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Texas paratransit partners with RouteMatch, adds tablet PCs

Accessibility| April 16, 2012
The agency determined that the tablet's combination of flexible technology, reliability and Web-enabled driver/dispatcher communications abilities was the best choice for a transit agency that values and implements innovative solutions.

Iowa seniors’ service ends contract with HIRTA

Accessibility| April 16, 2012
The agency will resume senior transit operations after Heartland Senior Services discontinued its contract with the agency, in order to deal with budget deficits caused by substantially rising food and fuel costs.
Accessibility| April 16, 2012

Kansas may bring back paratransit service

The Topeka Metropolitan Transit Authority board of directors is considering returning paratransit services to the 38 people who were cut for $15 a ride, as opposed to the $4 paratransit riders had previously been charged.
Accessibility| April 16, 2012

RIPTA to offer wheelchair-accessible taxis

The new taxis are Dodge Caravan mini-vans that have been specially modified by Viewpoint Mobility to accommodate wheelchairs and scooters in the rear compartment. The taxis cost $36,744.00 each and were funded in part by over $380,000 in New Freedom grants.
Accessibility| April 16, 2012

MV awarded Spokane paratransit contract

Under the terms of the new five-year agreement, the company will partner with Spokane Transit Authority to cover overflow paratransit service and supplement the agency’s base service.
Rail| April 13, 2012

BART begins work on Silicon Valley extension

The 10-mile extension will provide a new transportation choice for commuters to the high-tech corridor. The FTA last month approved $900 million in funds for the project.
Rail| April 13, 2012

Ariz. breaks ground on $197M streetcar project

Will serve a population of more than 85,000 people who live and work within walking distance of 17 planned stops. The U.S. Department of Transportation has committed $78.7 million to the $196.6 million project thus far, including $63 million in TIGER funds awarded in 2010 and $15.7 million from other Transportation Department funding sources.
Rail| April 13, 2012

Translink police cost rises more than 110% in five years

According to an efficiency review of the transit authority, it cost $27.1 million last year to run the transit police — a 111% increase since 2006, which is partly because of additional officers assigned to the Canada Line.
Rail| April 13, 2012

Calif. high-speed rail budget passed

The business plan was adopted with an amendment committing the authority to work with transportation agencies in Orange County to identify cost-effective ways to enable a “one-seat ride” to and from Anaheim, which was originally left out of the revised plan.
Rail| April 12, 2012

NJ Transit chief defends Gov.’s decision to end ARC

Executive director Jim Weinstein said that the project was terminated based on a recommendation from a committee — headed by him — because New Jersey couldn’t afford it.

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