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Posted on March 11, 2009

Topeka Transit loses $215K in fuel gamble

TOPEKA, Kan. — Last July, the Topeka Metropolitan Transit Authority signed a diesel fuel contract, locking it into paying $4.35 per gallon for 10 months. Soon after the contract took effect, oil prices plunged. For the full story, click here.

Transit chief pledges no service cuts

MONTREAL — Montreal's public transit authority claims that it will cut $10 to $12 million from its $1 billion budget, but will not reduce services. For the full story, click here.

Utah mayor switches from streetcar to light rail

BOUNTIFUL, Utah — After completing a tour of European transportation systems in December, Mayor Joe Johnson has shifted his support from light rail to a streetcar system similar to those in Europe. For the full story, click here.

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