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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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Chicago Transit replacing airport escalator damaged in train wreck

The train wreck, which occurred in the early morning of March 24, 2014, when the operator allegedly fell asleep, injured more than 30 people and caused roughly $9 million in damage. The lead railcar had to be cut up to remove it from the escalator.

DART takes delivery of first streetcar for new service

The vehicle, which was a designed and built by Brookville Equipment Corp., will be the first streetcar in the U.S. that utilizes wireless traction power.

NJ TRANSIT marks Newark Penn Station's 80th year

Opened in 1935, Newark Penn Station is listed on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The station was originally designed and still operates as an intermodal facility serving pedestrian, taxi, bus and private vehicle traffic generated by the more than 50,000 transit customers who use the station each day.

Calgary Transit trains, buses breaking down more often

Part of the problem is an aging fleet, according to officials. Calgary Transit placed a $200-million deal in 2013 to buy 60 new light rail vehicles; however, those vehicles will not be operational until 2016.

Alstom to develop zero-emission train

The new trains for Hermann-Hesse railway line will be completely emission-free. In times of increasing energy costs and higher level of pollution, the development of this technology is essential.

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