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METRO Briefs

Posted on September 10, 2008

Northern California builders support transit plan

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The North State Building Industry Association and the Environmental Council of Sacramento are teaming up to campaign for a more robust rail and bus system. For the full story, click here.

High-speed rail capable of pollution-free operation

SAN DIEGO — An energy specialist reported to the California High-Speed Rail Authority that the proposed train system can run with zero greenhouse gas emissions. For the full story, click here.

Air France considers expanding into high-speed rail

LONDON — Air France is looking to buy or lease the new generation of Alstom AGVs, which run at an average speed of 224 mph, in order to compete with Eurostar’s high-speed service. For the full story, click here.

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WMATA proposal would refund passengers for delayed trains, buses

According to GM Paul Wiedefeld, the program is an expression of the confidence the agency has in its ability to meet performance targets and provide reliable rush-hour service.

HDR lands Sound Transit light rail extension contract

Sound Transit’s board of directors authorized a contract with HDR’s team to provide planning, preliminary engineering, environmental, and public involvement services for the Tacoma Dome Link Extension project.

KC Streetcar extension gets Fed green light to enter project development phase

The KC Streetcar Main Street Extension project will build upon the downtown streetcar service and will support work required to further develop and advance the southern extension towards the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

Metra seeking RFPs for up to 42 new, remanufactured locomotives

Is asking for proposals for both new and remanufactured engines because it wants to weigh the costs/benefits of both options.

Las Vegas monorail ticket sales expected to fall millions short

The system is budgeted to make about $6.5 million less in ticket sales than was forecast in ridership study.

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