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Posted on April 1, 2009

Teenager puts transit on the map

BOSTON —Danny Moraff, 17, joined the Lexington, Mass. transit advisory board and convinced Lexpress officials to integrate its route maps and schedules with Google, volunteering to handle all the legwork. For the full story, click here.

 

Former dispatch manager launches charter service

SPENCER, IOWA — Crystal O’Clair, a first-time business owner and former RIDES Regional Transit Authority employee, has started her own coach service after RIDES stopped providing small charter trips last year. For the full story, click here.

 

NORTA upgrades bus shelters

NEW ORLEANS — NORTA has added 58 new, shaded bus shelters, since August, and will have put a total of 133 on its routes by the end of the year. For the full story, click here.

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Calif. purchase incentives now available for New Flyer electric buses

The Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project was created by the California Air Resources Board to speed the early market introduction of clean, low-carbon hybrid and electric vehicles and is administered and implemented through a partnership with CALSTART.

REI receives New Flyer's gold 'Supplier' award

The company was recognized for exceeding delivery expectations for the fourth year in a row.

Luxury bus Leap Transit shut down for operating illegally

The startup was recently granted what’s known as the “authority to operate” — a precursor to an official license. But by driving its route between the Marina district and the Financial District without a license, regulators determined that Leap was breaking the law, according to SFGate.

New York MTA bus ridership down

Tens of thousands have been ditching the bus in Brooklyn and Manhattan, while there were modest gains on Bronx and Staten Island routes; Queens had a small decline in ridership, according to the MTA figures. The decline is attributed to traffic congestion and fare hikes.

DC Circulator set to intro new diesel-electric buses

In addition to being more energy efficient, the new buses will have better air conditioning and USB ports for riders to charge their phones.

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