Southern Methodist University, unable to secure federal funds, has given up plans for a pedestrian bridge campus to Bush library and Dallas Area Rapid Transit rail station. For the complete story, click here.
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.
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.
Agency has doubled its team of employees tasked with riding its trains to observe and report on conductor and ticket agent performance, onboard and station amenities and customer interactions.
The Washington-to-New York City passenger train, Amtrak 188, was traveling at 106 mph around a curve in Philadelphia when it derailed May 12, 2015. Eight passengers were killed and more than 180 others were sent to area hospitals, some with critical injuries.
Alstom will modernize the 68 metro cars that it supplied in 2003 with its Chinese joint venture SATCO (Shanghai Alstom Transport Co. Ltd.). The upgrades will increase the reliability of the cars and adapt them to a new signalling system that will be implemented on the line.
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