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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FTA issues guidance on how transit agencies can implement ADA

To enhance understanding of the Act, the new circular offers a user-friendly, one-stop resource on its requirements.

CTED workshop to focus on ADA requirements, small bus inspections

The course is instructed by Halsey King, a well renowned speaker and writer on maintenance and technology issues, that includes repair, inspection and management of vehicle fleets.

S.D. council softening stance against raising paratransit fares

The about-face came just six days after an internal audit of the city's public transportation system was released to the council. In it is a recommendation to raise paratransit rates to $2.50 a ride from the $2 fee riders have paid since 1996.

AC Transit, BART celebrates ADA's 25th anniversary, new paratransit office

Since the ADA’s signing in 1990, AC Transit and BART have worked to ensure disabled residents are able to enjoy the many benefits of public transportation. The two agencies joined together in 1994 to form the East Bay Paratransit Consortium.

Chicago Pace's draft budget includes paratransit shortfall

A paratransit fare increase may be proposed to fill the gap; however, Pace Executive Director T.J. Ross acknowledged it would be very difficult for those riders to absorb.

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