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N.C. to allow buses to drive on highway shoulders

Bus| June 14, 2012
New program to allow buses to travel on the shoulders of selected highways in times of heavy traffic congestion to help maintain transit schedules and bypass problem areas. They would only be allowed to use the shoulders when travel speed in the highway lanes fell below 35 miles per hour.

RIPTA to offer language interpretation service

Bus| June 14, 2012
Conducted over the phone, designed to improve communication with non-English speaking passengers. Offers interpretation in over 170 languages.
Bus| June 14, 2012

Calif.'s OCTA celebrates 40 years of service

Began bus service in 1972 with eight buses along three routes. Forty years later, the agency operates a fleet of 550 buses along 77 routes throughout Orange County, California.
Rail| June 13, 2012

Alstom, partner to acquire French tram manufacturer

The agreement will be finalized after completion of legal procedures, information processes and approval of the competent authorities.
Rail| June 13, 2012

NJ Transit to change bike policy in July

In response to customer feedback and comments from the bicycling community, agency officials asked the North and South Jersey Transportation Advisory Committees to review NJ Transit’s existing bicycle policy and make recommendations that could safely reduce restrictions limiting bicycle access on trains.
Rail| June 13, 2012

Report: Caltrain electrification would boost region's economy

A study says electrifying Caltrain from Santa Clara County up to San Francisco could deliver as much as $2.5 billion in economic benefits, including 9,600 new jobs in the Bay Area.
Bus| June 13, 2012

Chicago Transit to offer fare passes on Groupon

Groupon will purchase a total of 250,000 3-Day passes for $1.882 million. Each pass will be sold for $7.53 wholesale and offered to Groupon members for $9 instead of $14, the current price of a 3-Day pass.
Rail| June 13, 2012

‘Head tax’ proposed for C-Tran light rail

Would tax local employers $1 to $2 a month per employee and raise the $2.5 million in revenue needed annually to run and maintain a new Washington MAX line.
Rail| June 13, 2012

MBTA to pilot rail fare payment app

Launched a website for customers to sign up for project updates on its pilot program to let commuter rail riders purchase and display tickets on their smart phones. Expects to pilot the program on one commuter rail line in the early fall.
Rail| June 13, 2012

FRA issues rail crossings final rule

Requires railroads to install signs at highway-rail grade and pathway crossings with telephone numbers the public can use to alert railroad companies to unsafe conditions.

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