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Calif.'s SMART seeks $6.6M for train cars

Rail| December 12, 2012
If the additional cars are ordered by the end of the year, they can be purchased at the current price. However, bicycle advocates have criticized the plan because it would take away funds from other projects like bike lanes and sidewalk improvements.

BusCon honors top under 40-foot fleets

Accessibility| September 17, 2012
On hand to present the awards was past President of the MSBMA and President of Champion Bus John Resnik. Chicago area-based Pace Suburban Bus was the top agency, with more than 1,400 vehicles.
Rail| August 3, 2012

SMART taps L.B. Foster for concrete ties

A project design report notes "the use of concrete ties resulted in estimated track costs from 10% to 15% lower than the use of timber ties using conventional track construction methods. If a mechanized track laying system were to be employed, costs could be as much as 40% lower."
Bus| March 22, 2012

Mich. transit advocates tour state to highlight issues

Five transportation advocates launched a three-day tour of Michigan by public transit to draw attention to what's working and what isn’t in the state's system.
Bus| February 28, 2012

Experts say BRT could boost Detroit region

Representatives from transit agencies in other major cities shared how rapid transit buses helped them improve service, increase ridership and attract redevelopment. Creating a regional agency to operate the system would force coordination and efficiency on overlapping city and suburban bus providers.
Bus| November 8, 2011

Detroit’s SMART adds 3 hybrid buses to fleet

Agency used ARRA funds to purchase the buses. Manufactured by Gillig, the hybrid-electric vehicles are 40 percent more fuel efficient.
Bus| October 13, 2011

Detroit’s SMART to cut service, lay off 123 workers

After nine months of negotiations, the agency and unions representing more than 800 of its employees failed to reach agreements. Agency’s loss in revenue from local property taxes, farebox proceeds, and state and federal funding also prompted the cuts.
Rail| May 24, 2011

Sonoma-Marin rail's interim GM returns to old post

David Heath was hired as SMART's chief financial officer a year ago, but took over as interim GM following the abrupt resignation of Lillian Hames in January.
Rail| February 3, 2011

Sonoma-Marin, Calif. transit chief resigns

Lillian Hames, GM of Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit, gave her resignation, which was effective immediately, to the board of directors last week.
Bus| October 26, 2010

Detroit agency buys hybrid rapid transit buses

SMART entered into a piggy-back agreement with the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority which had an existing bus buy contract with New Flyer enabling SMART to receive the buses approximately nine months sooner.

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