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APTA: 80% of transit systems faced with further cuts, fare increases

Accessibility| August 17, 2011
Larger agencies particularly have faced challenges due to the lack of state, local and regional funding. Six in 10 (63 percent) larger agencies implemented or approved hiring freezes, more than the number from the previous 2010 survey (54 percent).

Blind man tours Iowa to promote public transit

Accessibility| August 17, 2011
Frank Strong was awarded a grant from the Iowa DOT to ride all 18 of the state’s fixed-route bus systems to raise awareness of the value of public transit and assess the level of accessibility on the systems.
Accessibility| August 17, 2011

Complaints double for Honolulu’s accessible van service

Nearly one-quarter of the service’s fleet was taken out of service due to an electrical problem, causing delays for customers. Riders also complain about reservation wait time. In response, the city bought 38 new vehicles and hired three more reservationists.
Accessibility| August 17, 2011

Chicago area seniors, disabled to get cab ride discounts

City of Des Plaines residents who are either 65 or older or have a disability may be eligible for a new Subsidized Taxicab Voucher Program that will provide a discount of $3 on cab rides.
Accessibility| August 17, 2011

N.Y. paratransit rider complaints rise with service cuts

Staten Island-based Access-A-Ride customers' issues include being stranded at their destinations and difficulty in scheduling with the customer service department. The service recently implemented a number of cost-cutting measures.
Accessibility| August 17, 2011

D.C. paratransit restrictions slow growth

MetroAccess has stopped seeing double-digit percentages of ridership growth after increasing fares and tightening eligibility requirements. Some say the policy changes are too restrictive and are hurting riders.
Accessibility| August 17, 2011

Canada improves accessibility standards

The update reflects the evolution of services offered to travelers with a disability since the original Code was issued in 1998.
Accessibility| August 17, 2011

RouteMatch upgrades Denver paratransit system

The upgrade has positioned the agency to achieve hoped-for improvements in productivity and customer service while also establishing a reliable foundation for monitoring vehicle efficiencies.
Accessibility| August 17, 2011

D.C. Metro renews MV for paratransit service

The new contract, which was effective July 1, 2011, extends MV's term for an additional two years and represents more than $216 million in annual revenue.
Rail| August 16, 2011

MBTA to launch fed-funded wind turbines

Constructing the first of two turbines, one of which will be funded by a federal grant. The first turbine will generate enough power to cover 65 percent of Kingston Station’s electricity. The second will power a rail station and generate surplus electricity for the agency to sell.

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