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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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Siemens wins New York Communications-Based Train Control contract

The $156 million contract is to install the system on the Queens Boulevard Line, one of the busiest subway lines on the New York City Transit system.

Bike repair kiosks coming to select MARTA stations

MARTA partnered with the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, a bike advocacy and rider education organization, to initiate the campaign and identify locations for the repair kiosks.

Sacramento RT's Blue Line extension begins service

The expansion offers local commuters an alternative to congested Highway 99 and brings new transit service to the area’s major employers. It will also encourage new retail and residential development in specially zoned areas along the light rail line.

Ariz.'s Valley Metro extends rail line into Downtown Mesa

Seven months ahead of schedule and on budget, the additional 3.1-miles of service on Main Street between Sycamore Drive and Mesa Drive was greeted with big cheers from riders, business owners and local leaders.

San Diego MTS offers free video-on-demand service on trolleys

First U.S. public transportation system offering mobile-based multi-channel VOD

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