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Seniors make a party out of Indygo travel training excursion

Accessibility| July 20, 2011
Emily Spelde, director of older adult ministry for a local church, had no idea her church’s first senior excursion on the public bus system would end up being a surprise party in her honor. Several of the seniors had not ridden the bus in more than 20 years. Many were impressed with the cleanliness of the bus and how easy the bus pass system worked.

Feds award Ohio’s TARTA $3.49M for paratransit buses

Accessibility| July 20, 2011
The Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority will use the “State of Good Repair” grant to replace 38 of its paratransit vehicles. The agency’s paratransit program has been the fastest growing part of the system, with ridership increases in each of the past 15 years.
Bus| July 19, 2011

FTA frees frozen stimulus funds for Miami-Dade Transit

Agency will receive $72.6 million as it works toward addressing concerns raised in an ongoing FTA audit.
Motorcoach| July 19, 2011

U.S. DOT: Obama Administration stepped up unsafe coach crackdown

Between 2000 and 2009, FMCSA issued a total of 14 imminent hazard orders placing unsafe carriers out of service. In just the last two years, FMCSA has already issued another 14 imminent hazard orders to take carriers that pose an immediate risk to passengers off the road.
Motorcoach| July 18, 2011

Updated: Tire blowout likely cause of N.Y. tour bus accident

The driver of the Niagara Falls-bound bus, owned by Bedore Tours of North Tonawanda near Buffalo, lost control of the bus Sunday and ran off the road into the woods near Avoca, 55 miles south of Rochester.
Management & Operations| July 18, 2011

Subways are biggest terror threat post 9/11

NYPD's security strategy includes the use of bomb-sniffing dogs, random bag checks, regular inspections of tunnels and mining for intelligence about potential threats.
Bus| July 18, 2011

Phoenix transit reports incorrect figures for past 6 years

Due to a clerical error, the Phoenix Public Transit Department miscategorized some costs and misreported to the federal government the administrative costs of managing transit service.
Bus| July 18, 2011

S.F. Muni’s former chief eying top BART spot

Nathaniel Ford is one of the candidates being considered for the position. Muni is also looking to local rather than national talent to replace Ford, in part to save money.
Rail| July 18, 2011

Santa Clara, Calif. transit offering 4G wireless connectivity

Light rail vehicles are equipped with a mobile router delivering wireless Internet connectivity over the 4G network, supporting significantly higher speeds. The system also is capable of delivering advertising, conducting passenger surveys and collecting usage statistics.
Motorcoach| July 15, 2011

ABC delivers to Texas, N.D. and Pa.

First Class Tours’ three 2011 Van Hool C2045s feature enclosed parcel racks, three-point seat belts, and a rear passenger window. Harlow’s Trailways received a new 2011 Van Hool T2145 equipped with a Detroit Diesel DD13/Allison Gen4 B500 drive train, and Celebrity Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation received a Van Hool C2045 with 57 leather and cloth seats with three-point seat belts.

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