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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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Ill. bill doubles fines for drivers who illegally cross railroad tracks

The legislation doubles the fines from $250 to $500 for a first offense and from $500 to $1,000 for a second or subsequent offense.

FTA's Flowers testifies on D.C. Metro rail safety oversight progress

Through a comprehensive Safety Management Inspection, three Safety Directives, two immediate action letters, and ongoing inspection and investigation activity FTA safety oversight is requiring WMATA to take numerous positive actions to improve safety for passengers and workers.

Siemens consortium to deliver 22 trains to Bangkok

Delivery of the first metro trains is scheduled in 2018, and the order will be completed in the following year.

Sacramento RT considering closing light rail line indefinitely

The agency opened its $44 million Green Line only four years ago; however, the line currently averages only 440 boardings a day with limited service, and costs RT $330,000 annually to operate.

L.A. Metro celebrates launch of Expo Line to Santa Monica

The 6.6-mile Expo extension runs from Culver City to Santa Monica and includes seven stations. Ridership on the new portion is projected to total 18,000 to 20,000 weekday boardings after the first year of service. The travel time from downtown L.A. to the Downtown Santa Monica Station is 48 minutes.

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