METRO Briefs

Posted on September 17, 2008

Sen. Clinton proposes new transit bill

NEW YORK – Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton proposed a bill that would authorize $1.7 billion over two years to support mass transit systems throughout the U.S. to help maintain low fares, while expanding operations to meet the growing demand. For the full story, click here.

NTSB investigators to interview freight crew from crash

LOS ANGELES – NTSB investigators are planning to interview the conductor and brakeman of the freight train that crashed into the Metrolink train in Chatsworth, Calif. “There is no pressure to conclude this. I can stay as long as I feel it is necessary,” said the lead investigator of the NTSB’s thorough investigation. For the full story, click here.

California seeks operator cell phone ban

LOS ANGELES – In the wake of the Metrolink accident, Michael Peevey, president of the California Public Utilities Commission, is calling for an emergency order that would ban train operators from using cell phones. 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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