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Page 19 of 123 16 < m ETRO m AGAZINE FACT BOOK 2015 2010 METRO: 2004-2014 Toronto to launch 'Fitness for Duty' program May – In addition to its existing drug and alcohol policy, the Toronto Transit Commission is set to roll out the "Fit- ness for Duty" program for employ- ees in "safety sensitive" positions. Te new policy will include improved pro- cedures for investigating policy viola- tions, such as testing for drugs and al- cohol, and will address the issue of extreme fatigue. Public-private partnership to fund Denver rail expansion June – Te Denver Regional Trans- portation District (RTD) will fund con- struction of 36 miles of commuter rail lines and a maintenance facility as well as the procurement of rail vehicles through a public-private partnership. Te $2.3 billion Eagle P3 project, as RTD calls it, is part of the agency's larg- er expansion program, FasTracks. Activists organize 'Save Transit!' rallies June – Te Transportation Equity Network, an alliance of local and state groups across the country, held a "Save Transit!" day of action in April to rally support for emergency funding to pre- vent service cuts, layofs and fare hikes in more than 150 systems nationwide. Supporters rallied and painted huge red Xes on buses and trains to illustrate the severity of local cuts should the agency receive no federal or state aid. U.S. high-speed rail projects receive historic $8 billion Feb./March – Te U.S. Department of Transportation awarded $8 billion to states across the country to develop America's frst nationwide program of high-speed intercity passenger rail ser- vice. Funded by the American Recov- ery and Reinvestment Act, the histor- ic investment is expected to help create jobs and transform travel in America. DOT imposes texting ban for commercial vehicle drivers Feb./March – Federal guidelines ex- pressly prohibiting texting by drivers of commercial vehicles such as buses and large trucks is announced. Bus and truck drivers who send cell phone text messages while driving commercial vehicles may be subject to civil or crim- inal penalties of up to $2,750. Vancouver transit achieves ridership gains during Olympics April – During the frst week of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, an av- erage of more than 1.6 million peo- ple a day used Vancouver, B.C. transit systems, such as Translink bus, Sky- Train, SeaBus and West Coast Express. Translink used social media, including Twitter and a blog, during the games, enabling them to keep in touch with at- tendees at street level, continually in- forming them of schedule changes and re-routes. Coach carrier afected by Gulf spill aids in cleanup August – Although its business was impacted by the Gulf oil spill, Ocean Springs, Miss.-based Vision Tours not only kept going, but rallied other mo- torcoach operators to assist in the cleanup eforts. Te company, which added four drivers, two cleaning crew members and an additional vehi- cle, transported cleanup workers in the three coastal Mississippi counties: Jackson, Harrison and Hancock. 'Quiet cars' gain ground on commuter rail August – New Jersey Transit will des- ignate "Quiet Commute" cars on some trains in a 90-day pilot program begin- ning in September. It will be the largest system with quiet cars once the pro- gram begins. Te agency worked with SEPTA to learn about their experience managing a quiet car program. Natural gas group formed to educate industry Sept./Oct. – Te Natural Gas Coali- tion held its inaugural meeting at the APTA Annual Meeting in San Anto- nio, Texas. Te coalition was formed to help the transit industry fnd solutions to natural gas fueling and maintenance issues, as well as to provide network- ing opportunities for natural gas tran- sit managers, manufacturers, suppliers and industry experts. May 2010 January 2010 August 2010 M a y 2 0 1 0 J a n u a r y 2 0 1 0 A u g u s t 2 0 1 0

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