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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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Q’Straint to supply Quantum, Q’POD securement systems for ABQ Ride’s BRT system

Benefits of the Quantum rear-facing solution include shorter dwell times at stops; little or no involvement of bus operators; less likelihood of operator injury; and fewer instances of operators being placed in awkward working positions.

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Denver RTD to enhance wheelchair securement area, access on LRVs

As a part of this effort, RTD will be altering the seating design of current and new light rail vehicles. The retrofit includes removing a set of seats next to the current wheelchair areas, which will open up the designated area for easier access.

KCATA set to launch new ridehailing service May 1

The one-year RideKC Freedom On-Demand pilot enables customers to call on taxis any day, at any hour, to enjoy everything Kansas City has to offer.

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