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Charlotte streetcar projected to cost more than bus, light rail

Management & Operations| September 17, 2014
To carry a passenger a mile on the streetcar, the CATS projects it will cost $1.58 in 2019, when the second phase of the project would open. For comparison, in 2012, it cost the agency 77 cents to move a bus passenger one mile. A Lynx Blue Line passenger’s 1-mile trip was 68 cents.

Pierce Transit picks retired city manager for interim CEO post

Accessibility| September 16, 2014
The board picked Jim Walton after voting to waive CEO Lynne Griffith’s 75-day resignation notice requirement of her contract so she can start work Sept. 23 as director of the state ferry system.
Accessibility| September 16, 2014

68% of Americans want more transit spending, study says

Survey also found that nearly 74% of Americans support the use of tax dollars for creating, expanding, and improving public transportation options in their communities.
Bus| September 16, 2014

Proterra Selects Toshiba Batteries for Zero-Emission Bus Fleet

Proterra buses will use Toshiba’s Rechargeable Batteries (SCiB™), a safe rechargeable battery solution with high-rate performance and long-life capabilities that is used in a wide range of applications, from EVs to grid energy storage.
Accessibility| September 16, 2014

U.S. DOT announces $12.2 million for M-1 RAIL in Detroit

Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx joined local, state and federal government officials, private donors and the Detroit community at a “Track Signing Ceremony” in Detroit to announce the TIGER grant for the M-1 RAIL project.
Accessibility| September 16, 2014

Mobility Ventures exhibiting accessible MV-1 models at BusCon

Company is showcasing two models of the MV-1 — its standard DX model and its new LX luxury model. The vehicles, both of which meet or exceed the vehicle guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act, can be seen at Booth #501.

Accessibility| September 15, 2014

D.C. can do more to help seniors age in place, report says

Local policymakers and planners can focus on three areas to help DC's older adults get around more easily: pedestrian safety, public transit, and alternative transit options
Accessibility| September 15, 2014

On-duty paratransit driver caught allegedly soliciting prostitute

Rodrigue Macharie, was driving a Sarasota County Area Transit paratransit bus when police say he drove his bus to North Tamiami Trail and flagged down who he thought was a prostitute, but was an undercover police officer, according to the report.
Accessibility| September 15, 2014

Palm Beach County picks 3 companies to take over paratransit service

Switching from one operator to three new companies is expected to cost $184 million. But the county is banking that the investment in hiring more help will correct late bus pickups and other service problems that triggered a flood of rider complaints, according to the report.
Accessibility| September 15, 2014

Accessible taxi co. hopes to launch service in Arlington, Va.

To operate as a taxi service in Arlington, however, companies are required to own a county taxicab certificate. According to the report, county officials recommended in a recent memorandum that no new taxicab certificates be issued until 2016, specifically including accessible taxis.

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