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January

  • January 2, 2011: Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) opens the new MacNab Transit Terminal.
  • January 3, 2011:
    • Amtrak launches its second annual TRAINsportation Video Contest.
    • Prevost announces they have built their 15,000th coach; a 2011 H3-45 with redesigned rear and new safety features. It will be exhibited at the ABA and UMA Expos.
  • January 4, 2011:
    • Bombardier announces an order for 137 TWINDEXX 2010 double deck rail coaches and 27 TRAXX P160 electric locomotives by Deutsche Bahn. The order is valued at 362 million euros and the vehicles are scheduled to enter service at the end of 2013.
    • Motor Coach Industries (MCI) announces the delivery of three 2010 D4500CTH coaches to Transport of Rockland for their Tappan ZEExpress service.
    • MCI announces the delivery of seven 2010 J4500 coaches to Trans-Bridge Lines. the coaches have a luxoriously appointed interior with shimmery gold-and-green exterior 3D decals. One coach will be displayed at the ABA Expo.
    • Greyhound USA along with the Maryland DOT launch Greyhound Connect, linking rural communities between Baltimore and Wilmington.
    • Los Angeles Metro received federal approval to proceed to the preliminary engineering phase on its Westside subway extension and regional connector.
    • The renewed contract between Capital Metro Transit and First Transit takes effect.
  • January 5, 2011: First Transit announces they were awarded the contract to operate Red Apple Transit for one year with three one year options.
  • January 6, 2011: Cowley College of Winfield, Kansas announces the purchase of a 2005 Motor Coach Industries J4500.
  • January 10, 2011:
    • Alexander Dennis announces they have won a £25 million order to supply 120 Alexander Dennis Enviro200Dart buses to NZ Bus, in Auckland, New Zealand with the option to deliver a further 200 to 300 buses into New Zealand in the next three to four years.
    • DesignLine International announces that they have received a fuel cell demo grant from the Federal Transportation Administration. DesignLine will work with Ballard Power Systems and the Center for Transportation and the Environment integrate a fuel cell system into the DesignLine EcoSaver IV. Ohio State University will then demonstrate the resulting bus on its campus for 12 months and monitor its performance.
    • GO Transit launches SMS text E-News notifications.
    • Metra launches "quiet cars" free from loud conversations and music.
    • Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) announces a potential fare increase of 10 cents and reductions to service of 48 bus routes. The TTC claims the reductions are needed to increase service on routes where it is needed most due to record-level ridership.
  • January 11, 2011:
    • Optare announces they have received an order fo seven more Optare Tempo buses in addition to the 16 ordered last year from London United and Yellow Bus have order four. All will be 12 metres long and powered by Mercedes-Benz OM 906 LA engines to Allison T310R five speed transmissions.
    • TTC announces the fare increase is off as the city finds extra money.
    • Construction begins on a new enclosed pedestrian bridge linking Pickering GO Station to Pickering Town Centre spanning Higway 401.
  • January 12, 2011:
    • Clean Energy announces they were awarded a contract with Atlantic City Jitney Association (ACJA) to build and operate a CNG fueling station in Egg Harbor Township, Atlantic County, New Jersey.
    • Los Angeles Metro officially retires it's last conventional, non-contractor diesel bus in the fleet, number 3004. This makes LA Metro the only major transit agency in the United States with a fleet completely running on alternative fuel.
    • Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) holds a special public meeting to consider TTC operating and capital budgets. The commission hears presentations on issues such as the impact of the proposed service reductions. The commission votes to delay deciding to implement the reductions until their February meeting. The reductions, which were to take effect March 27, will be postponed until June if passed by the Commission.
  • January 17, 2011:
    • Alexander Dennis announces the delivery of three new Alexander Dennis Enviro200Dart buses to Empark, UK, who operate the Edinburgh Airport parking services. The 10.8 metre, two door buses are powered by a Cummins ISBe EEV engine to an Allison transmission.
    • Cubic Transportation Systems begins installing the Easy Card electronic fare payment system for Tri-Rail.
  • January 18, 2011:
    • Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) introduces their first hybrid buses in the fleet, 30 foot Gillig Low Floor buses. CAT plans to replace its existing fleet of 35 clean diesel buses with hybrids over the next 10 years.
    • San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) approves Phase 2 of the Third Street Light Rail Project.
  • January 19, 2011:
    • UMA Expo Day 1—Registration, orientation, and welcome.
    • Metrolinx releases their study regarding the electrification of GO Transit's Lakeshore West and Georgetown corridors which include the future Union Pearson Express.
    • Valley Metro unveils the Arizona Avenue & Country Club Drive LINK BRT route.
    • Regional Council in Waterloo Region voted to re-open the Rapid Transit debate, whether it'd be status quo, light rail transit, or bus rapid transit.
  • January 20, 2011:
    • UMA Expo Day 2—Meetings and seminars.
    • Kinkisharyo International unveils their ameriTRAM LFX-300 electro-hybrid streetcar specifically designed for North America in Charlotte, NC.
    • U.S. Transportation Secretary announces the Woodward Avenue Light Rail Project received $25 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) program.
    • North County Transit District (NCTD) implements a lowered fare for promotional purposes lasting one year. The NCTD will also add late night weekend service on the Sprinter LRT and extra weekend evening trips.
  • January 21, 2011:
  • January 22, 2011: UMA Expo Day 4—Trade show (exhibition hall).
  • January 23, 2011: UMA Expo Day 5—7th Annual Ray Dupuis Memorial Golf Tournament.
  • January 24, 2011:
  • January 25, 2011:
    • Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) holds a public meeting to provide information and seek feedback regarding proposed service reductions.
    • The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy annouces Guangzhou, China, is the winner of the 2011 Sustainable Transport Award for their BRT system.
  • January 26, 2011:
    • Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) holds a public meeting to provide information and seek feedback regarding proposed service reductions.
    • Metrolinx board approves the electrification of the Lakeshore West and Georgetown corridors. Electric trains are expected to begin running in 2018 on the Union Pearson Express.
  • January 27, 2011:
    • Cubic Transportation Systems announces that they have been awarded a contract by TransLink for the delivery and operation of a new smart card fare payment and revenue management system.
    • Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) holds a public meeting to provide information and seek feedback regarding proposed service reductions.
  • January 28, 2011: Madison County Transit (MCT) introduces 50 new Gillig BRT buses with automated announcements; the first of their kind in the fleet. The buses were funded through a series of federal grants and delivery was expedited as the order was a "piggy-back" off a St. Louis Metro order. Each bus cost approximately $400,000.
  • January 31, 2011:
    • Clemson University launches their Greenlink shuttle service.
    • Amtrak launches Wi-Fi on the Cascades train, which travels between Vancouver, British Columbia and Eugene, Oregon.
    • Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) opens the extension of the TECO Line Streetcar System into Downtown Tampa. The $5.3 million project was funded almost entirely by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
    • MV Transportation announces that they were selected by the City of Palo Alto as the new service provider of its Crosstown Shuttle beginning February 28, 2011.
    • San Francisco MUNI begins Phase 2 of the Third Street Light Rail project which includes utility relocations.
    • Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) releases a revision to their service reduction plans proposed earlier in the month. Seven routes will be restored entirely and 19 will have partial service restored.

February

  • February 1, 2011: Corvallis Transit System drops charging fares as a result of a Transit Operations Fee passed by the Corvallis City Council.
  • February 2, 2011: Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) votes 5:2 to go ahead with the revised service reductions on 41 routes.
  • February 7, 2011:
    • Alstom announces they have been selected by the Port Authority Transit Corporation (PATCO) to refurbish the metro rail fleet. The €140 million contract consists of a five-year project scheduled to begin in February 2011. The cars will be outfitted with new couplers, car-borne propulsion technology and modern braking systems, automated train control (ATC) equipment, door operator and control systems, interior finishing including lighting and seats, air-conditioning systems, new communication and information displays.
    • Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) unveils their new MPI MP36PH-3C locomotives. The two locomotives were bought from the Utah Transit Authority at a cost of $7 million.
  • February 8, 2011: Officials unveil the first trainset of the MI09 built by Alstom-Bombardier for the RER A line.
  • February 13, 2011: Tentative agreement is reached between Veolia Transportation and ATU Local 113, averting a York Region Transit (Southwest Division) strike.
  • February 14, 2011:
    • DesignLine and Liberty Automotive announce a $30 million joint venture to open a DesignLine UAE production facility in Abu Dhabi.
    • Motor Coach Industries (MCI) announces the delivery of a 2011 J4500 coach to Certified Transportation of Santa Ana, California. The coach is one of the first delivered to feature an EPA 2010 engine, the Cummins ISX11.9. The coach also features Electronic Stability Control, Amerex Fire Suppression System, SmartWave® tire pressure monitoring system, customized Amaya-Astron seating with three-point passenger seatbelts, and six 15" LCD widescreen monitors.
    • MCI announces the delivery of 18 2011 D4500CT coaches to Maryland Transit Administration. The coaches will be used on the Inctercounty Connector (ICC) and feature wheelchair lifts and are powered by a Cummins ISX11.9 engine and an Allison B500R transmission.
  • February 16, 2011:
    • Motor Coach Industries (MCI) announces the delivery of six 2011 E4500 coaches to Royal Coach Tours of San Jose, California.
    • Florida Governor Rick Scott rejects plans for a high-speed rail line between Tampa and Orlando, turning down $2 billion in federal funds. The states of New York and California have expressed intrest in taking the funds dedicated to Florida.
    • York Region Transit Southwest Division drivers and mechanics, members of ATU Local 113, vote down the tenative deal reached with Veolia Transportation. Negotiations continue.
  • February 18, 2011:
    • MV Sales and Leasing announces it has signed a definitive agreement for MVSL to acquire specific assets of BusWest.
    • Metrolinx approves the purchase of 12 DMUs (with option of six more) from Nippon Sharyo USA through Sumitomo Corporation of America. The vehicles will be used on the Union Pearson Express.
    • York Region Transit Southwest Division drivers and mechanics, members of ATU Local 113, vote to go on strike 00:01 February 22.
  • February 21, 2011: York Region Transit Southwest Division strike is suspended after a petition signed by a significant majority of the membership was circulated asking for a re-vote.
  • February 22, 2011: Officials break ground a planned $5.5 billion commuter rail line that will connect the West Oahu Region to the heart of Honolulu.
  • February 23, 2011:
    • TriMet unveils their new LIFT Paratransit Operations building.
    • Valley Metro unveils their new Mobility Centre which simulates the transit experience to help passengers navigate the system. The Mobility Center includes a full-sized 40-foot bus and bus shelter and various pavement and sidewalk treatments.
  • February 24, 2011:
    • Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) breaks ground on the Sahara Express Bus Rapid Transit Project. It is expected to be complete by early 2012.
    • Sound Transit board of directors authorized the purchase of 34 new hybrid and clean diesel buses for ST Express routes. $16.9 million went for the purchase of 24 40 foot hybrid buses, and $8.1 million for 10 60 foot clean diesel buses. The 40 foot buses will be from Gillig and will be delivered in 2012. The 60 foot buses will be from New Flyer and will be delivered later in 2011.
  • February 25, 2011:
  • February 28, 2011:
    • County of Lackawanna Transit System (COLTS) begins offering students and staff of the University of Scranton and Marywood University free rides on two routes by showing their valid college IDs. This service takes over the former Smart Ride service that the universities had in place. Each school will subsidize COLTS per number of riders at the end of the semester.
    • Last day of Can-Ar Mobility Plus operation for York Region Transit.
  • Non-specific date: Triangle Transit Authority of North Carolina begins offering Wi-Fi on its regional bus and express routes at no additional cost to riders.

March

  • March 1, 2011:
  • March 6, 2011: Viva opens their first Rapidway section on Enterprise Boulevard between Warden Avenue and Birchmount Road in Markham.
  • March 8, 2011: Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) domonstrates the new Kinkisharyo ameriTRAM which can travel off wire using batteries.
  • March 10, 2011: Motor Coach Industries (MCI) announces the delivery of four 2011 D4505 coaches to Prestige Bus Lines of Wichita, Kansas for its Beeline express scheduled service. The coaches feature plush leatherette seating with three-point seatbelts for 50 passengers, Wi-Fi, 110-volt power outlets at every seat, and a wheelchair lift. MCI also announces the delivery of a 2011 J4500 coach to Gold Coast Tours. The coach features Electronic Stability Control, a SmartWave® tire pressure monitoring system, an Amerex fire suppression system, 15-inch LCD widescreen monitors, snack trays and seats with self-retracting foot rests and three-point passenger seatbelts.
  • March 14, 2011: GO Transit announces they have ordered 50 Bombardier BiLevel coaches for delivery later in 2011 and early 2012 at a cost of $125 million.
  • March 15, 2011: Windstar Lines Inc. of Carroll, Iowa signs an agreement to acquire the Lincoln, Neb. branch of Kincaid Coach Lines.
  • March 18, 2011: INIT announces they have won a contract by the Regional Transportation District (RTD) of Denver to supply a fully integrated computer-aided dispatch/automatic vehicle location system with passenger information displays, on-board announcements and mobile data terminals.
  • March 22, 2011:
    • Carrier announces they have entered into an agreement to sell its bus air-conditioning business in the United States and Canada to Mobile Climate Control.
    • Fort Worth Transportation Authority unveils the new name of their planned commuter service Tarrant Express (TEX). It was originally known as SW2NE.
  • March 24, 2011: Connecticut Transit puts their first articulated buses (Nova Bus LFS Artic) and their first New Flyer Xcelsior buses in service.
  • March 28, 2011: Torrance Transit becomes available on Google Transit.
  • March 29, 2011:
    • TriMet announces the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has approved the 7.3-mile Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project to enter into the final design phase.
    • Grand River Transit holds its first of three Public Consultation Centres for the 2011 Proposed Service Improvements and Fare Change.
  • March 30, 2011:
    • Metrolinx purchases a section of CN's Kingston Subdivision for C$299 million.
    • The province declares the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) an essential service, taking away the workers' right to strike.
    • Grand River Transit holds its second of three Public Consultation Centres for the 2011 Proposed Service Improvements and Fare Change.
  • March 31, 2011:
    • Clean Energy Fuels announces Tulsa Transit is awarded a contract to design, build, operate, and maintain a CNG fueling station, which will open in September.
    • Grand River Transit holds its last of three Public Consultation Centres for the 2011 Proposed Service Improvements and Fare Change.
  • Non-specific date:
    • Early March 2011: Miami-Dade Transit launches Wi-Fi on Metrorail and Metromover cars as well as on select Metrobus routes.

April

  • April 1, 2011: New York MTA places their first LFS order into service.
  • April 4, 2011:
    • Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) moves the 5000-series prototype railcars to the Purple Line.
    • Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority (PARTA) break ground on the Central Gateway Multimodal Transit Facility.
    • Creative Bus Sales announces the completion of the acquisition of a large portion of Transit Plus's assets. The company will continue to operate under the name Transit Plus from their current Atlantic Beach location.
  • April 7, 2011
  • April 8, 2011: Regional Council in Waterloo Region unveils their preliminary preferred rapid transit implementation option, with 78% of the written comments supporting rapid transit and 66% supporting light rail transit. The original idea of LRT from Conestoga Mall Terminal to Fairview Park Terminal and aBRT from Fairview Park Terminal to Ainslie Street Transit Terminal was the most recommended option.
  • April 10, 2011: Metro Porter New Flyer D40 Charter.
  • April 11, 2011: Motor Coach Industries (MCI) announces the delivery of a 2011 J4500 coach to Buckingham Bus of Groton, Massachusetts. The coach feature Electronic Stability Control, a SmarTire® tire pressure monitoring system, Amerex fire suppression system, three-point passenger seatbelts, and a wheelchair lift. MCI also announces the delivery of four J4500 coaches to Lamers Bus Lines. The coaches feature wide-ride suspension, electronic stability control, SmarTire® tire-pressure monitoring, Amerex fire-suppression systems, three-point passenger seatbelts, self-retracting footrests, six 10.2-inch LCD Blaupunkt monitors, Wi-Fi, and 10 110-volt outlets.
  • April 12, 2011: 2011 Ontario Transportation Expo trade show.
  • April 15, 2011: First day of service for Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority's (MARTA) 2011 New Flyer XDE35 buses. These buses are used on a free downtown shopping shuttle.
  • April 17, 2011:
  • April 18, 2011:
    • Wave Transit opens their new Forden Bus Station. The building, which is designed to meet Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification, also houses offices for the administrative staff.
    • Prevost announces they have received an order for 61 X3-45 coaches from Greyhound USA. The coaches will feature all the amenities Greyhound has ordered since the first X3-45 order and will be powered by the EPA 2010 Volvo D13 engine.
  • April 19, 2011: Oakville Transit begins to take delivery of their 2011 New Flyer XD40 buses.
  • April 20, 2011: Pacific Western Transportation announces the delivery of five 2011 Prevost Car H3-45 coaches. They feature Prevost's new AWARE safety system, three-point seatbelts, and power sockets.
  • April 21, 2011:
    • Oklahoma State University dedicates a Clean Energy CNG station which opened in January.
    • American Bus Association (ABA) establishes the Green Choice Award which will be awarded to the motorcoach operator or tour group organization that demonstrates the greatest commitment to green solutions.
  • April 26, 2011: Alstom announces they have signed a contract with Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) for the design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of track-works in corridors I & II for the Chennai Metro.
  • April 27, 2011:
    • Bombardier announces Trenitalia (Italian Railways) has ordered an additional 50 E464 electric locomotives, exercising an option to the contract signed in 2009 for the supply of 100 units.
    • Clean Energy Fuels announces Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has awarded them a contract to design and build four new CNG station in preparation of moving towards an all-CNG fleet.
    • INIT announces they have signed a contract with Gold Coast Transit (GCT) to provide the MOBILE-Plan schedule solution for their fixed-route fleet.
    • Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) votes to end its contract with Nassau County to run Long Island Bus. This will be an opportunity for a private operator to step in.
  • April 28, 2011: Alstom announces they have been awarded a contract totalling €130 million for the supply of 19 Metropolis trainsets to the city of Lima, Peru.
  • Non-specific date:
    • Late April 2011: York Region Transit (YRT) retires it's last non-accessible bus making the fleet fully accessible.

May

June

  • June 7, 2011: Officials break ground on New Orlean's Union Passenger Terminal/Loyola Avenue Streetcar project. The new streetcar extension is expected to begin service in June 2012.
  • June 8, 2011:
    • Bombardier announces they have one the contract to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the first stage of Gold Coast Rapid Transit's light rail system in an 18-year public-private partnership. There will be sixteen stations over eight miles. The line is due to open in 2014.
    • Google announces Google Maps for both mobile and the desktop will now be available with live transit updates.
    • Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) endorses a plan to push ahead in implementing Presto. However they will continue to keep options open until mid-November with an earlier bid for an open payment fare system.
    • University of Maryland takes delivery of five Setra S 417 TopClass coaches, replacing their 2003 Setra coaches. The Mercedes-Benz-powered coaches feature 56 seats, Wi-Fiw, power outlets, and a Bosch entertainment system with six 19-inch monitors.
  • June 9, 2011: Alstom announces they will supply 26 43-metre-long Citadis trams to the Communauté Urbaine de Bordeaux.
  • June 10, 2011: Hampton Roads Transit opens their new and energy efficient $57 million bus maintenance facility. The building has many environmentally-friendly features, such as motion-sensor controlled lighting and a 50,000-gallon rainwater harvesting tank for the bus wash.
  • June 14, 2011:
  • June 16, 2011: Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) launches suicided helpline link on subway platforms to prevent suicides.
  • June 17, 2011:
  • June 23, 2011: It is announced Gillig will begin offering the Vanner hybrid beltless alternator on their hybrid buses.
  • June 27, 2011:
  • June 28, 2011: Federal Transit Administration announces they have approved the Baltimore Red Line to move forward and enter the engineering phase. The 14.5 mile east-west line is expected to be complete by 2020.

July

August

  • August 2, 2011: Utah Transit Authority opens the Mid-Jordan TRAX extension and the West Valley City TRAX extension.
  • August 3, 2011: Daimler Buses North America announces a two seat increase in capacity to the commuter style Sprinter MiniBus with thinner Vogelsitze seats.
  • August 6, 2011: Transit Windsor board of directors announce streetcars will not be pursued for downtown Windsor.
  • August 11, 2011: Amtrak itroduces a new iPhone app. that allows passengers to plan trips, purchase tickets, modify existing reservations, check train schedules and status, and view station information.
  • August 16, 2011: FAAC Incorporated announces the have been contracted by Bombardier to supply a LRV simulator for the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC).
  • August 19, 2011: MV Transportation announces their subsidiary Reliant Transportation has purchased USA United Fleet.
  • August 20, 2011:
  • August 22, 2011: Federal Rail Administration announces nearly $745 million for construction along the Northeast Corridor (NEC). $449.94 million will be used to upgrade electrical systems and tracks between Trenton, NJ and New York City, resulting in improved on-time performance and reliability, and an initial increase in top operating speeds up to 160 mph and future maximum speeds of 186 mph. Another $294.78 million will alleviate major delays for trains coming in and out of Manhattan with new routes that allow Amtrak trains to bypass the busiest passenger rail junction in the nation.
  • August 23, 2011: Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) introduces a new discounted youth (17 and under) transit pass called S’Cool.
  • August 25, 2011: Connecticut Transit announces that all New Britain routes are on Google Transit.
  • August 26, 2011: Prevost Car announces the delivery of a 2011 H3-45 coach to A Candies Coachworks.
  • August 27, 2011:
  • August 29, 2011: Motor Coach Industries (MCI) holds three open houses at its Sales and Service Centers in Blackwood, NJ; Los Alamitos, CA; and Des Plaines, IL in advance of an online pre-owned coach that will take place in the next two days.
  • August 30, 2011: Société de transport de Laval (STL) announces the purchase of their first fully electric bus, one DesignLine Eco-Smart I.
  • August 31, 2011:
    • Alexander Dennis unveils their restyled Enviro500 for the North American market.
    • Volvo Buses announces plans to develop a plug-in hybrid bus. Field tests are expected to commence in autumn 2012.

September

  • September 1, 2011: AECOM Technology announces they were awarded a $35.5-million contract by the City of Edmonton to provide preliminary engineering design services for the Edmonton Transit System Southeast LRT line from downtown Edmonton to Mill Woods and the West LRT line from Lewis Estates to downtown Edmonton.
  • September, 5, 2011: Dayton RTA, through its new Transit Access Fund, makes bus tokens available at a significant discount to local social service agencies for financially disadvantaged clients who need jobs. Agencies can receive a discount of 75 cents off the token bulk rate of $1.50 per token through the program.
  • September 6, 2011:
  • September 7, 2011:
    • Altair Engineering unveils their LCO-140H low floor diesel-hydraulic transit bus. the bus will be shown at the 2011 APTA Expo in New Orleans.
    • Prevost Car introduces their new X3-45 commuter coach.
    • Wrightbus delivers the first provincial Eclipse Gemini 2 bus built and successfully tested to European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECWVTA) to Delaine Buses at Bourne, Lincolnshire.
  • September 8, 2011: Bombardier launches their Flexity 2 tram. Blackpool and Lancashire County Council, the launch customer, has purchased 16 trams.
  • September 9, 2011: Motor Coach Industries (MCI) announces the delivery of a Cummins-powered 2011 J4500 coach to AA Transportation.
  • September 13, 2011: Valley Metro announces the introduction of 17 New Flyer DE60LFR buses in Tempe.
  • September 16, 2011:
    • Faced with a request from Mayor Rob Ford to reduce budgets by 10 per cent, the Toronto Transit Commission votes to layoff hundreds of jobs, reduce service to 2008 levels, and no longer recognize dialysis patients as eligible for Wheel-Trans. All of these actions are expected to reduce the budget shortfall for 2012 from $101 million to $29 million.
    • Alstom announces they will supply OC Transpo with six Coradia Lint DMU trains for May 2013.
    • Prevost Car announces the delivery of two H3-45 coaches to Harlow's Trailways and one to Swarthout Coaches.
  • September 19, 2011: Metropolitan Transportation Authority introduces the first On the Go! Travel Stations at Bowling Green Station. It is the first of five subway stations and commuter rail hubs that will receive the interactive touch-screen information kiosk.
  • September 22, 2011:
  • September 23, 2011: Motor Coach Industries (MCI) announces the delivery of a Cummins ISX-powered J4500 coach to Kelly Tours.
  • September 27, 2011: Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) launches wireless voice and data service on six subway stations.
  • Non-specific date:

October

November

December

  • December 2, 2011: Wrightbus announces the delivery of the first StreetLite order to a major UK bus group and the first Door Forward variants to go into service. The five StreetLite buses delivered to Arriva Southern Counties are 10.2 metres long and use a Euro 5 Cummins ISB engine to a Voith transmission.
  • December 8, 2011: Motor Coach Industries (MCI) announces the delivery of a new J4500 coach to Continental Bus Lines of Houston, Texas.
  • December 9, 2011: MCI announces the delivery of two new J4500 coaches to Delaware Express of Newark, Delaware.
  • December 12, 2011:
    • Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation cuts service by 22% as a result of lower property values and an ongoing recession. This includes the discontinuations of 15 routes, discontinuation of weekend service on four additional routes and discontinuation of service into the city of Detroit outside of weekday peak times.
    • MCI announces the delivery of a new customized J4500 coach to Keller Transportation as part of its fleet dedicated to the high-end business clients. The coach is powered by a Cummins ISX11.9 engine and an Allison B500 transmission and features 50 seats, conference and meeting space, Wi-Fi, wood grain-look floors, and Bosch AV equipment for in-coach programming.
  • December 13, 2011: Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, Gov. Rick Snyder and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood decide not to go forward with a $528 million light rail project in favor of a regional rapid-transit bus system. Economics was the major factor for scrapping the project.
  • December 14, 2011: Nova Bus announces they have been awarded the prize for the Best Vehicle Display at Trans-Expo 2011 for the fourth straight year.
  • December 16, 2011:
  • December 17, 2011: Transport for London's "New Bus for London" debuts to the public. The reincarnation of the AEC Routemaster will be displayed at various locations until January 7, 2012.
  • December 19, 2011:
  • December 20, 2011: Sumitomo Corporation of America announces Metrolinx has taken the option of six DMUs for the Union Pearson Express. These cars will be middle flat-nosed "C-Cars", but can still be operated individually.
  • December 23, 2011: Bombardier announces they have received an order for 90 430 series electric multiple units from DB Regio AG for the Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund network.
  • December 28, 2011: Bombardier announces they have received an additional order for 130 Electrostar cars for Southern Railway of the United Kingdom.

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