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August 28, 2014
N.Y. MTA investigating wayward train operator

Rail control ordered the train to let passengers off and then pull into a spur track to let it turn around safely, but the train at Canal Street instead headed uptown on the wrong tracks.



China touts itself a winner in high-speed rail stakes

"Though America leads in freight rail, its passenger rail conditions are terrible,” the article said, which cites, by way of example, a train ride from Washington to Boston that was scheduled to take between six and seven hours but took 13 hours because of heavy rain.



Cleveland opens new Rapid Station

The new station, near Case Western Reserve University, replaces an aging rail station and bus terminal, built in 1956, with a modern facility that significantly improves access for pedestrians and people with disabilities.



How Operation Lifesaver can help your transit system’s safety program

Transit is one of the safest ways to travel in the U.S. According to the National Safety Council, the lifetime odds of being killed as a rail passenger are 1 in 178,000, compared to the 1 in 415 odds of being killed as an occupant of a passenger car. A closer look at recent transit fatality statistics reveals where the problem areas lie. According to FTA statistics, 262 people died in transit-related incidents in 2012 (not including commuter rail systems, which are regulated by the FRA).


M-1 project awards $40M in contracts to local and minority businesses

Detroit-based companies, along with women, minority and disadvantaged business enterprises, have been awarded nearly 30% of the construction and concurrent road work for the M-1 RAIL streetcar project.


Temsa, CH extend exclusive distribution partnership

Since February 2010, CH Bus Sales has been the exclusive distributor of Temsa motorcoaches in the U.S., and more recently in Canada, offering sales, service and after-sales support.

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Tackling Rail Maintenance 'Blitz'-Style to Minimize 'Down' Time

Maintenance and construction projects can present quite the conundrum for transportation organizations with rail operations: shut down a major portion or entire line in one shot to get the work done while offering substitute service for riders? Work overnights and weekends for long stretches of time? One solution to the maintenance/construction puzzle is the “blitz” — a balancing act between productivity and customer inconvenience.

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Louie Maiello
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How 'Safety Blitzes' Help Test Bus Operators for Compliance

Think of a safety blitz as seeking confirmation that bus operators are in compliance, or non-compliant, with your standard operating procedures during an unannounced "spot check" of a specific skill set. A blitz may also be initiated in response to a sudden spike in unsafe actions being reported, observed or indicated by video review.

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