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IL: Clout Worked for Some Job-Seekers, not All, at Metra

When one job applicant at Metra in 1989 was told he wasn't qualified, he simply sent a "back-door letter" to Metra's chairman. The tactic worked, and the applicant was hired.

PA: PATCO Board Approves $7.5M in Upgrades

PATCO commuters will get train-information message signs, new safety cameras in stations and parking lots, and full-time repair crews for escalators and elevators, following approval Wednesday by the PATCO board.

US: Transportation Secretary Foxx Tours Atlanta to Promote Transit Bill

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx met with Atlanta leaders Wednesday for an update on the city's flashiest federally funded transit projects: the Atlanta Streetcar and Atlanta Beltline.

NC: Organic Transit, in New Durham Headquarters, Eyes Growth

Outside Organic Transit's headquarters on West Corporation Street on a recent Friday morning, green and orange solar-and-pedal-powered trikes were parked in rows.

Advantech and Intel Launch New IoT Solution

Advantech has announced the release of the UTX-3115 fanless and wide-temp embedded box, a new, comprehensive internet of things (IoT) solution that is coupled with the Intel® Gateway Solutions.

ID: Burley Asked to Contribute to Transit for Elderly, Disabled

LINC, a center for independent living, asked the Burley City Council on Tuesday to consider contributing $5,000 toward subsidized public transportation for elderly and disabled people.

NY: FEMA to Give MTA $403M for East River Tunnel Fixes, Improvements

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will award the MTA $403 million for its efforts to repair and strengthen two key East River tunnels that were flooded during superstorm Sandy, federal officials said Wednesday.

CA: SMART's 1st Batch of Rail Cars Pass Factory Tests

The first trains ordered up by the Sonoma-Marin Rail Transit agency have passed their factory tests in Japan and are ready to be shipped to the United States for on-track testing, SMART general manager Farhad Mansourian said Wednesd...

CA: Commuter Trains, Bus Systems Gear up for Fix50 Crowds

Sacramento Regional Transit will launch bulked-up train service and added security next week when construction starts on Highway 50 downtown, in hopes of offering commuters a smooth alternative to expected freeway congestion.

IL: Red Line to Get North Side Overhaul, While South Siders Decry Wait

The CTA said Wednesday it is moving forward with a multibillion-dollar overhaul of the Red Line's aging north branch tracks and stations, just hours after South Siders aired complaints to the agency's board that Mayor Rahm Emanuel's promised southern extension of the same rail line was moving too slowly.

News Roundup: Taking to the Streets

Bell Street Park opens. Success likely depends on business and residents actually using the park. An agile SDOT installs a two-way cycle track on NE 40th in the U-District as part of the Burke Gilman Trail construction detour. Car2Go mixing up how people travel in Seattle. More data needed to fully understand the implications. Capitol Hill Champion schedules a […]

CA: VVTA Honors High Desert Veterans With Discounted Bus Pass

Recognizing those who have served the nation's military, the Victor Valley Transit Authority (VVTA) will honor veterans with the launch of its reduced-fare VVTA Veterans Pass.

Abellio Greater Anglia and UK DfT sign deal to improve train services

Train operator Abellio Greater Anglia (AGA) is set to invest £20m in service improvement across its franchise network as part of its new contract with the UK Department for Transport (DfT).

New York transport authority awards two East Side Access contracts

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has awarded two contracts worth $627.79m to Tutor Perini and Frontier-Kemper Constructors as part of the East Side Access project.

MH370 Initial sea floor search will be faster than reported

In its latest update the Australian coordinated sea floor search for missing flight MH370 says that the initial search area may be mapped relatively quickly. It also says that the oil slick sampled above this search area has been analysed as not coming from an aircraft. Update on search for flight MH370 At the recent [...]

Mid-April Open Thread

Now that tax season is past, it’s time for another open thread: The PMLR Bridge will be called:  Tilikum Crossing:  Bridge of the People.  This name was chosen out of four finalists (the others being Cascadia Crossing, Wy’east Crossing,...Show More Summary

Our overloaded subways

As I wrote a couple of weeks ago, there are times when building new transit is not warranted. In particular, it is a waste of resources to build new radial capacity on the outskirts if it connects to a trunk line that can't absorb that capacity. Show More Summary

Badgerys Creek: How it can make huge sums for airlines

The Coalition government’s description of Badgerys Creek beginning as a modest western Sydney airport may be rapidly overtaken by the much more lucrative ambitions of the airlines that want to use it. The key to these ambitions is fleet utilisation. Sydney’s existing airport keeps any commercial scale aircraft that land late at night, before the [...]

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