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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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Feds wants more proof of local money for Durham-Orange light rail line

Go Triangle expects its Board of Trustees to vote April 26 on a $70 million engineering contract, which would be executed only after the FTA allows the project to advance.

SEPTA trains collide, injuring 4

Crews are still working to remove the 18 cars involved, with each car weighing about 37 tons. The NTSB is on the scene and fully in charge of the investigation.

Minn. legislators attempting to move $900M from rail to roads, bridges

GOP legislators have long sought to block planning and funding for light-rail projects, saying they put metro-area priorities above rural Minnesota.

Alstom secures $105M Australian trainset contract

The contract will expand PTV’s fleet to 101 trains (606 cars) delivered from Alstom’s manufacturing facility in Ballarat since 2002.

DC Streetcar fares to remain free

The decision to hold off on charging fares was based on two reasons — District Department of Transportation feared charging even $1 per ride would scare away passengers and charging a fare would actually cost the District money.

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