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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.
July 16, 2009 - From the Editor's

Invest in safety first

In the wake of two high-profile train accidents in Washington, D.C., and Boston, the National Transportation Safety Board, this week, made a recommendation to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to facilitate the development and implementation of positive train control for rail transit systems nationwide.
June 25, 2009 - From the Editor's

Time to pony up

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) continues to push for the motorcoach industry to add seat belts to protect passengers. In Australia, seat belts have been required in motorcoaches since 1994, while the European Union has made them mandatory since 1997. Texas will be the first in the U.S. to require seat belts on all tour buses chartered for school trips starting in 2011.
June 11, 2009 - From the Editor's

Time to think ahead

With gas prices fluctuating so much over the last year and expected to only increase, it is no wonder that the auto industry has suffered. Add to that, the current recession, an increased focus on the environment and a newfound love for public transit, and you begin to wonder whether the auto industry will ever recover.

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