December 1, 2017
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Joint Venture to Boost LA Metro — Los Angeles Metro has selected a joint venture of STV and WSP USA to provide consulting services for the acquisition of heavy rail vehicles and associated equipment connected to Metro’s contract with China Railway Rolling Stock Corp. for a base order of 64 new railcars, with five options to potentially order an additional 218 heavy rail vehicles. The joint venture will provide project control, management and oversight of the contractor.

Des Moines Launches Fare Purchasing App — The Des Moines Area (IA) Regional Transit Authority’s new app, MyDART, allows riders to purchase bus passes on their smartphones, which they will show to the operator when boarding any DART fixed-route or paratransit vehicle.

LTD’s EmX Expansion Receives Public Works Award — The Oregon Chapter of the American Public Works Association recently presented its Project of the Year Award to the Lane Transit District (LTD)’s West Eugene EmX BRT expansion, the city’s largest public works project in 10 years. The $100 million project also included road improvements, new and rebuilt sidewalks and other amenities.

RTD Welcomes First K-9 Officer — The Regional Transportation District (RTD) in Denver recently welcomed its first canine officer: Thor, a 2-year-old English cream golden retriever, whose partner is Transit Police Sgt. and K-9 Handler Amy Homyak. Together they finished a 12-week training academy and then completed certification through the National Police Canine Association.
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