Dubai Metro launches today

After four years of construction, Dubai will finally have its own Metro. The Metro Red Line will be opened tonight at Galleria of the Mall station by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The general public will be able to start using the Metro tomorrow morning from 5:30am.

The Metro is hoped to cut traffic congestion on Dubai’s roads and increase public transport usage from 10 to 30 per cent.

SOURCE: The National Newspaper – Dubai Metro launches tonight

AECOM Joint Venture Wins US$82-Million Design Contract for Hong Kong High-Speed Rail Terminus

Businesswire

AECOM Technology Corporation (NYSE: ACM), a leading provider of professional technical and management support services for government and commercial clients around the world, announced today that a joint venture of which it is a part has been awarded a design-services contract worth US$82 million for the Mass Transit Railway Corporation Limited’s Hong Kong High-Speed Rail Terminus project, which will connect to the high-speed rail network in Mainland China.

SOURCE: Businesswire.com – AECOM Joint Venture Wins US$82-Million Design Contract for Hong Kong High-Speed Rail Terminus

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10.7 Billion Trips Taken On U.S. Public Transportation In 2008 – APTA

American Public Transportation Association (APTA) reports

“Despite falling gas prices and an economic recession, increasing numbers of Americans took 10.7 billion trips on public transportation in 2008, the highest level of ridership in 52 years and a modern ridership record, according to a report released today by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). This represents a 4.0 percent increase over the number of trips taken in 2007 on public transportation, while at the same time, vehicle miles traveled (VMTs) on our nation’s roads declined by 3.6 percent in 2008, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.”

SOURCE: APTA: 10.7 Billion Trips Taken On U.S. Public Transportation In 2008 — Highest Level in 52 Years; Ridership Increased as Gas Prices Decline and Jobs Were Lost

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