News and stories by James Blue

James Blue

General Manager, METRO Magazine

James Blue is the general manager of METRO Magazine.

Publisher's Perspective: Is your state ready for safety oversight?

Publisher's Perspective: Is your state ready for safety oversight?

June 12, 2017

In the wake of several serious rail accidents, Congress enacted tougher safety oversight requirements of states, with threats of withholding federal funds for both rail and bus transit agencies throughout each entire state that did not comply.

Publisher's Perspective: Managing the LRT vs. BRT discussion

Publisher's Perspective: Managing the LRT vs. BRT discussion

April 13, 2017

The list of bus rapid transit (BRT) projects in North America continues to grow. The most commonly cited reasons for growth, include cost-effectiveness, implementation speed, and a wide flexibility of applications.

Pub perspective: 2016 referendums could be game changer

September 15, 2016

A record number of such measures are on ballots across the country, reflecting an increased interest in meeting the growing demand for public transportation by local and state action.

Changes to rolling stock rules threaten industry supply chain

May 25, 2016

In February, the FTA finalized its grant management requirements circular governing the administration and management of all FTA grant programs. This revision incorporates changes to these programs contained in both authorizations that have been enacted in recent years, the FAST Act and MAP-21. While some provisions the revised circular are welcome and needed because of enactment of these new laws, it also contains changes that are not only unnecessary but could threaten the industry’s health.

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