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NTSB issues Metro North derailment investigation update

Government Issues| May 24, 2013
The investigative group focusing on the track has learned from inspection reports that in April, maintenance work was done in the area of the derailment of the eastbound train. Records revealed that a joint bar, used to join two sections of rail together, was cracked and that it was repaired by Metro-North personnel.

FTA releases $3.7B more Sandy relief for transit

Bus| May 24, 2013
Will help the four major transit agencies in New York and New Jersey that sustained the greatest damage from Hurricane Sandy. Nearly one-third of the money is set aside to help the agencies begin investing in resiliency projects to help ensure that their transit assets are better able to withstand future disasters, such as major floods.
Accessibility| May 24, 2013

N.C. program sponsors private transit services

The Buncombe County Transportation program, RIDE, offers $10 off one-way ground transportation with private taxi and transportation providers.
Accessibility| May 24, 2013

Drop in N.J. casino revenue impacts senior transportation

Funding for the special transportation has been cut for five years in a row because it is tied to revenue from Atlantic City casinos — which has dropped by 30% since 2011, as gambling proliferates in nearby states.
Accessibility| May 24, 2013

Chicago RTA transitions paratransit to contactless fares

More than 550,000 customers currently enrolled in the agency’s programs will receive new permits this fall that will enable them to take advantage of the Chicago Transit Authority and Pace’s new contactless fare payment system, using a single card to travel throughout the region.
Accessibility| May 24, 2013

MV to service Chicago dial-a-ride

The contractor will operate the Village of Schaumburg’s Dial-A-Ride Transportation service beginning June 1, 2013. Will implement new technologies to improve service, including vehicle monitoring system DriveCam and the Trapeze scheduling system.
Accessibility| May 24, 2013

City Council rejects Sioux Falls paratransit proposal

Call the changes a band-aid for a bigger problem, ask for further discussions.
Accessibility| May 24, 2013

Iowa City's paratransit agreement proposes funding cuts

The draft could reach the Iowa City Council for a formal vote in June.
Bus| May 23, 2013

S.F. MTA to launch new website

The site will be easier to navigate and mobile device-friendly, designed to work on any smartphone or tablet. It will provide home page access to trip planning, service alerts from both 511 and the agency’s Twitter feed, and a “latest news” section.
Management & Operations| May 23, 2013

Greyhound to use airline pricing model to boost profit

FirstGroup will spend as much $40 million on computerized yield-management technology to replace Greyhound’s flat-rate charging plan.

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