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February 16, 2011 - From the Editor's

The cost of not funding public transportation

Last week, Proposition 1 in Lakewood, Wash., which would have raised a sales tax by three-tenths of 1 percentage point to help pay for bus service, was defeated 56 percent to 44 percent. As a result, Pierce Transit is set to recommend a reduction of services by 20 percent in October and another 15 percent early next year, to help shore up its budget issues, according to a News Tribune report.
February 9, 2011 - From the Editor's

Can the U.S. remain a competitive world power without high-speed rail?

High-speed rail projects and the money needed to pay for them have been eliciting strong reactions from all sides. Tuesday's announcement of the Obama Administration’s plan to spend $53 billion over the next six years on rail infrastructure projects produced a flurry of responses, some praising the plan — others deriding it.
February 3, 2011 - Safety Corner

Putting bus mirror misconceptions to rest

Any way you want to label them, bus "convex" and "real view" mirror discussions generate as much passion as who was the better centerfielder in New York: Mantle, Mays or DiMaggio. Let's put a few misconceptions about these mirrors to rest and get the best use out of them.
January 28, 2011 - From the Editor's

Motorcoach industry on the upswing

Last week I had the opportunity to get out to Tampa, Fla., for UMA Expo 2011, and, I've got to say, things are looking encouraging.
January 21, 2011 - Transit Dispatches

OCTA CEO: Strategic Thinking in 2011

Thankfully, one of the most financially challenging years in the recent past is now in our rearview mirror. At Orange County Transportation Authority, we are planning for 2011 to be a year in which we sharpen our vision for the future and set into motion a strategic plan that will aid our efforts to deliver transportation projects and programs.
January 11, 2011 - From the Editor's

Is reauthorization on backburner again?

Working on a story for the magazine regarding federal legislation and reauthorization and let's just say I am not filled with optimism. It seems that at this time last year, all the experts expected reauthorization to be somewhere behind health care and climate legislation on the federal government's list of priorities. The long, slow process of getting both of those bills completed has now led to a reconstituted Congress...
January 6, 2011 - Safety Corner

Sharing information for the good of safe operations

I have taken much pleasure during my 33 years in transit to see the unselfish sharing among transit training professionals. There are many opportunities each year to be part of this information sharing/gathering. You can start by researching the various industry conferences, workshops, etc. — a couple of great ones are listed below — and attending them.
January 6, 2011 - From the Editor's

Quiet, the audience is listening!

I love going to the movies! Despite the high cost for tickets, and the ridiculous amount they charge you for concession stand items (I always bring a stash of Red Vines in my purse), I still love the whole experience of it — sitting in the dark watching the story unfold on the screen. From time to time, other things fill the theater — like unwanted noise.
December 9, 2010 - From the Editor's

The tide turns quickly for public transportation

It was just less than two years ago that the cry for more public transportation funding or, at least, an understanding that more funding was necessary, had been heard by the federal government, in particular by President Barack Obama. Now, a half-term of bi-partisan incompetence has yielded a swift change in congressional leadership that is nearly unprecedented.
December 3, 2010 - Safety Corner

Does an increase in bus ridership mean an increase in claims?

As the winter months arrive, ridership is up in many transit properties across the country, with some reporting as much as a 5 percent to 8 percent spike. Unfortunately, this increase can also come with a spike in collisions.

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