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June 25, 2015
Poll: Public transportation users hate listening to cell phone conversations

About 50% of those surveyed said listening to somebody talk on their cellphone is the most annoying behavior on public transportation, followed by people who won't give up their seats for handicapped or senior citizen passengers.



Calif.'s Metrolink operating PTC on 341 miles of agency-hosted lines

Following approval from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Metrolink began operating PTC RSD on the last of Metrolink's hosted rail system on June 14. RSD simply means trains in revenue service or in Metrolink's case, with passengers on board.



Canadian Megabus crash injures 23

Ontario police is investigating the accident and hasn’t made any determination on what caused the crash yet.



[Blog] Keeping the Rails Running in Time of Tragedy

In times of disaster or tragedy, public transit agencies are frequently called upon to assist their communities and other transportation organizations. In case of fire, evacuation or accident, buses may be used to shelter or transport the displaced or injured, or serve as a respite site for first responders.



Transit Contractors Leveraging Tech to Help Fleets Work 'Smarter'

Four executives explain how they work to balance the reality of limited transit budgets with increasing customer service requirements and adapting to growing paratransit service demand.


Area states, agencies set to pay more to maintain NEC

In December, the Northeast Corridor Infrastructure and Operations Advisory Commission voted, 17-1, to approve a new cost-sharing policy, designed to spread the burden for spending $425 million a year for the next three years for maintenance and upgrades on the corridor.


FMCSA's military bus, truck driver program a huge success

In the past 12 months alone, another 4,000 individuals, including Reserves, National Guard and U.S. Coast Guard service members, have taken advantage of the program, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.


Sound Transit completes first phase of University Link testing

Over the past several months Sound Transit contractors have installed and tested new power, safety, train control and communications systems in most of the 3.1 miles of tunnels between Westlake Station in downtown Seattle and the University of Washington.


Passenger rail reform bill passes first hurdle

The “Railroad Reform, Enhancement, and Efficiency Act,” which was unanimously approved by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, would authorize Amtrak for the next four years at an average $1.65 billion a year. Additionally, $570 million in total grant funding would be made available every year.


Alstom completes hybrid locomotive for Volkswagen

The new generation of hybrid shunting locomotive will be used at Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg plant for zero-emission freight transport, making a sustainable contribution towards reducing CO2 emissions.


Utah rail projects spur $225M value in local economy, study shows

Major companies including Adobe, eBay, Goldman Sachs, Overstock.com and Workday have made office location decisions based, in part, by proximity to the TRAX and FrontRunner stations.



Study: 1.3 million will travel by bus over July 4th holiday

An estimated 1,312,905 passengers will make trips of 50 miles or more by bus, surpassing all previous Fourth of July holidays over the past 10 years.

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