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FMCSA launches Facebook page

Bus| August 16, 2012
Page will be updated daily and will feature announcements, events, important updates, and other information of interest to its stakeholders.

Madison, Wis. Metro honored as 'best mid-sized transit system'

Bus| August 16, 2012
In addition to breaking a 40-year passenger record last year, reaching 14.9 million rides, a 9.5% increase, the Madison-based transit system implemented innovative programs, such as a third-party smartphone application and improved fuel efficiency with the use of 19 hybrid buses.
Bus| August 16, 2012

1M public transit stops on Google Maps for Android

The new version allows you to highlight a single mode of transportation (subway, bus, or train), temporarily hiding the other transit information, thus making it easier to map your destination.
Management & Operations| August 16, 2012

Chicago RTA funds $16M in city projects

The projects, funded through the use of a two-year RTA Innovation Coordination and Enhancement program budget, will be implemented by the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra and Pace to advance the vision and goals of the RTA’s regional priorities initiative of Enhancing the Customer Experience.
Rail| August 15, 2012

Rail stations, airport tunnel envisioned for Philly

A new high-speed rail alignment beneath Center City would allow trains to avoid speed-killing curves and space limits near the 30th Street Station, helping meet a goal of 37-minute train trips between Philadelphia and New York by 2040.
Rail| August 15, 2012

Atlanta county hopes to join MARTA

The county’s bus service, C-Tran, would have been funded had the so-called T-SPLOST referendum been passed by voters in July. The agency ceased operations in 2010 after commissioners voted against funding the service.
Motorcoach| August 15, 2012

Record 74K bus, truck inspections conducted

Emphasized a back-to-the-basics focus, with special attention paid toward braking systems and hours-of-service, the top ranking violation categories for vehicles and drivers, respectively.
Bus| August 15, 2012

Sound Transit granted $400K for new lighting

The improvements covered by the grant will save more than an estimated $80,000 a year in utility and operations costs and allow the agency to leverage an additional $175,000 in utility rebates.
Rail| August 15, 2012

Houston Metro targets worker safety during high temps

MetroRail and contractor Houston Rapid Transit are chilling 9,000 pounds of ice each day to make sure crews stay cool enough to work during the season’s high temperatures. Crews are given regular training to prevent and recognize heat illness and instructed to be aware of and limit disturbance to the community during early hours.
Rail| August 15, 2012

N.J. Transit blocks developer access to rail data

The premium commuter service provided information to roughly 300 rail customers about which track their North Jersey-bound train would arrive on first — as much as 20 minutes before it appeared on the departure screens.

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