METRO Briefs

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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Accident, no shows plague commute for LIRR, NJ Transit passengers

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Mayor says Miami-Dade can't afford to build more rail lines

Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s $534 million proposal for rapid-bus routes would indefinitely defer the Metrorail expansion promised voters in 2002 during a referendum for a half-percent transportation tax.

FTA, Maryland Transit Administration appeal judge's Purple Line decision

Ruling called for an additional environmental study of the light rail line, despite the fact the project had already been studied and signed-off on by the feds. 

Breakdowns, staffing part of growing Miami Metrorail safety concerns

When state inspectors visited Miami-Dade in late 2016, they concluded the county needed 84 working Metrorail cars a day but that mechanical problems left only 72 that could be deployed for service. State inspectors returned in late June and found Miami-Dade’s daily goal was to have only 60 Metrorail cars in service.

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