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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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Moovit adds comprehensive wheelchair access feature to app

The feature adds to other industry-leading features the company has implemented on its app to help transit riders with disabilities. 

Study focuses on economics of transportation needs for rural elderly

Rural residents are sometimes forced to make the difficult decision of staying in place or moving closer to healthcare and other services.

D.C. MetroAccess adding more than 200 new paratransit vans to fleet

The vans are manufactured by Ford with modifications performed by Transit Works in Akron, Ohio, at a total cost of $65,000 per vehicle.

GRTC, reservation network co. partner for on-demand paratransit service

Customer benefits include direct, non-stop service; requesting a trip for same-day service; and flexibility to schedule a reservation up to 30 days in advance.

MBTA testing new tech to help blind find bus stops

The agency will install Bluetooth beacons on bus stop signs that can communicate via a smartphone app to tell users how close they are to the stop.

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