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Posted on June 10, 2009

Rep. Carnahan files transit funding bill

ST. LOUIS — On Monday, U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan filed legislation that would enable public transit agencies of all sizes to use federal transit funds for daily operating expenses. For the full story, click here.

 

Bus Riders Union organizes against fare increase

AUSTIN, TEXAS — The Bus Riders Union of Austin plans to send a proposal to Capital Metro Transit Authority citing fare hikes and service cuts as the main concerns of riders. For the full story, click here.

 

Denver selects interim general manager

DENVER — Phil Washington, who has served as Denver RTD’s assistant general manager for administration, has been selected to fill the spot until a permanent successor to Cal Marsella is found. 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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