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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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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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