OCTA pay hike out of line?
At a time when so many in the private sector are struggling, it’s still a little shocking to see how high compensation is for many government workers. The Board of Directors of the Orange County Transportation Authority just boosted CEO Darrell Johnson’s annual compensation by 4 percent, to $462,913. His salary and other pay are $335,441.
Orange County Register, April 16
Two parcels on a busy Sacramento thoroughfare are up for sale, after Sacramento Regional Transit District determined they wouldn’t be needed for transit. Read more...
Metrolink trains to get smarter, safer A single Metrolink train bears down on Fullerton after nightfall. Its passengers: dozens of 155-pound sandbags. The train is among several testing a new wireless technology that promises safer travel in Southern California and across the country.
Orange County Register, April 17
DMU draws fresh interest in Wake County, N.C. Fifteen years after it was endorsed in the Research Triangle’s first, failed transit plan, an odd-duck sort of train has found new life as the vehicle most likely to bring rail transit service to Wake County.
The diesel multiple unit, or DMU, can share standard-gauge tracks with Amtrak and freight trains. It doesn’t need a locomotive.
The News & Observer, April 14