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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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DC Metro moves ahead with plan to use Uber, Lyft for paratransit services

Metro plans to issue an RFP to take over the service in September, with the intent to have the system in place by spring 2017. The pilot program will be for users in the Maryland suburbs, where two-thirds of MetroAccess customers live.

N.Y. MTA adds 70 wheelchair accessible MV-1's to paratransit fleet

The city’s Access-A-Ride, which already has nearly 400 MV-1s in service, is a shared-ride, door-to-door service for people unable to use public buses and subways.

Blind Institute of Technology, Uber team for Colorado job access initiative

Thanks to the agreement, a tap of the Uber app will help remove the employment barrier of getting to job interviews for blind and visually impaired BIT candidates in Colorado.

Audit leads to Calif. VTA terminating 23-year paratransit partnership

That same audit also criticized the agency for a lack of oversight over the nonprofit, which failed to supply data supporting its ridership figures during the first audit ever conducted of its $20 million annual contract.

Pa.'s CAT to survey paratransit users to improve rider access, experience

The committee developed the survey with assistance from the Disability Advocacy Support Hub, a project of the Disabilities Rights Pennsylvania, through a grant from the PA Developmental Disabilities Council.

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