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

Management & Operations| March 24, 2014
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.

Md. MTA Purple Line receives Fed environmental approval

Government Issues| March 24, 2014
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.
Bus| March 21, 2014

APTA: Public transportation users save $10,103 annually

Transit Savings Report examines how an individual in a two-person household can save money by taking public transportation and living with one less car.
Bus| March 21, 2014

RIPTA receives $1.6M in Sandy funds

Will use the funds to improve passenger protection and reduce flooding at the Newport Gateway Center, one of the agency’s major transit hubs. The facility’s tent-like sails, which were designed to protect riders from sun and rain, were severely damaged by the superstorm in October 2012.
Government Issues| March 21, 2014

FMCSA shuts down 2 motorcoach operators

Each operator, which are from Ga. and S.C., were ordered to immediately shut down for disregarding federal safety regulations and putting their companies’ own drivers, passengers and the public at risk.
Bus| March 21, 2014

FTA releases $30M for tribal transit programs

The competitively awarded FY 2013 funds will allow tribes to continue or enhance existing transit service, launch new public transportation or plan for future transit needs.

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