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Gov. urges U. Illinois employees to use Amtrak

University| March 23, 2015

Executive Order 8 addresses Illinois’ fiscal crisis by recommending that state agencies require employees, whenever possible, to take public transportation or carpool when traveling. The state hopes this action will reduce travel reimbursements in gas money.

Ohio State U. to build CNG station

University| March 23, 2015

The university recently issued an RFQ and is evaluating potential locations. Four of its new buses are powered by CNG, and the school says it sees a benefit to converting more of its vehicles to alternative fuels.

University| March 23, 2015

Pupil transportation veteran shifts to Villanova university job

In his new role, Jerry Rineer works with Villanova students who have mobility issues, providing support for them as they make their way across the 254-acre campus. The private university, which has a total enrollment of about 10,700, has a large fleet of vans and other vehicles to serve its students.

Government Issues| March 20, 2015

Gov.'s budget proposes $169M cut in Chicago transit funding

The proposed cuts represent a 45% decrease in CTA state funding or a $130 million cut; a 60% decrease in Metra state funding or a $20.8 million cut; a 41% decrease in Pace state funding or a $10 million cut; and a 15% decrease in ADA paratransit state funding or $8.5 million cut.

Motorcoach| March 20, 2015

ABA names new VP, Government Affairs

Suzanne Te Beau Rohde will succeed ABA's sr. VP, Government Affairs and Policy, Clyde Hart, who is retiring after 14 years.

Motorcoach| March 20, 2015

MCI delivers J4500 to Ga. operator

Horizon Motor Coach’s new J4500 features extras like leather-trimmed seats and wood-grain accents, as well as a wheelchair lift so the company can be proactive about ADA compliance.

Management & Operations| March 20, 2015

Court rules King County Metro can bar controversial ad

The agency first accepted the ad in 2010, which reads "Israeli War Crimes Your Tax Dollars at Work,” but then revoked it, setting off a legal battle in 2011 that led to 30 months of deliberation.

Accessibility| March 19, 2015

Reasonable modification rule to improve accessibility introduced

The Final Rule applies to public entities providing fixed route, dial-a-ride and complementary paratransit services. It establishes that an individual’s disability cannot preclude a public transportation entity from providing full access to its service except where doing so would fundamentally alter the service.

Motorcoach| March 19, 2015

FMCSA rolls out new safety data app for motorcoach

Called “QCMobile,” the new app is expected to be a particularly valuable tool for state and federal law enforcement personnel, as well as insurers, brokers, freight-forwarders, and others interested in reviewing the U.S. DOT registration and safety performance information of motor carriers.

Bus| March 19, 2015

New luxury bus service launches in San Francisco

The service, which costs $6 a ride, asks riders to download the Leap app, creating an account, uploading a photo and adding a credit card that enables them to pay via a QR code.

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