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ABA urges passage of Trip Act

Motorcoach| March 2, 2010
H.R. 4676, introduced by Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.), directs the Commerce Department to create a grant program promoting domestic tourism growth and authorizes $10 million in competitive grants ranging in value from $100,000 to $1 million each.

Oklahoma transit system warns of severe cuts

Bus| March 2, 2010
Tulsa Transit GM foresees elimination of evening and Saturday service and more fare increases if the city does not restore funding to previous levels. Thirty-one percent funding drop is the largest in the agency’s history.
Rail| March 2, 2010

Amtrak Acela line intros Wi-Fi

Initially offered as a complimentary service, AmtrakConnect is available to every passenger onboard Acela Express both in Business and First class seating.
Bus| March 2, 2010

Study: Munich has top transit system

Study rated local public transport on travel time, information, ease of transfer, costs, operating hours and access to bike and car parking. Zagreb, Croatia was among the weakest systems rated.
Bus| March 2, 2010

San Francisco Muni faces $12.1M deficit

Among other actions, the board approved requiring use of the $70 “A” Fast Pass on cable cars and express buses, increasing parking fines by $2 to cover a state courthouse fee and reducing Muni service by 10 percent.
Motorcoach| March 2, 2010

FMCSA launches Phase I of screening program

Expected to fully launch this summer, the first phase provides motor carriers the opportunity to visit the PSP Website and pre-register for the program by submitting their company contact information.
Bus| March 1, 2010

MBTA driver safety record shows improvement

Accident rate is the equivalent of a car driver going an average of six years between accidents — while managing 40-to-60-foot-long vehicles, constantly pulling into and out of stops, operating on congested streets, and taking care of customers inside the bus.
Bus| February 26, 2010

Maryland official visits Brazilian BRT system

A councilmember for Montgomery County, Md., visited Brazil and learned about a successful BRT program in the city of Curitiba. He plans to take lessons learned back to Maryland for possible application there.
Rail| February 26, 2010

BART projects $14M shortfall

Deficit is a result of ridership and sales tax revenue declines. Agency will look at fare and parking increases, service reductions and cutting expenses. Also asking its labor unions and managers to suggest cost savings.
Rail| February 26, 2010

Rail accidents push feds to toughen safety rules

A bill that allows for new federal rail-transit safety standards and offers federal aid for states to hire staff to enforce the new rules was introduced this week.

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