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METRO Briefs

Posted on September 2, 2009

Audit: more efficient transit scheduling could save millions

SEATTLE — According to a new audit report, King County Metro Transit could save $16 million to $23 million a year by scheduling its buses more efficiently. The audit also calls for shorter layovers and offering fewer rider discounts. For the full story, click here.

 

N.Y. bus to replace paratransit vehicles with sedans

LONG ISLAND, N.Y. — To reduce costs, MTA Long Island Bus plans to replace at least half of its fleet of wheelchair-lift-equipped paratransit buses with cars over the next several years. For the full story, click here.

 

Bill targets riders with odor

HONOLULU — The Honolulu City Council is considering a bill that would make it illegal to bring unpleasant odors onto transit that “unreasonably disturb others or interfere with their use of the transit system.” For the full story, click here.

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Sure-Lok retractor makes wheelchair securement fast, easy

The Titan800 Retractor System is designed to meet the latest WC18 industry regulations, which take effect December 2015.

 

Reasonable modification rule to improve accessibility introduced

The Final Rule applies to public entities providing fixed route, dial-a-ride and complementary paratransit services. It establishes that an individual’s disability cannot preclude a public transportation entity from providing full access to its service except where doing so would fundamentally alter the service.

San Francisco kicks off free rides program for seniors, people with disabilities

Following unanimous approval by the SFMTA board in January, the SFMTA has worked tirelessly to meet the city’s demand for this program. In just over one month, the SFMTA has processed more than 38,000 applications for the Free Muni program expansion.

Group accuses Montreal transit of ableism

The accusations stem from a human rights complaint by a rider who said a bus driver refused to lower the wheelchair ramp for her because she was using a walker and not a wheelchair. STM holds monthly meetings where they open the floor to citizens to ask questions directly to board members.

Mass. transit agency, non profit team for veteran call center

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority Soldier On call center coordinates transportation for veterans and their families traveling to VA medical centers in Leeds, Mass. and Albany as well as Pittsfield’s VA clinic. Users can also coordinate work, education and shopping trips using existing routes.

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