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Posted on April 22, 2009

Stimulus to revive Florida HSR plans

TAMPA, Fla. — Supporters of high-speed rail are looking to federal stimulus funds to resurrect plans for a system that would connect Tampa, Orlando and Miami. For the full story, click here.

 

N.C. transit to end taxi vouchers

WILMINGTON, N.C. — A Wave Transit program that provided the visually impaired with vouchers to use taxi cabs and was supported by federal funds, will be replaced with vans for the disabled. For the full story, click here.

 

Berkeley mayor trades car for bus pass

SAN FRANCISCO — Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates has given up his 2001 Volvo for an AC Transit pass. For the full story, click here.

 

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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.

Autonomous shuttle to use 'cool tech' to serve people with disabilities

Future capabilities may include directing direct visually impaired passengers to empty seats or training the vehicle to recognize sign language.

ARBOC delivers milestone Spirit of Liberty to DART

The 2,500th bus manufactured by the company is part of a 123 bus contract that was awarded in February of this year.

Rising cost of Minn. paratransit could threaten other transit services

The Metropolitan Council, which operates the service, expects the number of rides will climb to 2.9 million by 2020, about double what it was in 2010.

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