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Posted on October 22, 2008

Maryland transit to face service cuts

BALTIMORE — In an effort to trim about $25 million from its annual operating budget to cope with a drop in transportation revenues, the Maryland Transit Administration plans to cancel bus routes and trim bus and train services. For the full story, click here.

Ohio paratransit strives to improve service

TOLEDO, Ohio — After recently taking over operations from a private contractor, the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority has been working to fix computer scheduling glitches, perform deferred vehicle maintenance and improve customer service. For the full story, click here.

L.A. transit coping with AIG near-collapse

LOS ANGELES — Two southern California transit agencies are in a financial pinch after American International Group Inc., a top lender, recently ran short of cash and almost collapsed. For the full story, click here.

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New York MTA to offer real-time, on-demand service for paratransit users

he e-hail app pilot, which launches this month, will allow paratransit customers to electronically hail yellow or green taxicabs on demand, similar to popular on-demand ride services such as Uber, Lyft, and others.

Lyft, Trapeze partner for paratransit rides

Officials at Trapeze said that giving transit agencies that use Trapeze software the ability to schedule rides through Lyft’s ride-sharing platform will help lower operational costs while increasing ride availability.

NFTA, U. of Buffalo study challenges faced by riders with disabilities

“It’s our hope that our research findings will guide standards that will make buses more accessible to all,” says UB prof. Victor Paquet.

Q’Straint’s Quantum makes passenger safety push-button easy

Wheelchair and scooter users want independent transportation, and bus drivers have a schedule to maintain. Until now those two objectives often conflicted.

Conn.'s rural residents die at higher rates due to poor access to healthcare

Rural areas have fewer doctors and public transportation is centered in more urban areas.

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