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U.S. DOT unveils progress of 7 cities' 'game-changing' projects

Government Issues| December 20, 2016

Goals of the "Ladders of Opportunity" pilot were to build and restore transportation connections, develop workforce capacity, and catalyze neighborhood revitalization in Atlanta; Baltimore; Baton Rouge, La.; Charlotte, N.C.; Indianapolis; Phoenix; and Richmond, Va.

U. Vermont staff, faculty slow to ditch solo commute trips

University| December 19, 2016

Surveys conducted between 2003 and 2016 show the number of student car commuters who drove alone fell to 25% from 75%, while staff and faculty drive-alone commutes dropped from 59% to 53%.

Management & Operations| December 19, 2016

Atlanta Streetcar launches new moovel-powered fare payment app

Riders can now buy weekly, monthly, and visitor passes with just a few taps on their mobile devices. During the 30-day beta testing period, users will receive one free upgrade for any fare purchase.

Security and Safety | December 19, 2016

New NJ Transit fatigue assessment program temporarily removes 11 workers

The effort by the transit agency comes on the heels of September’s accident, which killed one person standing on a platform and injured more than 100 others. It was later revealed the engineer in that crash suffered from sleep apnea, a fatigue-inducing disorder.

Management & Operations| December 19, 2016

Thomas Built makes $300K donation to local charity

Funds will be distributed through the United Way to local organizations in need.

Accessibility| December 19, 2016

N.Y. paratransit costs skyrocketing, lack of subway elevators cited: study

Access-A-Ride cost $85.2 million and carried 1.7 million rides in 2000, increasing to an estimated $506 million this year for more than 6.3 million trips.

Motorcoach| December 19, 2016

FMCSA announces random controlled substances testing rate for 2017

Regulations require that truck and bus companies that employ CDL drivers conduct random drug and alcohol tests upon these individuals at a nationally prescribed percentage, which is informed by the results of an annual survey.

Management & Operations| December 19, 2016

Sound Transit approves 2017 service changes

Improvements include two additional peak Sounder south line round trip trains and 15,000 additional annual platform hours for ST Express bus service to meet growing demand and deliver voter-approved projects.

Rail| December 16, 2016

Plans to improve Northeast Corridor service unveiled

Recommendation's include adding new tracks to increase the Northeast Corridor to four tracks in most locations, which would allow for more frequent and faster service.

Rail| December 16, 2016

TEX Rail, Feds reach $499M grant agreement for commuter rail line

The 26.8-mile commuter rail line will serve downtown Fort Worth, the City of Grapevine, and DFW Airport.

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