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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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Robotics project aims to aid visually impaired navigate cities

Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute is aiming to incorporate robots, smartphones, mobile applications and crowd-sourced information into a system that can help blind people navigate complicated and unfamiliar urban environments, such as transit stations.

Honolulu's Handi Van chief replaced amid service issues

Last fall, complaints about busy reservation lines and late van pick-ups spiked when a new reservation system began operation.

For disabled students, UW campus accessibility falls short

Karen Brown, a disabled 63-year-old returning student who suffers from lupus, said she must suffer through all types of weather to get to campus via public transportation because she cannot afford the high price of accessible parking spaces on campus.

Paratransit best practices often not implemented, fed report says

There have been great gains in best practices in the areas of eligibility, telephone hold time, on-time performance, no-show policies, and origin-to-destination service, but they are often not implemented, according to the newly released National Council on Disability report.

 

Mobility Ventures donates wheelchair-accessible MV-1 to Fort Worth charity

The event, held in conjunction with APTA's 2015 Bus & Paratransit Conference, recognized Catholic Charities Fort Worth for its dedication to providing service to those in need, according to the company. 

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