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Posted on January 7, 2009

Rail firm accused in L.A. crash

LOS ANGELES — Lawyers for the victims in the fatal Sept. 12 Metrolink commuter rail crash claim that the engineer’s employer ignored complaints about his constant cell phone use. For the full story, click here.

FMCSA steps up operator vetting system

DALLAS — John Hill, outgoing administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, said that the agency has sought additional information from 32 transportation companies seeking licensing, in an effort to eliminate rogue operators. For the full story, click here.

USF developing device to help disabled riders

TAMPA, Fla. — A new travel assistance device, developed by University of South Florida researchers, uses the GPS technology inside cell phones to let cognitively disabled riders know when to exit the bus. For the full story, click here.

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Investigation finds issues with Miami-Dade paratransit contract

At various times, the county paid too much when prices should have decreased, missed deadlines to seek damages from its contractor for alleged substandard performance and failed to accurately calculate the most basic of contract functions — cost of living adjustments.

KCATA taking over neighboring city's transit services

The new contract, which begins July 1, enables city of Independence riders with disabilities who depend on paratransit services would only need to make one phone call to get transportation.

Fla. paratransit driver fired for driving drunk, injuring customer

The driver was spotted driving poorly, before slamming his brakes, causing a 90-year-old passenger to fall to the floor. According to the arrest report, the driver's blood alcohol content was more than three times the legal limit.

Website helps commuters tap multimodal options

CarFreeAtoZ plans trips in a manner similar to Google Maps or Mapquest, but it combines different transit options, such as walking, using the Metro and biking.

Tech. breakthroughs inspire personal mobility device design

Models coming on the market or in development can climb stairs, turn tight corners, make their way over trails, and are lighter and easier to maneuver than earlier generations.

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