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S.F. Muni turns buses into showers for homeless

Bus| March 25, 2014
Local tech entrepreneur starts outreach organization and converts a bus to accommodate two separate, private areas, each with a shower stall, sink, changing area, toilet and bench and will put it into operation in May. The organization will put three more converted buses on the streets this fall.

Va. bus crash kills 1, injures 16

Motorcoach| March 25, 2014
An American Transportation bus hit a guardrail and overturned along Interstate 95 before dawn on Sunday. Witnesses reported that a speeding passenger vehicle swerved into the bus’s travel lane and the bus swerved to avoid it.
Rail| March 24, 2014

Chicago train crash injures 32

Spokespeople said the cause of the crash was still being reviewed and there was no indication equipment issues played a role. None of the 32 people suffered serious injuries.
Accessibility| March 24, 2014

Maine group to hold forum on accessibility challenges

Being held after several passengers experienced difficulties accessing transportation both during the winter and at bus stops that are in poor condition.
Management & Operations| March 24, 2014

$3.2M used to operate Calif. train shut down for months

The cost for an idle train was far greater than the $1.3 million spent to run replacement buses during the same period, according to figures provided by the NCTD.
Government Issues| March 24, 2014

Md. MTA Purple Line receives Fed environmental approval

The FTA’s ROD marks the end of a thorough and extensive process to identify and then avoid, minimize or mitigate possible impacts to communities, historic buildings and natural resources such as parks, wetlands, streams and trees.
Accessibility| March 24, 2014

Tri-Rail to give disabled veterans free rides after group’s donation

A chapter of the Disabled American Veterans raised $5,000 to buy rail passes for disabled veterans after noticing that many take Tri-Rail to VA hospitals for treatment. That prompted agency board members to start a program that would make Tri-Rail trips free for all disabled veterans in Broward, Palm and Miami-Dade counties.
Accessibility| March 24, 2014

Maine paratransit contractor gets $1.2M, local providers lose money

Received an extra $1.2 million from the state even as it has caused thousands of MaineCare recipients to miss rides to appointments since the broker took over arranging the rides last summer. Meanwhile local, nonprofit paratransit providers that had provided the service have lost money; one had to lay off employees.
Accessibility| March 24, 2014

La. agency overbilled by paratransit provider

Situation is a result of a Reliant employee, who played a key part in the billing process, leaving the transit group, according to the company’s CEO.
Accessibility| March 24, 2014

Veolia wins first state-wide Medicaid contract

Will also oversee customer service, the call center and all dispatch services. There are currently 500,000 projected trips annually.

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