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April 24, 2014
Chicago Transit using cameras to arrest vandals

Already in 2014, following several police surveillance missions and using images pulled from station and railcar cameras, police have made 60 arrests for graffiti-related crimes on CTA properties.



Study: Motorcoaches cleanest form of travel

Motorcoaches average nearly 240 passenger miles per gallon, while intercity rail averages 85, commuter rail 90, transit buses 70, domestic air travel 55 and single-occupant cars 28, according to the study.



Calif. agency set for BRT line launch

Omnitrans' sbX system serves major activity centers, including two hospitals, two universities, numerous trade schools, city and county government centers, and employment centers, along with major shopping, hospitality and entertainment venues.


2014 BRT Survey: Projects Abound, Bring Economic Benefits

Connecting to jobs and other transit modes as well as supporting economic development were big boons cited. Last year’s sequestration hurt some projects, but not enough to keep this from being a strong year for the mode, with 10 new lines opening.


Home movie of 1939 Union Station opening in L.A. unveiled

The silent 6-minute color film clip features train engines, vintage cars and spectators from the opening day parade. The home movie was shot by legendary Disney animator Ward Kimball, creator of numerous classic Disney characters including Jiminy Cricket in “Pinocchio.”


Video: Only Known Footage of L.A. Union Station Opening, Shot by Ward Kimball

In honor of Union Station's 75th Anniversary, Metro and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in cooperation with the family of Ward Kimball, have restored the only known footage of the historic opening. Documented in the home movie, the parade drew half a million spectators to downtown Los Angeles.


Minn. Metro light rail to run 24 hours on trial basis

The schedule for the first Green Line trains, which will roll June 14, will be on a trial basis and may be modified due to maintenance needs, according to Metro Transit officials.


Veolia awarded $409M Las Vegas paratransit contract

Contract will begin in August. The service is estimated at approximately one million passenger trips annually.


CH Bus opens Texas sales and service facility

The facility is more than 12,000 sq. feet with ample motorcoach parking, a large parts warehouse, and six garage bays, plus three more to be constructed soon.


MBTA extends National Express paratransit contract

The five-year base contract, with two one-year options, has a total value of more than $260 million.


Clean Energy, Fla. agency partner for CNG fueling station

HART is the first transit agency in Florida expected to transition its entire fleet to cleaner-burning natural gas. The fueling station will be equipped with four fast-fill CNG dispensers to fuel buses, vans and other fleet vehicles.


Cubic receives Calif. Clipper card add-on contract

The $7.5 million contract from Metropolitan Transportation Commission to expand the fare payment system to more than a dozen suburban transit agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Calif. intermodal center honored for construction tech, processes

The Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC), scheduled to be completed later this year, will accommodate several modes of transportation, including Metrolink commuter rail and Amtrak, bus, shuttle and taxi systems as well as future high-speed rail.

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Innovative transit agency helps clear the air in Dallas-Fort Worth

Based on its population of more than 6.5 million people, Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) is the fourth largest metropolitan area in the country. Based on land area, it’s the second largest. Regional planners are always looking toward alternative modes of transportation to efficiently and effectively move residents to their destinations. This is particularly important considering that 10 counties in the DFW region are rated by the EPA as non-attainment areas for ground-level ozone.

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50 years of public transit milestones and memories

In the public transit world, 1964 marked the world’s first high-speed rail network, driverless train and California breaking ground on the BART system. It was an important year for public transportation in Philadelphia, too. On Feb. 18, 1964, the organizational meeting that established what is now the nation's sixth largest transportation agency —SEPTA — was held.

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