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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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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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