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Chicago Transit Authority enhancing security

Bus| June 23, 2011
Will double the number of security cameras across the rail system, while also working with police to enhance security for passengers. Chicago police will deploy teams, called Wolfpacks, as well as plainclothes officers to patrol the system.

Senators unveil transportation reauthorization bill framework

Bus| June 23, 2011
The legislation, “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, MAP-21,” funds programs at current levels and accommodates for inflation, providing $339.2 billion over six years and averaging $56.5 billion annually. Highlights include eliminating earmarks, consolidating programs, expediting project delivery and expanding the Transportation Innovation and Finance Act program.
Motorcoach| June 23, 2011

NTSB releases latest ‘Most Wanted List’

Highlights 10 safety issues that impact transportation nationwide, including addressing human fatigue, improving bus occupant safety and requiring image and onboard data recorders.
Bus| June 23, 2011

Cleveland RTA to renovate BRT station for $10.5M

FTA green lighted work on the University Circle Rapid Transit Station, which was awarded $10.5 million from the TIGER II Program in October 2010. The project will involve reconstructing the station, which includes consolidating the bus and transfer area and the rail station.
Motorcoach| June 20, 2011

MCI delivers to Alaska, Texas

Anchorage-based Premier Alaska Tours added two new 2011 J4500 coaches, featuring pillow-top plush seating, a Blaupunkt entertainment system and 110-volt power ports at every seat. Houston’s Continental Bus Lines’ new MCI J4500 coach features a Cummins engine, plush leather seating, Wi-Fi connectivity and in-motion Satellite TV. Both carriers’ new coaches are equipped with three-point passenger seat belts.
Motorcoach| June 20, 2011

N.Y. Sen. calls for bus company safety rating system

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D- NY) calls for letter grade system, similar to notices used for New York City restaurants, that would indicate the overall safety record of each bus company at the point of ticket purchase.
Accessibility| June 20, 2011

Mich. bus route overhaul to increase efficiency, cut costs

The Macatawa Area Express system will revamp half of its routes to make them more efficient and convenient, which will also help reduce costs. The transit system aims to increase service frequencies on standard bus routes to help reduce demand-response usage.
Bus| June 20, 2011

Nevada bans texting while driving

The new law, which becomes effective on January 1, 2012, makes it illegal to text or talk on a hand-held cell phone while driving. Violators face a fine of up to $100 for the first offense; up to $200 for the second offense; and up to $250 for the third offense.
Motorcoach| June 20, 2011

BusRates.com launches expanded site

In conjunction with the NTA and UMA, the site now offers listings for hotels, restaurants, attractions, events and all other group activities.
Motorcoach| June 17, 2011

BoltBus adds 15 MCI D4505s

The coaches, equipped with custom seats, three-point seat belts, Wi-Fi, 110-volt power outlets and extra legroom, are already in service in several northeastern markets.

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