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Posted on July 6, 2006

Feds extend RTA funding; agency to end free rides
NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA) will receive $20.5 million in FTA money through FEMA to keep its buses and streetcars operating at current levels until November. Under the plan, RTA has agreed to once again start charging its customers, who have been riding free since Hurricane Katrina, beginning in August. For the full story, click here. Connecticut launches ‘fix-it’ photo program
WESTPORT, Conn. — The Connecticut Rail Commuter Council is launching a “Fix My Station Photo Campaign” that will enable commuters to take pictures of needed repairs so that the state can take appropriate actions to help improve its rail stations. The plan is part of Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s call to inspect and repair all of Connecticut’s rail stations. For the full story, click here.

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Connect Transit receives state funds, avoids shutdown

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APTA names new chief counsel

Linda C. Ford currently serves as associate administrator of the FTA's Office of Civil Rights.

Report: Public transit, cities should learn from San Francisco Muni hack

WIRED said American public transit systems, which make daily life possible for millions, are an easy target, since many are aging and underfunded, with barely enough money to keep the trains running, let alone invest in IT security upgrades.

Ill. agency reduces night service to deal with lack of state funding

The roughly $180,000 in cost savings from the night service reductions for the Springfield Mass Transit District are less than one third of what is already being done while SMTD awaits delayed payments and a clearer budget picture from the state.

U. of Minn. study finds transit does not improve health

Previous studies have found that citizens in areas with more transit options have a lower BMI because transit use also includes walking and biking, however, using BMI for that conclusion doesn’t account for commuters who may eat fast food every day or substitute buses and trains for walking from place to place.

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