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Balancing Demand, Funding Shortfalls Difficult for Top 200

Bus| September 21, 2011
As budgets and funding continue to shrink, demand continues to grow, as does the role public transportation plays in preserving the environment. Appropriately, many transit systems continue to innovate and make their case known, both at the federal and local levels. New York City Transit takes the top spot in this year’s survey.

NHTSA: Enforcement deters distracted driving

Bus| July 12, 2011
Two pilot projects measured the effect of increased law enforcement coupled with high-profile public education campaigns. In Syracuse, N.Y., because of high-visibility enforcement, both handheld cell phone use and texting behind the wheel declined by one-third. In Hartford, Conn., there was a 57 percent drop in handheld use and texting behind the wheel dropped by nearly three-quarters.
Rail| April 28, 2011

Study: Midwest HSR could bring $300B in new business

Data projects that a high-speed rail system serving areas within 350 to 450 miles of Chicago could bring in $2.2 billion annually in user-generated revenues, and 104,000 new jobs.
Bus| December 21, 2010

Fed funds awarded to fuel-cell programs

The purpose of the program is to facilitate the development of commercially viable fuel-cell bus technologies and increase public acceptance of the fuel-cell vehicles.
Bus| October 13, 2010

$18.7M in transportation research grants announced

RITA provides $81 million in annual funding to 136 colleges and universities conducting transportation research and providing the training needed to manage today's transportation infrastructure through the UTC program.
Rail| April 16, 2010

FTA awards TriMet $2.4M for streetcar research

At present there is no domestic manufacturer of streetcar propulsion systems. The propulsion system represents about 20 percent of the total cost of a vehicle. The FTA will fund 80 percent of the $3-million project, with a local match of $600,000.
Bus| January 26, 2010

RITA doles out $2M to 4 universities

University Transportation Centers maintain vital partnerships with regional, state and local transportation and transit agencies, to help find solutions to challenges impacting their communities.
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