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January 29, 2015
Amtrak to invest $12 million for Chicago Union Station rehab

Work on the station will include planning and design for a larger passenger concourse, making safety improvements, enhancing temperature controls and conducting necessary repairs to the Station’s exterior façade.



Calif.'s SunLine gets permanent home after 30 years

The agency had been working out of "temporary" portable offices since 1985.



Driver who struck Calif. bus sentenced to year in jail

In addition to his jail and probation sentence, the driver, who was drunk when he struck a SamTrans bus last January, must pay restitution to six victims, $7,341 to one and an amount to be determined for the other five.


BAF's Rendell calls for more fed transportation investment

While testifying before the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, he noted the actions being taken by governors and mayors to address their own transportation funding challenges but emphasized that state and local funding is not a substitute for sufficient investment from the federal government.


10 years after deadly crash, Metrolink tightens up safety focus

Upgrades include “sealed” grade crossings, safer railcars and locomotives, automatic train stops and the nation’s first onboard rail video cameras. They also include the nation’s first Positive Train Control system, expected to fully roll out by spring.


San Diego MTS taps Transdev for bus services

Transdev will operate 52 of 95 bus route services from MTS facilities in Chula Vista and El Cajon, using MTS buses and uniforms with MTS branding. Transdev has been under contract with MTS to provide similar services for the past eight years.


Crosspoint Kinetics offering special financing program

Fleet owners and managers can choose to retrofit their existing fleet with the Kinetics Hybrid or order it to be installed on new vehicles. They can also use the program to refinance their current fleet vehicles or purchase new ones with the Kinetics Hybrid system installed.


PERC unveils new branding

The Clean American Energy slogan enables fleets that operate propane autogas vehicles to now place the logo on vehicles, dispensers, tanks and marketing materials to help showcase the fact that they’ve chosen a clean, American-made fuel.


Meridian adds Davey Coach to its dealer network

The company has been on a steady path of expansion thanks to a direct focus on quality that comes from state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques, exceeding safety standards, best-in-class engineering and innovative designs that make customers’ buying decisions easy, according to the company.


Alstom, Thales win Hong Kong CBTC contract

The extensive project will equip seven MTR lines with the latest Communications Based Train Control technology, safely adding capacity, reliability and maintainability on the existing infrastructure system.


Video: BART bids farewell to old wool seats

Watch as the final wool seats are removed from a Bay Area Rapid Transit District train car and customers say their goodbyes. BART has now changed every seat on every train car –all 669 of them-  replacing the wool material with easy-to-clean vinyl.

BART utility workers yanked out the last grimy seat on December 30, 2014 and replaced it with pristine vinyl under the watchful eyes of a few interested reporters and to the delight of tens of thousands of BART riders.


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