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County weighs turning paratransit over to transit agency

Accessibility| September 22, 2010
Larimer Lift, a paratransit service started by the county in 2007, has faced administrative problems, forcing officials to consider turning it over to Transfort, Fort Collins' public bus system.

Commissioners reverse decision to end Medicaid trips

Accessibility| September 22, 2010
A state program that reimburses Pasco County, Fla., for providing non-emergency medical trips for Medicaid clients drained about $100,000 last year. But ending participation would lose the county up to $500,000 in other funding.
Accessibility| September 22, 2010

Lake Transit Authority avoids paratransit service strike

The contract terms include a 1.5-percent wage increase retroactive to July 1, up from the 1-percent wage increase Bremerton, Wash.-based Paratransit Services had previous proposed.
Accessibility| September 22, 2010

Texas agency creates paratransit service zones

The new policy, effective Oct. 1, will eliminate access customers' ability to take trips between the two zones. Thirty customers were adversely affected by the change, which was made due to rising costs.
Accessibility| September 22, 2010

DART considers privatizing paratransit

The agency, which seeks to trim some $8 billion in anticipated spending by 2030, currently spends $30 million a year on the paratransit program.
Accessibility| September 22, 2010

L.A. paratransit equips fleet with SmartDrive Safety system

The SmartDrive Safety program uses in-vehicle recorders to capture highly detailed video and vehicle data during sudden stops, swerves, collisions and other events. Captured data is sent to professional safety review analysts who categorize and score the events.
Accessibility| September 22, 2010

Heartland Senior Services comes to rescue during Iowa floods

The provider received a call Aug. 11 that Riverside Manor residents needed to be evacuated due to the rising flood water. Initially, nine drivers, Transportation Director Theresa Erlbacher and Assistant Transportation Director Josh Cliffe were called in to begin evacuations.
Accessibility| September 22, 2010

TLPA encourages members to go pink for breast cancer awareness

Through "Pink Ride," TLPA members can raise awareness by painting all or a portion of one or more fleet vehicles pink, or by affixing the official pink ribbon decal with the TLPA logo and the words "Pink Ride" next to it.
Accessibility| September 21, 2010

LaHood kicks off 2010 Distracted Driving Summit

In 2009, nearly 5,500 people died and half a million were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver. According to NHTSA research, distraction-related fatalities represented 16 percent of overall traffic fatalities in 2009.
Rail| September 21, 2010

Technical innovation to key Kinkisharyo North American growth

The LFX-300 is a hybrid vehicle propelled by either overhead electric catenary or on-board battery power. In battery-powered mode, it uses electricity stored from regenerative braking and by charging the batteries while running on catenary, minimizing total power consumption.

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