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June 28, 2016
WMATA to eliminate 500 positions

Last month, GM Paul Wiedefeld fired 20 managers, including seven senior managers. The process of actually laying off employees will take several months. 



Survey finds Americans support higher gas taxes, spending revenue on public transit

The survey is year seven of an annual series that repeats the same questions each year. This year’s results show that support for raising transportation taxes has grown over the past six years.



Transdev expands autonomous passenger shuttle pilot programs

In the U.S., pilot programs featuring Trandev’s AV turnkey solution are in development in campus environments and other selected communities.



Secretive Alphabet unit aims to fix U.S. public transit

Sidewalk Labs, a secretive subsidiary of Alphabet (Google's parent co.), is initially offering its cloud software, called Flow, to Columbus, Ohio, the winner of a recent $50 million Smart City Challenge.


First engine installed in Miami's Brightline locomotive

The Cummins QSK95 engine weighs 31,000 pounds. Installation took approximately six hours during which the engine was lowered into the locomotive by an overhead crane.


NJ TRANSIT, 2 rail unions reach tentative agreement

United Transportation Union Local 60, which represents conductors, and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers were part of an 11-member coalition that reached deals with the agency in March, however the two unions’ membership voted against the proposal.


Proterra opens electric vehicle fast-charge tech to transit industry

The company will grant anyone royalty-free access to its patents covering its industry leading single-blade overhead charging design. This includes the bus-mounted, single-blade charging design and the overhead-charging coupler.


How to Make an Effective Motorcoach Marketing Program

Some “best practices” that every company should implement include “engineering an experience” for customers, using email marketing data, developing a responsive website and investing in a social media presence.


Alstom supplies signaling to Sydney rail system

The installation of both the on-board and trackside equipment covers four test trains and an area of seven miles between the suburbs of Arncliffe and Oatley, in the South of Sydney.


TEX Rail construction gets federal greenlight

After the FTA's Letter of No Prejudice to the Fort Worth Transportation Authority, work on the 27-mile commuter line will break ground next month.

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