D.C. Metro grows projects investment by $160M

The aggressive capital program, known as Metro Forward, includes projects to replace 95 buses; rehabilitate 100 buses, 42 escalators and 21 elevators; install event recorders on the 1000- and 4000-series railcars, and continue the rehabilitation of track and structures maintenance on the Red, Orange and Blue lines.

Md. rail sets on-time performance record

The Maryland Transit Administration’s MARC train service operated at 95% on-time performance for August 2012, up from 89% at the same time last year. Year to date, MARC’s on-time performance is 94% system-wide.

L.A.’s Metrolink previews PTC system

Unveiled its $200-million crash prevention project for an NTSB official. The agency plans to install PTC on its commuter rail network by December 2013, two years ahead of a federal requirement for nationwide deployment.

Alstom to deliver 8 trains to Sweden

The new Coradia Nordic X61 regional trains will replace older trains on the Östgöta railway network. Delivery is planned for early 2015.

FRA proposes rail system safety programs rulemaking

SSPs would be designed to help the railroad proactively identify and mitigate or eliminate hazards and the resulting risks on each railroad’s system.

FTA issues civil rights, environmental justice guidance

Will assist grant recipients in complying with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin, as well as guidance on incorporating environmental justice principles into transportation planning and decision-making.

Survey: Atlanta voters favor tolls for transit funding

As policymakers look for alternatives to the recent one percent transportation sales tax referendum failure, Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies found that drivers prefer taxes in smaller doses.

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