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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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Wisconsin set to vote on transportation network company bill

The bill would create a new license for TNCs, including companies like Uber and Lyft, making it mandatory to pay a $5,000 fee, conduct background checks on drivers and maintain at least $1 million in liability insurance in order to operate in Wisconsin.

Champion Bus, Dallas Smith sign exclusive licensing agreement

Agreement covers use of Dallas Smith's existing and future commercial bus technologies as optional features on the Champion Bus LF Transport™ low-floor model. Dallas Smith’s existing patented technologies include the Equalizer Ramp® and the IntelliSYNC® electronically-controlled “smart” suspension system, with low-speed OverRise™ function.

Pa. transit agency to purchase 12 paratransit vehicles

The Westmoreland County Transit Authority's $600,000 state grant will be used to buy the seven-seat minibuses that can hold up to two wheelchairs. The vehicles will be given to private transportation companies that serve as contractors for the paratransit system.

Report finds N.Y. MTA paratransit taxi program scammed

The agency agreed to implement stronger anti-fraud controls recommended by the inspector general’s office. The report doesn’t identify who carried out the fraud or quantify the cost to the MTA.

UTA outfitting 2 paratransit buses with hybrid-drive systems

The energy will be used to help power the vehicles and run the climate control systems, lights, ramps and wheelchair lift while the buses are stopped, eliminating the need for idling.

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