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– Alerts- August 18.09

August 18, 2009
Local transit groups ask Granholm for assistance
The Detroit News
Lansing — A trio of local transit groups is calling on Gov. Jennifer Granholm to come up with a source of increased funding for public transportation and
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Mass transit development will be slow
Examiner.com
Regional transportation planners and thinkers discussed new high-speed rail systems and other transit options to connect northern Colorado cities.
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The Lincoln Journal

WVU’s Personal Rapid Transit up and running again after summer
The Lincoln Journal
MORGANTOWN – The West Virginia University Personal Rapid Transit system, better known as the PRT, is back on the tracks and running smoothly today after a
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Hearings this week on proposed cuts at Ben Franklin Transit
TheNewsTribune.com
Tom Polson says he can’t figure out the recent transit service changes that have resulted in route cuts, re-duced services and, in some cases, higher fares.
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Hot-shot law firm Proskauer Rose quits MTA, says agency bigs too
New York Daily News
Proskauer Rose was concerned transit officials weren’t being candid about their dealings with the union, and the law firm feared it couldn’t adequately
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BART strike averted, tentative deal reached
San Francisco Chronicle
(08-17) 12:04 PDT Oakland — The BART contract dispute was resolved Sunday evening, averting a threatened transit strike that would have crippled this
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Whitman County exploring transit authority
Moscow-Pullman Daily News
Whitman County is exploring setting up a transit authority district that would enable the county to partner with the Council on Aging and Human Services to
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Mass. giving transit data to software developers
The Associated Press
A restaurant owner, for example, could easily add official government data about the location and details of transit stops or bus schedules into a Web site
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Bygone Era of Public Transit Comes Alive at Trolley Museum
MPBN News
Electric trolleys as a form of public transit in Maine have a limited history that began in 1887 and ended by the early 1940’s. But there is a place where
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Mass. giving transit data to software developers
Boston Herald
The MBTA becomes the third-largest transit agency in the country to make such data public in a format converted to the industry-standard Google Transit Feed
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– Alerts for August 17.09

August 17, 2009
Canada Line a good start; now let’s fix everything else
Vancouver Sun
Thousands of people wait in line in downtown Vancouver to try out the Canada Line train that officially opened Aug. 17, 2009.
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Canada Line opening day draws the curious crowds
Georgia Straight
By Matthew Burrows Today (August 17), Straight reporter Matthew Burrows rode the Canada Line on opening day. Here are some of his observations at various
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Thousands flock to Canada Line for opening day
BCLocalNews
By Matthew Hoekstra – Richmond Review Thousands of people waited under the hot sun at Canada Line stations Monday afternoon to be among the first passengers
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Video & photos: Canada Line’s opening day crush
Georgia Straight
In one of his half-hourly e-mail updates, TransLink spokesperson Drew Snider noted at 4:02 pm this afternoon that the Canada Line was awaiting a rush hour
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BC Premier defends HST move
Globe and Mail
Questions about the HST followed the Premier to the official opening of the Canada Line linking Vancouver and Richmond, and Mr. Campbell spent a scrum with
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AFP

Cocaine traces found in 90 percent of greenbacks
AFP
Second in line was the US northern neighbor Canada, where 85 percent of 27 banknotes studied showed drug traces, ranging from 2.4 micrograms to over 2530
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Nike Canada joins Vancouver Games lineup
The Associated Press
Without them, the committee is facing a $27 million hole in its budget, creating major pressure on its $1.6 billion bottom line.
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The long and troubled road to the Canada Line
CTV British Columbia
The original proposal for the line was to bore a tunnel under Cambie Street, which would have had minimal impact on merchants. However, the plan was dropped
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First Canada Line train pulls out
The Province
The first $2-billion Canada Line train left the station at Vancouver International Airport, packed with VIPs and media. “Welcome to planes, trains and 2010
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Vancouver C$2 billion transit line opens early
Reuters
Commuters will be able to ride free of charge for the day on the 19-km (12-mile) Canada Line between Vancouver’s downtown, its international airport and the
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San Francisco Area Transit Averts Strike, Reaches Union Deal
Bloomberg
17 (Bloomberg) — San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid Transit reached a tentative agreement with a union representing rail workers yesterday, averting a strike
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City of Jo’burg comes out in support of BRT
Primedia Broadcasting – Eyewitness News
The City of Johannesburg has again reiterated its commitment to launching the Bus Rapid Transit system at the end of the month adding its doors are still
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What Jozi motorists need to know about BRT
Independent Online
By Aki Anastasiou The Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system is set to begin operating in Joburg at the end of the month. Barriers have been erected to
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WBOY-TV

WVU PRT to Reopen
WBOY-TV
West Virginia University’s Personal Rapid Transit is scheduled to reopen Monday after being closed all Summer. MORGANTOWN — Since May 11th, West Virginia
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San Francisco Area-Transit Authority, Union Negotiate
Bloomberg
16 (Bloomberg) — San Francisco Bay-area commuter rail workers and their employer, Bay Area Rapid Transit, resumed contract talks today aimed at averting a
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Rapid line will work for jobs and people
The Province
But he believes more rapid transit was required for the Vancouver area. “You simply cannot operate large, large cities with antiquated models of
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Soweto residents welcome the launch of BRT buses
BuaNews Online (press release)
By Gabi Khumalo Johannesburg – Soweto residents have welcomed the launch of the Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) System buses. Thrilled Soweto residents had
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Soweto residents get the Rea Vaya experience
Primedia Broadcasting – Eyewitness News
Gauteng Community Safety MEC Khabisi Mosunkutu unveiled the new Bus Rapid Transit fleet. Mosonkutu expressed his excitement about the launch of the BRT and
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BRT busses unveiled
Primedia Broadcasting – Eyewitness News
The unveiling of the busses is taking place two weeks before the first phase of the controversial Bus Rapid Transit system is launch.
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San Francisco rail, union to resume negotiations
The Associated Press
Officials from Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 and Bay Area Rapid Transit talked into the night Saturday, but there was no word on whether much
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– Alerts – August 16.09

August 16, 2009
Editorial: Transit’s time
Gainesville Sun
In anticipation of the beginning of the new academic year, Gainesville Regional Transit this week announced several route improvements; increasing frequency
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Tropical warning…Inaccessible firefighting…Transit talks
Reiten Television KXMB Bismarck
AP MIAMI (AP) A tropical storm warning is up for parts of Florida as a newly formed depression swirls about 90 miles off the coast.
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Manteca Transit service south of 120 Bypass before council
Manteca Bulletin
By Dennis Wyatt It is costing $400 to provide a 30-day trial that is allowing Manteca Transit service to southwest Airport Way neighborhoods that do not
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Washington Post

Dr. G’s Tips on Lane Closings, Traffic and Mass Transit
Washington Post
Drivers will see a major change this week at the Capital Beltway junction with Chain Bridge Road (Route 123) in Tysons Corner. Exit 46B from the outer loop
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Transit Key To Revival
Hartford Courant
These depressing rankings all relate to Connecticut’s last half-century of promoting highways and suburban sprawl at the expense of the state’s transit
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BART strike would suspend Hercules parking program
San Jose Mercury News
By Tom Lochner HERCULES — The permit parking program at the new Hercules Transit Center will be suspended in the event of a BART strike, Hercules officials
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Revenue report tells BART’s tale
San Francisco Chronicle
We can only hope that members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 have come to their senses by the time this column appears.
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BART union and management negotiators back at the deadline
San Jose Mercury News
After members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 rejected a proposed contract last week, BART’s board of directors imposed a contract on the union,
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BART talks to resume today
San Francisco Chronicle
BART officials and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 plan to go back to the bargaining table today at 1 pm, officials said.
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Seeking a transit system we can afford
Vancouver Sun
By Harvey Enchin, Vancouver SunAugust 15, 2009 9:40 AM Public transit wil have to be fast, reliable, comfortable and affordable in order to attract more
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– Alerts – August 15.09

August 15, 2009
Bus Rapid Transit under the spot light
Primedia Broadcasting – Eyewitness News
are expected to attend the Public Transport Summit, on Saturday morning, where the controversial Bus Rapid Transit system will come under the spotlight.
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Utah County moving forward with bus rapid transit
Deseret News
By James Davis PROVO — Little by little, plans for a bus rapid transit line between Orem and Provo are getting closer to reality.
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Boston Globe

On the slow train to financial reality
Boston Globe
A Green Line expansion would top a sensible list of major improvements, not least because it extends rapid transit through underserved but densely populated
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Rapid transit returns to Richmond
BCLocalNews
Commuter rail cars transported people between downtown Vancouver and Steveston in 45 minutes, giving Richmond its first form of rapid transit and spurring a
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BART criticizes union leaders as strike looms
San Francisco Chronicle
The leaders of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 had reached a tentative deal with Bay Area Rapid Transit, but members then rejected it.
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MARTA to get $55 million in stimulus funds
Atlanta Journal Constitution
By AP The US Department of Transportation says the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority will receive $55.4 million in federal stimulus funds.
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MARTA to get stimulus grant, buy buses
WALB-TV
AP – August 14, 2009 4:04 AM ET ATLANTA (AP) – The US Department of Transportation says the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority will receive $55.4
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– Alerts – August 15.09

August 15, 2009
We want a transit system we can afford
Vancouver Sun
By Harvey Enchin, Vancouver sunaugust 15, 2009 2:08 AM It’s not hard to make a case for an efficient public transit system. It makes cities more livable by
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Police beef up mass-transit patrols
Arizona Republic
by Sean Holstege – Aug. 15, 2009 12:00 AM The Phoenix Police Department will assign a dozen extra officers next week to patrol near rail stations and bus
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MTA may fight panel’s hefty pay hikes for transit workers
New York Daily News
By Pete Donohue The MTA is considering challenging an arbitration panel’s decision to grant transit workers generous wage hikes, officials said Friday.
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Transit officials urge commuters to find alternatives
Contra Costa Times
By Sarah Rohrs/Times-Herald staff writer With a BART strike looming, Vallejo Transit and other Solano transportation agencies are encouraging commuters to
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NJ Transit gets more stimulus funding
Philadelphia Inquirer
NJ Transit received another installment of its $424 million in federal stimulus funding yesterday from US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
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Labor leaders meet – no progress on BART strike
San Francisco Chronicle
State and Bay Area labor leaders met behind closed doors Friday with BART transit union officials to try to avert a Monday morning strike.
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Ridership down on La Mirada Transit, prompts new shopping service
Whittier Daily News
But a recent city analysis on La Mirada Transit – one year after it switched operators from Norwalk Transit to MV Transportation – revealed its passenger
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BART Train Operators Back Monday Strike
Wall Street Journal
The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555, which represents about 900 train operators and station agents for the Bay Area Rapid Transit System,
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NJ getting nearly $300 million for transit
Philadelphia Inquirer
Federal Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Friday that the state will get money for 13 transit projects, including $110 million for design and
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Va. man pleads guilty to charge from blog posting
San Jose Mercury News
A Roanoke man has pleaded guilty to charges he threatened a San Francisco area transit policeman in an online posting. US Attorney Julia Dudley said
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BART talks suspended, will resume Sunday
San Francisco Chronicle
(08-15) 20:46 PDT OAKLAND — Bay Area Rapid Transit union officials and BART managers suspended their talks this evening – with plans to continue
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$2-billion Canada Line ready to roll ahead of schedule
Vancouver Sun
The new rapid transit line — touted as equivalent to a 10-lane freeway — is expected to take 200000 one-way automobile trips off the road system each day
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RVTD examines rapid transit system
Mail Tribune
By hannah guzik ASHLAND — The Rogue Valley’s first rapid transit system could be a high-speed bus line running near the railroad tracks that already connect
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Traffic chaos in CBD and no cops in sight
Independent Online
CBD were gridlocked during peak-hour traffic on Friday as the first day’s testing of the dedicated Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system lanes took place.
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– Alerts – August 14.09

August 14, 2009
BART workers likely to strike Sunday
Los Angeles Times
Contract negotiations between management of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system and union officials broke down Wednesday after four months of talks when the
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Rahall Announces $1.5 Million from US DOT to Tri-State Transit
HNN Huntingtonnews.net
13, that the Tri-State Transit Authority (TTA) in Huntington will receive a $1510771 grant for facility renovations and improvements from the US Department
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Stimulus funds boost rail transit engineering
Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Almost $8 million will be used to expand the parking lot at the Pearl City Bus Facility; $4.3 million for the Wahiawa Transit Center; $3.1 million for the
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Transit tax vote may come in 2010
News & Observer
BY BRUCE SICELOFF – Staff Writer Because of the statewide sales-tax increase, Triangle transit advocates are likely to wait until late 2010 or 2011 to ask
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Honolulu to get $41M for transit
Maui News
HONOLULU – US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced Honolulu is getting close to $41 million from the federal government for transit
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Getting around during a BART strike
San Francisco Chronicle
BART is the regional transit workhorse, with an average daily ridership of 340000, which includes carrying about 180000 passengers through the Transbay Tube
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Seeing rail transit in its true light; an investment to promote
Examiner.com
Listening to people (critics, naysayers) rant about the supposed high costs of constructing streetcar and/or light rail transit gets old.
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MyFox Atlanta

Gwinnett Co. Mulls Transit Route Cuts
MyFox Atlanta
(MyFOX ATLANTA) – Gwinnett County transit officials announced big changes Thursday. The changes will affect routes and hours of service.
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wva transit authority gets $1.5M in funding
Charleston Gazette
(AP) – The Tri-State Transit Authority in Huntington is receiving more than $1.5 million in federal funding. The grant from the US Department of
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BART workers to strike after board imposes contract on second
San Jose Mercury News
The board reluctantly decided they were at an impasse with the Amalgamated Transit Union. (Dean Coppola/Staff) By the numbers BART workers will strike
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– Alerts – August 13.09

August 13, 2009
BART contract talks break down
San Francisco Chronicle
Management declared an impasse when the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 rejected management’s “last, best and final offer,” said BART spokesman Linton
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CTA, NJ Transit advance major rail and station projects
Progressive Rail Roading
The extension will include 5.3 miles of new rapid transit, four additional stations, park & ride and bus terminal facilities at each station,
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NJ Transit testing web departure screens
The Star-Ledger – NJ.com
by AP New Jersey rail commuters may soon be able to check train times on internet-enabled cell phones. The agency will be testing it for the next two months
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Secaucus Junction departure boards to help test NJ Transit’s
Times Herald-Record
By Judy Rife NEWARK, NJ — NJ Transit will use the train departure boards at Secaucus Junction in a public beta test of a new service that displays the
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BART, union try to head off strike
San Francisco Chronicle
The negotiating session was the first since the 900 members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555, shot down a proposed contract offer by a margin of
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Don’t protest, participate
Baltimore Sun
His decision sets the stage for detailed planning that will determine specifics on how this 14-mile transit line interacts with city and county
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LIRR helps launch ‘Train to Game’ for football fans
Newsday
Friday, beginning with the Jets preseason opener, the Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit will kick off their “Train to the Game” venture,
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Transit: Tax gas
Diamondback Online
To the applause of mass transit advocates, Gov. Martin O’Malley announced his support for the light-rail option of the Purple Line on Aug. 4.
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CTA OKs 3 rail-line extensions
Chicago Tribune
By Jon Hilkevitch Tribune reporter Eugene Rogers has spent most of his life on Chicago’s Far South Side, an area Rogers calls a “public transit desert
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Amtrak routes now part of Google Transit
Albany Times Union
KINDERHOOK — American Bio Medica Corp., the Kinderhook-based drug test kit manufacturer, said its quarterly loss widened in the second quarter as sales
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