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D.C. Metro receives $150M to address NTSB recs

Bus| January 3, 2011
Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia will also provide $150 million in matching local funds to help pay for the improvements.

N.Y. bus drivers to face firing for cell phone offenses

Bus| December 23, 2010
Under the new policy, drivers caught talking on the phone just once could face dismissal, while in the past, drivers with good records could get several violations before being fired.
Rail| December 23, 2010

Chicago to continue 5000-series railcar tests

The 10 prototype railcars are being tested to determine how they perform when operating in the conditions that CTA's rail fleet is subjected to throughout the year. The prototypes must successfully complete testing on all eight rail lines.
Rail| December 17, 2010

D.C. Metro will conduct random carry-on inspections

The inspections, conducted in conjunction with TSA officials, are expected to take only minutes and designed to be non-intrusive, as police will randomly select bags or packages to check for hazardous materials using ionization technology as well as K-9 units trained to detect explosive materials.
Motorcoach| December 17, 2010

FMCSA proposes cell phone ban for bus, truck drivers

Drivers who violate these restrictions would face federal civil penalties of up to $2,750 for each offense and disqualification of their commercial driver's license (CDL) for multiple offenses. Additionally, states would suspend a driver's CDL after two or more violations of any state law on hand-held cell phone use.
Bus| December 17, 2010

Explanatory Demonstration of D.C. Metro Inspection

The inspections, which will be conducted in conjunction with Transportation Security Administration officials, are expected to take only minutes and designed to be non-intrusive, as police will randomly select bags or packages to check for hazardous materials using ionization technology as well as K-9 units trained to detect explosive materials. Carry on items will generally not be opened and physically inspected unless the equipment indicates a need for further inspection.

Motorcoach| December 14, 2010

FMCSA launches bus, truck accountability program

The centerpiece of the program is the Safety Measurement System, which will analyze all safety-based violations from inspections and crash data to determine a commercial motor carrier's on-road performance. The new safety program will allow FMCSA to reach more carriers earlier and deploy a range of corrective interventions to address a carrier's specific safety problems.
Mobility| December 13, 2010

Web Extra: Cal State Long Beach shuttle solves transportation, safety issues

Eight shuttles provide transportation services to 40,000 students, faculty and staff throughout the 324-acre campus as well as transportation to and from the Residential Learning College, which is located one and a half miles west of the main campus.
Bus| December 6, 2010

FMCSA appoints 3 experts to Medical Review Board

Appointed to a two-year term, members must possess expertise in a medical specialty, knowledge of transportation medical issues, experience on panels that develop medical standards and professional service and experience developing teaching programs.
Accessibility| December 3, 2010

Feds propose new rear visibility regs

The proposal, issued by the NHTSA, would expand the required field of view for all passenger cars, pickup trucks, minivans, buses and low-speed vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of up to 10,000 pounds, so that drivers can see directly behind the vehicle when the vehicle's transmission is in reverse.

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