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December 16, 2014
N.Y. MTA: May derailment was result of overlooked defects

The defects included a broken plate, broken fasteners and a deteriorated tie, all of which should have been prioritized for repairs.



Grad students explore feasibility of Hyperloop system

From a design standpoint, one of the biggest challenges is how to integrate Hyperloop stations into the urban environment so people can travel to and from them quickly without waiting before boarding and take off like they do at airports, according to the report.



Metrolink chief DePallo to step down

Under DePallo's leadership, Metrolink is now on the verge of becoming the nation's first passenger rail system to fully implement Positive Train Control. He will step down from his post effective January 2.



Boston to pilot needs-based paratransit discounts

A total of 600 customers will be eligible for the six-month pilot, which will cost $480,000. The program did not require a vote by the state’s Transportation Board, though some members voiced support and others questioned whether the goal of lowering fares for low-income riders with disabilities could be accomplished another way.


Lost and Found on Public Transit and Hopefully Reunited

One might think with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and passengers carrying more packages than usual on buses, trains and trolleys, transit organizations’ lost and found departments could be busier than usual. For large authorities like the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, the lost and found bins are often full throughout the year, not just during the Christmas season.


Parsons Brinckerhoff earns APTA sustainability designation

Public transit agencies and businesses that voluntarily participate in the APTA Sustainability Commitment program commit to implementing processes and actions that create continuous improvements in environmental, social and economic sustainability.


Clean Energy to supply Jacksonville CNG station

The deal, valued at $8.1 million, will also include facility modifications to accommodate the conversion of JTA’s buses from diesel to CNG.


Bombardier wins 10-year Italian contract

With a top commercial speed of up to approximately 223 miles per hour, the V300ZEFIRO is the fastest train in Europe and its advanced, high acceleration delivers excellent travel times, even on winding routes.

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