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French Trade Commission visits Florida

Bus| March 10, 2011
The goals for the mission were to better understand Florida's transportation needs, understand how commuter rail and local transit improvements can improve transportation for Floridians, and discover how the visiting French companies can assist.

FMCSA fines Houston operator for ADA violations

Accessibility| March 10, 2011
Omnibus Express was found in violation of passenger carrier accessibility requirements under the ADA Act and was fined $55,000.
Rail| March 10, 2011

Amtrak ridership up 16 consecutive months

Factors contributing to the success include a moderately improved economic environment allowing some recovery of business travel along the Northeast Corridor, sustained high gasoline prices, the increased appeal and popularity of rail travel, effective marketing campaigns and the introduction of Wi-Fi on the high-speed Acela Express trains.
Bus| March 9, 2011

NJ Transit unveils ‘Scorecard’ system, requests feedback

A system of metrics is currently in development to provide a baseline for measuring NJ Transit’s performance in the areas of customer service, safety and security, financial health and service accountability. Executive director James Weinstein asked for help from riders, by participating in the first customer survey in April.
Rail| March 9, 2011

DART tests Kinkisharyo streetcar

The vehicle can travel up to five miles on a full charge, is 100 percent low floor and fully accessible.
Bus| March 9, 2011

Cincinnati's Metro ridership up

Metro is a non-profit, tax-funded public service of SORTA, providing about 17 million rides per year. Metro provides fixed-route and paratransit services in Greater Cincinnati.
Rail| March 9, 2011

Advocacy group teams with ‘Mad Men’ actors for high-speed rail video

Vincent Kartheiser, Rich Sommer and U.S. PIRG developed the video in conjunction with online video site Funnyordie.com as a way to reach new audiences and build excitement for high-speed rail projects around the country.
Rail| March 8, 2011

Tests find bacteria on BART seats

A recent study conducted by the San Francisco State University's biology lab tested one BART seat and one San Francisco Muni seat at random. BART’s seat harbored several different strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Rail| March 8, 2011

Fla. could owe feds millions for high-speed rail

Whether or not the Orlando-to-Tampa rail line is actually built, argues U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, the state will have to reimburse $110 million to $130 million to the federal government. Nelson also says the project will not cost the state any money.
Accessibility| March 8, 2011

First Transit names Texas GM of the year

Brad Underwood currently holds the position of executive director for the Texoma Area Paratransit System. This recognition is given based on an individual's outstanding contributions to the public transportation industry.

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