What appears to be gaining traction at press time are ideas for “repatriation” of cash held by U.S.-based multinational corporations overseas to avoid U.S. taxes. This year’s proposal would fill the Highway Trust Fund with $70 billion.
It is both an honor and a humbling experience to be taking the reins of this editorial page and, more broadly, METRO Magazine itself — which (in its many iterations) has been keeping the public transportation industry informed for more than 100 years.
Brothers Robert and Stephen Brown have spun a nine-motorcoach operation, purchased in 1980, into a 49-vehicle fleet that provides charter, commuter and tour services, primarily in the northeastern U.S. and eastern Canadian provinces.
The agency, which celebrated its 40th year, marked the milestone with numerous changes, including the addition of 10 all-electric buses and 60 replacement buses, a new trip planner, and a new fare collection system set to launch this year.
With a phased approach, agencies can make a smooth transition and also increase passenger convenience and flexibility, as well as boost ridership.
The shifting congressional makeup, political action and an array of vehicles were the main focus at January’s United Motorcoach Association Expo in New Orleans.