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U.S. DOT: Obama Administration stepped up unsafe coach crackdown

Motorcoach| July 19, 2011
Between 2000 and 2009, FMCSA issued a total of 14 imminent hazard orders placing unsafe carriers out of service. In just the last two years, FMCSA has already issued another 14 imminent hazard orders to take carriers that pose an immediate risk to passengers off the road.

Amtrak receives $563M loan for 70 Siemens trains

Rail| June 30, 2011
This is the largest loan issued through the FRA’s Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing program to date. The locomotives are more energy-efficient and will enable Amtrak to improve frequency, performance and reliability for regional and intercity routes along the Northeast and Keystone Corridors.
Rail| June 24, 2011

Chicago to ease rail congestion with $126M ARRA grant

The Illinois DOT will invest the funds in the Englewood Flyover, a grade separation project south of Chicago Union Station that eliminates one of the most delay-prone intersections in the entire Amtrak system. It separates Rock Island District Metra commuter trains from Amtrak passenger trains traveling on the Norfolk Southern corridor.
Bus| June 23, 2011

Cleveland RTA to renovate BRT station for $10.5M

FTA green lighted work on the University Circle Rapid Transit Station, which was awarded $10.5 million from the TIGER II Program in October 2010. The project will involve reconstructing the station, which includes consolidating the bus and transfer area and the rail station.
Bus| June 20, 2011

Nevada bans texting while driving

The new law, which becomes effective on January 1, 2012, makes it illegal to text or talk on a hand-held cell phone while driving. Violators face a fine of up to $100 for the first offense; up to $200 for the second offense; and up to $250 for the third offense.
Motorcoach| June 7, 2011

Senators urge greater bus safety standards

In a letter to U.S. DOT Sec. Ray LaHood, six U.S. Senators pushed for quick implementation of safety standards to prevent fatigued bus drivers from getting behind the wheel after last week’s bus crash in Virginia.
Motorcoach| June 2, 2011

N.C. coach co. got U.S. DOT appeal before crash

Feds reversed a decision to shut down Charlotte, N.C.-based Sky Express discount bus service this spring and instead granted the carrier a 10-day reprieve. Three days later, one of the company’s buses overturned, killing four people and injuring dozens.
Bus| May 13, 2011

WTS, U.S. DOT launch girls’ education initiative

The joint initiative will kick off at the Women’s Transportation Seminar annual awards dinner on May 18 in San Francisco. It will introduce girls ages 13 to 18 to a variety of transportation careers through hands‐on interactive activities and mentoring programs.
Accessibility| May 12, 2011

Indiana bans texting while driving

Under the new law, effective July 1, violators face a maximum fine of $500. The law extends the state's current texting ban to all drivers. Drivers under 18 are also prohibited from all cell phone use.
Motorcoach| April 13, 2011

FMCSA conducts surprise inspections, removes 289 buses, drivers

From March 28 through April 6, the coordinated enforcement strike force issued out-of-service violation citations to 156 drivers and 262 vehicles. FMCSA and state safety investigators also initiated 95 full safety compliance reviews on commercial passenger bus companies.

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