U.S. DOT finalizes New Starts, Small Starts changes

They include adopting a simpler, more straightforward approach for measuring a proposed project’s cost-effectiveness and expanding the range of environmental benefits used to evaluate proposed projects.

Fla. residents support publicly funded light rail

Fifty-eight percent of respondents were supportive of spending public or tax money to bring light rail to parts of the Tampa Bay area.

Calif. intersections to close for rail construction

The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District will replace several railroad crossings during January and February.

Calif. transit district prepares for rail safety project

North County Transit District’s computer-based safety project would help prevent disasters such as train collisions. The technology requires the use of fiber optic cable and other infrastructure.

Valley Metro labor unions continue negotiations

The Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the ATU and ACI expired on June 30, 2012. Two 90-day extensions have occurred to allow for greater discussion; the second extension is set to end on Dec. 31, 2012.

Denver RTD FasTracks moves forward with funding

The Internal Savings Account is comprised of eight items that are expected to generate nearly $300 million by 2017.

Metrolinx/GO Transit extends Bombardier contract

Has provided fleet maintenance services to GO Transit since 1997 and operations since 2008 and has also supplied more than 600 Bombardier BiLevel rail coaches that make up the transit authority's commuter rail fleet.

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