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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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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.

NY MTA adding mobile app to simplify paratransit travel

The upgrade comes amid a growing outcry from people with disabilities that they are being underserved.

BraunAbility's Q-Series wheelchair lift wins design award

The new lift combines an eye-catching curved design language with innovative use of geometry, resulting not only in a 10% weight reduction over its predecessor, but also a 300% improvement in rigidity.

Profile: Donna Smith, Sr. Director, Easter Seals Project Action Consulting

Donna Smith was 18 months old when doctors detected retinoblastoma, a rare form of cancer, and removed her right eye. For the next 18 months, her mother took her on zoo trips and drilled her on all the colors before doctors took out her left eye, too.

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