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July 17, 2014
Long Island Rail Road strike averted, deal reached

Provides the 17% wage increase recommended by the Presidential Emergency Board, and includes the first-ever healthcare contributions from the 5,400 workers that make up the eight unions while protecting commuters and the MTA’s long-term financial stability.



Nashville MTA hires ex-Pittsburgh agency head as CEO

Stephen G. Bland will begin his new position on August 25. He formerly led the Port Authority of Allegheny County, a multi-modal system with 1,000-plus vehicles and an annual operating budget of $350 million.



Two Moscow subway workers detained in wake of deadly derailment

Investigators said a new rail switch at the point where the train left the tracks wasn't properly installed during repairs in May and was attached to the rail only by a single 3-millimeter wire, according to the report.



Cincinnati Metro chief, Garcia Crews resigns

Terry Garcia Crews, who joined Metro in November 2010, plans to return to a successful consulting career in the transit industry and spend more quality time with her family.


Video: N.Y. Gov. Cuomo announces Long Island Rail Road agreement

Tentative deal reached between the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Long Island Rail Road unions, averting a strike.


Pittsburgh Port Authority diverts funds to study BRT

Approved shifting $1.56 million dollars from its capital budget to add to the amount needed to study a BRT line between downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland.


Proterra sells first 2nd-generation electric bus to Calif.

Foothill Transit became Proterra’s first customer and the first agency in the U.S. to operate EV buses in revenue service in 2010.


Cost of building Chinese high-speed rail one-third lower than in other countries

The major factors include the line design speed, topography along the alignment, weather conditions, land acquisition costs, use of viaducts instead of embankments, the construction of major bridges across wide rivers, and the construction of mega stations, according to a World Bank report.


Video: Carolyn Hopkins - Woman behind the voice at 200 airports

CBS2 News reporter Lee Cowan profiles 63-year-old Carolyn Hopkins of northern Maine -- the woman behind the voice at airports telling us to "watch your bags" or "the next uptown train will arrive in... one minute."

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Heather Redfern
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Providing Service for Those Who Served

When the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Paralyzed Veterans of America hold the 34th National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Philadelphia from August 12-17, SEPTA will have the opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to those who have served the Armed Forces. The Authority will provide transportation for the more than 500 veterans with spinal cord injury, amputations and neurological disorders that will travel to Philadelphia from across the country and the United Kingdom to compete.

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Louie Maiello
Safety Corner
How to know when your driver trainees are ready to roll

There should come a time during each new student’s training bus instruction, when instructor-led skill development turns to student demonstration and “Show Time” begins. It is during this time the student must perform for the instructor. I call this a “Show Me” day.

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