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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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4ONE unveils new Q'POD ADA securement system

The newly redesigned Q’POD by 4ONE has an automotive-quality height-adjustable shoulder belt. The new seatbelt’s sliding mechanisms operate just like those in most cars and gives the wheelchair occupant three inches of up/down movement, which provides greater comfort for varying passenger heights and wheelchair styles.

Disability advocacy group threatens bus startup Leap with lawsuit

A Chronicle investigation this month found that Leap purchased used, wheelchair-accessible public transit buses and then retrofitted them to add bar-style seating and plush leather armchairs to the spaces once reserved for wheelchairs.

Blind advocates protest airport bus stop move

About a dozen members of the National Federation of the Blind of Michigan, some with canes and service dogs, gathered outside the terminal for about two hours on Sunday displaying hand-lettered signs like “We are not second-class citizens,” “Safety for Seniors” and “Equal Rights for Disabled Travelers.”

Maryland Transit sued by paratransit riders over accessibility, reliability

Service users are routinely picked up and dropped off late for critical medical appointments, and are often put on hold for long periods of time by MTA's Mobility/Paratransit Service, the lawsuit says.

Mich. transit agency drops paratransit provider

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's board voted unanimously to part ways with Select Ride and awarded a new, three-year contract for door-to-door services for people with disabilities and seniors to Blue Cab, beginning May 1.

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