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Posted on November 26, 2008

Mica urges city to line up for Fed cash

TAMPA, Fla. – U.S. Rep. John Mica (R-Fla) urged Tampa officials to get in line for Federal dollars that will soon be available, saying that the area is years behind other cities in developing mass transit. For the full story, click here.

NJ Transit to stop buying CNG buses

NEWARK, N.J.– Citing their overall costs, New Jersey Transit has halted its nearly decade-long trial run with CNG buses, electing instead to purchase ULSD vehicles. For the full story, click here.

MTA official: rail shutdown could have been prevented

BALTIMORE, Md. – Henry Kay, the Maryland Transit Administration’s deputy administrator for planning and engineering, said that a recent shutdown of half of Baltimore’s light rail line might have been prevented if the agency purchased “slip-slide protection” in 2000. For the full story, click here.

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Metro-North Railroad partners with Zipcar for carshare program

A total of 14 Zipcars are available now through the partnership including a Honda Civic, a Jeep Renegade and a Honda CR-V.

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.

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