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METRO Briefs

Posted on January 21, 2009

D.C. transit overwhelmed with inauguration crowds

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Washington Metro transported nearly one million riders to the inauguration of President Barack Obama. This number surpassed the previous record for a single day. For the full story, click here.

DART makes staff ride the bus

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines Area Rapid Transit has created a policy that requires employees to take a trip on a bus at least once a month. For the full story, click here.

Federal grant provides $20K for rail safety education

ELBURN, ILL. — Operation Lifesaver, a public education train safety program, will award a grant to the Elburn, Ill. Police Dept. to help them increase public awareness of rail crossing safety. 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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