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The American Public Transportation Association Monday released its latest “Transit Savings Report,” stating individuals who rode public transportation saved on average $9,167 annually, or about $764 per month, based on the August 7, 2009 national average gas price and the national unreserved monthly parking rate.

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The monthly report calculates the average annual and monthly savings for public transit users. The report examines how an individual in a two-person household can save money by taking public transportation and living with one less car.

APTA said the national average for a monthly unreserved parking space in a downtown business district is $154.23, according to the 2009 Colliers International Parking Rate Study. Over the course of a year, parking costs for a vehicle can amount to an average of $1,850.

APTA offers a calculator to determine individual savings with or without car ownership, available at www.publictransportation.org.

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Communities lining Ontario’s North Shore are racing to beat an Aug. 15 deadline to preserve freight rail service on the Huron Central Railway, linking Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury. A committee formed to implement a rescue plan says any measure would require infrastructure investment by senior levels of the provincial government.

 

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Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.-based Huron Central has said the short line needs more than C$33 million (US$30.3 million) in upgrades to make it feasible. The company, a subsidiary of Greenwich, Conn.-based Genesee & Wyoming Inc., also said it could not continue to operate the line at a loss.

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New Democrat Tony Martin, minister of parliament (MP) for Sault Ste. Marie, said, “This rail corridor is vital to all communities in northern Ontario,” adding that Ontario needs “the kind of rail transportation plans that the other provinces have are where the province and Ottawa are directly involved.”

 

The plan at present requires a “buy-in” from municipalities and rail customers, but Martin insisted the region also needs a commitment from the provincial and federal governments to establish … such a plan.”

 

But the Ontario Northland General Chairperson's Association believes a better solution, both for the short and long term, is to have Ontario Northland Transportation Commission assume control of the rail line. 

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Communities lining Ontario’s North Shore are racing to beat an Aug. 15 deadline to preserve freight rail service on the Huron Central Railway, linking Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury. A committee formed to implement a rescue plan says any measure would require infrastructure investment by senior levels of the provincial government.

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The Justice Department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that Union Pacific has agreed to spend an estimated $31 million to settle alleged violations of the Clean Water Act in Nevada by restoring 122 acres of streams and wetlands and implement storm water controls at it ...
United Transportation Union International President Malcolm B. Futhey (top photo) on Thursday apologized to a Senate committee for his “badly chosen” words, posted on the UTU website, that seemed to claim credit for the nomination of a UTU lawyer, Associate General Counsel Daniel R. ...
While rail freight carloads for 2009’s Week 30 as reported by the Association of American Railroads did not bring about significant changes in weekly year-over-year volume decline rates, there are solid indications that a gradual recovery is under way, say two leading Wall Street firms. ...
The Association of American Railroads reported Thursday that all 19 commodity categories saw carload declines in July on U.S. railroads. Carload freight added up to 1,319,387 cars in July, down 17.5% from July 2008. Intermodal traffic totaled 922,734 trailers or containers, down 18.0%. ...
RailAmerica, which operates 40 small railroads, is going public and will offer up to $300 million in stock in an initial public offering. The company is owned by Fortress Investment Funds, which also owns the Florida East Coast Railroad. ...
The Federal Railroad Administration today awarded a $1.02 million grant to Operation Lifesaver, Inc. for the organization to continue its wide-ranging public education outreach efforts to raise awareness about the potential hazards at grade crossings and the dangers of illegal trespassing on railroa ...
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Muni Metro East Light Rail Maintenance and Operations Facility has been named the American Public Works Association (APWA) Public Works Project of the Year for 2009 in the Transportation Category (more than $75 million). Ga ...
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