Founder/CEO of The Braun Corp. dies

Ralph Braun is credited with helping to create the mobility industry, driven initially by his own mobility needs. Innovations include devising a way to install a wheelchair lift on a van, enabling people with disabilities to travel on the road with their wheelchairs.

$12.5M awarded to improve access to national parks, forests

The funds are provided through the FTA’s Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks program, which awarded $40.8 million for similar projects in January 2012.

German bus system to test Bombardier electric charging tech

PRIMOVE technology is based on inductive energy transfer. It is installed entirely under the road surface and under the floor of the vehicles. The charging process begins as soon as the vehicle completely covers the charging segment.

Study: Young Montreal residents stick with transit

Found that 43% of people from age 20 to 25 used only public transit to get to school or work in 2008, compared with just 36% in 1998. Study researchers say Montreal-area transit agencies could seize on the trend and make transit even more attractive to youth.

Critics question NJ Transit’s on-time claims

Transit advocates and commuters questioned the agency’s claim of a 91% on-time rate for November, when Superstorm Sandy impacted the coast line for weeks, putting many trains out of operation. The system is also facing criticism over how it calculated its 96% on-time record for last year.

Md. to start building long-delayed transit center

Montgomery County transportation officials are moving forward with plans to build a $31 million transit center in one of the region’s busiest bus-only transfer points. The project was delayed for years while the state negotiated the acquisition of the land needed to build the facility.

Proterra, Key partner for financing program

Under terms of the deal, purchasers can finance up to 100% of the cost of each bus, allowing them to spread their payments over time and provide for a capital cushion in an uncertain economic environment.

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