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Web Extra: County centralizes paratransit service, rebids contracts

Accessibility| January 20, 2010
Broward County, Fla., faced a $109 million budget deficit. By rebidding contracts with van companies and establishing a centralized call center and dispatch system, officials hope to save $8 million.

RouteMatch partners with Ontira for real-time info

Accessibility| January 20, 2010
Software integration will provide 24/7 access to trip information over the telephone. Additionally, customers will be proactively notified about upcoming trips through telephone and/or email/SMS.
Bus| January 20, 2010

WAAV, REI partner for onboard Wi-Fi service

The two-year agreement will include efforts to market onboard Wi-Fi and Internet connectivity solutions for charter buses and motorcoaches. WAAV's AirBox Transit Edition is a ruggedized router that provides connections for passengers and vehicle data to fleet operators.
Rail| January 20, 2010

Alstom to supply automatic train control to Santiago, Chile

The Urbalis solution will significantly increase train frequency and transport capacity while ensuring optimal safety, flexible operations and heightened passenger comfort, according to Alstom.
Accessibility| January 20, 2010

Seattle seniors have hard time with ORCA switch

There are only two places in King County where seniors can go for discounted fare passes, while the disabled must report to Metro headquarters, because their passes require photographs and other computer equipment that's only available there.
Accessibility| January 20, 2010

Texas agency to make 360 stops more ADA friendly

The project will be in two phases. The first calls for improving 182 bus stops at a cost of $1.3 million, with completion expected by May.
Accessibility| January 20, 2010

Illinois residents abusing paratransit program

Nearly 90 percent of taxi voucher program users traveling to and from airport. City officials attempting to curb inappropriate use.
Rail| January 19, 2010

Siemens venture signs $321M PATH rail deal

Will install communication-based train control to the rail system to reduce intervals between the trains, enabling more trains to use the same track.
Rail| January 19, 2010

Former Hawaiian directors support elevated rail

The announcement comes on the eve of a public forum where the American Institute of Architects will outline its views opposing a completely elevated system.
Bus| January 19, 2010

Miami-Dade launches new BRT service

Fully funded by the Federal Transit Administration and the Florida Department of Transportation, the express buses will offer cross-county commuters rapid transit service between Broward County and downtown Miami beginning Jan. 25.

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