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2014 Women In Transportation: Veronique Hakim
2014 Women In Transportation: Veronique Hakim

October 16, 2014
Like many in the public transportation industry, Veronique “Ronnie” Hakim didn’t have much of an inkling she would end up where she is now. In fact, the opportunity to work for the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) New York City Transit (NYCT) came about after working in Paris, graduating law school and embarking on a career as a lawyer in New York City. “What ends up

2014 Women In Transportation: Sanja Zlatanic, PE
2014 Women In Transportation: Sanja Zlatanic, PE

October 16, 2014
and technical oversight of East Side Access and the No. 7 Subway Line Extension. Both are notable transit mega-projects of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. She also served as chief engineer from 2006 to 2010 for Access to the Region’s Core, a commuter rail project to increase passenger service capacity on New Jersey transit between Secaucus Junction, N.J. and Manhattan. “I’ve been lucky

N.Y. MTA: May derailment was result of overlooked defects
N.Y. MTA: May derailment was result of overlooked defects

December 16, 2014
NEW YORK — In its official report on the derailment of a Brooklyn-bound F train in May, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) concluded the derailment was the result of a lot of overlooked defects in the track that had gone unnoticed for around a year, according to gothamist. The defects included a broken plate, broken fasteners and a deteriorated tie, all of which

One-quarter of N.Y. paratransit drivers use cellphones, report says
One-quarter of N.Y. paratransit drivers use cellphones, report says

June 9, 2014
NEW YORK — A New York Inspector General’s office survey found more than one-quarter of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s paratransit drivers have talked or texted on their cellphones, reported CBS New York. The inspectors also found that 36% drove dangerously and 6% had been seen speeding. For the full story, click here.

Bed bugs found on N.Y. MTA trains
Bed bugs found on N.Y. MTA trains

August 8, 2014
NEW YORK CITY — The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority confirmed bed bugs were found on at least three trains of the N line this week, amNewYork reported. Two N trains were taken out of service Sunday and then fumigated after bedbugs were found on some of the cars. A third train was removed for fumigation on Tuesday. In 2008, bed bugs were reported in the benches at two subway

Prevost begins production of N.Y. MTA buses in Plattsburgh
Prevost begins production of N.Y. MTA buses in Plattsburgh

December 24, 2014
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Prevost opened a new production line in sister company Nova Bus’ expanded Plattsburgh, N.Y. facility. The production line is Prevost's first in the U.S. The $26 million expansion project is tied to a New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) award to build 300 Commuter Over the Road Buses worth $164 million. Once complete, the expansion project

Following string of incidents, FRA 45-day Metra investigation to focus on safety
Following string of incidents, FRA 45-day Metra investigation to focus on safety

July 23, 2014
said following the FRA’s announcement. He added that Metra also issued a safety bulletin to all operating employees, with its freight rail partners, BNSF and Union Pacific, also taking the same actions. The assessment is similar to “Operation Deep Dive,” the recent safety assessment conducted after a series of accidents on the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Metro-North Rail Road

N.Y. MTA activates winter operations plan
N.Y. MTA activates winter operations plan

November 19, 2014
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has activated New York City Transit’s (NYCT) 2014-2015 winter operations plan in preparation for the arrival of winter weather conditions. The plan, which affects NYCT subways, buses and the Staten Island Railway, is updated and put into effect in mid-November each year in an effort to anticipate the effect of inclement weather on service

Hong Kong rail chief Walder to step down

May 14, 2014
HONG KONG — Hong Kong's rail operator MTR Corp. said its CEO, Jay Walder, who formerly led New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority, will step down after his contract expires in August next year, The Standard reported. The announcement comes as the railway company faces harsh scrutiny from local lawmakers and the media over delays and cost overruns involving a high-speed express rail

N.Y. MTA safety videos targets those riding, walking, cycling near buses

December 12, 2014
The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) produced a new on-air public service announcement campaign for New York City Transit buses and the MTA Bus Co. to educate bus customers, pedestrians, and bicyclists about safety on and around buses. The new video campaign extends the MTA’s ongoing safety initiative to improve bus safety for anyone riding, walking, or cycling near MTA

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