VIA chief accepts MARTA top post

Citing mainly personal reasons and the great opportunity, VIA President/CEO Keith Parker said he will leave San Antonio to become GM of the Altanta-based agency, starting there by early December.

D.C. Metro unveils new full-scale railcar mock-up

The transit authority unveils the mock-up of the 7000-series at an event in Maryland. The new cars represent the largest investment ever made in the fleet in the system's history.

Delays may threaten some Calif. HSR funds

Work on the Madera-Bakersfield segments has to be mostly completed by March 31, 2017, to ensure bills are paid before the federal grant expires in September 2017. Major construction is unlikely to begin until the fall of 2013.

Cubic, PATCO payment pilot to end

The company wanted to test its open payment account-based products and determine if people would use the same media as both their fare card and their retail spend card, and both objectives were successfully achieved.

FRA completes Amtrak Vermonter Line upgrades

Included heavier continuously-welded rail, bridge work, new tie installation and ballast work. Improvements enable the scheduled running time for the line to be reduced by about a half hour and passenger-train track speeds in signaled territory to increase from 50 to 79 miles per hour.

Survey: 67% of users say Detroit bus unreliable

The majority of respondents to a Detroit news survey who rely daily on the bus system described it as “irritating, frustrating and time-consuming.” Sixty-two percent of respondents proposals to build a light-rail system in the city.

NJ Transit may cut free employee passes

As part of Gov. Chris Christie’s emphasis on accountability to New Jersey taxpayers, the agency proposed changing its 30-year blanket privilege allowing non-agreement employees unlimited, free travel on rail, light rail and bus services.

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