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Posted on December 17, 2008

Congress requesting funds for D.C. to N.Y.C. high-speed rail

WASHINGTON D.C. — Rep. John L. Mica (R-Fla.) announced that Congress hopes to include plans for development of a high-speed rail system between New York City and Washington D.C. in future infrastructure spending. For the full story, click here.

Hybrid bus co. to create hundreds of jobs

LIVONIA, Mich. — Troy, Mich.-based Fisher Coachworks LLC plans to invest $7 million to develop an ultra-lightweight, hybrid transit bus. The project is expected to generate 540 jobs within five years. For the full story, click here.

Bike commuter benefit details unclear

CHICAGO — The bike commuter benefit, a provision listed in the $700 billion financial bailout plan, allows employees a $20 monthly reimbursement if they bike regularly to work. However, several companies are requesting guidance on how to implement the plan. For the full story, click here.

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FRA makes $25M available for rail infrastructure safety upgrades

Applicants can request funds for safety improvements to railroad infrastructure, including railroad crossings, track, tunnels, bridges, yards and other areas.

NJ TRANSIT's Hudson-Bergen line running modified service for 3rd day

Service has been hampered since overhead catenary wires were yanked down when a dump truck lowered its bed two days ago. There is no timetable for the repair of the wires.

D.C. Metro rules out power cables as factor in recent smoke incident

Passengers aboard the train described a tense atmosphere, with smoke in some of the railcars, flames visible outside the train and the odor of electrical smoke evoking memories of the Jan. 12, 2015, L’Enfant Plaza Metro station incidnet that left one rider dead and scores sickened

Alstom awarded major re-signaling project in the UK

Collaborated with Network Rail to develop an interlocking solution based on Alstom’s Smartlock range that will be ready for ETCS installation allowing trains with ETCS capability to operate on that section of the line.

Sacramento RT taps HDR Inc. for streetcar design

The contract outlines a $10 million budget to construct the streetcar line.The city wants the money to come from property owners near the streetcar line, but they rejected it in a vote last year.

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