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Posted on November 19, 2008

Canada rail looking to sell videos, music online

OTTAWA — VIA Rail Canada is planning to set up a Web-based entertainment store in order to help raise funds. For the full story, click here.

Calif. high-speed rail plans uncertain

SAN JOSE, Calif. — After California voters approved spending $10 billion for a high-speed rail line, project specifics, including the rail line’s relationship with local transit authorities, still need to be determined. For the full story, click here.

Paratransit service considered crucial, costly

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Maryland Transit Administration’s paratransit service lost $1 million last year, mainly due to rider no-shows. Some officials have suggested eliminating certain preferential procedures; advocates argue that they are necessary for the health of some riders. 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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