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WMATA installs gap reducers on railcars

Rail| March 1, 2001
The Washington (D.C.) Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) retrofitted nearly 100% of its 758 revenue-service railcars with gap reducers to reduce the amount of space between the platform and the door.

Court decision mandates paratransit upgrades for disabled

Management & Operations| March 1, 2001
The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania last month ruled that the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) violated Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by not attempting to provide rides to all disabled persons.
Rail| March 1, 2001

First accident in 87 years closes L.A. funicular

One person died and seven were seriously injured when an historic cable car ascending Los Angeles’ Angels Flight railway plummeted 200 feet down its own track, crashing into a second cable car and killing an 83-year-old New Jersey man.
Rail| March 1, 2001

Virginia, L.A. step up rail track safety

In two distinct projects, the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (VDRPT) and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority (LACMTA) are tackling the issue of illegal pedestrian crossings at railroad tracks.
Rail| March 1, 2001

Amtrak designates quiet cars, expands Acela

Amtrak increased the number of “quiet cars” on its Northeast Corridor Metroliners for those wishing to seek escape from cell phones.
Management & Operations| March 1, 2001

Congressional transportation committees complete

Congressional committee assignments have some new and some returning faces in key posts on committees with jurisdiction over transportation.
Management & Operations| March 1, 2001

Massachusetts mandates emissions testing

In an effort to enhance its clean air campaign, Massachusetts began a new program which will require diesel vehicles, specifically heavy-duty vehicles over 10,000 pounds, to undergo emissions testing.
Management & Operations| March 1, 2001

ABC, Thor to introduce mid-size bus

ABC Bus Companies Inc., in a partnership with Thor Industries, is planning to develop a customized mid-size bus that integrates European styling.
Management & Operations| March 1, 2001

Transit looks to Internet for market expansion

In order to meet a growing interest in public transportation merchandise, major transit authorities around the country are increasingly offering their signature products to the public via the Internet.
Rail| March 1, 2001

Rail pass helps find shooting suspect

A Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) rail pass helped local detectives find a shooting suspect.

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