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'Excessive' MBTA absences led to bad service during storms

Management & Operations| April 7, 2015

A report found that 15% of all MBTA employees took at least one day of paid leave during a stretch this winter when the agency was struggling to maintain and restore services disrupted by repeated winter storms.

L.A. Metro pays small businesses impacted by rail projects

Management & Operations| April 7, 2015

The Metro Board authorized the agency to designate up to $10 million annually to be used for implementation of the new Business Interruption Fund pilot program, with individual businesses able to receive up to $50,000 annually.

Rail| April 7, 2015

Milwaukee plans to buy 4 initial streetcars

The city expects to spend about $17.6 million buying four vehicles for its 2.5-mile downtown streetcar system, which is to begin service in summer 2018.

University| April 6, 2015

Little Rock, Ark. university fleet features battery, solar vehicles

The fleet is made up of three 12-passenger shuttles operating on campus routes and three eight-passenger transit “taxis” that will be driven by campus security.

University| April 6, 2015

Ohio State, COTA to offer discount pass to faculty, staff

They will now have the option of purchasing discounted COTA monthly fares for local routes via pre-tax payroll deduction. After enrolling in payroll deduction, the program will require participating employees to obtain a new BuckID and “swipe it” for unlimited access to local COTA fixed routes, beginning May 1, 2015.

University| April 6, 2015

U. of Waterloo team creates winning transit routing app

Working as a team, the three students developed PredictION, a transit modeling and routing application that helps citizens to visualize, analyze, and compare routes and service areas between existing and proposed transit systems.

University| April 6, 2015

Valdosta St. offering advertising opportunities

The ads will be featured inside specially designed internal displays on Blazer Shuttle Express buses. Blazer Shuttle Express is the transportation system used by students, faculty and staff at Valdosta State University to navigate around the campus.

Bus| April 3, 2015

CHK America wins bus stop improvement contract for GRTC

The three-tiered project will include redesigning the information for more than 2,000 stops throughout the Greater RIchmond Transit Company's service area.

Rail| April 3, 2015

80-mile commute shows challenges faced by many working in Silicon Valley

Ronnie Thomas commutes 80 miles from Stockton by bike, bus and train to his job at Stanford University as a dining employee.

Management & Operations| April 3, 2015

Why did AC Transit's top exec leave?

Armijo, credited by directors and others with bringing the district out of financial difficulties, creating a budget reserve and improving service, said he went three years with only one pay increase, "and it was delayed for 10 months," according to the report.

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