

The light rail technology is applicable to small and medium-sized cities, heavy traffic routes, CBD’s and routes connecting tourist attractions in large cities, according to the company.

MBTA forgives $839K in fines stemming from 2015 winter performance

According to the report, the company said that the forgiven fines regarded maintenance issues, and that the MBTA agreed to waive them amid evidence that maintenance workers were pulled from their regular jobs to help shovel off tracks and shorten delays.

Brookville set to deliver second QLine streetcar

Each red and white streetcar will seat 125 passengers and feature Wi-Fi, vertical bicycle racks, and an HVAC unit. M-1 officials said that its delivery schedule and testing remain on schedule, with track testing set to begin later this fall.

Testing may delay SMART rail launch until 2017

The rail agency announced Sept. 26 that it was only then beginning to ramp up speeds on the railcars during safety testing. But with 11 weeks left before the new year, officials have not pegged when the cars will be tested at their fullest capabilities.

Chicago Metra to test real-time travel information screens

Will also be working with local communities to give them the opportunity to provide community-specific information to be displayed on the screens at no cost.

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