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January 21, 2010 - From the Editor's

Motorcoach community helps with disaster relief

Both this week and last week, the American Bus Association (ABA), United Motorcoach Association (UMA) and ABC Companies all announced that they are contributing to relief efforts for the victims of the Haiti earthquake
January 15, 2010 - From the Editor's

Administration an ally to transit

This week, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph Szabo announced safety regulations requiring Positive Train Control (PTC) technology to be installed on major rail lines around the nation, as well as commuter and intercity passenger rail routes.
December 18, 2009 - From the Editor's

Operations or Projects: Which is more important?

On Wednesday, the U.S. House passed a $154 billion jobs bill, or what’s being called a second stimulus package, by a vote of 217 to 212. The package is not expected to be taken up by the Senate until early next year, but if it goes through, public transportation will likely have another pool of funds to draw from, since the current bill enables large transit systems to use 10 percent of the $6.15 billion in formula funding for operations. It also includes $800 million for Amtrak.
December 3, 2009 - From the Editor's

Fighting harassment on transit systems

At a recent joint hearing of three New York City Council committees, – Transportation, Women’s Issues and Public Safety – the New York Police Department (NYPD) and Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials spoke about the cry from its riders for more prevention and enforcement of sexual harassment.
November 12, 2009 - From the Editor's

Are fare hikes inevitable?

This week, Chicago Transit Authority was able to stave off hiking fares thanks to a $166 million loan, which includes $15 million over two years in debt payments from the local government.
October 22, 2009 - From the Editor's

Does sleep apnea exist in public transit?

This week, the National Transportation Safety Board delivered a safety recommendation to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration urging them to implement a program to identify commercial drivers at high risk for obstructive sleep apnea and require those drivers to provide medical certification that they have been evaluated and, if necessary, effectively treated before being granted unrestricted medical certification.
October 1, 2009 - From the Editor's

We're at a crossroads

Public transit is at an important crossroads. With the folks on Capitol Hill focusing on health care and climate change legislation, the authorization of a new transportation bill has been put on the backburner. Not too promising a signal, especially with so much importance being put on this reauthorization by many transportation providers who are being financially pushed to the limit.
September 15, 2009 - From the Editor's

Are you H1N1 ready?

Currently, the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reviewing key indicators and has found that influenza activity increased in the U.S. compared to the prior weeks, with visits to doctors for influenza-like illness increasing nationally; total influenza hospitalization rates for adults and children were similar to or lower than seasonal influenza hospitalization rates depending on age group, but higher than expected in the summer months; and 11 states (Alaska, Arizona, Florida, G
August 20, 2009 - From the Editor's

Invest in mass transit now!

Transportation for America and the Transportation Equity Network recently released a report, Stranded at the Station: The Impact of the Financial Crisis in Public Transportation, which stated that citizens across the nation are being hurt by the fare increases and service cuts that public transportation agencies are forced to make.
July 30, 2009 - From the Editor's

Feds have it right about cell phones?

To further support the idea that cell phone use is dangerous, the New York Times recently posted a previously unreleased 2003 study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that suggested that all cell phone use – whether it be talking on the phone, listening to someone, writing a text message or dialing – was equally as dangerous.

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