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SEPTA captures regenerative braking energy from trains

Rail| June 29, 2012
When SEPTA's trains brake at each stop to load and unload thousands of Pennsylvania passengers, the kinetic energy of the train is converted into electricity. The agency will capture the regenerative braking energy of trains through a large-scale battery storage system and will deploy that energy as virtual power into the region's supplier of wholesale power frequency regulation and energy markets.

D.C. explores privatizing streetcar, bus circulator

Bus| June 28, 2012
DDOT said the system would cost about $1.2 billion to build and equip with 50 streetcars, and about $65 million a year to operate. Operating and maintaining the Circulator buses would cost about $70 million a year.
Bus| June 28, 2012

Pa. transit rolls out 3 Gillig hybrid buses

Replaced three15-year-old Blue Bird buses. The red hybrid "envirotravel" buses cost a total of $1.75 million.
Bus| June 28, 2012

TriMet bus driver questioned after kicking family off bus

The agency is looking into an incident involving a bus driver forcing a mother and her four children off a bus one night earlier this month. The incident started as a dispute over an expired fare.
Accessibility| June 28, 2012

Google adds public transit data to Maps product

Move allows third-party developers plugging Google’s Maps product into their web and mobile applications to provide their users with public transit routes, color-coded transit layers, and schedules.
Bus| June 28, 2012

SORTA unveils real-time bus info

New real-time information boards will display bus departure times at each of the Government Square Transit Center’s eight bus shelters.
Rail| June 28, 2012

S.F. MTA receives $61M for Central Subway project

Funds provided by the California Transportation Commission. The Central Subway plans tie directly into future high-speed rail service at the 4th and King station. It will also be three blocks from the Transbay Transit Center, the planned terminus for high-speed rail.
Motorcoach| June 28, 2012

MCI introduces 2013 J4500

Boston-based Peter Pan Bus Lines, one of the largest private operators, liked the concept from the start and will be the first to take delivery of the 2013 J4500 off the assembly line this fall.
Bus| June 28, 2012

Proterra to deliver 4 electric buses to S.C.

The contract follows Seneca’s initial announcement in November 2011 of its intention to use funds from a $4.1 million FTA TIGGER ( grant, along with local matching funds, to purchase Proterra buses.
Rail| June 27, 2012

MBTA considers selling station names

Selling the naming rights could bring $18.4 million total a year if 11 prominent stations found sponsors. The agency plans to upgrade Wi-Fi and the stations’ aesthetics and improve access for the visually impaired with the funds.

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