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METRO Briefs

Posted on October 19, 2006

Judge to weigh lifting LACMTA’s consent decree
LOS ANGELES — On Thursday, a judge will consider lifting a 10-year-old consent decree that forced the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) to spend more than $1 billion to expand and improve bus service for poor and minority riders. If the decree is lifted, local activists fear the LACMTA will slash service and raise fares. For the full story click here. BART to test run ‘smart card’ for riders
OAKLAND, Calif. — The Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) will select 250 people to take part in a six-month pilot program to test smart cards at its stations. The cards will be linked to the card owners’ credit card and will automatically replenish once the balance drops below a certain amount. For the full story, click here. CATS launches light-rail safety education
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte Area Transit System officials are starting an effort to educate the public about rail crossing safety a year ahead of its expected launch. The seminars are trying to stress the light rail system's faster speeds and higher frequencies. For the full story, click here.

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Connect Transit receives state funds, avoids shutdown

The agency announced Thursday that the payment of almost $1.9 million covers the time period of July 2016 through September 2016 and is part of a nearly $17.6 million transfer to the Downstate Public Transportation Fund.

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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