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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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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.

Q'Straint to host 'Emerging Trends in Wheelchair Transportation' webinar

Presentation will explore developing ridership and securement dilemmas facing transit providers, and examine how emerging technologies and recent regulatory changes are addressing the previous short comings of primitive securement applications.

How to Write Effective Mass Transit System Policies

Solid policies — whether for employees or riders — are the backbone of any transportation agency’s operations.

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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