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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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Why trains in Japan will bark like a dog and snort like a deer

Hundreds of deer stray onto train tracks every year causing widespread rail disruption.

Netflix and terrorism blamed for London Tube ridership decline

Ridership on the London Underground has dropped for the first time in more than 20 year.

Amtrak adds capacity as freeway closure continues to impact Santa Barbara County

Since train tracks reopened on Jan. 11, the Pacific Surfliner has served as the only viable ground transportation option between Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, as drive time on alternate routes between the two counties can take nearly four hours.

LIRR double-track project close to complete

The project utilizes Design-Build construction and a specialized New Track Construction machine that lays rail more than 10 times faster than the MTA has ever done before, saving more than $7 million in construction costs.

WMATA proposal would refund passengers for delayed trains, buses

According to GM Paul Wiedefeld, the program is an expression of the confidence the agency has in its ability to meet performance targets and provide reliable rush-hour service.

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