Management & Operations

METRO Briefs

Posted on August 30, 2007

Gov. Richardson donors tied to rail project
SANTA FE, N.M. — Contracting and development executives with a financial stake in a $400 million commuter rail system pushed by Gov. Bill Richardson have contributed heavily to his presidential campaign and provided him the use of corporate planes. Some donations were given while contract negotiations were under way with the state. To read the full story, click here. New bus connects Staten Island to N.J.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Beginning this week, an S89 bus will provide Staten Island's first mass transit connection to New Jersey. The long-awaited bus service, which comes after years of requests from commuters, will be operated under a joint service agreement between the MTA and New Jersey Transit. To read the full story, click here. Smoking banned on German trains
BERLIN — State-run rail operator Deutsche Bahn has announced that a total ban on smoking on trains and at more than 5,000 stations will come into effect in Germany this weekend. The rail company plans to create smoking areas in the country's 330 biggest stations only, while the rest of the country's roughly 5,700 stations will become tobacco-free zones. To read 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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