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Publisher's Perspective: Is your state ready for safety oversight?

Security and Safety | June 12, 2017

In the wake of several serious rail accidents, Congress enacted tougher safety oversight requirements of states, with threats of withholding federal funds for both rail and bus transit agencies throughout each entire state that did not comply.

Bus Coalition letter asks Trump for bus funding in infrastructure plan

Government Issues| March 6, 2017

The letter, which was signed by 285 bus transit systems from 49 states, includes many systems from less populated areas that have seen a decline in federal resources and face a growing backlog of older buses and facilities.

Motorcoach| December 9, 2016

FMCSA establishes national training standards for new bus drivers

The entry-level driver training Final Rule retains many of the consensus recommendations of a negotiated rulemaking committee comprised of 25 stakeholders and FMCSA representatives.

Management & Operations| April 14, 2016

$20M available to improve access to transit in communities

The TOD Planning Pilot Program provides grants for comprehensive planning in communities that are developing or implementing major new public transportation projects.

Government Issues| January 25, 2016

Pub Perspective: New FAST Act commendable, but not perfect fix

Although many of us are still combing through its pages, and implementation of the new bill will come in the form of regulations yet to be written, several things are clear now.

Government Issues| December 10, 2015

FMCSA issues Final Rule on Electronic Logging Devices

Will result in an annual net benefit of more than $1 billion — largely by reducing the amount of required industry paperwork. It will also increase the efficiency of roadside law enforcement personnel in reviewing driver records.

Government Issues| December 2, 2015

Congress to vote on 5-year transportation bill this week

The measure calls for spending approximately $205 billion on highways and $48 billion on transit projects over the next five years. It also reauthorizes the controversial Export-Import Bank’s expired charter until 2019.

Management & Operations| September 15, 2015

Utah, Durham, N.C. among FTA's improved transit access grant recipients

The funds are made available through FTA’s Transit-Oriented Development Planning Pilot Program for communities that are developing new or improved mass transit systems.

Rail| August 6, 2015

Detroit's M-1 streetcar launch delayed until spring '17

Updated federal safety regulations is the main culprit for the delay, in addition to weather and the timetable for delivery of M-1's streetcars.

Government Issues| August 5, 2015

As transportation bill stalls, so does proposed Amtrak liability increase

The six-year transportation-funding bill, which was approved last week by the Senate, would have lifted a cap on Amtrak's liability in accident lawsuits to $295 million. The House insisted on a short-term extension of the current bill, rather than take up the long-term solution.

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