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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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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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